CFA Graduate Financial Assistance provides information and assistance to applicants, admitted students, and continuing students. We are here to help you navigate all the aspects of the financial aid process. We know that you have questions, and some of your questions may be answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page or on one of our additional pages. If you have not found an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us at artaid@bu.edu.

It’s wise to explore a variety of resources to help finance your education. Besides loans and other external sources of funding, you may qualify for BU scholarships, assistantships, or employment.

Scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment are all considered financial aid. Because loans must be repaid and student employment must be earned, they are sometimes referred to as “self-help.” Because they do not, scholarships and grants are sometimes referred to as “gift aid” or “free money.” Typically, applicants are offered a financial aid package consisting of a combination of awards from various types of aid programs.

On-campus graduate students may consider these financial assistance options. Students in CFA online programs can review options here.


To be eligible for financial assistance, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program at BU College of Fine Arts
  • Maintain the enrollment status (full- or part-time) required by your type of assistance

It is important to note that a student’s financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. To calculate your cost of attendance, please refer to the tuition & costs.

Types of Assistance