First-year students – Regular Admissions

We get it. The total cost of a world-class education—the kind you can get at Boston University—is a significant investment for you to make in your future. At BU, we invest in students too. BU awards approximately $260 million in need-based aid to our undergraduate students every year.

And when it comes to college expenses, you can’t plan one year at a time. You need to plot out how you’re going to pay for the entire program, from start to finish. That’s why with the BU Scholarship Assurance your Boston University scholarship will be renewed at the same level each year – guaranteed – with no additional CSS Profile™ required.

Required Forms

Both the CSS Profile™ and the FAFSA are required to apply for BU-funded financial aid as a first-time recipient. However after the first year BU need-based scholarship aid is guaranteed at the same level as the prior year and no Profile™ is required. Only the FAFSA is required to apply for federal financial aid and state grants, and for these funds the FAFSA must be filed each year. We strongly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your IRS federal income tax information from the IRS to your FAFSA. This will streamline the application process and help you avoid errors which can cause processing delays.

The 2020-2021 CSS Profile™ and FAFSA are both available starting October 1, 2019. Include your Social Security number on the Profile, the FAFSA, and on the Common Application or Coalition Application to ensure that Boston University will be able to load your financial aid application to the BU system and consider your request for assistance. You will receive a financial aid decision along with your admissions decision if you file both forms by the deadline.

Note: For many students the Boston University funded financial aid is an important component in meeting the costs of enrollment.

* Submit a CSS Profile™ Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent if getting a CSS Profile™ from the other (noncustodial) parent will be impossible.

Other forms may also be required.

For information about types of financial aid, see: