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 awarded $381 million to our undergraduate students this 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, as long as your total aid doesn’t exceed your cost of attendance, 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, as long as your total aid doesn’t exceed your cost of attendance, 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. However, for many students the Boston University funded financial aid is an important component in meeting the cost of attendance.

FAFSA – 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.

CSS Profile™ – If your biological or adoptive parents are divorced, separated, and/or do not share the same household list both parents (and any stepparents if applicable) on your Profile, as instructed. The parent you live with most must provide their information on your FAFSA and Profile. Your other (noncustodial) parent must also complete a Profile, which will be appended to your Profile later. Enter your other (noncustodial) parent’s email address on your Profile, as instructed, so CSS can send them information on how to create their separate Profile account log-in. If getting a CSS Profile from the other (noncustodial) parent will be impossible, submit a CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent.

Applicants for admission starting September 2023 must complete the 2023/2024 CSS Profile™ and FAFSA which are both available starting October 1, 2022.

Applicants for January 2023 admission must complete the 2022/2023 CSS Profile™ and FAFSA.

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.

Other forms may also be required.

For information about types of financial aid, see: