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Verification and Confirmation for Incoming Applicants

Boston University financial aid awards are offered to incoming students on a tentative basis, pending BU aid confirmation of family income and other information you reported on your financial aid applications.

In addition, students offered federal financial aid may be selected by the US Department of Education for federal aid verification. If so, certain documents may be required to verify eligibility for federal aid.

You must take certain action steps to get your financial aid (BU and federal, if applicable) award to post as a credit on your Student Account.

  • If you are admitted to start in September 2021 we encourage you to check on specific items are needed to verify and finalize your award. If no items are listed on the MyBU portal, no action steps on your part will be required and your financial aid will be finalized and posted to your Student Account.
  • If you are admitted to start in January 2022, submit a signed (even if e-signed) copy of your parents’ 2019 federal income tax return as submitted to the IRS (including all schedules) and copies of all your parents’ 2019 W-2 forms.  In addition, submit a signed (even if e-signed) copy of your 2019 federal income tax return as submitted to the IRS (including all schedules). Additional documents may also be required. Check the MyBU portal to be sure no required documents are missing.