Appeal for Reconsideration

All requests for reconsideration of a need-based financial aid decision are carefully reviewed and every effort is made to assist qualified students who fully document extenuating circumstances. Award decisions based solely on merit are not subject to reconsideration. An award decision for an entering student is based on calculated financial eligibility, academic credentials presented upon admission, and availability of funds for the program of study. Returning students are awarded BU aid consistent with the terms of the BU Scholarship Assurance. To request reconsideration of a need-based financial aid decision:

  • If you are an entering freshmen, transfer or enrolled student, submit a letter of appeal requesting reconsideration of your current aid decision to the assistant director responsible for your application. Provide specific information about any change in your family’s financial situation or extenuating circumstances.
  • If you are an entering freshmen or transfer student and have not yet sent the documents listed below to Boston University (BU cannot access documents you may have sent to CSS/IDOC at the request of another university), please submit directly to BU Financial Assistance with your appeal request:
    • A complete and signed, (even if e-filed) copy of your 2016 U.S. federal income tax return, as submitted to the IRS, with all pages and schedules. If the IRS does not require that you file a tax return, complete the Income Verification – Student form.
    • A complete and signed, (even if e-filed) copy of your parents’ 2016 U.S. federal income tax return, as submitted to the IRS, with all pages and schedules.  If the IRS does not require that your parent(s) file a tax return, complete the Income Verification – Parent form.
    • Copies of all of your parents’ 2016 W-2 forms
Your assistant director, unless you are a Metropolitan College undergraduate student, is designated by the first two letters of your last name is listed below:
A – CL Alex Barton LB – OK Sarah Chase
CM – GO Jade Franco OL – SH Matthew Travis
GP – LA Chantel James SI – Z Martha Horton
All Metropolitan College Undergraduate Students Wyeth Howard

Priority Deadlines

To ensure consideration for the academic year starting in September, entering freshmen must submit appeals by April 15, entering transfer students by June 15, and returning students by August 1. We will begin reviewing returning student appeals in mid-July. Families who experience changes in financial circumstances after the appeal deadline may submit an Application Supplement for Midyear Financial Aid, which is due November 5.

Frequently Asked Questions