Need-Based Scholarships

Boston University funds a number of scholarships for students who meet specific criteria for financial need known as calculated financial eligibility. To be considered, you must file both the PROFILE and FAFSA applications by the required deadlines. After the first year the BU Scholarship Assurance guarantees that your BU need-based scholarship aid will be renewed each year for the same amount and  recipients are not required to file the PROFILE. The FAFSA is required each year to apply for federal and state financial aid.

Will you qualify? Apply and find out!

You can’t predict whether you’ll receive financial aid—you can only find out by completing the applications.  So, if you think you may need financial help to attend BU, we strongly encourage you to apply.

The following need-based scholarships vary in amounts, depending on your calculated financial eligibility and the availability of funds. Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient funds to help every student who qualifies for need-based assistance. We give priority to applicants with the strongest academic records.

Boston University Grant

Awarded to students who meet all eligibility criteria for need-based financial aid. Your academic performance is also a key factor.

Renewal criteria: You must satisfactorily complete at least 12 credits each semester, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00, and meet all other eligibility criteria.

BU Community Service Award

A unique award for incoming freshmen and transfer students who are Boston public high school graduates, meet all criteria for need-based financial aid, and apply by our financial aid deadline. Recipients receive non-loan financial aid up to their calculated need.

Learn more about the BU Community Service Award.

Renewal criteria: You must satisfactorily complete at least 12 credits each semester, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00, fulfill a requirement of 25 hours of community service per semester, and meet all other eligibility requirements.

Charles River Housing Grant

Awarded to students who meet all criteria for need-based financial aid and live in University-owned housing on the Charles River Campus.

Renewal criteria: You must satisfactorily complete at least 12 credits each semester, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00, and continue to meet the housing and all other eligibility requirements.

Richard D. Cohen Scholarship

Recipients are selected from among those with exceptional financial need and outstanding academic achievement and promise. Total financial aid is offered up to the student’s full financial eligibility, as calculated by BU Financial Assistance.

Renewal criteria: You must satisfactorily complete at least 12 credits each semester, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00, and continue to meet all other eligibility requirements.

Alumni Council Scholarship

A $2,500 scholarship offered as part of an award package to selected students who meet all criteria for need-based financial aid and have an alumni affiliation with Boston University through an immediate family member.

Renewal criteria: You must satisfactorily complete at least 12 credits each semester, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00, and continue to meet all other eligibility requirements.