To assist with navigating the financial barriers students might encounter moving to Boston to begin their graduate degrees, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) is offering relocation assistance grants of $2500.00 to qualifying incoming graduate students. These funds will be disbursed to the student in the weeks prior to starting classes at BU.

To be eligible for this program a student must:

  • Be a US citizen or US permanent resident and
  • Have been admitted to a PhD or MFA* program (Creative Writing and Playwriting) within GRS.  

To evaluate your request, you will be required to provide one of the following forms of documentation, along with a request for support (100-250 words) explaining the basis for your need.

  • An official statement of need, which includes your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), from a financial aid officer at your current institution, or
  • A copy of your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), with your Social Security Number obscured, or
  • An official verification of current participation in a government low-income aid program, Unemployment, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Welfare, Medicaid, etc., or
  • A copy of a waiver granted by ETS for GRE fee within the past year.

How to request a relocation assistance grant

 Send an email to with “Relocation Assistance” on subject line.  In email text, include:

  • Your name (last, first) as it appears on your application
  • Your application CAS ID
  • Program name
  • Program start (semester & year)
  • A 100 – 250 word statement describing your financial hardship
  • All required documentation as attachment(s)

 Applications can be submitted at any time after you receive an offer of admission from GRS. There is no deadline for applying, but funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. Payment will be made via check, in the weeks prior to the start of the semester after receiving the supporting documentation from the student.

Updated: Nov 30, 2021