Funding Opportunities

A graduate degree from Boston College is an investment in your future. The Lynch School has a deep commitment to assisting academically qualified students afford an excellent graduate education. The Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services in the Lynch School provides resources to aid students through both need-based and merit-based financial aid. Use the tabs below to view details on the variety of funding options available to master’s-level in the Lynch School.

Merit-based Awards

Merit-based awards are offered to incoming students that have been identified for being exceptionally promising in their chosen fields of study and for contributing to our student body’s diversity—including intellectual, economic, racial, cultural, geographical, and gender.

Process
Merit-Based Awards are offered at the time of the admission decision and are based solely on materials submitted in a completed application. No additional application or materials are required.

Deadline
Applicants that have submitted a complete application by the January 4 deadline will receive the strongest consideration for these awards.
 

Named Scholarships

The Lynch School offers a number of individual scholarships for master's students in specific areas. These scholarships recognize the academic merit of our incoming students and honor the mission of the Lynch School. 

Process
Named Scholarships are offered at the time of admissions decision and are based solely on materials submitted in a completed application. No additional application or materials are required.
 

Named Scholarships List

Barry Fellowship
Steven M. and Tammy J. Barry established this fund to support graduate students with financial need. The award provides tuition remission scholarships, with a preference to students focusing on learning among multi-disabled children.

Bradley Fellowship
The Bradley Endowed Fellowship is a tuition scholarship that supports students in our Fifth Year Program pursuing a specialization in moderate special needs.  The award gives preference to students seeking experience in urban schools. 

Bristing Urban Scholar Fund
This was a gift of Karen Izzi Bristing '84. Bristing Urban Scholar awards funded by this gift will provide financial assistance to graduate students who are committed to teaching in an urban setting.  

Christine Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund
This Fund was established in 2000 through a gift from Martha T. '66 and Robert J. '66 Martin, Boston College parents, and Bradley C. Martin in memory of Christine Martin '96. Income from the endowment provides scholarship assistance for graduate students enrolled in the Lynch School of Education, with preference for those engaged in volunteer service, especially serving children with disabilities.

Dreyer Scholarship
The Herman J. Dreyer Fund provides tuition scholarship assistance to graduate students enrolled in the Lynch School. The Dreyer Scholarship recognizes students who have displayed previous academic excellence and who have demonstrated financial need.

Duvnjak Fellowship
The Barbara Benz Duvnjak and Karlo Duvnjak Fund supports students with tuition remission scholarships who have displayed previous academic excellence and who have demonstrated financial need.

Flaherty and Masella Fellowship
The Mary Jane Flaherty and William Masella Fellowship Fund supports Lynch School graduate students with demonstrated financial need by providing tuition remission scholarships. This award is presented to students from New York or New Jersey.

Fruscione Fellowship
The Immaculate A. Fruscione Fellowship is a tuition scholarship that supports students in the school counseling program who have a commitment to working in urban schools upon completion of their degree.

Hearst Fellowship
The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund supports master's degree students in our teacher education programs.

Kaneb Fellowship
The Kaneb Catholic Leadership Fellowship Fund supports students in Catholic leadership in our master's programs. The fellowship offers tuition scholarships to students.

Keough Memorial Fellowship
The William F. Keough Memorial Fellowship Fund provides scholarship assistance for both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in international education.

Lam Family Fellowship
In accord with the intent of the donors, William and Mary Lam, this award is presented to a Chinese student who is committed to enhancing the educational experiences of poor rural students in China. 

Martin Fellowship, Brenda and Robert
This was a gift of Brenda S. and Robert T.  Martin. Income from the endowment supports a graduate student with a preference for those focusing on the education of students with learning differences.

Frances D. Stiglin Fellowship
This was a gift of Tara Stiglin DeNuccio in honor of her mother. Income provides fellowship assistance for qualified Boston College graduate students with preference to those studying special needs in the Lynch School of Education.  

Sharp Urban Teaching Scholarship
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation has given the Lynch School a generous endowment to provide financial support to 10 highly talented graduate students per year who are from underrepresented groups committed to teaching in urban schools. The scholarship is comprised of a $10,000 stipend. One-half of the stipend is an outright grant and the remaining $5,000 is a forgivable loan. One-quarter of the loan amount will be forgiven upon completion of the master’s degree and the remaining three-quarters is forgiven, up to the full amount, for each year spent teaching in an urban school. 

All students in our Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling master’s programs automatically receive a Counseling Scholarship in addition to any merit-based scholarship awarded. This scholarship is awarded during each year of study, for up to two years. The awards are as follows:

  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling: $4,000 per year ($8,000 total scholarship)
  • M.A. in School Counseling: $2,500 per year ($5,000 total scholarship)


Process

Awards are automatically offered at the time of admission. No additional application or materials are required.

Catholic Educator Award

The Lynch School Catholic Educator Award provides partial tuition assistance to students who are currently working in Catholic schools. The Catholic Educator Award requires an additional application.

Many offices and departments in the Lynch School and across campus hire master’s level students and provide assistantships for work in their area. The work varies by department, but may include a stipend, tuition remission, or both. The levels of stipend and/or tuition remission vary by individual roles. A complete list of available assistantships can be found here

The process varies by individual assistantship. Please review the individual position details for role and/or application instructions.

Deadline
Because each individual assistantship is supervised by a specific department on campus, deadlines vary based on the needs and availability of individual supervisors and/or departments. Please review the individual position details for role and/or application instructions. You can apply for an assistanships within the Boston College community and/or the Lynch School.  

The Lynch School is committed to urban education in the surrounding neighborhoods and global community. Our extensive partnerships and associations provide many ways for students to become involved in and exposed to urban education. The Lynch School has two educational programs that are specifically focused on preparing teachers interested in working in urban schools.
 

Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars

Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars is an intensive one-year master’s degree program in teacher preparation. Each year, the program recruits and supports a cohort of up to 30 graduate students. Students in this program:

  • Receive tuition remission covering a minimum of 50% to a maximum of 100% of tuition costs for the M.Ed. degree
  • Are eligible for the Sharp Urban Teaching Scholarship, which provides financial support to up to 22 highly talented graduate students per year who are from underrepresented groups and are committed to teaching in urban schools. The scholarship is comprised of a $10,000 stipend—half of the stipend is an outright grant and the remaining $5,000 is a forgivable loan. A quarter of the loan amount will be forgiven upon completion of the master’s degree and the remaining three-quarters is forgiven, up to the full amount, for each year spent teaching in an urban school. Special awards are also available for applicants interested in teaching in urban secondary schools.


Process

Admission into Special Programs is offered at the time of admissions decision and are based solely on materials submitted in a completed application. No additional application or materials are required. However, please be sure to select this program in the designated section of the admissions application

Deadline
Applicants that have submitted a complete application by the December 31 priority deadline will receive the strongest consideration for these programs.
 

Urban Catholic Teaching Corps

Urban Catholic Teacher Corps is an academically rigorous and experientially rich, Catholic school teacher preparation program that prepares students to be excellent Catholic school teachers who are actively engaged in the ministry of teaching urban students in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Participants live together, actively engaging in an intentional faith-based living and learning community where faith is actively incorporated, individuals are loved and supported, and all experiences and perspectives are shared and respected. All students in this program:

  • Receive 100% tuition coverage for the M.Ed. Degree in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Have all rent and utilities paid for in the required UCTC community housing.
  • Receive a $650 pre-tax stipend per month over the two years of program participation to cover living expenses. 
The Lynch School Catholic Education Award provides partial tuition assistance to students who are currently working in Catholic schools.


Process

Admission into Special Programs is offered at the time of admissions decision and are based solely on materials submitted in a completed application. No additional application or materials are required. However, please be sure to select this program in the designated section of the admissions application

Deadline
Applicants that have submitted a complete application by the December 31 priority deadline will receive the strongest consideration for these programs.

All master's program applicants in the Lynch School who are U.S. citizens or permanent resident may be eligible to receive tuition remission based upon your demonstrated, significant financial need.

Please note: This aid is different from the federal need-based application offered through University Student Services. Using our Lynch School Code (3081) students with severe financial need who would otherwise be unable to attend may apply as early as October 1, 2016 and up until May 1, 2017 using 2015 tax returns.

Process
Interested applicants must complete a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE to be considered for this type of aid. Be sure to use code 3081 in the CSS Profile.

Deadline
Need-based awards will be offered at the time of admission. Applicants that have submitted a complete application by the January 4 deadline will receive the strongest consideration for these awards. All applications must be submitted by May 1, 2017—late applications will not be considered. 

Graduate students enrolled at least half-time (minimum 6 credits per semester) are eligible to apply for federal graduate student loans. All federal loans are packaged and administered by the central University Student Services office at Boston College. Please note that the Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid does not make federal student loan awards.

Process


Deadline
Applications can be completed at any time, but please note that processing times can vary, and we encourage all students to apply as soon as possible to ensure disbursement before tuition bills are due.