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Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to the more frequently asked questions.

 

Prospective Students

  1. I am a prospective student at Boston College. How do I apply for aid and what are the deadlines? Do I need to apply every year?
  2. Will my chances of acceptance be diminished if I apply for aid?
  3. Is it possible to obtain a fee waiver for the CSS Profile?
  4. I want to apply for financial aid but my parents cannot complete their Federal Tax Returns by your application deadline. What should I do?
  5. I, the student, did not file taxes, so how can I waive my student tax requirement?
  6. If I do not qualify for aid, can I reapply as an upper class student?
  7. Will I receive the same financial aid award in future years?
  8. If my parents are divorced or separated, do they both need to send in financial information?
  9. I notice my award notification says that my financial aid is conditional. Does this mean my financial aid award could change upon receipt of additional documentation?
  10. What is Federal Work Study? How do I get a work study job?
  11. I'm expecting to receive outside scholarships from my high school or other sources outside of Boston College. How will these affect my financial aid award from Boston College?
  12. Why does my award differ from what FAFSA said my Expected Family Contribution (EFC) was?
  13. I received a better financial aid award from another university. Will Boston College match the other school's award? How can I get BC to increase the amount of aid I was offered?

Current Undergraduate Students

  1. I am a current undergraduate student at Boston College. How do I apply for aid and what are the deadlines? Do I need to apply every year?
  2. How will my financial aid award be affected if I live off campus?
  3. How will my financial aid award be affected if I study abroad?
  4. I am interested in being a Resident Assistant (RA). How will this affect my financial aid?

General Financial Aid Questions

  1. What is Boston College's federal school code?
  2. Where should I mail financial aid documents after I have filled them out?
  3. How do I check the status of my financial aid application?
  4. How will the Undergraduate Financial Aid Office communicate with the student?
  5. What is the income cut-off for financial aid eligibility?
  6. My parents will not be claiming me as a dependent on their tax returns. Can I file my financial aid applications as an independent student?
  7. What if one or both of my parents refuse to contribute to my education?
  8. What can I do if my parents are unable to meet the parent contribution?
  9. I am interested in paying my bill over time. Are there any payment options available?
  10. What is the difference between a Federal Direct Subsidized Loan and a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan?
  11. Where should I mail outside scholarship checks?
  12. How do I view my bill?
  13. How do I request a refund from my student account?
  14. My online application status says that the Incoming Student Validation Form is required. What does this mean?
  15. I don't see my College Work-Study award deducted from my bill. Why?
  16. As a first time borrower, what requirements are needed in order for my federal student loans to be disbursed?
  17. How can I find out more about my federal financial aid?
  18. What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool?