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Office of Student Services

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Download the summer and fall 2014 schedule of courses.

Undergraduate Registration

The fall 2014 registration and drop/add period for undergraduates begins on April 8 and continues through September 10 at 11:00 p.m. Undergraduates only who wish to drop a course or to have a course credited on pass/fail basis for the fall semester must fill out the required request form in the office of their Associate Dean by October 1, 2014 for the fall semester.

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Degree Audits

A degree audit is a computer-generated analysis that enables an undergraduate (except for Woods College of Advancing Studies) or Law student and his or her advisor to assess the student’s academic progress and unfulfilled requirements. Students in the Woods College of Advancing Studies can meet with an advisor and obtain a degree audit at any time.

The degree audit is a valuable tool for academic planning because it matches the courses that the student has taken with the requirements of his or her degree program or anticipated program. Students receive degree audits each semester prior to registration and have access to actual and simulated degree audits on their Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu. Students are responsible for completing all the requirements listed on the degree audit prior to graduation.

Review your audit carefully in consultation with your advisor before you register. If a course on your degree audit is not being counted correctly because of a system error, contact your Academic Recorder (A&S and LSOE: Mary McCrosson, CSOM and CSON: Terry Rezzuti). If you want a course to count for a requirement that it does not usually fulfill, obtain a “Degree Audit Course Substitution and Waiver” form from the Office of Student Services, and take it to the department for approval. Return the form with the appropriate stamp to the Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall for processing.

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Graduate Registration

The fall and summer 2014 registration and drop/add period begins on April 7 at 8:00 a.m. and continues through September 10 at 11:00 p.m. for all graduate students, except for students in the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). GSSW students in the class of 2015 will register on April 7 at 7:00 p.m. Registration for all other GSSW students will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Doctoral Continuation

Students whose departments require permission need to obtain an override for Doctoral Continuation and process it in the Office of Student Services.

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Special Students

Graduate students including those using teaching vouchers who are not currently in a Boston College degree program and who want to take graduate level courses must apply as special students to the appropriate graduate school. Student teaching vouchers should be sent to the Lynch Graduate Office at the time of registration in Campion 135.

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Registration Procedures

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Registration Calendar

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Undergraduate Advising

All undergraduate students should check their Agora Portal account to confirm their advisor’s name and contact information. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences who want to switch from a major to “undeclared” must go to the Academic Advising Center in Stokes S140. Arts and Sciences students who want to request a change of major advisor should visit their major department’s office. CSOM students should visit the CSOM office, Fulton 360; CSON students, the CSON office, Cushing 202; LSOE students, the LSOE office, Campion 106.

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Closed and Restricted Courses

Courses listed in the Schedule of Courses that are restricted by school, degree, or major are marked with an asterisk (*), and the specific restrictions are labeled underneath. Students who want an override into a closed or restricted course should go to the department offering the course. The department may decline the request, add the course to your schedule, or give you an override to be processed in the Office of Student Services. You cannot process overrides through U-View.

The override form must be stamped in the appropriate section:

  • “Open/Restricted” overrides school, major, degree, and department restrictions.
  • “Override for a Closed Course” overrides all restrictions and size limits for closed courses.
  • “Approval for Time Conflict” overrides a corequisite or allows you to be registered for two courses that conflict in time.

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Course Schedule Information

You can search the listing of BC’s course offerings as follows:

  • By downloading a PDF version of the current Schedule of Courses from the Office of Student Services home page at www.bc.edu/studentservices.
  • By accessing UIS, the University’s Information System.
  • By accessing your Agora Portal account (portal.bc.edu) and choosing the “Course Information and Schedule” link under “My Services.”

The Course Information and Schedule in the Agora portal now offers new and more intuitive ways to explore BC's academic offerings. This searchable schedule includes course descriptions, faculty, meeting times, and room assignments. You may search by term, school, keyword, and subject code (required for A&S courses).

You can customize your search by using filters to select course number ranges, course levels, meeting days and times, credit hours, and open or closed courses.  Remember to clear your filters or Start Over when you begin a new search.

To expand information about a course, click on More Detail to view the short course description.  Click on the course title to view a more detailed course description, including any course pre or co requisites and Core requirements, and links to syllabi, course evaluations, and textbook information, if available. Access to course evaluation surveys and syllabi are also available from the Course Information and Schedule landing page.

For more information including FAQs, visit the Course Information and Schedule web page at www.bc.edu/courseinfosched or the eSyllabus webpage at www.bc.edu/esyllabus-s.

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Course Evaluation Surveys

Because your opinion matters, the Office of Student Services urges you to complete your evaluation surveys for your classes. Course evaluation surveys will be released during the final week of the course and will close the day after the final exam. You will receive an e-mail announcement the day the online course evaluation survey period opens.

Evaluating courses online is fast, easy, convenient, secure, anonymous, confidential, and above all, important! Course evaluation results are used by faculty to improve teaching, and they are a significant component in the promotion and tenure process.

Watch for the email announcing the opening of the course evaluation period.

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Course Evaluation Survey Results

Use our new streamlined search tool to find out how your peers rated BC’s instructors and courses. You can now search course evaluation surveys by department, course code, or instructor from the Course Information and Schedule link in the My Services section of your Agora Portal account.

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Overloading

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Withdrawing from a Course or from the University

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Woods College of Advancing Studies (WCAS)

WCAS designates a limited number of courses that are available to full-time undergraduate day students. All full-time undergraduate students are limited to one WCAS course each semester. Freshmen may not enroll in any WCAS courses.

WCAS courses can be used to fulfill elective requirements. Students must check with the appropriate department if they intend to use a WCAS course to fulfill a Core or major requirement. There are a limited number of seats in each course, and they are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Check with the WCAS office, McGuinn 100, on the first day of classes, September 2, to see if additional seats are available.

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Audits

Undergraduate

Undergraduate students may not audit a course, with the exception of undergraduates in WCAS.

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Graduate

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Credit Variation

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Cross Registration

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Boston Theological Institute

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The Consortium

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The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies

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Email

Email accounts are automatically created for all full-time undergraduate and all graduate students. The Office of Student Services sends all notifications to your BC email account. To view your email address, log on to your Agora Portal account. Go to “My Services” and select “Email Settings” to view your email address. To forward your BC account to another email account, click on “Configure Email Preferences.”

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University Communication Policies and Student Responsibilities

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Graduation Information

Diploma Names

All students graduating in the 2014-2015 academic year must confirm their diploma names by the dates listed below:

  • May 1, 2014, for August 30, 2014, graduation
  • September 10, 2014, for December 30, 2014, graduation
  • January 21, 2015, for May 18, 2015, graduation

To confirm your diploma name, go to the Agora Portal at portal.bc.edu and select “Diploma Name Information – View/Edit” from your “My Services” menu. Enter your Eagle ID number to view your information. Your name will appear as it is listed on the University’s student system. Follow the directions and post your password at the bottom of the screen, even if you have no changes. This will ensure that your diploma is ordered correctly and that you are
listed in the Commencement Program.

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Graduation Dates

Boston College has three graduation dates—December 30, August 30, and May (date varies yearly). If you believe that you have completed
all of your degree requirements as of the end of the previous semester and should have graduated, contact your Academic Recorder:

  • A&S, LSOE: Mary McCrosson, 617-552-4974
  • CSOM, CSON, CSON—Graduate Programs, Law, WCAS, WGCAS: Terry Rezzuti, 617-552-4984
  • CSOM—Graduate Programs, GSAS, GSSW, LSOE—Graduate Programs, STM: Terry Lepore, 617-552-4989

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Immunization Requirement

Undergraduate

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Graduate

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Internal Transfer

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Loan Certification

The National Student Clearinghouse will process deferment forms for fall 2014 after September 11, 2014, in accordance with Federal regulations. If you need an enrollment certification for deferment of a student loan, mail the forms to the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, or stop by Lyons Hall. Your deferment form will be forwarded to the National Student Clearinghouse. If the enrollment certification does not require an official school seal or signature, you may process the certification through your Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu.

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Graduate Full-Time Enrollment Status

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Mailing Address Update

Undergraduate and graduate students can change their local, home, or parents’ addresses and telephone numbers through their Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu by selecting the “Addresses/Phone Numbers” link under the “Account and Personal Info” list in “My Services.” Keeping your addresses up-to-date will ensure that you receive important mailings from the University such as graduation clearance requirements and campus parking permits. The University will also be able to contact you in case of emergencies.

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Pass/Fail Electives

Undergraduate

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Graduate

Eligible students may sign-up to take a course pass/fail through their Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu at the time they register. To declare a course pass/fail in the Graduate School of Social Work, contact Liz Cinquino at 617-552-4020. STM students should contact Donna Derosa at 617-552-8440. Students in CGSOM, GSAS, LGSOE, and WGCAS may not take a course counting toward the degree pass/fail.

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The Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall

The staff in the Office of Student Services can assist you with questions concerning the following academic and financial services.

  • Enrollment certifications
  • Financial aid
  • Student loans
  • IDs
  • Payments
  • Parking permits
  • Registration
  • Student accounts and tuition and fees
  • Notary services can also be provided.

You may contact the Office of Student Services in person (Lyons Hall), by telephone (800-294-0294 or 617-552-3300), fax (617-552-4889), or email (studentservices@bc.edu). You may also visit www.bc.edu/studentservices for general academic and financial information, forms, and online transactions.

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Standard Hours of Operation

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Student Services on the Web (portal.bc.edu)

Listed below are the Student Services currently available through your Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu.

Informational:
  • Receive an online bill
  • View/change directory information
  • View classmate rosters
  • View course history, current schedule, and grades
  • View Degree Audit (undergraduates)
  • View employment information including deductions and
    paycheck information
  • View Financial Aid applications and awards
  • View meal plan balances
  • View student account
Online Transactions:
  • Authorize Third-Party Payers (MyBill)
  • Confirm your diploma name
  • Complete medical insurance waiver
  • Create/add to Eagle Bucks account
  • Create a second billing address
  • Optional Dining/Eagle Bucks account
  • Pay tuition and fees (online billing)
  • Request a degree audit
  • Request enrollment certifications
  • Request an official academic transcript
  • Request an e-refund
  • Request replacement IDs and deactivate lost IDs
  • Set privacy preferences
  • Simulate a degree audit

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Transcripts

Academic transcript requests may be submitted through your Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu. Requests are usually processed within 48 to 72 hours of receipt. The Transcript Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Call 617-552-8700 if you have any questions. There is no charge for a transcript. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/transcripts.

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University Core Requirements (Undergraduate)

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Cultural Diversity Core Courses (Fall 2014)

  • AADS1104 (HIST2481) African American History I
  • AADS1110 (SOCY1045) Introduction to African Diaspora Studies
  • AADS1120 (THEO1107) Religion in Africa
  • AADS1138 (SOCY1038) Race, Class, and Gender
  • AADS1139 (SOCY1039) African World Perspectives
  • AADS2248 (SOCY2254) (UNAS2254) Advanced Community Service Research Seminar I
  • AADS2306 (MUSA2306) African Music
  • AADS3325 (HIST4341) Revolutionary Cuba
  • AADS3373 (HIST4343) Slave Societies in the Caribbean and Latin America
  • AADS4481 (HIST4481) History of Black Nationalism
  • ARTH2207 Ruins of Ancient America
  • ARTH2213 Islamic Architecture
  • ARTH2274 The Arts of Buddhism
  • COMM2285 Diversity in Media
  • ECON3374 (INTL3374) Development Economics and Policy
  • ENGL2175 (SLAV2064) Jewish Writers in Russia and America
  • ENGL2246 Introduction to Asian American Literature
  • ENGL4373 Korean Cinema
  • ENGL4637 (UNCP5544) Capstone: Vision Quest
  • FREN3300 The French and the Peoples of America
  • HIST1055 Globalization I
  • HIST1063 Latin America in the World
  • HIST2020 Japanese Cultural Icons
  • HIST2481 (AADS1104) African American History I
  • HIST4131 Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire
  • HIST4150 (POLI2420) Modern Iran
  • HIST4336 Latin American Women Represent Themselves
  • HIST4341 (AADS3325) Revolutionary Cuba
  • HIST4343 (AADS3373) Slave Societies in the Caribbean and Latin America
  • HIST4481 (AADS4481) History of Black Nationalism
  • INTL3374 (ECON3374) Development Economics and Policy
  • INTL3510 (POLI3510) Globalization
  • ICSP1199 Islamic Civilization
  • MUSA1320 Intro Musics of the World
  • MUSA2306 (AADS2306) African Music
  • NELC2061 (SOCY1148) Language, Memory, and Identity in the Middle East
  • PHIL4476 Classical Chinese Philosophy
  • PHIL5540 Philosophy of Liberation
  • POLI2403 Rise and Rule of Islamic States
  • POLI2420 Modern Iran
  • POLI3510 (INTL3510) Globalization
  • PSYC3354 (UNAS3354) Culture, Identity, and Asian American Experience
  • SLAV2064 (ENGL2175) Jewish Writers in Russia and America
  • SLAV2065 (SOCY2280) Society and National Identity in the Balkans
  • SPAN6614 History and Identity in Spanish America
  • SPAN6615 Contemporary Latin American Writers
  • SOCY1036 Introduction to Latin American Societies
  • SOCY1038 (AADS1138) Race, Class, and Gender
  • SOCY1039 (AADS1139) African World Perspectives
  • SOCY1045 (AADS1110) Introduction to African Diaspora Studies
  • SOCY1148 (NELC2061) Language, Memory and Identity in the Middle East
  • SOCY2254 (AADS2248) (UNAS2254) Advanced Community Service Research Seminar I
  • SOCY2280 (SLAV2065) Society and National Identity in the Balkans
  • SOCY3367 Social Justice in Israel/Palestine
  • THTR3381 Asian Theatre and Drama
  • THEO1107 (AADS1120) Religion in Africa
  • THEO1161 The Religious Quest I
  • THEO5352 Israel and Palestine: Two Peoples, Three Faiths
  • UNAS2254 (AADS2248) (SOCY2254) Advanced Community Service Research Seminar I
  • UNCP5544 (ENGL4637) Capstone: Vision Quest

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Confidentiality of Student Records

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Disclosures to Parents of Students

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Voter Registration Information

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Notice of Non-Discrimination

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Disability Services Office

Services for undergraduate and graduate students with hearing, visual, mobility, medical, psychiatric, and temporary disabilities are coordinated through Paulette Durrett, the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities. Academic support services provided to students who provide appropriate documentation are individualized and may include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters, CART services, electronic textbooks, extended time on exams, alternate testing locations, facilitation of program modification, course under-loads, readers, scribes, and note-takers. The Assistant Dean works with each student individually to determine the appropriate accommodations necessary for the student’s full participation in college programs and activities. For more information, contact the Assistant Dean at 617-552-3470 or visit the website at www.bc.edu/disability.

Services and accommodations for students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are coordinated through the Connors Family Learning Center. The Center, located in O’Neill Library, provides academic support services and accommodations to undergraduate students. The Center’s services are extensive and vary depending upon the unique needs of the individual student. For more information, please contact Dr. Kathy Duggan at 617-552-8093, or visit the website at www.bc.edu/connors.

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Graduate Summer Sessions

Graduate students are able to register for graduate summer courses any time beginning April 7, 2014. The registration deadline for each course is 11:00 p.m. on the first scheduled class meeting. To register after the deadline, follow the Summer Late Registration procedures listed below.

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New Students

Anyone wishing to take graduate level courses during the summer must first be accepted either as a special student or as a degree-seeking student. Contact the appropriate Graduate Admission Office for applications procedures.

Special students will be able to register upon acceptance. To complete the registration process go to Lyons Hall to obtain an Eagle One card (ID), password, and a parking permit. Students will not be able to register without a password.

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Summer Late Registration Procedure

To register for a course(s) after the registration deadline, follow the steps listed below:

  • Obtain a “Late Graduate Registration” form from Lyons Hall or by calling the Office of Student Services at 800-294-0294.
  • Obtain signatures from the instructor for each course on
    the form.
  • Return the form with the required signatures to Lyons Hall and arrange for payment. Forms received without the required signatures or without payment will not be processed.

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Summer Course Drops and Withdrawals

If you need to drop a course, you will receive a 100% refund of tuition if you process the course drop through your Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu by 11:00 p.m. on the first class day or through your dean’s office prior to the second class day.

To withdraw from a course after the first class meeting, go to your Associate Dean’s office. If you are entitled to a refund of tuition, the Office of Student Services will issue an appropriate refund. If you withdraw from a course, that course will be listed on your transcript as a withdrawal, and no refund will be issued.

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Audits

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Pass/Fail

Eligible students may sign-up to take a course pass/fail through their Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu at the time they register. To declare a course pass/fail in the Graduate School of Social Work, contact Liz Cinquino at 617-552-4020. STM students should contact Donna Derosa at 617-552-8440. Students in CGSOM, GSA&S, LGSOE, and WGCAS may not take a course counting toward the degree pass/fail.

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Summer Credit Variation

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Undergraduate Summer Session

Registration Instructions: Undergraduate Day Students

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Non-BC Courses

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Summer Financial Information

Summer Sessions Refund Schedule: All Schools

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Summer Billing Information

On May 2, 2014, the Office of Student Services will generate an online bill for the summer semester. This bill is due upon receipt. A notice will be sent to your BC email address when the statement is ready for viewing.

You should then logon to your Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu and select “My Bill” to view your bill.

Students are encouraged to register before May 1 to ensure proper billing. Charges for courses added or dropped after May 2 will be reflected on a revised bill at the end of May.

If your account remains unresolved with the Office of Student Services, you may be withdrawn from classes and subject to a $150 late payment fee.

Questions regarding billing and payment may be directed to the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, 800-294-0294 or 617-552-3300.

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Register for Courses using UIS

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Academic Calendar

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Final Exam Information

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Financial Information

Billing Information

Tuition and fees for undergraduates are due by August 8, 2014. Restrictions will be placed on any account not resolved by the due date. These restrictions include denied access to the Athletic Complex, use of the ID card and Meal Plan, and the ability to drop and add courses. In addition, a $150.00 late payment fee will be assessed on any account that is not resolved by the due date. In severe cases, students will be withdrawn from the University. Please note all billing statements are sent electronically to your Agora Portal account (portal.bc.edu). Visit www.bc.edu/mybill for more information.

Scholarship holders are not exempt from payment of registration fees, acceptance fees, insurance, and miscellaneous fees at the time prescribed.

Tuition and fees for the Graduate Schools of Management, Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, Social Work, and School of Theology and Ministry are billed on or about July 15, 2014. Payment is due by September 12, 2014. All students should be registered for fall semester by August 8. The tuition for the Law School is due by August 8, 2014. There is a $150.00 late payment fee for payments received after the due date. In severe cases, students whose accounts are not resolved by the due date may be withdrawn from the University.

Questions regarding billing and payment should be directed to the Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, at 617-552-3300 or 800-294-0294.

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E-Payment

The University offers web-based payments directly from your savings or checking account. You may make an e-payment through the MyBill option in your Agora Portal account (portal.bc.edu) or at https://portal.bc.edu/webpayment.

The University does not accept credit card payments for tuition, fees, or room and board, except for the students in the Woods College of Advancing Studies (WCAS).

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Massachusetts Medical Insurance

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Withdrawals and Refunds

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Directory and Office Locations

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