applying for graduate financial aid
You have submitted your FAFSA and Boston College Graduate Student Financial Aid Application and are on your way to receiving your federal Stafford loans from BC!
Depending on the time of year, it may take some time to hear back from us. Incoming graduate students and returning graduate students can check their financial aid award notification to view their award.
Know Your Options
In the meantime, please use this waiting period to begin to formulate your financial plan for attending BC. There are a variety of funding opportunities available that you can use in any combination that works best for your situation. If you have not already done so, please take a look at assistanship information on the Graduate Student Life website. You may also check with your admissions office about available scholarships.
Loans and participation in BC's payment plan are other options for funding the remaining balance of a student's cost of attendance.
Hopefully you've found a few funding possibilities that you are eligible for and you think might work for you. Now it's just a matter of knowing how much you will need to cover. Once you receive your award notification letter, you can estimate your costs.
Action Items: How Much?
In order to calculate your estimated costs, you will need the following:
- Our Financial Planning Worksheet (LINK)
- Your Award Notification
- Our Tuition and Fees
Please be aware that tuition and fees change each year. Make sure your estimates are calculated based on the correct year's information!
Just fill in the blanks of the worksheet based on the figures from your award notification and our Tuition and Fees page. This can be a little overwhelming because it is a lot of information. Just take your time and know that you can contact us if you have any questions during the process!
At this point you should have an estimate for the year and a tentative plan as to how you will cover your costs. Once you receive your bill, you'll be ready for the: