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Welcome and Congratulations! As a graduate student, you are about to embark on an exciting, fulfilling, and rigorous adventure toward a graduate degree. The Financial Aid Officers are committed to helping you navigate the process of applying for federal financial aid and alternative loans. The following steps will help make applying for financial aid easier and more understandable.

In order to receive federal financial aid, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (see FAFSA for details).
  • You have been accepted into a graduate or professional degree or certificate program.
  • You are enrolled at least half-time each semester you wish to be considered for aid (half-time is generally 6 credits).
  • You have maintained satisfactory academic progress.

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Online at or paper FAFSA (PDF).
  • Earliest date to submit FAFSA for the next academic year is October 1st.
  • You will need your FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA online.
  • You will need to have your 2015 Federal Tax information handy to complete the FAFSA.
  • Boston College's Federal School Code is 002128.

Step 2: Complete the Boston College Graduate Financial Aid Application.

  • You can download a copy of the application here.
  • Be sure to answer all the questions on this application.
    • Missing information can delay the processing of your application.
    • If a question does not pertain to you, please note "NA" in the space provided.

Remember to keep a copy of the application before mailing it to:

Boston College Financial Aid Processing Center
P.O. Box 67486
Chestnut Hill, MA  02467

Also note that it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all required forms are received by the stated deadlines.

Graduate Student Priority Deadlines—Students can send in their forms after the priority deadline. (Please review message to late applicants below.)

  Incoming Graduates (Feb. 1 or Earlier Admission Deadlines) Continuing Graduates (Academic-Year Only Applicants) Summer Federal Direct Loan and/or Summer Federal Work-Study Applicants*
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted electronically or paper FAFSA (pdf)
Feb. 17, 2017
April 18, 2017
Feb. 17, 2017
Completed BC Graduate Financial Aid Application
Feb. 24, 2017
April 18, 2017
Feb. 24, 2017

*Incoming graduate students admitted for the academic year are not eligible for Summer Federal Work-Study.

Message to Late Applicants

In order to be considered for Federal financial aid, your application and processed FAFSA must be received by BC before the end of the enrollment period. Application materials that are received after the following dates cannot be processed and federal financial aid cannot be received.

Application Materials for
Students Enrolled for…
  Must Be Received by…
Summer only   June 19, 2017
Summer and Fall only   November 6, 2017
Academic year only (Fall and Spring)
  April 9, 2018

Students must plan ahead and be prepared to pay for books and/or living expenses until funds have been received.