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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 apply for federal financial aid, you must meet the following criteria:

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

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 January 1st.
  • A PIN is necessary to electronically sign your FAFSA online. If you do not have one or have forgotten your PIN, go to to obtain one before starting the FAFSA online.
  • You will need to have your 2014 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 Deadlines

  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. 16, 2015
April 15, 2015
Feb. 16, 2015
Completed BC Graduate Financial Aid Application/Validation Form
Feb. 23, 2015
April 15, 2015
Feb. 23, 2015

*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 for
Students Enrolled for…
  Must Be Received by…
Summer only   June 12, 2015
Summer and Fall only   November 2, 2015
Academic year only (Fall and Spring)
  April 8, 2016

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