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Financial Aid

general information

 

Incoming Student Aid Process
Transfer Student Aid Process
Tuition & Refund Policy

Returning Student Aid Process
Federal Loan Application
Outside Scholarships
International Student Aid
Public Service Scholarship

86% of our students receive financial assistance, and 70% of our incoming students received scholarship assistance in 2016.

BC Law offers both merit-based scholarships and full-tuition Public Service Scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded based on the information in your application for admission and a separate application is not required.  All admitted applicants are considered for merit scholarships.  Notification of merit scholarship awards typically begins in mid-February and continues on an ongoing basis throughout the spring.

The application process for the Public Service Scholarships is described below.

Additionally, the Law School generously supports students who choose to spend one or more of their summers working in public interest. Summer work-study and stipends are awarded to approximately 170 students each year to fund 10- week, full-time positions in government, public interest, or non-profit sector jobs.

Financial assistance is also available to BC Law graduates who choose to pursue careers in public interest, primarily through the Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Program.


INCOMING FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 2016-2017

Application Priority Deadline:  March 15, 2016

Applicants to BC Law who wish to be considered for federal aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.  For priority consideration, these forms should be submitted online by March 15, 2016 even if you haven't received an admission decision yet.  

  • 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    Filing a FAFSA is required to receive federal financial aid, including Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans which may be used to pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses. The FAFSA, available at www.fafsa.ed.gov, should be filed as soon as possible after January 1, 2016. If you have not yet completed your 2015 federal income tax returns, use estimated data to ensure meeting the priority deadline.  The Boston College federal school code for the FAFSA is 002128.
     

Upon your acceptance to the law school, an initial review of your processed FAFSA will take place and the Financial Aid Office will calculate an award. Award letters are accessed via Boston College's intranet system known as the Agora Portal.  You will be emailed credentials for accessing Agora shortly after admission.

TRANSFER STUDENT FINANCIAL AID PROCESS FOR 2016-2017


Transfer students can be awarded up to $20,500 in the federal Direct Stafford Loan Program.  Additionally, transfer students are eligible to apply for the federal Grad PLUS loan to supplement the Stafford loan and help pay for living expenses.  The FAFSA must be submitted in order to be eligible for federal aid.

Upon acceptance, an initial review of your processed FAFSA data will take place and the Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility for federal Direct Stafford Loans. Award notifications are accessed via Boston College's intranet system known as the Agora Portal.  You will be mailed credentials for accessing Agora shortly after admission.

For more information regarding the financial aid process for 2016-2017, call us at 617-552-4243.

TUITION

 

Tuition for full-time students during the 2016-2017 academic year is $25,310 per semester. Fall semester is billed in June and due in August.  Spring tuition is billed in November and due in December. The Trustees of Boston College reserve the right to increase tuition and fees and to set new fees. Any changes may be made applicable to students already enrolled in the school.

LAW SCHOOL 2015-2016
 
 
Tuition   $50,620
Fees   $180
Books   $1,300
Total:   $52,100

LIVING EXPENSES

   
Room  
$8,100
Board   $3,200

Utilities

Transportation

 

$1,485

$2,020

Personal
  $3,255
Total:   $18,060
     

TOTAL BUDGET

  $70,160

*Room = Rent: $900 x 9 months = $8,100

Withdrawals and Refunds

Tuition is refundable if notice of withdrawal is made in writing to the Dean, using the appropriate university form. The date of receipt of the withdrawal notice will determine the amount of tuition refunded.

 NOTICE
 REFUND
 Within two weeks
after first class
 80%
 Within three weeks
after first class
 60%
 Within four weeks
after first class
 40%
 Within five weeks
after first class
20%

 

No tuition will be refunded after the fifth week of classes.

 

CONTINUING STUDENTS FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION PROCESS FOR 2016-2017

 

To renew your financial aid for your 2L and 3L years you must complete the two applications below each year. Deadline: April 15, 2016

The FAFSA, available on the FAFSA website, must be completed as soon as possible after January 1, 2016.  If you have not yet completed your 2015 federal income tax returns,  use estimated tax information so that you may submit the form in a timely manner.

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A 2016-2017 Boston College Law School Financial Aid Application/Validation Form must be completed each year. Applicants must complete every question this form. If a question does not apply, note "N/A" in the space provided. If questions are left blank, your application will be returned to you for completion and this will delay the review of your file. Any special circumstances you would like us to consider may be addressed in either the Special Circumstances section or on an addendum included with the application. We recommend that you copy your application for your records prior to mailing it.

Please mail the BC Law School Financial Aid Application/Validation Form and any necessary tax forms to:

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

Loan Processing

To receive the loan funding for which you are eligible, applicants must submit:

Federal Direct Loans

You must complete a master promissory note (MPN) with the US Department of Education's Direct Loan. To complete your MPN, please visit the Direct Loan website at: /offices/stserv/financial/finaid/federal_student_loans/federal_direct.html You will need your FAFSA PIN to access the site in order to e-sign your MPN.  Your loans will not be disbursed to your student account until you complete this process.  In addition to completing the MPN, you will also need to complete Entrance Counseling prior to your loans being disbursed. Further information on Entrance Counseling is below.

Federal Grad PLUS Loan

Law students are eligible to apply for federal Grad PLUS loans; however, you must first have your eligibility for the federal Stafford Loan program determined. To learn more about PLUS loans, please visit the BC website at /offices/stserv/financial/finaid/federal_student_loans/plus.html

Entrance Counseling

Federal regulation requires that student who borrow federal Stafford, Grad Plus or Perkins loan(s) must complete an entrance counseling session prior to funds  disbursing to student accounts.  You may complete this short online session at http://studentloans.gov.  Until you have completed this process, Boston College will not be able to receive your loan funds.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

From time to time we are contacted by outside organizations sponsoring scholarships for prospective and/or current law students.  You can also visit FastAid for outside scholarship opportunities on-line. FastAid.com is the world's oldest and largest private-sector scholarship database.

Law Preview Scholarships Sponsored by Fitzpatrick Cella and LexisNexis

Law Preview (the nation's largest law school prep course) has teamed up with Fitzpatrick Cella and LexisNexis to provide Law Preview Scholarships to select members of our entering class. Fitzpatrick Cella and LexisNexis have generously agreed to help entering students prepare for the unique challenges they will face during their 1L year at BC Law by paying the cost of tuition for a law school prep course. Visit http://lawpreview.barbri.com/scholarships/.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester St. Thomas More Law School Scholarship

The St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Worcester is awarding a scholarship of not less than $3000 to a law student attending an accredited law school in the fall. Applicants or parents must be registered and active members of a parish in the Diocese of Worcester. Applicants may be in any year of law school studies. Applications may be obtained by visiting the diocesan website, www.worcesterdiocese.org/st-thomas-more-society, by mailing requests to: St. Thomas More Society, Chancery Office, 49 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609 or by calling Julie Schroeder at 508-929-4345. Applications are due on before June 30, 2016.

Adler Pollock & Sheehan Diversity Scholarship

Members of the incoming class of 2019 are invited to apply for the Adler Pollock & Sheehan (AP&S) Diversity Scholarship.  One annual scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded to a minority student with financial need, demonstrated academic excellence, and a demonstrated commitment to community.  Members of some of the minority groups that will be considered include the following:  African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Gay/Lesbian, or other minority group. Additional qualifying criteria include permanent residency in Massachusetts or Rhode Island.  Scholarship recipients with high academic achievement during their first year of law school will be considered for summer employment at AP&S.  For further details and to download an application, please visit www.apslaw.com.  Application deadline:  June 1, 2016.

Hudson County Bar Foundation

The Hudson County Bar Foundation (NJ) is awarding scholarships to members of the entering class ('19) with proof of Hudson County, New Jersey residency.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need and account for appropriate academic standards. For inquiries, please contact the Hudson County Bar Foundation at (201) 798-4708.  Post mark deadline no later then May 13, 2016.

Founderdocs Startup Law Scholarship

Founderdocs is inviting applications for its annual Startup Law Scholarship program to foster more and better start up lawyers for the future.  Founderdocs will award a $500 scholarship to the winning applicant to help finance law school expenses. Application submission deadline is before October 1st, 2016.  For further details, please visit http://founderdocs.io/startup-law-scholarship/


USAttorneys.com National Scholarship Essay Contest

USAttorneys.com invites incoming law students to participate in an essay contest.  The winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship.  Participants can write on any of the following topics:  Divorce Law, Child Custody or Divorce Mediation as these pertain to the laws of their home state.  Eligibility requirements include US Citizenship.  The essay contest/scholarship application cycle starts on June 16, 2016 and the essay submission deadline is January 15, 2017 at midnight.  For additional details, please see http://divorce.usattorneys.com/scholarship-program/.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

All international students who do not hold U.S. citizenship or U.S. Permanent Residency status should make arrangements for their financial obligations to Boston College Law School and for their entire stay in the United States before leaving their homeland. The availability of financial aid for international students is limited to scholarships based on the merit of their admission application.  International students who apply for the Public Service Scholarship will also be considered, on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to Public Service work. There are some private companies that will make student loans to international students, but these companies all require a U.S. citizen as a co-signer on the loan application.  Visa forms will be mailed to students once they have been accepted and have verified they can meet the financial obligations set by BC Law. All international students who do hold U.S. citizenship or are U.S. Permanent Residents are fully eligible to receive all types of financial aid.