Funding Your Studies
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The STM is deeply committed to assisting academically qualified students afford an excellent graduate education. Each year, generous funding is provided to new students through several types of financial assistance, supporting those candidates who have the strongest academic credentials, ministerial commitment, and greatest financial need. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the associate dean, Dr. Adam Poluzzi, for questions regarding funding (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-552-6506).
STM Scholarships and Fellowships
By completing and submitting your STM application, you are automatically considered for any scholarships/fellowships for which you may be eligible. There is not a separate application to be considered for scholarship aid. Tuition scholarships and a limited number of dean's fellowships are offered each year. These awards are based on considerations of academic achievement, potential for ministry, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. They are awarded at the time of admission and are usually renewable at the same level in years following the student’s initial award year, assuming the student’s need and academic standing do not change markedly.
Assistantships, Externships, and Employment Opportunities
Students can take advantage of the many possibilities for student employment -- within the STM, throughout the greater Boston College campus, and in the surrounding community.
The STM has over 20 graduate and research assistantship positions available, with offerings expanding nearly every year. In addition to the financial benefits of these positions, our students and alumni often report on the professional and ministerial skills gained from their time as graduate assistants. The majority of these positions last for one year and are reserved to support entering, first year students. Our GAs coordinate events, welcome visitors, engage with social media, facilitate outreach, and develop other skills. RA candidates are identified during the admissions process as demonstrating both outstanding prior academic achievement and future potential, and work directly with faculty members, usually supporting a specific academic project.
The application process for these positions begins during the admissions process. If you are interested in being considered for the positions we have available, make sure to indicate that on your application form (there is a question that asks about assistantships).
STM externships offer students administrative experience in positions throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, in parishes, schools, and other service offices. Both new and returning students are welcome to apply for these positions. A specific application for the externship program is made available (emailed to all eligible students) each spring for the following academic year.
Boston College Positions
Beyond the STM, there are many positions offered throughout the Boston College campus. Because they are open to all graduate students (both new and returning at all of BC’s graduate and professional schools), the hiring process for these positions is very competitive, and these positions can be particularly difficult for entering students to secure. In the past, our students have been especially successful at acquiring GA positions on main campus in their second or third years of study — after having had the opportunity to establish themselves at BC. We recommend our students spend the first year getting involved on campus, building a network, and discerning their interests, while potentially working in a position at STM or volunteering in Campus Ministry as a service trip mentor or retreat facilitator.
Both the BC Office of Graduate Student Life and the BC Office of Student Services maintain listings of potential assistantships and work-study positions open to all Boston College graduate students.
Examples of Positions
In past years, STM students have worked in graduate assistantships in offices including:
- STM Service Center
- STM Admissions Office
- STM Continuing Education
- Campus Ministry
- Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies
- BC Advancement Office
- Volunteer and Service Learning Center
- Roche Center for Catholic Education
- Church in the 21st Century Center
- BC President's Office
- BC Information Technology Services
- Center for Teaching Excellence
- Center for Student Formation
- Women’s Resource Center
Federal Student Loans
The Office of Student Services at Boston College provides the option for students to apply for federal financial aid (loans and work-study). There is a separate application process for federal financial. Two forms are required as part of the federal financial aid application process, the FAFSA and the BC Graduate Student Financial Aid Form. Both of these forms must be filled out in order for the Office of Student Services to create a loan package for you. Learn more about federal student loans. Please note: You do not need to file these forms if you are only interested in being considered for potential scholarships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships.
Cost of Attendance
The STM Tuition rate per credit 2017-2018: $1,064 per credit
2017-2018 student expenses before financial aid:
Tuition and fees: $25,636 (24 credits at $1,064 per credit plus $100 in fees)
Rent and utilities: $11,000
Personal expenses: $4,900