Scholarships & Loans

Scholarships

We consider all admitted students for our merit-based scholarships, which we award based on the information in your admission application. Notification of merit scholarship awards begins by email in February and continues on an ongoing basis throughout the spring. Scholarship notification generally occurs one to two weeks after admission.

Loans

All applicants seeking federal financial aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to receive federal loans, including Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans.

  • You can file your FAFSA as early as October 1. Our FAFSA code is 002128.

  • After you’re accepted, our Financial Aid Office reviews your FAFSA and calculates an award. Access your award letter through our Agora Portal. (We’ll email you Agora login information after you’re accepted.)

  • If the Student Aid Report (SAR) sent to you by the federal processor indicates that your processed FAFSA was selected for Federal Verification, then our office will notify you in writing of the requirement(s) and any docuents that you must provide to us. In addition, you will be required to complete, sign, and send to our Financial Aid Processing Center the Grad/Law Verification Form that can be accessed here. Please note that you should not complete the Grad/Law Verification Form if your FAFSA was not selected for federal verification.

Law School Scholarships


The total amount of all scholarships in any year cannot exceed your tuition charges. If you receive outside assistance that exceeds your tuition charges, we must adjust your BC Law scholarship assistance.

Merit Scholarships

We consider all admitted students for our merit-based scholarships, which we award based on the information in your admission application. Notification of merit scholarship awards begins in February and continues on an ongoing basis throughout the spring.

Public Service Scholarships

We award full-tuition Public Service Scholarships to highly qualified applicants committed to practicing public service law after graduation. A committee appointed by the Dean selects recipients, and Public Service Scholarship applications are included in the J.D. application.

Priority deadline: February 1.

The committee uses the following criteria for evaluating applicants:

  • Demonstrated commitment to serve the public through employment, advocacy, or volunteer activities
  • Stated intent to pursue a career in public service or public interest law
  • Past academic performance and evidence of exceptional academic promise and leadership


Finalists for the Public Service Scholarships must be available for in-person or phone interviews. These scholarships are renewable for 2L and 3L years.

Applicants who have not yet been accepted for admission will be considered on a rolling basis after they are admitted only if the Committee has not yet awarded all scholarships at the time of their acceptance. Late scholarship applications may be considered if all Public Service Scholars have not yet been awarded.

Employment Requirements

Public Service Scholars must work for government or public interest organizations during both of their law school summers and after graduation.

Three categories of employers qualify as public interest organizations:

  • Organizations that provide direct legal services to clients who are indigent and/or members of traditionally underrepresented groups
  • Private, non-profit employers
  • State, municipal or federal government


Exceptions to this policy are considered in extraordinary circumstances and must be authorized by the Committee.

Public Service Scholarship recipients must sign a statement acknowledging their intention to enter a career in public service and their moral obligation to repay BC Law the pro-rated value of the scholarship if the minimum, 5-year commitment to working in public service after graduation is compromised. Public Service Scholars who work fewer than five years in public service are expected to repay the scholarship for the remaining years of their commitment.

Other Requirements

Recipients must reapply each year for the award. The Committee requires an updated resume and list of activities, including summer work (either paid or volunteer) that demonstrates the recipient's continued commitment to public service and public interest law. Public Service Scholars will be required to provide new commitment letters before the beginning of each fall semester.

Public Service Scholars are expected to take a substantial leadership role in the BC Law public interest community. Activities that fulfill this expectation include:

  • Helping to develop and run the annual Public Interest Law Retreat
  • Providing substantial support or assuming a leadership role with our Public Interest Law Foundation, Pro Bono Board, or other public interest organizations as appropriate
  • Offering significant programming and communications suport promoting public service at BC Law

Outside Scholarships

There are a number of outside scholarships to which BC Law students can apply. In addition to the list below, Fastweb is a helpful resource for information on scholarships.


Law Preview Scholarships Sponsored by Fitzpatrick Cella and LexisNexis

Law Preview, Fitzpatrick Cella, and LexisNexis provide Law Preview Scholarships to select members of our entering class.


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

The St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Worcester awards $3,000 to a law student attending an accredited school in the fall. Applicants or parents must be registered and active members of a parish in the Diocese of Worcester.

Deadline: June 30


Adler Pollock & Sheehan Diversity Scholarship


The annual Adler Pollock & Sheehan (AP&S) Diversity Scholarship awards $10,000 to a minority student with demonstrated financial need, academic excellence, and a commitment to community. Applicants must have permanent residency in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. Scholarship recipients with high academic achievement during their 1L year are also considered for summer employment at AP&S.

Deadline: June 1


Hudson County Bar Foundation

The Hudson County Bar Foundation awards scholarships to members of the 2019 entering class with proof of Hudson County, NJ residency. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and meet certain academic standards.

Deadline: May 13


Founderdocs Startup Law Scholarship

Founderdocs awards an annual $500 scholarship to help with tuition, books, and other expenses.

Deadline: October 1


USAttorneys.com National Scholarship Essay Contest


USAttorneys.com awards $1,500 to incoming law students who win its essay contest. Participants must be U.S. citizens and must write about divorce law, child custody, or divorce mediation in the context of their home state’s laws.

The scholarship is bi-annual and renews twice a year, with the deadlines January 15th and June 1st.

Loans
  

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans allow students enrolled at least half time to borrow up to $20,500 per year at a fixed 6% interest rate. Interest begins to accrue upon disbursement of the loan funds, and repayment begins six months after you graduate or are no longer enrolled at least half-time.

Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan

Federal Grad PLUS Loans are offered at a fixed 7% interest rate. The government deducts a loan fee prior to disbursement. Many law students borrow a Grad PLUS Loan in an amount that exceeds tuition and fees and use the remainder of the loan for living expenses.

Loan Processing

To receive the loan funding for which you are eligible, you must complete all of the folowing steps:

Entrance Counseling

Federal regulation requires that student who borrow federal Stafford or Grad Plus loans must complete an entrance counseling session prior to funds disbursing to student accounts. You may complete this short online session at http://studentloans.gov.  Boston College will not be able to receive your loan funds until you complete this step.

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 Boston College Direct Loan website. You will need your FSA ID in order to e-sign your MPN.  Your loans will not be disbursed to your student account until you complete this process. 

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 Boston College Federal Direct PLUS Loans website.

Student Employment


Federal Work-Study Programs

Boston College offers a variety of employment opportunities through the Federal Work-Study Program. Academic-year and summer work-study opportunities may be on campus or at off-campus, non-profit agencies and often involve law-related work. Work-study is awarded through the Financial Aid Office.

Other Student Employment

The Student Employment Office is a clearinghouse for all positions on and off campus. Students may apply for positions during the academic year and the summer. View a list of the current student employment opportunities.

The Law School recognizes that students may need to work during the academic year to finance their educations. American Bar Association accreditation standards require full-time students to limit employment to a maximum of 20 hours per week. We strongly discourage substantial employment during the first year of law school.

BC Law also supports students who 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.

BC Law graduates who choose to pursue careers in public interest may acquire additional assistance through the Francis X. Bellotti Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Program.

 

International Students


International Students with Citizenship

International students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are fully eligible to receive all types of financial aid, including federal student loans.

International Students without Citizenship

International students who don’t hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status should make arrangements for their financial obligations to BC Law and their entire stay in the U.S. before leaving their home country.

Financial aid for international students is limited to Public Service Scholarships and merit-based scholarships.

Some private companies may make student loans to international students. Many of these companies require a U.S. citizen as a co-signer on the loan application, but a few, such as MPOWER Financing, do not.

Visa forms will be mailed to students once they have been accepted and have verified they can meet their financial obligations.