Financial Aid Process, Scholarships, Assistantships & Employment

Applying for Financial Aid

Boston College knows that applying for financial aid can be a confusing and lengthy process. We encourage you to utilize the resources provided on the Financial Aid Website to give you and your family the tools and information necessary to help make a Boston College education possible. The financial aid staff is committed to working with you as you navigate this process. 

Please note: all students must apply annually if seeking aid. Prior year funding is not renewed.

Undergraduate Students:
At the undergraduate level, the first step in applying for need based Financial Aid, is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), using your FSA ID. Federal aid includes Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Direct Loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized, Perkins loans, Nursing loans, and Work-Study. State aid varies by state.

This process is also required for need-based scholarships. Please complete the FAFSA if you would like to be considered for need-based scholarships.  

In addition to completing the FAFSA, please follow the steps outlined on the Boston College Financial Aid page.  International students are not eligible for need-based aid.

Graduate Students:
Before beginning the financial aid process, you'll want to review requirements for your eligibility. Eligible students should then begin the process by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Undergraduate Merit-based scholarship funding

Merit-based scholarships are awarded by the Woods College. Scholarship funding is awarded on an as-available basis and is limited.  Consideration for scholarships for all undergraduates begins with the submission of the Boston College Application for Financial Aid and the Woods College Scholarship Application as well as a one-page essay.  Essays should be submitted via email to (Please include name and Eagle ID number on separate scholarship essay). 

Notification of awards will be provided by the end of each month.  Please note all completed scholarship applications will be reviewed monthly.  Required materials include the BC Application for Financial Aid, the Woods College scholarship form, and the Woods College 500-word scholarship essay addressing one of the following questions: 

1)  Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

2)  Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

3) Tell us about your experiences with student formation, the effect the experiences have had and what you hope to garner from future experiences. 

All essays must be submitted via email to  Essays must have the student's name and Eagle ID at the top of each page.

Any questions you may have can be discussed with your advisor, program director or submitted via email to  Emails should have the word SCHOLARSHIP in the subject line.    

*Merit scholarship for summer session will only be funded under the following conditions:

1. The student is in final semester (summer) needed to complete degree. Up to 2 courses will be funded.

2. Courses being taken are only offered in the summer term

Scholarship funding for graduate students is not available.

International students are eligible only for merit scholarships.  Any international student finding him or herself in a situation in which academic funding is impaired should notify their advisor and/or program director.  If an international student is asked to apply for a scholarship based upon their specific needs, the process requires submission of Woods College Scholarship Application and Essay ONLY.

Philanthropist Bernard Osher
Osher Foundation

Philanthropist Bernard Osher
Osher Foundation

Osher Scholarship Program for Returning Adult Students

This is a tuition-only scholarship available to Woods College students enrolled in the undergraduate degree program.  In order to apply, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Have experienced a cumulative gap in education of five or more years
  • Are pursuing thei first bachelor's degree
  • Anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time after receiving a degree
  • Demonstrate financial need

To apply to the Osher Scholarship program, complete the online application.  Essay should addresses the following question:

How will the experience of earning a Bachelor's Degree impact your future life plans?

Some students choose to work while attending BC, either on- or off-campus. The Office of Graduate Student Life maintains a listing of various opportunities.

Visit the GSL Website 

Boston College Student Services maintains a website developed to assist students in their search for hourly paid employment, as well as provide a wide range of information. 

Visit the Student Employment Website

Additional Resources

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