Questbridge, ED1 and ED2 applicants: Since the FAFSA application will not be available prior to the aid application deadline, applicants who apply for financial aid will be reviewed based on the information from the CSS Profile form and submitted tax documentation. The tentative aid awards will provide general information about the types of awards you will be able to receive (grants, work, and/or loans). Students will be encouraged to complete their FAFSA as soon as possible when it becomes available. Updated awards based on both the FAFSA and CSS Profile information will be provided by April 1, 2024.
Regular decision and fall transfer students: We anticipate that the FAFSA application will be available for your aid application deadline. The initial award you receive should be based on both the FAFSA and CSS Profile.
Incoming Student FAQs
What documents are required to be submitted by my financial aid deadline?
We have a full list of requirements (www.bc.edu/undergradaid) that details all the documentation needed in order to complete your financial aid file. Please note that due to the delayed availability of the FAFSA, early applicants (Questbridge, ED1 and ED2) students will not be able to submit their FAFSA information until it becomes available. We will still need the other requested documents by the published deadline.
Is there any penalty if I submit some of the required documents after the stated deadline?
No. The deadline is a priority submission deadline to help ensure we have all the necessary documents in enough time to provide a financial aid offer with your decision release. If you have forgotten to provide something that is needed, you should submit the information as soon as possible.
The FAFSA is removing the number in college from their calculation. How will this impact my financial aid offer?
A major part of Boston College’s financial aid philosophy is our belief in need-based aid. We are committed to meeting a student’s full demonstrated need as determined by our institutional application (CSS Profile). As a part of our institutional review, we will still be accounting for additional siblings enrolled in undergraduate degree programs for financial aid eligibility. The change to the federal policy for number in college should not have a major impact on your institutional eligibility.
I applied ED1. Why does my award not contain information about federal and state funds?
Due to the delay in the FAFSA application, we will not be able to confidently speculate on eligibility for federal funds. The award you receive(d) will be based on your institutional eligibility for need-based funds. We encourage you to complete your FAFSA as soon as it is available, and we will provide you with an updated award by April 2024.
My financial aid offer was constructed only using the CSS Profile. Will it change significantly when I complete the FAFSA?
When student’s complete the FAFSA form, your application is run through a variety of eligibility checks as a part of the process. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements for federal aid, and the information provided on the FAFSA form is consistent with the information provided on the CSS Profile, we do not anticipate there will be any significant changes. This also means that you should not expect to see any significant increase from your initial award once the FAFSA information is received.
Do I still need to complete the FAFSA if I received a financial aid offer?
Yes, to be eligible for financial aid, you must also complete the FAFSA once it becomes available.
I have received my updated award in April 2024, but why is it still listed as conditional?
All incoming applicant awards are considered Conditional until after the May 1 admissions deadline. This has always been the case. After that time, the Office of Student Services will follow up with all enrolled students to collect an additional BC form to confirm answers that you have previously provided. After that form is reviewed, your financial aid offer will be updated from Conditional to Final.