Applying for Aid

Borrowing at Boston College

48%

Percent of students who borrowed a Federal student loan

$15,320

Average total Federal loan amount borrowed by students

Class of 2019

$159

Approximate Federal loan monthly payment over a ten-year period

 

Boston College is committed to providing information in a manner that is accessible to all. If you are in need of a printed copy of the material presented on this web page, please contact the Office of Student Services.

Boston College awards need-based financial aid. You are eligible to apply for need-based aid if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. We do not offer merit financial aid through this office. Please note Boston College does not participate in IDOC. You must submit all required documents to:

Boston College Financial Aid Processing Center
124 Heritage Avenue Suite #14
Portsmouth, NH 03801

You may also send documents to studentservices@bc.edu. If submitting electronically, please use .PDF as the formatted file type. W-2's and tax returns should be sent as two separate PDF's.

Please write the student's eagle number on each page submitted.

To apply for federal and/or state aid, you need 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, Nursing loans, and Work-Study. State aid varies by state. Once the FAFSA is completed, you may be selected by the Federal Processor for a process called Verification, which means you will have ​to provide additional requirements to verify actual tax data​. For more information, visit the Verification tab on this page.

Priority Filing Dates

Form Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision Transfer WCAS
FAFSA (online)
BC FAFSA code: 002128
Must be submitted for all federal and state aid.
November 1 January 1

February 1
(Sept. Admission)

November 1
(Jan. Admission)

September Admission:
April 1

January Admission:
November 1

September Admission:
February 1

January Admission:
November 1

CSS Profile
BC Profile code: 3083
Must be submitted for all need-based institutional aid.
November 1 January 1


February 1
(Sept. Admission)

November 1
(Jan. Admission)

September Admission:
April 1

January Admission:
November 1

Boston College Financial Aid Application:
April 15
Signed copy of student's 2018 federal tax return, including all schedules and W-2 statements November 1 January 1

February 1
(Sept. Admission)

November 1
(Jan. Admission)

September Admission:
April 1

January Admission:
November 1

April 15
Signed copy of your parents' 2018 federal tax return, including all schedules and W-2 statements November 1 January 1

February 1
(Sept. Admission)

November 1
(Jan. Admission)

September Admission:
April 1

January Admission:
November 1

April 15
Copy of your noncustodial parent's 2018 federal tax return, including all schedules and W-2 statements November 1 January 1

February 1
(Sept. Admission)

November 1
(Jan. Admission)

September Admission:
April 1

January Admission:
November 1

April 15
Electronic Noncustodial Parent's Statement (Freshmen and Transfers only)** November 1 January 1

February 1
(Sept. Admission)

November 1
(Jan. Admission)

September Admission:
April 1

January Admission:
November 1

April 15
Copy of 2018 federal business tax returns (1065, 1120, 1120S) with K-1s and all schedules in lieu of the Business/Farm Supplement. November 1 January 1

February 1
(Sept. Admission)

November 1
(Jan. Admission)

September Admission:
April 1

January Admission:
November 1

April 15
Business Farm Supplement
(if applicable)
Please submit if you or your parent(s) own any interest in a farm.
November 1 January 1

February 1
(Sept. Admission)

November 1
(Jan. Admission)

September Admission:
April 1

January Admission:
November 1

April 15

Please note that by completing only the FAFSA, Boston College is not able to determine your eligibility for institutional need-based grants. In order to be considered for all institutional need-based aid as well as all federal and state aid, you must complete the FAFSA and the forms listed above, if applicable to your situation.

**You will receive instructions on how to complete this form online when you complete your CSS Profile.

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Financial aid awards are released in the Agora Portal according to the following schedule:

Application Award Notification
Early Decision I Mid-December
Early Decision II Mid-February
Regular Decision Late March
Transfer Rolling
WCAS Rolling
Current Undergraduates Late June

Students can access their financial aid application and financial aid award information online. You are encouraged to monitor your financial aid status online before contacting Student Services. The following financial aid information is available online:

  • Financial aid application document status
  • Financial aid award status
  • View your financial aid award
  • Adjust your financial aid award
  • Report outside scholarships
  • Financial aid award history

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Students can access their financial aid application and financial aid award information online. You are encouraged to monitor your financial aid status online before contacting Student Services. The following financial aid information is available online:

  • Financial aid application document status
  • Financial aid award status
  • View your financial aid award
  • Adjust your financial aid award
  • Report outside scholarships
  • Financial aid award history

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Boston College believes that the primary responsibility for educational expenses lies with the student and the family. Therefore, both biological parents must submit financial information in order to establish a student’s eligibility for financial aid.

For exact details on what you need to submit, visit www.bc.edu/finaidapp.

If the whereabouts of your noncustodial parent are unknown, or if there are extenuating circumstances regarding your situation, please complete the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition. Please provide supporting documentation from a third party. Requests without supporting documentation will not be reviewed. Refusal of your noncustodial parent to provide information or support does not constitute a waiver.

Please note that Boston College will also accept the Noncustodial PROFILE Waiver Request made available to incoming students by the College Board.

All information is kept strictly confidential, unless a signed release is provided authorizing the sharing of information between all parties.

A student is considered federally independent if he/she is:

  • 24 years old
  • married
  • serving on active duty in the US Armed Forces
  • a veteran
  • a parent with dependents
  • an emancipated minor
  • homeless
  • assigned a legal guardian before the age of 18

 

For institutional aid purposes, all undergraduates at Boston College are considered dependent. We will only consider students independent in extreme circumstances. The student should submit a letter appealing dependency status to the Office of Student Services. The appeal letter should outline the student's relationship with his/her parents. We also require a letter from a third-party (counselor, teacher, social worker, lawyer for example) in support of the claim.

Financial aid for Boston College's summer sessions is limited. Federal Direct Loans, Pell Grants, and private educational loans are the only sources of funding available for summer enrollment.

To be considered for any Federal financial aid, all students must be at least half-time (6 credits) in a degree program and must have completed Boston College's financial aid application process.

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Boston College is committed to providing information in a manner that is accessible to all. If you are in need of a printed copy of the material presented on this web page, please contact the Office of Student Services.

Our goal is to accurately determine your family’s ability to contribute toward your education and to provide the most appropriate need-based financial aid package; taking into consideration all application materials provided to the financial aid office. You may request a secondary review of your financial aid package at any time due to a change in your family’s circumstances. Information presented in your appeal should be either new information or information that has changed significantly from your initial application materials.

Please submit a detailed letter of explanation regarding your special circumstances, along with the Financial Aid Appeal Form and all other applicable documentation listed on the appeal form, as it pertains to your specific circumstances. Additional documentation may include (but is not limited to): tax returns, paystubs, termination letter, severance letter, death certificate, medical bills, receipts, and information about unemployment compensation, Social Security and/or disability benefits. 

Special Circumstances do include the following:

  • Loss of employment
  • Extraordinary unreimbursed medical expenses
  • One-time income received (from capital gain or distribution, etc.)
  • Death of parent


Special Circumstances do not include the following:

  • Student or parent(s) who does not wish to borrow to cover educational expenses
  • Parent(s) refusal to contribute to educational expenses
  • Parent(s) payment of student loans for older sibling
  • Expenses such as credit card debt, wedding expenses, sports, enrichment activities, etc.


Financial Aid Appeals are reviewed within ten business days by a committee. Additional processing time may be needed if more information is required. If additional financial aid is offered, the student will receive a revised Financial Aid Award Letter. If additional financial aid is not offered, the student and/or parent(s) will receive notification of the appeal denial or postponement (if applicable).