Tuition & Aid

A graduate degree from Boston College is an investment in your future. The Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education and Human Development has a deep commitment to assisting academically qualified students to afford an excellent graduate education. The Office of Graduate Admission & Financial Aid provides resources to support students through financial aid and scholarships.

At a Glance

$1,764

cost per credit for graduate programs

361

graduate assistantship positions across campus

$11.4M

amount of financial aid (in millions) provided annually

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Hear from Associate Director of Graduate Admissions & Financial Aid Carolyn Looker to learn more about the financial aid process for graduate students. Schedule a 30-minute virtual appointment to discuss any remaining questions about funding opportunities available at Boston College. If you are in the Boston area and prefer an in-person meeting, please email gsoe@bc.edu and we will be happy to accommodate you.

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Tuition & Fees

To help you budget the cost of your graduate program, the Office of Student Services has calculated an approximate cost of attendance for graduate students, which includes both tuition and living expenses.

Master’s & Doctoral Programs

Expenses for Academic Year 2024–2025

ExpenseCost
Graduate Programs Cost Per Credit$1,764 per credit
Identification Card Initial Fee$50 one-time fee
Student Activity Fee (Full-time)$58 per semester
Student Activity Fee (Part-time) $40 per semester
The following programs are exceptions: Jesuit Education in a Global World (M.Ed.), the Catholic Leadership Cohort track (M.Ed.), and the Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education.

Undergraduate Programs

Jesuit Education in a Global World, M.Ed.

Expenses for Academic Year 2024–2025

ExpenseCost
Graduate Programs Cost Per Credit$1,318 per credit
Identification Card Initial Fee$50 one-time fee
Student Activity Fee (Full-time)$58 per semester
Student Activity Fee (Part-time) $40 per semester

Catholic Leadership Cohort

Expenses for Academic Year 2024–2025

ExpenseCost
Graduate Programs Cost Per Credit$1,318 per credit
Identification Card Initial Fee$50 one-time fee
Student Activity Fee (Full-time)$58 per semester
Student Activity Fee (Part-time) $40 per semester
The Catholic Leadership Cohort is a track within the Educational Leadership and Policy, M.Ed. The next entrance term is Fall 2024.

Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education

Expenses for Academic Year 2024–2025

ExpenseCost
Graduate Programs Cost Per Credit$1,930 per credit
Identification Card Initial Fee$50 one-time fee
Student Activity Fee (Full-time)$58 per semester
Student Activity Fee (Part-time) $40 per semester
The rate for Higher Education, Ed.D. students in the Catholic Higher Education concentration will be $1,544 per credit.

Financial Aid

Dean’s Award

The Dean’s Award is a tuition remission scholarship offered to incoming students that have been identified based on their strong academic and professional preparation and the contributions they will make to Boston College and their future career fields.

Process

The Dean’s Award is offered at the time of the admission decision and are based solely on materials submitted in a completed application. No additional application or materials are required.

Deadline

Applicants that have submitted a complete application by the priority deadline will receive the strongest consideration for these awards.

Named Scholarships

The Lynch School offers a number of individual scholarships for master’s students in specific areas. These scholarships recognize the academic achievements of our incoming students and honor the mission of the Lynch School. Named Scholarships are offered at the time of admissions decision and are based solely on materials submitted in a completed application. No additional application or materials are required.

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Graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for federal loans to help cover their tuition and cost of living. Please visit their webpage bc.edu/gradaid for helpful information on the application process.

Students must be registered for a minimum of 6 credits in order to be eligible for federal financial aid in that semester. Once your file has been reviewed you may be eligible for a direct federal unsubsidized loan up to $10,250 per semester including summer.

Additionally, graduate students may be eligible to borrow up to their full cost of attendance (expected tuition charges plus estimated cost of living) through the Grad Plus Loan after any other has been offered, such as the unsubsidized loan and scholarships. 

How and When to Apply

1.  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Summer loans: the preferred deadline is February 3
  • Academic year loans: the preferred deadline is March 6
  • Note: Federal financial aid can be applied for on a rolling basis and the application can be completed any time before the semester begins. See the Graduate Student financial aid website bc.edu/gradaid for additional information.

2. Submit the Graduate Supplemental Information Form to Boston College financial aid site per instructions on the form if and when you decide to enroll.

Our dedicated federal aid advisors in the Office of Student Services will review your information and let you know when your federal financial aid is available to view in the Agora Portal. 

Many offices and departments in the Lynch School and across campus hire master’s level students and provide assistantships for work in their area. The work varies by department, but may include a stipend, tuition remission, or both. The levels of stipend and/or tuition remission vary by individual roles.

Deadlines

Because each individual assistantship is supervised by a specific department on campus, deadlines vary based on the needs and availability of individual supervisors and/or departments. Please review the individual position details and application instructions. 

The Lynch School is committed to urban education in the surrounding neighborhoods and global community. Our extensive partnerships and associations provide many ways for students to become involved in and exposed to urban education. The Lynch School has two educational programs that are specifically focused on preparing teachers interested in working in urban schools.

Applying to a graduate program can be a costly process, particularly for those applying to multiple graduate programs. Knowing that cost can be the determining factor between not attending graduate school and achieving one's dream, the Lynch School offers application fee waivers for select applicants. Fee waivers are approved based on verified answers to questions in your graduate application. Fee waivers are offered for the following groups of applicants:

  • Applicants to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy
  • Applicants to the M.Ed. in Global Perspectives: Teaching, Curriculum & Learning Environments
  • Applicants to all 5th-year and Early Admission programs
  • Americorps participants
  • Breakthrough Collaborative participants
  • City Year participants
  • Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) participants
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps participants
  • McNair Scholars participants
  • Teach for America participants
  • Recent undergraduates who received a Pell Grant within the past 5 years
  • All service members, including Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard & Veterans
  • Spouses of servicemembers, including Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard & Veterans

The Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid will also review application fee waiver requests for financial reasons on a case-by-case basis. To request a fee waiver, please write to our office at gsoe@bc.edu to receive a link to our Application Fee Waiver Request Form. Please plan to submit your application fee waiver request at least one week prior to your program's deadline. If the request is submitted less than one week before the deadline, we cannot guarantee timely review.