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Taking Action

applying for graduate financial aid

Once you receive your first bill, it should tell you the exact amount due for the first semester and it is your cue to take action on your account.

Please note that your award letter is not the same thing as your bill. Please visit the links below for samples of each document. We've included notes that we hope you will find helpful!

  • Sample Award Notification (LINK)
  • Sample E-Bill (LINK)

Before you enact your plan, there's just a couple more things you should know about your bill:

  • Please keep in mind that although the bill is for one semester, your plan should be for the year.
  • All charges are semester-specific.
  • The charges reflected on your bill are based on your current registration for that semester.
  • The aid reflected on your award notification is based on what you reported to us on your Boston College Graduate Financial Aid Application.

If either your current registration or what you reported is expected to change, please let us know so that we can provide more accurate information.

Checking Your Estimate

Assuming your registration is the same for the fall and spring semesters and that you will waive the health insurance, doubling your fall bill is a good way to get a second estimate of what you will need for the year. If you are taking summer classes don't forget to include them in your estimate.

Action Items: Cover Your Balance

Once you know how much you need for each semester and therefore the year, implement your plan! This may include any combination of the following:

Status Check!

At this point you should have your balance covered through either pending financial aid or payments made to your account.

Once you see a $0 or negative "balance" on the account, there are only a few more things to do in the:

Last Step: Finalizing