Financial Aid

Boston College meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. All QuestBridge applicants to Boston College are considered for need-based aid provided they submit the FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid Profile, and federal income tax returns.

Match Requirements

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Deadline: November 1

The following items are required in addition to the QuestBridge Application.

Boston College QuestBridge Questionnaire

Upon receiving your National College Match Application, we'll send you the Boston College QuestBridge Questionnaire. This questionnaire is required in order for us to complete your application.

Standardized Testing

Boston College has adopted a test-optional policy for first year applicants during the 2020-21 admission cycle.

Students who are unable to submit standardized test results, or who choose not to, will not be disadvantaged in our selection process. In reviewing applications that do not include standardized test results, the Admission Committee will place greater emphasis on other required application credentials including academic performance, rigor of coursework, placement in class, personal statements, recommendations, and co-curricular involvement.

For those students who choose to submit standardized testing results, we accept the ACT or SAT and don't require any Optional Writing portion. If you submit multiple scores, we will superscore the tests for our evaluation and we will use the scores as one component in our holistic review of applications. Boston College will accept self-reported ACT or SAT test scores for QuestBridge students participating in the National College Match process only. Official ACT or SAT score reports are required prior to enrolling at Boston College. If the cost of sending test scores from the ACT or College Board would present a financial burden, you can have your guidance or college counselor email a copy of your score report to bcapplicant@bc.edu. We also accept test scores that are reported on official high school transcripts.

Students who wish to further quantify their academic successes are welcome to submit non-required credentials such as Advanced Placement scores, predicted IB scores, or SAT Subject Test results (if previously taken). 

SAT code: 3083

ACT code: 1788

 

 

 

FAFSA

2020–2021 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002128

Available: October 1. Match applicants must complete the FAFSA by November 1.

U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens 

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CSS Profile

CSS code: 3083

Available: October 1

Select Early Decision as your admission application type.

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Your noncustodial parent must submit a separate CSS Profile online.
  • After your custodial parent completes the CSS Profile, you'll be asked to provide an email address for your noncustodial parent.
  • Your noncustodial parent will then receive an email from the College Board with instructions on how to complete their CSS Profile online.
  • If you don't have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information.

Download the noncustodial parent waiver petition

2019 Federal Tax Returns

You may securely upload your required tax returns with all schedules, attachments, and W-2 forms to: bc.edu/finaidupload

If you prefer to submit your documents by mail, please send them to:

Boston College
Financial Aid Processing Center
P.O. Box 67486
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

If your parents own or operate a business, partnership or corporation, include a copy of the appropriate 2019 business, partnership or corporate tax returns. If your parents are divorced or separated, both biological parents must separately submit a signed copy of their 2019 federal income tax return, including all schedules, W-2s, 1099s, and any other earnings statements used to file the federal income tax return.

Applicants who choose to rank Boston College in QuestBridge’s National College Match apply to Boston College through Early Decision I, submitting their application by November 1st. Applicants who choose this option are considered for a match with Boston College, which would include an official binding offer of admission. Applicants who match with Boston College will be notified of their admission decision and financial aid award by early December. 

Applicants who rank Boston College but don't match will be asked to fill out the Boston College Applicant Verification Form and will have the option to move their application to the Early Decision II or Regular Decision application pool. If you no longer want to be considered for admission to Boston College, email us to have your application withdrawn. However, if you match with a partner school through a binding Early Decision commitment, your application will be automatically withdrawn.

Non-Match Applicants

QuestBridge students who don’t participate in the National College Match process with Boston College are encouraged to submit their QuestBridge application to Boston College. These students can apply to BC through Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision. 

Non-Match Finalists

QuestBridge students who participate in the National College Match process with Boston College and are not selected as part of this process will automatically be considered in the Regular Decision application pool. They can also be considered for Early Decision II upon submitting the Early Decision Agreement. All non-match finalists interested in remaining a candidate for admission must submit the Boston College Applicant Verification form, which includes the Boston College Supplemental Essay question. You must submit this form by January 1.

Boston College meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. All QuestBridge applicants to Boston College will be considered for need-based aid provided they submit the FAFSA (Code: 002128), CSS/Financial Aid Profile (Code: 3083), and federal income tax returns. 

If you want to be considered for the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program, Boston College’s academic merit-based scholarship program, you must submit your Early Decision or Regular Decision application by November 1. All applicants who submit their application by the priority scholarship deadline date are automatically considered.

Options Following The Match Process

Early Decision II

Finalists who don't match with Boston College can be considered for Early Decision II. If you're interested in this option, submit the Boston College Applicant Verification form, which will include the Boston College Supplemental Essay question. You must submit this form by January 1. Note that this is a binding admission process and also requires applicants to complete the Early Decision Agreement. 

Regular Decision

Any finalist who doesn't match with Boston College will automatically be moved to the Regular Decision applicant pool. Finalists interested in remaining a candidate for admission must submit the Boston College Applicant Verification form, which will include the Boston College Supplemental Essay question. You must submit this form by January 1.

If you no longer wish to be considered for admission to Boston College and want your application withdrawn, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

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