March Checklist

Welcome to the Student Services Monthly Checklist!

Highlights for March include room selection for the 2020–2021 academic year, the beginning of the Undergraduate Academic Advising period, and important reminders for graduating seniors.

Action Items

Resolve your student account (if applicable) before the start of Spring Vacation.

All balances are now due in full. Unresolved accounts may prevent your participation in the room selection process, registration for summer and fall, senior week, or Commencement. Please resolve any balances prior to these events. You can review and pay student accounts at ("My Bill"). (Students may also grant access to a parent or other third party by selecting the "Authorize Payers" link within My Bill.)

Note that, on March 1, all "I" (Incomplete) grades from the fall 2019 semester will change automatically to "F" (Failure).

Please contact your faculty member to resolve this issue prior to March 1. If you have additional questions, please visit your Academic Dean's office.

Note that room selection for the 2020–2021 academic year goes from March 10 to March 23.

For more information regarding living in BC housing, visit the Residential Life website.

Prepare for Undergraduate Academic Advising.

Students have until February 28 to declare or change a major in order to receive an advisor assignment in that major. Beginning March 5, students may view their registration appointments and contact info for their Academic Advisor at We recommend that you run a Degree Audit to ensure that you are on schedule for completing all required major, Core, and elective classes.

Meet with your academic advisor (undergraduates).

On March 12, the Undergraduate Academic Advising period begins for summer and fall registration.

MCAS, CSON, and Lynch students will pick up their registration materials from their academic advisors beginning March 12. Students should make an appointment with their academic advisors prior to their registration appointment time.

New this year: CSOM sophomores, juniors, and seniors will pick up their degree audits from the CSOM Associate Dean's office. For details on time and location, please refer to the This Week in CSOM newsletters.

View the Registration Calendar.

Visit the Registration Calendar page for information regarding when to register for Summer and Fall 2020.

Review course listings for spring.

Course listings are available in Course Information and Schedule and in the University Catalog.

Look out for access to e-invitations for Commencement (graduating seniors).

In early spring, each student eligible to graduate will receive access to an electronic invitation which may be personalized and sent to family members and friends. There is no limit to the number of invitations each student may send. For more information on Commencement, visit

Run a degree audit at (graduating seniors).

Look for the following message: "If you successfully complete all the courses for which you are currently registered, you will have met all the requirements for the degree." If a student does not receive this message, he/she will not meet the requirements for graduation and will not receive a degree. Please reach out to the appropriate academic contact (MCAS — Terry Lepore; CSOM, CSON, and Lynch — Marika Cerbone) or your advisor or Academic Dean immediately to resolve any graduation clearance issue.

Attend a Student Loan Exit Interview (graduating students).

Students should receive an e-mail in March for instructions on how to complete the online exit process at Heartland ECSI (BC's loan servicing company). Attendance at one of the group counseling sessions is required for graduation. Learn about loan repayment options, consolidation, and loan forgiveness plans and take the mystery and confusion out of loan repayment!

Visit the Commencement Fair (graduating seniors).

The 2020 Commencement Fair will be held March 11–12 in the Boston College Bookstore in McElroy Commons. Visitors to the fair can order their cap and gown, class ring, and personalized announcements. Visit for times and additional information.

Note the returning undergraduate financial aid application deadline.

The priority filing date for the Undergraduate Financial Aid Application was February 1.

For information on how to apply or how to check your application status, visit the Applying for Aid page. Application forms and instructions are available on the Financial Aid Forms page.

Note the financial aid deadlines for graduate and law students.

The priority deadline for graduate and law students wanting summer work study or summer loans was February 3. The priority deadline for academic-year only financial aid is March 2.

For information on how to apply, visit the Applying for Aid page. Application forms and instructions are available on the Financial Aid Forms page.

Still haven't received your 1098-T form yet?

1098-T forms were mailed to students' home addresses on file. If you did not receive your 1098-T, or if you need another copy, you can access your form on the web at For more information, visit the Billing page.

Note the withdrawal deadline.

The last date to withdraw from a course with a "W" or to withdraw from the University is April 14.

Looking for a summer job?

Summer job opportunities will be available for viewing on the Job Listings page in April.

Sign a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (if applicable).

Visit the Federal Student Aid website for more information.

Complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling (if applicable).

Visit the Federal Student Aid website for more information.

Withdrawing and need a refund for your student account?

Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.

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