Applying for Aid

Before beginning the financial aid process, you'll want to review the following requirements for your eligibility. Below is a list of criteria that is required in order to be eligible for different types of Federal financial aid.

  • You must have been accepted to a degree-seeking program
  • You are enrolled at least half-time per semester as defined by the Office of Student Services (half-time is generally 6 credits)
  • You must not be in default on a Direct Federal Loan or Perkins Loan or need to pay a Federal grant overpayment
  • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • International students are not eligible for Federal financial aid.

In order to be considered for Federal financial aid, you must complete and submit your FAFSA. The information you report on your FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for Federal student aid, which is an analysis of your family income and assets. Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a calculation used to determine your eligibility for Federal student aid—it is not the amount you are actually expected to pay.

At this point you should have submitted your FAFSA. Depending on the time of year, it may take some time to hear back from us. You can use this waiting period to begin to formulate your financial plan for attending BC. There are a variety of funding opportunities available that you can use in any combination that works best for your situation.

At this point you should have received your award notification. Once you receive your bill, it should tell you the exact amount due for your first semester. Your award notification is not the same thing as your bill.

Please note the following:

  • We do not mail paper bills—bills are sent electronically to your BC e-mail address.
  • All charges are semester-specific and reflect current registration for that semester.
  • Athough the bill is for one semester of charges, you should make a financial plan that accounts for the entire academic year.
  • The aid reflected on your award notification is based on information you reported to Boston College and the Federal Government.

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.