Committed to Affordability

We’re steadfastly dedicated to need-based financial aid and helping students obtain a variety of aid to meet their full, demonstrated financial need.

What is demonstrated institutional financial need?

Financial aid eligibility is based on a family's demonstrated need. Boston College is committed to meeting your demonstrated need with different forms of financial aid funds. Your demonstrated need is the difference between the cost of attendance and the expected family contribution, as determined by Boston College. 

Cost of Attendance
– Family Contribution
= Demonstrated Need

Financial Support

#18

Best College Values

Kiplinger

$134M

Need based aid awarded

2017-2018 academic year

$38,359

Average need-based scholarship/grant

2017-2018 academic year

2018-2019 Billed Academic Year Costs

(Current charges are subject to change)

Item Cost
Undergraduate Tuition $54,600
Mandatory Fees for Resident Student (Campus Health Infirmary & Student Activity Fees) $1,401
Room and Board $14,142
Total Tuition, Fees, Room, and Board* $70,143

*Please note that freshmen pay a one-time required charge of $510 for First Year Orientation and their student ID. Additionally, a $2,800 estimated cost for books and incidental items is factored in to the total cost of attendance.

Estimate your expected family contribution

Quick Cost Estimator

This tool asks six basic financial questions and provides an early estimate of what your family will need to contribute for one year at Boston College.  While a good first step, this is not a guarantee of financial aid.  

Net Price Calculator

A comprehensive calculator which asks detailed questions and will likely require a student’s and parents’ most recent federal tax returns to accurately complete.
 

 

Types of Aid

The terms "scholarship" and "grant" are used interchangeably at Boston College. Scholarships are need-based aid that do not need to be repaid. Funding for scholarships come from a variety of sources, including more than 500 named scholarships.

Boston College is unable to provide need-based financial aid to students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Information for international applicants.

Visit our financial aid website to learn more about the different need-based scholarships available at Boston College.

Boston College is committed to keeping student debt at a reasonable level. There are several types of loans that may be included in your financial aid award:

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
A need-based student loan with a fixed interest rate that will reset or change each July. The loan is considered subsidized because you are not charged interest while you are enrolled in school at least half-time and during grace periods and deferment periods.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
If you do not qualify for all or part of the Direct Subsidized Loan program described above, you may qualify for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The interest rate is fixed and will reset or change each July. The Direct Unsubsidized Loan accrues interest while you are in school and during the grace and repayment periods. This interest can be paid or deferred until repayment.

Boston College is unable to provide need-based financial aid to students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Information for international applicants.

Part-time employment opportunities are available to assist you in meeting the costs related to attending Boston College. Opportunities are available on and off campus, and may include community service positions.

Federal Work-Study Employment
A need-based employment program. You will be notified of the maximum amount of work-study for which you are eligible in your financial aid award. This amount is not a guarantee, but rather the maximum amount you can earn through employment each year. You will be paid on a weekly basis.

Other Employment
If you do not qualify for the Federal Work-Study program, you can still apply for student employment on campus. Available openings are posted on the Student Services website at the start of the school year so that all students have an opportunity to apply.

Boston College is committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of every admitted student, and therefore we offer a limited number of merit scholarships. In fact, the Presidential Scholarship is our only academic merit-based scholarship, covering full tuition for up to 20 qualified applicants each year. While there is no separate application for the Presidential Scholarship, a student must apply through our Early Action program to be considered.

 

Apply for Aid

Priority Deadline

Nov 15

Mail All Financial Aid Documents to:

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

All documents should be labeled with your name and Eagle ID number to allow our financial aid office to match your documents with your financial aid file. 

Questions?

Required Item

Description

Action

CSS Profile

 

The College Scholarship Service (CSS) profile enables colleges to see a true picture of a family's financial need. Boston College's code is 3083

FAFSA

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine your eligibility for student aid.

Boston College's code is 002128

 

Federal Tax Returns

 

Provide your parents' federal tax return and include all schedules and W-2 Statements.

If you worked, provide your tax return and include all schedules and W-2 Statements.

Additional Financial Aid Documents

Priority Deadline

Jan 15

Mail All Financial Aid Documents to:

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

All documents should be labeled with your name and Eagle ID number to allow our financial aid office to match your documents with your financial aid file. 

Questions?

Required Item

Description

Action

CSS Profile

 

The College Scholarship Service (CSS) profile enables colleges to see a true picture of a family's financial need. Boston College's code is 3083

FAFSA

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine your eligibility for student aid.

Boston College's code is 002128

 

Federal Tax Returns

 

Provide your parents' federal tax return and include all schedules and W-2 Statements.

If you worked, provide your tax return and include all schedules and W-2 Statements.

Additional Financial Aid Documents

Due Date

Nov 1

Mail All Financial Aid Documents to:

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

All documents should be labeled with your name and Eagle ID number to allow our financial aid office to match your documents with your financial aid file. 

Questions?

Required Item

Description

Action

CSS Profile

 

The College Scholarship Service (CSS) profile enables colleges to see a true picture of a family's financial need. Boston College's code is 3083

FAFSA

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine your eligibility for student aid.

Boston College's code is 002128

 

Federal Tax Returns

 

Provide your parents' federal tax return and include all schedules and W-2 Statements.

If you worked, provide your tax return and include all schedules and W-2 Statements.

Additional Financial Aid Documents

Due Date

April 1

Mail All Financial Aid Documents to:

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

All documents should be labeled with your name and Eagle ID number to allow our financial aid office to match your documents with your financial aid file. 

Questions?

Required Item

Description

Action

CSS Profile

 

The College Scholarship Service (CSS) profile enables colleges to see a true picture of a family's financial need. Boston College's code is 3083

FAFSA

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine your eligibility for student aid.

Boston College's code is 002128

 

Federal Tax Returns

 

Provide your parents' federal tax return and include all schedules and W-2 Statements.

If you worked, provide your tax return and include all schedules and W-2 Statements.

Additional Financial Aid Documents

Due Date

Nov 1

Mail All Financial Aid Documents to:

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

All documents should be labeled with your name and Eagle ID number to allow our financial aid office to match your documents with your financial aid file. 

Questions?

Required Item

Description

Action

CSS Profile

 

The College Scholarship Service (CSS) profile enables colleges to see a true picture of a family's financial need. Boston College's code is 3083

FAFSA

 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine your eligibility for student aid.

Boston College's code is 002128

 

Federal Tax Returns

 

Provide your parents' federal tax return and include all schedules and W-2 Statements.

If you worked, provide your tax return and include all schedules and W-2 Statements.

Additional Financial Aid Documents