Tuition & Aid

Financing Your Education

A graduate degree from Boston College is an investment in your future. The Lynch School has a deep commitment to assisting academically qualified students to afford an excellent graduate education. The Office of Graduate Admission & Financial Aid provides resources to support students through merit-based financial aid.

As a Lynch School student, you can apply for financial assistance through a variety of scholarships, loans, stipends, and work-study opportunities.

Graduate Tuition & Financial Aid

$1,538

Cost per credit for graduate programs

361

graduate assistantship positions across campus


How much will it cost?

To help you budget the cost of your graduate program, the Office of Student Services has calculated an approximate cost of attendance for graduate students, which includes both tuition and living expenses.

 

Lynch School Tuition Costs 2019-2020
Expense Cost per Academic Year
Graduate Programs Cost Per Credit  $1,538
Identification Card Initial Fee $45
Student Activity Fee (Full-time) $50 (per semester)
Student Activity Fee (Part-time)  $35 (per semester)

Dean's Award

The Dean's Award is a merit-based tuition remission scholarship offered to incoming students that have been identified for being exceptionally promising in their chosen fields of study and for contributing to our student body’s diversity—including intellectual, economic, racial, cultural, geographical, and gender.

Process
The Dean's Award is offered at the time of the admission decision and are based solely on materials submitted in a completed application. No additional application or materials are required.

Deadline
Applicants that have submitted a complete application by the January 6 deadline will receive the strongest consideration for these awards.

Named Scholarships

The Lynch School offers a number of individual scholarships for master's students in specific areas. These scholarships recognize the academic merit of our incoming students and honor the mission of the Lynch School. 

Process
Named Scholarships are offered at the time of admissions decision and are based solely on materials submitted in a completed application. No additional application or materials are required.

Named Scholarships List

Barry Fellowship
Steven M. and Tammy J. Barry established this fund to support graduate students with financial need. The award provides tuition remission scholarships, with a preference to students focusing on learning among multi-disabled children.

Bradley Fellowship
The Bradley Endowed Fellowship is a tuition remission scholarship that supports students in our Fifth Year Program pursuing a specialization in moderate special needs.  The award gives preference to students seeking experience in urban schools. 

Bristing Urban Scholar Fund
This was a gift of Karen Izzi Bristing '84. Bristing Urban Scholar awards funded by this gift will provide financial assistance in the form of tuition remission to graduate students who are committed to teaching in an urban setting.  

Christine Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund
This Fund was established in 2000 through a gift from Martha T. '66 and Robert J. '66 Martin, Boston College parents, and Bradley C. Martin in memory of Christine Martin '96. Income from the endowment provides scholarship assistance in the form of tuition remission for graduate students enrolled in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, with preference for those engaged in volunteer service, especially serving children with disabilities.

Dreyer Scholarship
The Herman J. Dreyer Fund provides tuition scholarship assistance to graduate students enrolled in the Lynch School. The Dreyer Scholarship recognizes students who have displayed previous academic excellence and who have demonstrated financial need.

Duvnjak Fellowship
The Barbara Benz Duvnjak and Karlo Duvnjak Fund supports students with tuition remission scholarships who have displayed previous academic excellence and who have demonstrated financial need.

Flaherty and Masella Fellowship
The Mary Jane Flaherty and William Masella Fellowship Fund supports Lynch School graduate students with demonstrated financial need by providing tuition remission scholarships. This award is presented to students from New York or New Jersey.

Fruscione Fellowship
The Immaculate A. Fruscione Fellowship is a tuition remission scholarship that supports students in the school counseling program who have a commitment to working in urban schools upon completion of their degree.

Hearst Fellowship
The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund supports master's degree students in our teacher education programs in the form of tuition remission.

Kaneb Fellowship
The Kaneb Catholic Leadership Fellowship Fund supports students in Catholic leadership in our master's programs. The fellowship offers tuition remission scholarships to students.

Keough Memorial Fellowship
The William F. Keough Memorial Fellowship Fund provides tuition remission scholarship assistance for both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in international education.

Lam Family Fellowship
In accord with the intent of the donors, William and Mary Lam, this award is presented to a Chinese student who is committed to enhancing the educational experiences of poor rural students in China. 

Martin Fellowship, Brenda and Robert
This was a gift of Brenda S. and Robert T.  Martin. Income from the endowment supports a graduate student with tuition remission with a preference for those focusing on the education of students with learning differences.

Frances D. Stiglin Fellowship
This was a gift of Tara Stiglin DeNuccio in honor of her mother. Income provides fellowship assistance in the form of tuition remission for qualified Boston College graduate students with preference to those studying special needs in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.  

Sharp Urban Teaching Scholarship
The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation has given the Lynch School a generous endowment to provide financial support for up to 22 highly talented graduate students per year who are from underrepresented groups committed to teaching in urban schools. The scholarship is comprised of a $10,000 stipend. One-half of the stipend is an outright grant and the remaining $5,000 is a forgivable loan. One-quarter of the loan amount will be forgiven upon completion of the master’s degree and the remaining three-quarters is forgiven, up to the full amount, for each year spent teaching in an urban school. 

Many offices and departments in the Lynch School and across campus hire master’s level students and provide assistantships for work in their area. The work varies by department, but may include a stipend, tuition remission, or both. The levels of stipend and/or tuition remission vary by individual roles.

A full list of Lynch School 2020-2021 assistantships will be posted to view and apply for in March. 

For a list of assistantships at other schools within Boston College, please click here.

Deadline
Because each individual assistantship is supervised by a specific department on campus, deadlines vary based on the needs and availability of individual supervisors and/or departments. Please review the individual position details and application instructions. 

The Lynch School is committed to urban education in the surrounding neighborhoods and global community. Our extensive partnerships and associations provide many ways for students to become involved in and exposed to urban education. The Lynch School has two educational programs that are specifically focused on preparing teachers interested in working in urban schools.

Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars

Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars is an intensive one-year master’s degree program in teacher preparation. Each year, the program recruits and supports a cohort of up to 30 graduate students. Students in this program:

  • Receive tuition remission covering a minimum of 50% to a maximum of 100% of tuition costs for the M.Ed. degree
  • Are eligible for the Sharp Urban Teaching Scholarship, which provides financial support to up to 22 highly talented graduate students per year who are from underrepresented groups and are committed to teaching in urban schools. The scholarship is comprised of a $10,000 stipend—half of the stipend is an outright grant and the remaining $5,000 is a forgivable loan. A quarter of the loan amount will be forgiven upon completion of the master’s degree and the remaining three-quarters is forgiven, up to the full amount, for each year spent teaching in an urban school. Special awards are also available for applicants interested in teaching in urban secondary schools.

Process
Admission into Special Programs is offered at the time of admissions decision and are based solely on materials submitted in a completed application. No additional application or materials are required. However, please be sure to select this program in the designated section of the admissions application.

Deadline
Applicants that have submitted a complete application by the January 6, 2020 priority deadline will receive the strongest consideration for these programs.

Urban Catholic Teacher Corps

Urban Catholic Teacher Corps is an academically rigorous and experientially rich, Catholic school teacher preparation program that prepares students to be excellent Catholic school teachers who are actively engaged in the ministry of teaching urban students in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Participants live together, actively engaging in an intentional faith-based living and learning community where faith is actively incorporated, individuals are loved and supported, and all experiences and perspectives are shared and respected. All students in this program:

  • Receive 100% tuition coverage for the M.Ed. Degree in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Have all rent and utilities paid for in the required UCTC community housing
  • Receive a $600 pre-tax stipend per month over the two years of program participation to cover living expenses 

Process
Admission into UCTC is offered subsequent to, and requires, admissions to the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction. UCTC admissions offers are made between March 10 and 17 and are based on materials submitted in a completed application to the program and an interview. No additional application or materials are required. However, you must select this program in the designated section of the admissions application.

Deadline
Applicants that have submitted a complete application by the December 1, 2019 priority deadline will receive the strongest consideration for these programs. All applications are due by January 6, 2020.

Applying to a graduate program can be a costly process, particularly for those applying to multiple graduate programs. Knowing that cost can be the determining factor between not attending graduate school and achieving one's dream, the Lynch School offers application fee waivers for select applicants. Fee waivers are approved based on verified answers to questions in your graduate application and no forms or formal requests are necessary. Fee waivers are offered for the following groups of applicants:

  • Applicants to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy
  • Applicants to the M.Ed. in Global Perspectives: Teaching, Curriculum & Learning Environments
  • Applicants to all 5th-year and Early Admission programs
  • Americorps participants
  • Breakthrough Collaborative participants
  • City Year participants
  • Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) participants
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps participants
  • McNair Scholars participants
  • Teach for America participants
  • All servicemembers, including Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard & Veterans
  • Spouses of servicemembers, including Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard & Veterans

 

The Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid will also review application fee waiver requests for financial reasons on a case-by-case basis. In general, only applicants to Master's degree programs are eligible for a fee waiver. Fee waivers are not normally granted for doctoral applicants that identify a lack of funds related to being a current graduate student as the reason for their financial need, since the majority of our doctoral applicants fall into this category. To request a fee waiver for financial reasons, write to our office at gsoe@bc.edu with a detailed explanation of your request.