How to Win Boston College Scholarships & Financial Aid
Boston College is a medium-sized research university that is not technically located in Boston. Instead, the campus is actually in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (which is right outside of Boston). Boston College is a member of the Atlantic Athletic Conference and competes at a high-level athletically. For students looking for a “rah rah” campus environments where sports are big and an academically challenging experience, Boston College could be an excellent fit.
Boston College also offers strong financial aid opportunities to incoming freshman students. Boston College scholarships include both merit-based scholarship and need-based scholarships to students. BC meets 100% of demonstrated financial need, which means that need-based aid will cover the difference between the cost of attendance and your estimated family contribution.
Boston College Scholarships
Boston College offers only one merit scholarship program (the majority of their financial aid is dedicated to need-based aid). While small in the number of awards, the Boston College Presidential Scholars Program is very generous. Each Presidential Scholar receives a full tuition merit scholarship at Boston College (regardless of financial need). Each year, Boston College awards 15 students the Presidential Scholarship Program (PSP).
Here are some frequently asked questions about the Boston College Presidential Scholars Program:
Is there a separate application for this scholarship? No, students just apply to BC under the Early Action application process.
What is the deadline? The deadline is Boston College’s EA deadline of November 1.
Is there a minimum GPA or test scores? No, but applications are in the top 1-2% of the national pool of applicants
Is there an interview required? Yes, finalists are notified between December 18-20th and invited to a Scholars Program Weekend at BC. Finalists are typically notified in March.
How can I contact the Presidential Scholars Program? Contact information can be found on this webpage.
Click here if you have further questions about Financial Aid at Boston College.
Click here if you want to learn more about the Presidential Scholars Program.
Boston College Need-Based Scholarships
Boston College meets full demonstrated need for all students applying for financial aid. In order to be eligible for need-based scholarships, students must submit the CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA).