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Spring 2022 Loan Disbursements & Refunds

Student Financial Services will begin processing refund requests after your program’s semester start date (see below). Please be sure to log in to the Student Link to put in your refund request before that date so that we can process your refund without delay. Once we have approved your refund, the request will be sent to Student Accounting Services to be released to you. You can expect the funds to post in your bank account within 2-3 business days from the time that Student Accounting releases the funds, depending on the processing time of your bank.

  • PA, Class of 2022: 12/6/21
  • PA, Class of 2023: 1/3/22
  • Oral Health Sciences: 1/3/22
  • All others GMS programs: 1/20/22

SNAP Benefit Eligibility

Due to a change in federal law, some graduate college students not previously eligible, may now be able to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. More information about this benefit change and how college students may be temporarily eligible for SNAP is available here. In some instances, you may be asked to have your financial aid office provide additional documentation, such as the Educational Income and Expense form. If you need SFS to complete this document, you may come by our office or email the form, with part A completed, to

Other SFS Reminders

Changes to Spring 2021 Enrollment
If you have finalized your Spring 2022 registration and no longer are enrolled as you anticipated and reported to SFS in your GMS Aid Application, please email our office at Adjustments to your cost of attendance and/or financial aid award may be necessary as financial aid is awarded based on your enrollment plans listed on your financial aid application.

Student Loan Relief Update
The Department of Education extension of the pandemic relief for federal student loan borrowers has been extended to May 31, 2022. The student loan relief, which began in March 2020, includes temporary 0% interest rates, reprieve on loan payments, and paused collection of defaulted federal student loans. Further information and FAQs can be found on the Federal Student Aid website’s announcement on Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents.

Free Financial Wellness Resources

AccessLex Webinar – How to Benefit from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Limited Waiver Opportunity
Ashley Norwood-Struppa from AccessLex, a non-profit that helps students and graduates manage their finances and loan repayment, will be presenting information on the new PSLF Limited Waiver Opportunity virtually on February 3rd at 4pm. Please visit the AccessLex Webinar Registration page to sign up for this session. If you are unable to attend this BUMC-specific presentation, you can access a full list of AccessLex programming on their Student Events page.

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Come See SFS In-Person!
Stop by Student Financial Services in suite B-401 in the Robinson Building where you can meet with an SFS staff member in-person Monday through Friday. We will still maintain the Zoom virtual office hours. Each session is open to all students from BUSM, GMS, SDM or SPH. You can also reach us by phone at 617-358-6550.