Applying for Aid – Incoming Students

Student Financial Services (SFS) at Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) is pleased to assist you in financing your education. To determine eligibility for need-based funding, SFS evaluates each family’s income and assets. A student is considered independent for purposes of awarding Federal Financial Aid. The FAFSA is the only required application for Federal Financial Aid, which must be filed each year for renewal.


All Financial Aid Applicants:

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Boston University school code 002130
  • Available to US Citizens, Permanent Residents and eligible Non-Citizens
  • Parent income data NOT required
  • Non-credit based, unsubsidized loan
  • Loan will vary depending on academic year and enrollment status

We encourage students to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your IRS federal income tax information from the IRS to your FAFSA. This will streamline the application process and help you avoid errors which can cause processing delays.

In addition to federal financial aid, students maybe offered merit- and need-based institutional financial aid, which may come in the form of scholarship or institutional loan funding, or both.  Due to limited institutional resources, SFS requires that income and asset information be provided by students, spouses (if married) and parents for certain degrees and programs.  GSDM Post-doctoral students are not eligible for Boston University Need-Based Loans.

Incoming School of Public Health Students:

To be eligible for federal and/or need-based aid, you must be enrolled with six or more credits in your degree program.

Submit the 2018/2019 School of Public Health Financial Aid Application:

  • Assesses eligibility for need-based institutional loans/scholarships, and federal loan aid, based on your program.
  • No parental income information will be requested for your application.

Incoming Medical Students:

It is important that information on the Profile™ and FAFSA be consistent. If at all possible, they should be completed at the same time.

Submit the CSS Profile:

  • Boston University school code 3116-Boston U: Medical School
  • Parental* information is required (unless you were born on or before January 1, 1988)
  • Application fee is $25.00

Provide 2016 tax documents:

  • 2016 tax returns (include all schedules) and W2s for yourself, your spouse, if applicable, and your parents
  • State tax documentation, not required
  • Tax documents can be uploaded through the BUSM Supplemental Application

Complete scholarship survey (recommended):

  • Answer short survey to be considered for a limited number of donor stipulated scholarships. No other application required.
  • Open to all accepted applicants.


Wait List & Linkage Applicants, Early Assurance & Seven Year BA/MD Students

SFS recommends you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),   CSS Profile,  applicable tax documentation and survey (if desired) prior to being notified by the Admission’s office.  This will enable SFS to provide an award within a couple of days of your notification.

Please keep in mind, it can take up to two weeks to process a financial aid application and determine eligibility.


Waiving the Requirement for Parental Information

A MED applicant may submit a written request for a waiver of parental information detailing circumstances that may warrant an exception. Waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the SFS. Requests must be made before the February 14th priority deadline.

To help us distribute scholarship funds equitably, we require that applicants file parental information. Although some parents do not contribute to their children’s medical education costs, they are still a resource for most students. Thus, viewing the potential family contribution as a whole is the most accurate way to award need-based aid.

If your biological or adoptive parents are divorced, separated, and/or do not share the same household list both parents (and any stepparents if applicable) on your Profile, as instructed. The parent you live with most must provide their information on your FAFSA and Profile. Your other (noncustodial) parent must also complete a Profile, which will be appended to your Profile later. Enter your other (noncustodial) parent’s email address on your Profile, as instructed, so CSS can send them information on how to create their separate Profile account log-in.

Submit a CSS Profile™ Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent if getting a CSS Profile™ from the other (noncustodial) parent will be impossible.