Dollar$ and $ense – Financial Literacy

Dollar$ and $ense: November 2021


Complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA

The 2022-2023 FAFSA is now open as of October 1st. If you plan on using Federal Direct Unsubsidized and/or Federal Graduate PLUS Loan funds during the 2022-2023 academic year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023), you will need to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA. We recommend doing so by the priority deadline of February 1, 2022.


Other SFS Reminders

2021-22 COA Increase Appeal Process

The Cost of Attendance (COA) Increase appeal process is ongoing for the 2021-22 academic year. You can view the information about the appeal process, qualifying expenses that can be considered, and access the 2021-22 Cost of Attendance Increase Request form on our website. If you have any questions about this process, please contact our office at


Free Financial Wellness Resources

AccessLex Financial Education Resources

SFS has partnered with AccessLex, a non-profit that offers free financial education programming and resources to help students and graduates manage their finances and loan repayment. We recommend you check out AccessLex’s upcoming webinar, The Road to Zero: A Strategic Approach to Student Loan Repayment on November 16th at 12pm EST or December 1st at 6pm EST. You can also set up a free 1:1 meeting with one of their Accredited Financial Counselors to discuss your specific loans and repayment strategies.



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.


Don’t forget BUzz the Chatbot

 24/7 Customer Service available on the SFS Website

Do you have general financial aid questions for which you need an immediate response? Visit the SFS website to meet and ask our Chatbot, BUzz, questions. BUzz can be found at the bottom of the website’s page.



Outside Financial Literacy Resources

Grad Sense, created by The Council of Graduate Schools, is a great resource tailored solely to graduate and professional student needs. Helpful tools provided by Grad Sense include budgeting, student loan repayment, and how to avoid financial pitfalls once you graduate.

MoneyGeek, founded financial industry veterans in finance and content marketing, is leading the charge to simplify personal finance. A myriad of financial concerns are addressed on the site, including financial planning, planning for college, student loan repayment, expenses associated with living in a big city, insurance, credit cards, mortgages, and more.

Specific resources are also available to address disparities in in the Hispanic/Latino communities