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Boston University Presidential Scholarship for 1st year students in USA: APPLY NOW!

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Presidential Scholarship

Each year, the Board of Admissions awards the Presidential Scholarship to our incoming first-year students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. In addition to being among our most academically talented students, Presidential Scholars demonstrate excellence beyond the classroom and are leaders in their schools and communities. This $25,000 tuition scholarship is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study at BU.

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How to Apply

No additional essays or application forms are required. Students who wish to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship should submit their application and supporting credentials by December 1.

What Is the Cost of Attendance?

Probably less than you think.

Why? Because BU meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted, first-year students who are US citizens or permanent residents. Each family’s circumstance is unique and BU will create a custom package for you to meet your family’s full demonstrated financial need.

We firmly believe that everyone admitted to BU deserves the opportunity to attend BU. We’re offering expanded financial aid packages of scholarships, grants, low-interest student loans, and Work-Study that will make up the difference between the cost of attendance and what you can afford. That’s why it’s so important for you to consider applying for financial assistance—even if you think you may not be eligible.

Great news!

  • 100% of need is met for first-year students who are US citizens or permanent residents.
  • $329.5 million in financial aid is awarded annually to undergraduates.
  • For students who receive aid, the BU Scholarship Assurance guarantees your BU need-based aid will not be reduced for any of your undergraduate years at Boston University.

Cost of Attendance

Billed expenses for the 2023/2024 academic year*

Tuition $63,798
Housing (depending on type of accommodation) $11,600
Food (most dining plans) $6,510
Fees $1,370
TOTAL ESTIMATED BILLED EXPENSES $83,278

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Other expenses

Books and Supplies $1,000
Personal Expenses $1,455
Local Transportation (average) $630
TOTAL OTHER EXPENSES $3,085

= Total Cost of Attendance

$86,363

*Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees.

Student Health Insurance Costs

Massachusetts law requires all students enrolled in at least 75% of the full-time curriculum to have medical insurance. Students who cannot demonstrate coverage under a qualifying medical insurance plan are required to purchase the University’s student health insurance plan, which is due and payable with your first-semester charges. For more information, see the Student Health Services website.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

How Can You Apply?

To receive need-based financial aid from BU, you must submit both the CSS Profile™ and FAFSA, which are used to determine your “expected family contribution.” Be sure to check out our tips for completing the Profile or FAFSA.

Application Steps:

  1. Note all applicable deadlines.
  2. Submit the FAFSA.
  3. Submit the CSS Profile.
  4. Upload a CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent to the MyBU Applicant Portal if getting a Profile from your other (noncustodial) parent will be impossible.
  5. Regularly check your MyBU Applicant Portal “Application Status” page and email account for requests for additional information.

BU meets your full need

With affordableBU, BU will meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need for admitted, first-year students who are US citizens or permanent residents. We’re offering expanded financial aid packages that will make up the difference between the cost of attendance and what you can afford.

What a Financial Aid Package Might Look Like

To help you understand how aid is broken down and awarded at BU, we’ve supplied four examples of what a financial aid package might look like.

MyinTuition: Quick College Cost Estimator

This online tool will help you anticipate your college costs and estimate your eligibility for need-based scholarships through six basic financial questions. You will receive an early estimate of the amount your family will need to contribute for one year at Boston University.

MYINTUITION CALCULATOR

Net Price Calculator

This online tool will help you and your family estimate the amount of financial aid you could be offered and the net amount you may be expected to pay toward the cost of attending BU.

NET PRICE CALCULATOR

Need-Based Scholarships

BU’s need-based scholarships are awarded based on a combination of demonstrated financial need and academic merit. To apply, you must complete the two financial aid forms listed above to determine your financial aid need for need-based grants and scholarships. We strongly encourage students and families to consider applying, even if you don’t think you may be eligible.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

Financial Aid

In addition to need-based BU scholarships, many other forms of financial aid are available for those who apply for aid and qualify. Financing and payment plan options are also available.

  1. Federal Grants
  2. State Grants
  3. Federal Student Loans
  4. Federal Work-Study Awards

Note to International Students:

Need-based financial aid from BU is not currently available to international students. For general information about financial assistance from other sources, please request the booklet “Financial Planning for Study in the United States” from the US Information Agency or a bi-national advising center in your home country.

International students may be eligible for select merit scholarships offered by BU.

Merit Scholarships for First-Year Students

It’s Time For Your Hard Work to Pay Off

BU offers a wide variety of merit scholarships, some even covering full tuition, to recognize high achieving students who go above and beyond. Most awards are for academic achievement, while others go to talented athletes, performers, and artists. Plus, merit-based awards don’t require you to submit a financial aid application and do not have to be repaid.

The competition is keen.

While criteria varies for each scholarship, recipients typically:

  • Rank in the top 5% of their high school class
  • Have shown incredible extracurricular achievements in their schools and communities
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Though test scores are not required, students who submit scores typically:

  • Have SAT scores above 1500 and ACT scores above 33

Who is eligible to apply?

  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens are considered for all merit awards and other scholarships.
  • International students are considered for the Trustee and Presidential Scholarships only.

Trustee Scholarship

BU’s most prestigious scholarship, scholars become part of a unique campus community that offers intellectual, cultural and social opportunities. Competitive applicants who are among the most accomplished in their class and demonstrate exceptional engagement in their schools and communities should apply.
All students are considered for the Trustee Scholarship: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, and international students.
  • Annual Value: Full tuition & fees
  • Deadline: December 1
  • Number of Awards: 20
  • No CSS Profile & FAFSA required
  • One essay required on the Common Application

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Presidential Scholarship

Given to first-year students from around the globe who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. In addition to being among our most talented students, they also excel beyond the classroom and are leaders in their schools and communities.
All students are considered for the Presidential Scholarship: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, and international students.
  • Annual Value: $25,000
  • Deadline: December 1

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National Merit Scholarship

Finalists in the National Merit Competition who designate BU as first choice college with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation before March 1 will be considered for this award.
  • Annual Value: Presidential Scholarship
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Submitting the FAFSA and CSS Profile is recommended

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College Board National Recognition Programs

For students recognized by the College Board National Recognition Programs who have exceptionally strong academic records.
  • Annual Value: $25,000
  • Deadline: January 1
  • FAFSA and CSS Profile are recommended

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College of Engineering FIRST Robotics

For College of Engineering applicants who have participated in at least one season with a FIRST Robotics team.
  • Annual Value: $25,000
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Number of Awards: Varies

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Additional Merit Scholarships

 

Athletic Scholarships

Awarded based on athletic talent, as determined by recruiting coaches
  • Annual Value: Varies
  • Number of Awards: Varies

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College of Fine Arts Scholarships

Performance scholarships based on audition and/or portfolio review by CFA
  • Annual Value: Varies by student
  • Deadline: January 4
  • Number of Awards: Varies annually

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ROTC Scholarships

Determined through ROTC recruitment offices and the federal government
  • Annual Value: Varies
  • Number of Awards: Varies

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Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students

Please note: Nominees for all scholarships must be United States citizens, permanent residents, or eligible non-citizens.

For questions regarding these scholarships, please contact the Admissions office at 617-353-2300.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship Award

Recognizes outstanding academic and leadership achievement among Phi Theta Kappa members seeking to transfer to Boston University. Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisors are invited to nominate up to two candidates for this program.

  • Amount: $25,000
  • Number of Awards: Up to five from among those nominated.
  • Deadline: Nomination forms should be submitted by the Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisor no later than March 1.
  • Credit requirements: A minimum of 60 transferable credits.

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Bunker Hill Community College Scholarship Award

For transfer students from Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) who have been nominated by the college

  • Amount: Full tuition
  • Deadline: Nominations must be submitted no later than March 1. Only open to September-term transfer applicants
  • Requirements: Minimum 3.5 GPA at BHCC and must be a graduate of one of the Boston Public High Schools
  • Credit requirements: Minimum of 60 transferable credits

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Massachusetts Bay Community College Scholarship Award

For selected transfer students from Massachusetts Bay Community College (MBCC) who have been nominated by the college

  • Amount: Full tuition
  • Deadline: Nominations must be submitted no later than March 1. Only open to September-term transfer applicants
  • Requirements: Minimum 3.5 GPA at MBCC and must be a graduate of one of the Boston Public High Schools
  • Credit requirements: Minimum of 60 transferable credits

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Roxbury Community College Scholarship Award

For selected transfer students from Roxbury Community College (RCC) who are nominated by the college

  • Amount: Full tuition
  • Deadline: Nominations must be submitted no later than March 1. Only open to September-term transfer applicants
  • Requirements: Minimum 3.5 GPA at RCC
  • Credit requirements: Minimum of 60 transferable credits

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BU Community Service Award for Transfer Students

The BU Community Service Award is a unique program open to transfer students who graduated from a Boston Public High School.

  • Amount: Full calculated financial need of students met without loans.
  • Deadline: Application for admission and submission of the FAFSA and CSS Profile™ by the September-term or January-term transfer deadlines.
  • Details: All graduates of Boston Public High Schools will receive no-loan financial aid, up to the amount of the student’s calculated financial need. Students in the program are provided with a University faculty or staff mentor and engage in the greater Boston community by participating in community service opportunities.

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