Deadlines to Apply for Financial Aid

Deadlines to Apply for Financial Aid

For 2018-2019 Academic Year (Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid 2018-2019:  All students who wish to receive any type of federal or state aid (grants, scholarships, loans, employment) - must submit this application.  Pennsylvania residents must file by May 1, 2018 to be considered for the PHEAA State Grant.   You may apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

BU Scholarships:   The scholarship application period for the 2018-2019 academic year is as follows:

  • For incoming Freshmen and incoming Transfer students scholarships applications are available beginning October 1, 2017.  The priority deadline is April 1, 2018.
  • For currently enrolled students scholarship applications are available beginning January 3, 2018.  The deadline is March 1, 2018.

Federal Pell Grant:   The completed FAFSA information must be received from the federal processor by the Office of Financial Aid by the last day of the semester.  

Federal SEOG Grant:  No separate application is required.  Eligible students who have submitted a FAFSA will be considered for this grant.  

PHEAA State Grant:  Pennsylvania residents must file the FAFSA by May 1, 2018 to be considered for this grant.  Some students also will be required to complete the PHEAA Grant Status Notice, which will be mailed to the student by PHEAA.  

Federal Direct Student Loan:  Loan applications may be submitted beginning April 1, 2018.  All loans must be certified by the Financial Aid Office by the last day of the loan term. 

Federal Direct PLUS/Grad PLUS Loan:  Please use the following information below as to when you should apply for the loan.  All loans must be certified by the Financial Aid Office by the last day of the loan term.  

  • Loan Term Beginning Summer 2018 - Apply on or after April 1, 2018
  • Loan Term Beginning Fall 2018 - Apply on or after April 1, 2018
  • Loan Term Beginning Spring 2019 - Apply on or after November 1, 2018

Private Educational Alternative Loan:  Students and parents wishing to receive this type of loan are encouraged to start applying after April 1, 2018.  Prior to applying for this type of loan, you should first explore all other forms of financial aid.  Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.  Deadlines vary by lender. 

Federal Work-Study Program (FWSP) and Institutional State Student Employment:  Students are required to complete a new application each year.