April Checklist

Welcome to the Student Services Monthly Checklist!

April Highlights: preparing for fall registration and important reminders for graduating students.

Action Items

Note the Monday class schedule substitution date.

On Tuesday, April 16, all courses will follow the Monday class schedule rather than the Tuesday class schedule. Please note this substitution on your calendar.

Meet with your academic advisor (undergraduates).

On March 13, the Undergraduate Academic Advising period began for spring registration.

Students will be contacted by their Academic Advisor, Associate Dean's office (professional schools), or the Advising Center regarding how to set up an appointment to review degree requirements and to be cleared for registration.

View the Registration Calendar. 

Registration for Fall begins April 5.

Visit the Registration Calendar page for information on when to register for Summer and Fall 2024.

Attention all off-campus students: you must set up Eagle VPN prior to registration in order to register off campus.

When accessing EagleApps Registration off campus, including registering for the fall 2024 semester, you need to use Eagle VPN and ϱ 2-Step Verification.

To prepare for this change well in advance of your registration time slot, set up and test Eagle VPN on your computer: .

If you have any issues, contact the ϱ Technology Help Center at 617-552-HELP (4357) or help@bc.edu.

Graduating in May? Verify your diploma name.

Please verify your Diploma Name Information through the link in your Agora Portal by Monday, April 15. If you are verifying your Diploma Name from off-campus, you will need to be on Eagle VPN to access the portal.

Order your cap and gown.

If you have not already ordered your cap and gown, you may order them at this time.

  • Undergraduate, Master, and Certificate students should visit .
  • Doctoral students should visit .

The deadline to order your cap and gown is Friday, April 12.

Run a degree audit at www.bc.edu/myservices (graduating seniors).

Look for the following message: "ALL REQUIREMENTS COMPLETED --- IN-PROGRESS COURSES USED." If a student does not receive this message, he/she will not meet the requirements for graduation and will not receive a degree. Please reach out to the appropriate academic contact (MCAS — Karen Livingston; CSOM, CSON, and LSEHD — Jenna Burke) or your advisor or Academic Dean immediately to resolve any graduation clearance issue.

Register for Graduation.

Graduating students must register to attend graduation. You may register on the Commencement website, . If you need wheelchair seating assistance for graduation, you may also indicate that on your registration. To ensure you have no issues on graduation day, please review your student account balance on the MYBILL service of the Agora Portal.   All balances must be paid no later than May 1 to avoid diploma and transcript holds at graduation.

Complete your Student Loan Exit Interview (graduating students).

Students graduating in May who have borrowed a Federal Stafford or a Federal GradPlus loan should complete an online exit interview at the ɱٱ.

Students who have borrowed a Federal Perkins loan, ϱ Law Loan, or ϱ Federal Nursing Loan will need to complete their exit interview at the . You will receive an e-mail from ECSI with instructions.

For more information, visit the Loan Repayment貹.

Save the date for the Student Loan Information Session.

The Student Loan staff from the Office of Student Services invites all upcoming graduates to attend an informational presentation on student loan repayment on Thursday, April 4 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Devlin Hall 110.

Covered Topics: Need-to-know facts and the Do's and Don'ts of student loan repayment.

If you are unable to attend this session or seek personal assistance, student loan counseling is also available to all students who have questions on how to navigate loan repayment options. Please contact borrower@bc.edu to set up an appointment.

Note the returning undergraduate financial aid application deadline.

The 2024–25 Boston College Financial Aid Application priority deadline is April 1.ճ is now available online.  You may check the status of your financial aid application in the .

Due to the 2024–25 FAFSA Simplification process, institutions are experiencing a slow transfer of FAFSA data.  This will delay our ability to indicate if we have received your FAFSA.  We encourage you to submit your FAFSA and take note of the FAFSA Submission Summary provided by the government as we will be unable to confirm receipt of your FAFSA until a later date.

Please monitor our FAFSA Simplification Act page for updates.

2024–2025 FAFSA Simplification.

Due to the passing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Simplification Act on December 27, 2020, as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the FAFSA is changing for the 2024–2025 aid year.

You can expect the following changes:

  • The 2024–2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023.
    • The 2024–2025 FAFSA determines your financial aid eligibility for the Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025 terms.
  • New terminology will be added to the FAFSA. 
  • Eligibility for federal financial aid will be expanded.

For more detailed information, please visit our FAFSA Simplification Act page or .

Graduate and Law students, note the start of the 2024–2025 financial aid application process.

Graduate and Law students, the 2024–2025 FAFSA is now available. Visit our website bc.edu/gradaid for a link to the FASFA and required forms for Graduate and Law financial aid.  

We suggest students complete the form now to allow ample time for processing. The Department of Education has informed schools that they will not be providing schools access to the FAFSA data until mid-to-late March. We are unable to assist with any specific questions you may have related to your FAFSA until we gain access to this FAFSA data. For more detailed information, please visit our FAFSA Simplification Act貹.

Note the withdrawal deadline.

The last day to withdraw from a course or the University is April 16.

Sign up for direct deposit.

As a graduating student, any unused refundable meal credits over $5 will be refunded to your student account after commencement. These amounts or any other payments being credited to your account may leave you with a refundable balance on your ϱ account at the end of the school year.

The easiest and fastest way for Student Services to refund any credit balance to you is via direct deposit. We encourage you to sign up for direct deposit so that we are able to refund any credit balance to you quickly.

For instructions on how to enroll in direct deposit, please visit /refund. If you have any questions, please contact Student Services at 617-552-3300 or studentservices@bc.edu.

Looking for a job?

The Summer 2024 job opportunities will be available on the Student Employment Job Listings page beginning in April.  The ϱ Career Center offers plenty of resources as well as tips on writing great resumes and cover letters when applying for student jobs.  The current 2023–2024 Academic Year job listings will remain open until May 19, 2024. For students who have secured an on-campus job for the first time, please be sure to bring forms of identification (such as but not limited to, a valid/unexpired U.S. Passport, or a combination of a valid driver’s license or Eagle ID card ԻSocial Security card or birth certificate) in original formats. No pictures or photocopies will be accepted. A full list of acceptable documents for Form I-9 completion can be found on the . International F-1 students will need to bring in their valid Foreign Passport along with their Forms I-94 ԻI-20 and Employment Authorization Letter from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

Are you a student veteran?

If you would like your veteran status noted in EagleApps, please contact Linda Malenfant at linda.malenfant@bc.edu.

Review notices and disclosures.

Students should review the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) information on our Notices and Disclosures page.

Ongoing Reminders

Sign a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (if applicable).

Visit the  for more information.

Complete Title IV Authorization (if applicable).

Federal regulations require that Title IV funds credited to your student account be applied only to cover allowable charges, unless Boston College obtains authorization to apply these funds to all other charges on your student account. You may submit your authorization electronically at www.bc.edu/myservices. For more information, visit the Billing貹.

Complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling (if applicable).

Visit the  for more information.

Enroll in direct deposit for student account refunds (if applicable).

We recommend that all students use direct deposit when requesting refunds. Refunds processed via direct deposit are faster and do not require pickup. Visit the Billing page for instructions and more information.

News and Notes