Boston Public & Charter Schools

The Suffolk experience transforms lives. We believe our historical mission and incredible urban location come with a responsibility to give back to our city and our community, and to support the students of Boston.

Suffolk’s faculty and staff find the promise in each student. Our campus is a place where students gain confidence and a greater sense of self as they dive into everything our University and city have to offer. We believe that any student in Boston who has the drive and ability to succeed at Suffolk should have that opportunity.

We fulfill our commitment to Boston Public and Charter School students in many ways.

Suffolk University waives its $50 application fee for Boston Public and Boston Charter School students. Our decision to waive the application fee is part of our longstanding commitment to the city of Boston.

Students can waive their fee by submitting the online Common Application or Suffolk University Application. When asked about school-specific fee waivers, they should choose the “Boston Public/Charter School Waiver (Freshman Only)” option.

Suffolk University, in partnership with the Boston Public Schools, has an agreement allowing students to take dual enrollment courses on campus during the fall and spring of their junior and senior year. Students must apply to participate, have at least a 2.5 and above high school GPA, and are limited to one course per term.

For additional information about this opportunity, please contact Sharon Lenzie, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Students can experience a college course—and a college campus—firsthand by joining us for one of our three-week summer courses focused an area of business.

Each course is free and includes daily lunches, as well as a T pass (commuter rail not included) for the commute to and from campus and field trips. Best of all, completion of the course will count for three Suffolk credit hours. Students must be rising juniors or seniors in order to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Complete application along with short answer question 
  • Email an official high school transcript from your school official or counselor to our Admission office
  • Students must have at least a 2.7 weighted GPA on 4.0 scale to be considered

This scholarship is available to graduates of a Boston Public or Boston Charter High School entering an undergraduate program. The program offers:

  • Up to 15 full-tuition scholarships awarded annually based on demonstrated financial need and merit
  • Renewable awards for up to 4 consecutive years (8 consecutive semesters) provided recipient maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum GPA of 2.8

This program also includes academic support and mentorship through the Center for Academic Access & Opportunity. Students will be automatically considered at the point of admission as long as we have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.

Suffolk University is excited to offer a scholarship for first-generation students that awards eligible incoming first-year students $1,000 in addition to any other merit- or need-based aid received. It is both guaranteed and renewable.

Students who are the first in their families to attend college will be automatically granted the scholarship based on admission application information. No separate application is required.

Learn more about Suffolk's commitment to first-generation college students.


The Department of Education launched the 2024-25 FAFSA form and the FAFSA is now consistently available to be completed and corrected.  

Suffolk University remains committed to providing an affordable education to our students. We strongly encourage all eligible students to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

As always, if you need assistance you can contact the Office of Student Financial Services.

See the 2024 - 2025 changes