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Boston University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$57,184 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$42,400 tuition
$13,190 on campus room & board
$1,000 books
$594 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$57,184 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$42,400 tuition
$13,190 on campus room & board
$1,000 books
$594 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$22,614 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
60% of students receive aid
13% get federal aid ($5,831 avg)
4% get state aid ($2,241 avg)
49% get institn'l aid ($22,614 avg)
47% get loans ($10,118 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.80% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.80% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $23,670 51%
Federal Grant Aid $5,831 13%
Pell Grants $4,314 13%
Other Federal Grants $2,533 8%
Institution Grant Aid $22,614 49%
State Grant Aid $2,241 4%
Student Loans $10,118 47%
Federal Loans $6,507 47%
Other Loans $19,759 9%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: -
Financial aid deadline: February 15
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Boston University offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-2300
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,325
Out of State $1,325


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Keith from Alpharetta, GA
  • Jul-03-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    As a private school, BU is a little pricey ($60,000ish per year), but financial aid and payment plans make affording this world-class school easy.

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  • 5
  • Marc from Warminster, PA
  • Jan-21-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Boston University is the best school I've found so far. It's well-rounded in its academics, extracurricular activities, and study abroad and internship opportunities.

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  • 3
  • Olga from Greensboro, NC
  • Jan-01-2014 I am a current student here

    Boston University is quite expensive, however, you do get access to great academics and resources. Also, you have a variety of options for social and club activities. Its location makes it perfect for finding jobs and internships in the city.

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  • 4
  • Koreena from Oregon City, OR
  • Dec-16-2013 I am a current student here

    I love BU and the experience I'm gaining here, but the money is a little tough to swallow. I find myself constantly worrying about my student loans, and holding down two jobs in an attempt to pay on the principles while I'm still in school.

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