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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

$23,635 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
65% of students receive aid
17% get federal aid ($6,458 avg)
6% get state aid ($2,164 avg)
55% get institn'l aid ($23,635 avg)
52% get loans ($9,652 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 $24,937 57%
Federal Grant Aid $6,458 17%
Pell Grants $4,090 17%
Other Federal Grants $2,401 17%
Institution Grant Aid $23,635 55%
State Grant Aid $2,164 6%
Student Loans $9,652 52%
Federal Loans $6,625 52%
Other Loans $18,116 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
  • 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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  • 2
  • Paul from San Antonio, TX
  • Aug-13-2013 I am a current student here

    It is one of the most expensive schools in the country, but can be frustrating since you do not see the faces of administration sans behind their desks trying to raise more money and schmooze donors.

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