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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
75% 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: Dec 1 for Presidential Scholarship Consideration
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
  • Idine from Brentwood, TN
  • Aug-26-2014 I am a current student here

    Being a major metropolitan area, things are going to be a bit more expensive. However, with some patience and a proper use of online resources, you can find a lot of things to do for pretty cheap. BU also provides a lot of resources for these kinds of deals. For example, on the weekends, you can get movie tickets for half the price and if you attend some symposiums and various school-sponsored events, you can get free food and free tickets to different events. For example, I went to this art exhibit for students and I get a free ticket to the Boston Symphony.

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  • 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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