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Boston University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$59,500 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$43,970 tuition
$13,620 on campus room & board
$1,000 books
$910 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$59,500 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$43,970 tuition
$13,620 on campus room & board
$1,000 books
$910 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
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 4.03% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.03% 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 $1,374
Out of State $1,374


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Julie from Orlando, FL
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    If you want to utilize this no-joke tuition of appx $63,000, you gotta actively pursue your career opportunities and study butt off to get good grades and stretch yourself. As long as YOU put efforts and actively seek to improve yourself, this school's got everything for you, but you just need to actively pursue those chances. They offer 2 student tutorings per week for Any subject/class, professors have office hours a lot, writing tutors readily available if you need help on essays, internship or job listings on our studentlink, or physically present in Student Job Services office or whatever that's called, etc. FULL OF OPPORTUNITIES, but you just need to be seeking them. THEY WON'T BABYSIT YOU for passively doing nothing, just sitting in your dorm being pessimistic about life and bad grades.

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  • 4
  • Hanna
  • Nov-13-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    seems like you get what you pay for

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  • 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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