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Boston University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$63,956 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$47,422 tuition
$14,520 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
$1,014 fees
(Based on stats from 2015/2016)

$63,956 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$47,422 tuition
$14,520 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
$1,014 fees
(Based on stats from 2015/2016)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$29,675 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
76% of students receive aid
15% get federal aid ($5,747 avg)
6% get state aid ($1,971 avg)
53% get institn'l aid ($29,675 avg)
48% get loans ($10,164 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.10% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.10% 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 $27,232 54%
Federal Grant Aid $5,747 15%
Pell Grants $4,261 15%
Other Federal Grants $2,314 10%
Institution Grant Aid $29,675 53%
State Grant Aid $1,971 6%
Student Loans $10,164 48%
Federal Loans $6,550 47%
Other Loans $18,495 10%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: -
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does Boston University offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-2965


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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