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Boston University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$66,110 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$49,176 tuition
$14,870 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
$1,064 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$66,110 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$49,176 tuition
$14,870 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
$1,064 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$29,675 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
76% of students receive aid
13% get federal aid ($6,125 avg)
3% get state aid ($2,767 avg)
46% get institn'l aid ($29,675 avg)
40% 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 3.86% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.86% 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 $34,225 47%
Federal Grant Aid $6,125 13%
Pell Grants $4,540 13%
Other Federal Grants $2,389 9%
Institution Grant Aid $29,675 46%
State Grant Aid $2,767 3%
Student Loans $9,652 40%
Federal Loans $6,923 40%
Other Loans $19,573 6%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: December 1
Financial aid deadline: February 1
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
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-2965
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,686
Out of State $1,686


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • elizabeth from northern virginia
  • Apr-20-2016 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    obviously bu is very expensive. if you're military, check yellow ribbon deadlines early to make sure you don't miss them. it's an investment, so you get out what you put in.

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  • 5
  • JR from Boston, MA
  • Dec-30-2015 I am a current student here

    BU is a very reputable school. Specifically, I am in the Questrom School of Business and I feel like they prepare you very well for the real-world. It helps to know that you're not wasting your time and breaking your back studying for nothing. The relevance of what I'm being taught makes me want to understand the material more because I know that I'll actually be using it. I still don't think that any university should be $50k+ a year but that's a different story for a different day. I'm here and I love it. Even with the thousands of students here, I still feel like I'm cared for on an individual level. We have it better than a lot of other schools, so I feel like the complaints should be kept to a minimum. It's all about perspective. I'm very happy to be here.

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  • 5
  • Katherine from Joliet, IL
  • Dec-02-2015 I am a current student here

    With the resources available to students, academic rigor, and location, BU is a great place for those who are ready to branch out and explore the world and explore their own preferences. Don't let the price scare you. If money is an issue, make it known to advisors so they can assist you. It's possible to survive without spending a dollar out of pocket here.

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  • 3
  • Sonya from Sandy Hook, CT
  • Dec-02-2015 I am a current student here

    BU is definitely expensive, and they don't hand hold you. If you're a proactive student, you definitely get your money's worth. It is a very expensive school, but there are need based scholarship and financial aide options.

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  • 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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