Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$34,550
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$11,600
$30k - $48k
$9,937
$48k - $75k
$15,140
$75k - $110k
$23,514
$110k+
$46,134
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$55,464
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$55,464
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$14,478
Books and Supplies
$1,250
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: studentservices@bc.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
100%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
12%
Average Aid Per Year
$40,716
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
12%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$7,385
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$38,307
Students receiving state aid
3%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,657
Students receiving federal aid
14%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$7,385
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$59,648
$30k - $48k
$58,930
$48k - $75k
$53,599
$75k - $110k
$44,932
$110k+
$20,348
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$269,126
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$10,571,831

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
38%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$3,607
Students receiving federal loans
38%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$3,602
Average Other Loans Per Year
$2,633
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$18,962
Loan Default Rate
1%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$202

What Students Are Saying

4.10 Average Rating
Boston College is extremely expensive and only gives financial aid to less than 50% of the students. They also only have one scholarship that they give to about fifteen freshman each year. While it is expensive, I do believe that you will be getting more than what you paid for here.
Mario from Oceanside, NY
Very pricey, but they truly educate the whole person which is what you're coming to BC for, right?
BC is a private school, but it can be affordable. Financial aid is need-based, and BC works hard to make sure it can support its students who are in financial need and gives generous scholarships to more than half the student population. The food is much better than most campuses, where fast food or buffets are the norm. Housing for freshmen can be cramped depending on the dorm, but upperclassmen housing is typically four to eight person suites. With any school, housing is usually another area of frustration, but because so many students live on campus, the campus life is engaging and fosters a close-knit student community despite the moderately large size of the school. There is always something happening every night, be it a student art gallery, A Capella showcases, cultural celebrations, sports games, guest speakers, panel discussions, dances, comedy, ice skating, etc. The sports recreation facility has long hours and free classes ranging from spinning and water jogging to yoga and many others. There are a number of computer labs around campus in addition to the library, and there are a number of quite and private study spaces around campus. The campus itself is gorgeous, and while climbing the staircases every day from lower to upper campus can be tiring, the grounds are always well maintained and worth the view.
Andrea from Lake Forest, CA
Tuition stands at over $54,000 a year, making Boston College one of the pricier institutions of higher education. But the university goes to great lengths to provide ample financial assistance to students in need. This year, in light of the recession, the administration cut operating costs to give even more grants and scholarships. The invaluable learning and life-long friends made here are near priceless in comparison to the school's price-tag.
Brendan from Clarksburg, NJ
BC is pretty expensive at almost $60000 a year, and financial aid isn't always generous. However, you are getting a high quality education that you might not get at a cheaper school. Although it is pretty painful taking out those student loans, you know you will get your money's worth in an education that will lead you to accomplish great things. With a BC education under your belt, you'll be able to find work/get into grad school, which will ultimately lead to paying off those hefty loans anyway. So, overall, it is worth the money.
Claudia from McHenry, IL
A Boston College education does come with a pretty staggering price-tag. However, I really couldn't imagine any other school being so perfect for me. The Financial Aid office does offer very attractive packages. Many of my friends supplement this aid with on-campus jobs and find no trouble balancing work with their studies.
Peter from Glastonbury, CT
bc is an expensive school, but you get what you pay for: a great education. bc is pretty good about giving financial assistance to those who qualify for it.
Anonymous from Chestnut Hill, MA
BC is very expensive. I have heard mixed reviews on BC's financial aid. Some people I know received a lot from BC where as others received none. Some believe that the prestige of this college is worth +$55,000 a year, I personally don't
Susan from MN

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