Massachusetts Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2016

How much does it cost to attend college in Massachusetts?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Massachusetts was $25,406 for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is $11,464 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Massachusetts amongst the costliest as the 4th most expensive and 49th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $1,158 from the 2015-2016 average of $24,248 and represents a 4.78% annual increase. The list of Massachusetts colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 102 colleges and universities in Massachusetts, the most popular being Boston University with 26,340 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $49,176. Bard College at Simon's Rock is the most expensive in Massachusetts with an in-state tuition of $51,735.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. Massachusetts colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in Massachusetts or cheap Massachusetts colleges guide.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2016-2017 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Explore Massachusetts Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
American International College
Springfield, 1,839 Students
$33,140 29 36
Amherst College  Best Value
Amherst, 1,849 Students
$51,620 98 85
Anna Maria College
Paxton, 833 Students
$33,840 - -
Assumption College
Worcester, 2,145 Students
$35,510 - -
Babson College  Best Value
Wellesley, 2,687 Students
$48,288 94 70
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Great Barrington, 357 Students
$51,735 - -
Bay Path College
Longmeadow, 1,985 Students
$32,739 - -
Bay State College
Boston, 524 Students
$21,720 - -
Becker College
Worcester, 1,571 Students
$33,672 47 36
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Boston, 426 Students
$16,950 - -
Bentley University  Best Value
Waltham, 4,890 Students
$44,210 89 64
Berklee College of Music
Boston, 5,267 Students
$40,220 - -
Berkshire Community College
Pittsfield, 635 Students
$624 - -
Boston Architectural College
Boston, 647 Students
$20,016 - -
Boston Baptist College
Boston, 52 Students
$11,400 18 -
Boston College  Best Value
Chestnut Hill, 13,150 Students
$50,480 95 72
Boston University  Best Value
Boston, 26,340 Students
$49,176 94 65
Brandeis University  Best Value
Waltham, 5,199 Students
$49,586 95 72
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, 8,282 Students
$910 38 61
Bristol Community College
Fall River, 4,004 Students
$576 - -