Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Suffolk University is $37,128 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 34% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 16% more expensive than the average Massachusetts tuition of $32,017 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 48th in Massachusetts amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 35th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $142 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $37,270.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,046 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Boston should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,524 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,074 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Suffolk University was $56,040 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Massachusetts residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Suffolk University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Suffolk University
Estimated Budgets
Massachusetts Resident Total Budget $56,040
   In-State Tuition$37,128
   Other Fees$142
   Room and Board$15,046
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,524
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $56,040
   Out-of-State Tuition$37,128
   Other Fees$142
   Room and Board$15,046
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,524
   Books and Supplies$1,200


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $56,040 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Suffolk University net price for in-state students is $27,818* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

78% of Suffolk University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $18,505. 38 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,638. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Suffolk University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Suffolk University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$27,818*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid78%
Average Total Grant Aid$18,505
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants38%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,638

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$22,204
$30,001 to $48,000$23,689
$48,001 to $75,000$26,682
$75,001 to $110,000$29,056

Average Financial Aid Mix - $56,040 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $56,040. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 35% - $18,505

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Suffolk University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 11% - $5,812

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 55% -  $29,199

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Suffolk University
College of Our Lady of the Elms11.2% less expensive
Long Island University C W Post Campus5.6% less expensive
Iona College4.4% less expensive
The College of New Rochelle5.5% less expensive
Marymount Manhattan College18% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Suffolk University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Suffolk University is $224,160 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $27,503 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $110,012**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $280,200 or $137,515 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Suffolk University.

Massachusetts Resident Tuition Per Semester$18,564
Massachusetts Resident Total Cost Per Semester$28,020

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Suffolk University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Suffolk University
Price per credit hour$1,092
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$3,276
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$4,368


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 67% of Suffolk University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,812.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Suffolk University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $110,012, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $136,499.66. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Suffolk University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 78% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $27,503. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Suffolk University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Suffolk University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,137.50
Amount Borrowed$110,012.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$26,487.66
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$136,499.66

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Suffolk University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Suffolk University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $136,499.66 would be needed to afford a $1,137.50 monthly payment in the example $110,012.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Suffolk University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $30,672 to $37,128. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.2%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $224,160.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Suffolk University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$77,068$308,272
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$98,361$393,442
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $125,536$502,143
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $145,323$581,293

Tuition History

What was tuition at Suffolk University five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Suffolk University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 93 35% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 34 44% costlier
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 20 46% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 19 25% costlier
Marketing, Other Bachelor's Degree 18 42% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Bachelor's Degree 18 81% costlier
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 17 35% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 17 43% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 15 45% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 11 51% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 11 51% costlier
American History United States Bachelor's Degree 11 52% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 10 62% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 10% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 8 22% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 8 41% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 8 48% costlier
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 47% costlier
American Government and Politics (United States) Bachelor's Degree 8 55% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 7 39% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 7 19% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 6 30% costlier
Political Science and Government, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 21% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 5 54% costlier
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 5 38% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 15% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 4 64% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 4 20% costlier
International Economics Bachelor's Degree 3 10% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 3 33% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 46% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 40% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 3 45% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 30% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 27% costlier
Biotechnology Bachelor's Degree 2 50% costlier
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology Bachelor's Degree 2 40% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 39% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 22% costlier
European History Bachelor's Degree 2 22% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 2 31% costlier
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 20% costlier
Developmental and Child Psychology Bachelor's Degree 2 34% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 2 14% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 35% costlier
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
Public/Applied History Bachelor's Degree 1 47% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 35% costlier
Mathematics, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 16% costlier
History, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 1 165% costlier
Communication and Media Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Human Services, General Bachelor's Degree 1 61% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 24% costlier
Music History, Literature, and Theory Bachelor's Degree 1 22% costlier
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 34% costlier
Radiation Biology/Radiobiology Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 32% costlier
Physical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 37% costlier
Asian History Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 1 53% costlier
Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 25% costlier
Science, Technology and Society Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 31% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management Bachelor's Degree 1 20% costlier
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 1 41% costlier


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About Suffolk University

Suffolk University is a four year private college located in Boston, Massachusetts.  Full time enrollment is 6,059 and part time is 1,402.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Suffolk University
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, Massachusetts

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Suffolk University is a private not for profit institution.

Suffolk University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=168005 IPEDS survey data.