Tuition for Boston University is $50,980 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 84% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. Boston University is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 60th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is 59% more expensive than the average Massachusetts tuition of $32,017 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 76th in Massachusetts amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 7th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.
The school charges an additional fees of $1,102 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $52,082.
On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,270 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Boston should budget at least this amount.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.
If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,950 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,950 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to BU was $70,302 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 Boston University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|Massachusetts Resident Total Budget||$70,302|
|Room and Board||$15,270|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$1,950|
|Books and Supplies||$1,000|
|Non-Resident Total Budget||$70,302|
|Room and Board||$15,270|
|On-Campus Other Budget||$1,950|
|Books and Supplies||$1,000|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $70,302 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported BU net price for in-state students is $32,539* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
52% of Boston University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $28,848. 15 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 $4,253. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Boston University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$32,539*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||52%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$28,848|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||15%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,253|
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||$22,695|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$21,952|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$26,827|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$32,940|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $70,302. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Boston University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
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.
To make a comparative assessment if BU is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 94/100 for Boston University. Considering an average net price paid of $29,899, this leads to an overall value ranking of 65/100. This places the school 139th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.
|School||Cost vs. Boston University|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||2.7% less expensive|
|Northeastern University||4.7% less expensive|
|Boston College||3% more expensive|
|Tufts University||4.3% more expensive|
|Brandeis University||0.9% more expensive|
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 Boston University.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at BU is $281,208 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 $29,899 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $119,596**
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 $351,510 or $149,495 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.
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 Boston University.
|Massachusetts Resident Tuition Per Semester||$25,490|
|Massachusetts Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$35,151|
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 Boston University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour||$1,593|
|Cost for one class (3 credit hours)||$4,779|
|Cost for one class (4 credit hours)||$6,372|
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. 43% of Boston University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,794. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $37,694.
How much are student loan payments for Boston 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 $119,596, 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 $148,391.21. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Boston University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 52% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $29,899. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Boston 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.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$1,236.59|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$28,795.21|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$148,391.21|
Can I afford to attend BU? 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 Boston 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 $148,391.21 would be needed to afford a $1,236.59 monthly payment in the example $119,596.00 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.
What will it cost to send your child to Boston University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $42,400 to $50,980. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4%. 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 $281,208.00. 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 Boston University.
|Annual||4 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024||$96,682||$386,727|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029||$123,393||$493,572|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034||$157,484||$629,937|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037||$182,308||$729,231|
What was tuition at BU 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.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Boston 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|
|Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree||682||104% costlier|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree||317||77% costlier|
|International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree||305||50% costlier|
|Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree||247||74% costlier|
|Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree||175||95% costlier|
|Journalism Bachelor's Degree||155||82% costlier|
|Economics, General Bachelor's Degree||152||57% costlier|
|Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree||128||82% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree||121||74% costlier|
|Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree||107||68% costlier|
|HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS Bachelor's Degree||104||84% costlier|
|Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other Bachelor's Degree||104||94% costlier|
|Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree||102||69% costlier|
|English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree||101||75% costlier|
|Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||91||66% costlier|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree||81||37% costlier|
|History, General Bachelor's Degree||76||72% costlier|
|Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree||53||71% costlier|
|Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree||50||22% costlier|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree||48||43% costlier|
|Philosophy Bachelor's Degree||42||56% costlier|
|Computer Science Bachelor's Degree||42||67% costlier|
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree||40||40% costlier|
|Sociology Bachelor's Degree||39||71% costlier|
|Anthropology Bachelor's Degree||34||56% costlier|
|Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree||33||55% costlier|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree||30||67% costlier|
|Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree||27||63% costlier|
|Painting Bachelor's Degree||27||58% costlier|
|Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree||25||81% costlier|
|Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||25||98% costlier|
|Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree||24||74% costlier|
|Archeology Bachelor's Degree||23||32% costlier|
|Manufacturing Engineering Bachelor's Degree||20||84% costlier|
|Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Bachelor's Degree||20||83% costlier|
|Acting Bachelor's Degree||18||59% costlier|
|Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||18||89% costlier|
|Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree||18||82% costlier|
|Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Bachelor's Degree||17||69% costlier|
|Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||17||99% costlier|
|Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||17||63% costlier|
|Molecular Biology Bachelor's Degree||16||45% costlier|
|Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree||16||66% costlier|
|Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree||15||69% costlier|
|Physics, General Bachelor's Degree||15||60% costlier|
|Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree||15||57% costlier|
|Social Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree||15||49% costlier|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree||15||66% costlier|
|Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||14||42% costlier|
|Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree||14||59% costlier|
|French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||14||52% costlier|
|Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree||14||63% costlier|
|Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree||13||87% costlier|
|Stringed Instruments Bachelor's Degree||12||35% costlier|
|Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree||11||76% costlier|
|Sculpture Bachelor's Degree||9||49% costlier|
|Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree||9||98% costlier|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree||8||103% costlier|
|English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||8||100% costlier|
|Astronomy Bachelor's Degree||8||35% costlier|
|Environmental Biology Bachelor's Degree||8||58% costlier|
|Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree||8||48% costlier|
|Conservation Biology Bachelor's Degree||7||57% costlier|
|Ancient Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||6||24% costlier|
|Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||6||34% costlier|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree||6||107% costlier|
|Foreign Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||6||83% costlier|
|Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree||5||70% costlier|
|Pre-Dentistry Studies Bachelor's Degree||5||65% costlier|
|Geography Bachelor's Degree||4||90% costlier|
|East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree||4||23% costlier|
|Directing and Theatrical Production Bachelor's Degree||4||48% costlier|
|Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree||4||33% costlier|
|Music, General Bachelor's Degree||4||70% costlier|
|Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||3||94% costlier|
|Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree||2||68% costlier|
|American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree||2||36% costlier|
|Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree||2||45% costlier|
|Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||85% costlier|
|Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree||1||51% costlier|
|Architectural History and Criticism, General Bachelor's Degree||1||18% costlier|
|Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Bachelor's Degree||1||87% costlier|
|Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree||1||50% costlier|
|Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree||1||33% costlier|
|Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree||1||59% costlier|
|Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree||1||105% costlier|
|Musicology and Ethnomusicology Bachelor's Degree||1||14% costlier|
|Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||26% costlier|
|German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree||1||49% costlier|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Boston University or model a student loan.
Boston University is a four year private college located in Boston, Massachusetts. Full time enrollment is 26,340 and part time is 6,355.
Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Address
Boston University is a private not for profit institution.
Boston University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164988 IPEDS survey data.