What Is the Cost of Attendance?
Probably less than you think.
Why? Because BU meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted, first-year students who are US citizens or permanent residents. Each family’s circumstance is unique and BU will create a custom package for you to meet your family’s full demonstrated financial need.
We firmly believe that everyone admitted to BU deserves the opportunity to attend BU. We’re offering expanded financial aid packages of scholarships, grants, low-interest student loans, and Work-Study that will make up the difference between the cost of attendance and what you can afford. That’s why it’s so important for you to consider applying for financial assistance—even if you think you may not be eligible.
- 100% of need is met for first-year students who are US citizens or permanent residents.
- $260 million in financial aid is awarded annually to undergraduates.
- For students who receive aid, the BU Scholarship Assurance guarantees your BU need-based aid will not be reduced for any of your undergraduate years at Boston University.
Cost of Attendance
Billed expenses for the 2020/2021 academic year*
|Room (depending on type of accommodation)||$10,990|
|Board (most dining plans)||$5,650|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED BILLED EXPENSES||$74,712|
|Books and Supplies||$1,000|
|Local Transportation (average)||$630|
|TOTAL OTHER EXPENSES||$2,950|
= Total Cost of Attendance
*Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees.
Student Health Insurance Costs
Massachusetts law requires all students enrolled in at least 75% of the full-time curriculum to have medical insurance. Students who cannot demonstrate coverage under a qualifying medical insurance plan are required to purchase the University’s student health insurance plan, which is due and payable with your first-semester charges. For more information, see the Student Health Services website.