Graduate Student Financial Responsibilities

[Please note that these rates are subject to change.]

Graduate Student Services Fee
Proceeds from this fee are allocated proportionally to support student service operations and technology resources across campus including, but not limited to, services at the George Sherman Union, East Campus Student Service Center and other such student support spaces as well as campus network services.

Community Service Fee (SAGE)

Under the direction of the Dean of Students, 100% of revenue collected through this fee is allocated directly to support student programs, which foster and engage the community. The Student Allocations Board, Programming Council and Residence Hall Associations/Student Government distribute the majority of these funds to approximately 500 student groups and organizations.

Sports Pass
$110/year (may be waived on StudentLink prior to Fall semester)
The Sports Pass will automatically be charged to your student account if you are a full-time Charles River Campus student. The Sports Pass will allow you admission to 18 home men’s ice hockey and 18 home women’s ice hockey games as well as 11 home men’s basketball and 11 home women’s basketball games (a $350 value). Sports pass holders can pick up their tickets before they become available to the general public as well as receive advance notice and ticket offers for games, concerts and other events in Boston University’s Agganis Arena. You may deduct the Sports Pass charge from the balance you remit if you list the cancellation on your invoice stub.

Health & Wellness Fee
Proceeds from this fee help offset the cost of student Health Services clinic at 881 Commonwealth Avenue as well as the Fitness & Recreation Center and their satellite operations. Wellness & prevention services promote physical and emotional well-being among students through comprehensive programming, peer health support, connection to resources, sharing accurate and relevant health information, and providing consultation and care for students struggling with substance misuse. Holistic services provided minimize the risk of illness, injury, and harm all while establishing a foundation for students to optimize their capacity to learn, reach their potential, and achieve their goals both inside and outside of the classroom.

Health Insurance
Basic Plan: $2,141/year, Plus Plan: $2,910/year, may be waived if you have outside insurance.
Medical Insurance is required for all full-time, three-quarter-time and international students. These students are automatically enrolled and their BU accounts charged for the Basic Student Medical Insurance Plan. 2013/2014 Plan information is available at You may waive this plan on your StudentLink account if you are covered by another health insurance plan. Health Insurance will be paid for by the University for all Graduate Teaching Fellows, Dean’s Fellowship Students and Research Assistants. However, the full amount will be charged at Fall Semester to your student account. Your account will be credited half of the cost in the Fall and half in the Spring.


Students are automatically billed for health insurance for the academic year; those who are graduating in January, 2014 must submit a request form to Student Accounting by December 31 in order to pay a pro-rated amount.  *