College of General Studies (CGS) January Boston-London Program – Class of 2021

We are pleased to present comprehensive financial information related to your freshman year enrollment in the CGS January Boston-London Program. Here are a few important points to remember about financial aid awards:

  • Spring 2018 financial aid awards are made available with admission decision notifications.
  • If you receive a Boston University scholarship for the spring you will automatically receive an identical scholarship for the summer term.
  • Summer 2018 awards will be available in April 2018.

More information about the CGS Boston-London Program is available at CGS Now.

The spring semester portion of any award offer is posted to your BU web account. The summer portion of any award offer will be posted to your BU web account in April 2018 prior to the start of the London term.

Check your BU web account frequently to stay abreast of updates to the status of your financial aid and respond promptly to any request for action on your part. We encourage you to grant ShareLink access to any family member helping you with college expenses which makes it easy to share information about your financial aid and student account with them. Contact BU Financial Assistance if you have questions or concerns.

Boston University bills you for direct costs such as tuition, fees, room and board. There are also certain indirect expenses, such as transportation, books, supplies and personal expenses that you pay out of pocket.

All students studying on the BU campus enrolled in at least 75 percent of the full-time curriculum are required by Massachusetts law to have medical insurance. If you are not already covered under a qualifying medical insurance plan, you are required to purchase insurance through the University.

Spring Semester – Boston
Tuition $25,490
Fees $551
Room & Board* $7,635
Estimated Transportation $315
Estimated Books & Supplies $500
Estimated Personal Expenses $660
Total $35,151

*Room and board rates vary depending upon type of housing and dining plan. Rates are for room and board on a license agreement. Participation in the dining program is optional for students who are assigned to apartment-style residences. Variances in room and board may also occur if students claim commuter status as a special circumstance.

Boston University bills you for direct costs such as the program tuition and the housing/student services fee. Tuition covers a full-time credit load which during the London summer term is typically 14 academic credits. The combination of spring and summer enrollment equates to the first year of study. There are also certain indirect expenses, such as board while in London, books, supplies and personal expenses that you pay out of pocket. Carefully review the Study Abroad Program Budget – Summer 2018 for detailed information.

BU bills you for spring semester charges in early December and payment is due prior to the start of the spring semester.

BU bills you for summer term program charges in April 2018 and payment is due before the start of the summer term.

For more information on paying your bill visit Student Accounting Services.

The monthly payment plan is available for the spring semester. Students enroll in September and payments are made from October – February. Information about summer term monthly payment plan options will be forthcoming at a later date.

Credit-based loans are available for the Boston/London program. Parents applying for Federal PLUS loans must submit separate spring and summer PLUS Loan Request forms. Use the BU Financial Assistance 2017-2018 PLUS Request Form for the spring semester. Use the BU Financial Assistance Summer 2018 PLUS Request Form which will be available in April 2017 for the summer term. Applicants for private credit-based loans submit one application for the spring semester and one for the summer term.

Learn more about Federal PLUS Loans and other credit-based loan programs at

To apply for a Federal Stafford Loan file your 2017-2018 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at Learn more about the Federal Stafford Loan at