The student budget, or cost of attendance, is an estimation of the total cost of attending the School of Law during the nine-month academic year, including living and personal expenses. The total budget is also the maximum amount of financial aid students may receive, including University scholarships, student loans, resident assistantships, work-study, and any aid from other outside sources.

Online Graduate Tax students must follow the payment deadlines established for Distance Education Students.

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Adjusting the Student Budget

The student budget is developed in accordance with federal guidelines to allow for standard education-related expenses that most students incur. The University recognizes that some students may have expenses higher than the standard budget.

The Law Financial Aid Office will work with you to determine if you have expenses that qualify according to federal regulations and University policy, but are not included in the standard budget. Additional information, as well as the Budget Increase Request Form, can be found in the Financial Planning section of our website.

Methods of Payment

Students who will be paying all or a portion of their tuition using their own resources will find payment instructions from BU’s Student Accounting Services office.

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

All students enrolled on at least a ¾ basis are required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to have health insurance. Students may waive SHIP coverage offered through Boston University if they have their own insurance. Student Health Services provides additional information on the medical insurance requirement and the Waiver Form for the SHIP coverage on their website.

Boston University offers students a choice of two health insurance plans:

  • SHIP Basic Plan—The standard plan, automatically charged to your student account unless you waive it or choose the Student Plus Plan
  • SHIP Plus Plan—A more comprehensive plan offering additional coverage; you must request this plan

Sports Pass

Boston University automatically charges all full-time students the Sports Pass fee. The Sports Pass allows students admission to all home games for BU ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and soccer. Student Accounting Services provides information on the Sports Pass, including information on waiving the fee, on their website.

Refund of a Credit Balance

If your total financial aid exceeds tuition and fees, you will receive a refund of the credit balance that appears on your Student Account.

Boston University utilizes an online refund request process. You may request your refund on the Student Link once the funds have been received by the University and posted to your account.

Your refund will be directly deposited into your US bank account as follows:

  • Step 1—Log on to the Student Link and select “Money Matters”
  • Step 2—Go to “Student Account Inquiry” and select the blue arrow to review your available credit balance
  • Step 3—Click the “Request a Refund” link in the upper right-hand corner and follow the instructions
  • Step 4—BU Law Financial Aid will review your refund request and confirm your eligibility
  • Step 5—Approved refunds will be deposited into the bank account you provide within three to five business days, but no earlier than the first day of classes

Note: If the credit on your student account is the result of pending financial aid items, Boston University has not received the funds. You may not have a refund issued until the awards have posted to your student account.

Federal loans that cover more than tuition and fees

In compliance with federal regulations, an automatic refund will be processed if the total amount of your federal loans (Stafford Loans and/or Graduate PLUS) exceeds allowable semester expenses, unless you authorize the University to retain the funds to cover other expenses. Allowable expenses include, and are limited to, tuition, required fees, and contract room and board. This is known as a Title IV Refund.

Since federal regulations prohibit the University from using excess federal funds for non-allowable charges (including medical insurance, late fees, Convenience Points, library fines, and prior balances), a federal refund may result in an outstanding balance on your student account.

You can prevent this balance by completing a Federal Financial Aid Credit Authorization Form and submitting it to Student Accounting Services.

If you have a scholarship, the amount of the scholarship is not counted as part of the Title IV refund amount and will remain on your student account until you request the refund.

Please note: You should bring adequate funds to cover September/January expenses such as rent, security deposit, books, and relocation costs. Boston University policy prohibits the University from releasing any funds to a student before the first day of classes.

Tuition Refund Schedule for students who withdraw

Please view the Tuition Refund Schedule for students who withdraw. Registration and other fees are non-refundable as of the first day of classes. Deposits toward Tuition and/or Room and Board are non-refundable.

The Law School In-absentia fee is $5,382 per leave.