Tuition, Fees, and Expenses

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.

Payment Deadlines for 2015-16 -- Please note, Fall Semester tuition payments are due by July 15, 2015 for entering 1L students.

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

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2015-2016 Student Budget – J.D. Students

2015-2016 Student Budget
Tuition $48,170
Student Fees $1,160
Books and Supplies $1,462
Room and Board $12,620
Transportation $1,120
Personal Expenses $3,050
Direct Loan Fees $220
*Tuition for JD/Other


2015-2016 Student Budget – Full-Time LL.M. students

2015-2016 Student Budget



Student Fees


Books and Supplies


Room and Board




Personal Expenses


Direct Loan Fees





Fees for J.D. students and Full-Time LL.M. students

The fees indicated in the student budgets will appear as charges on your tuition bill for the 2015-2016 academic year. All fees are non-refundable; the Medical Insurance and Sports Pass do not appear in the student budget and may be waived—see below for additional information.

2015-2016 Fees Fall Spring Total

Student Services Fee




Health & Wellness Fee




JD Student Program Fee




LL.M. Student Program Fee (full-time students only)




Technology Fee




Medical Insurance (see description below)

BASIC - $1,945

PLUS - $2,713




Sports Pass





Tuition and Fees for Part-time LL.M. students

LL.M. students who will attend the Graduate Tax or Banking and Financial Law programs on a part-time basis will be charged tuition on a per credit basis and will be charged the part-time student fees as indicated.

2015-2016 Tuition and Fees - Part-Time LL.M.

Tuition – Graduate Tax Program (per course) ($2,007 per credit)


Tuition – Banking and Financial Law (per course) ($2,007 per credit)


Fees (per semester):

LL.M. Program Fee (part-time students)


Student Services Fee


Technology Fee



Tuition and Fees for Graduate Tax Program: Online Option

Students who will attend the Online Graduate Tax program (LL.M. in Taxation) will be charged tuition and fees based on enrollment as indicated.

2015-2016 Tuition and Fees - Graduate Tax Program: Online Option
Part-Time Enrollment - Less than 12 Credits

Tuition – Graduate Tax Program (per 2 credit course) ($2,007 per credit)


Tuition – Graduate Tax Program (per 4 credit course) ($2,007 per credit)


Fees (per semester):

Student Services Fee


Technology Fee

$60 per credit


2015-2016 Tuition and Fees - Graduate Tax Program: Online Option Full-Time Enrollment - 12 credits or more

Tuition (per semester)


Fees (per semester):

Student Services Fee


Technology Fee



Executive LL.M. in International Business Law

The tuition and fees for this program may be found on the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law section of our website.

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 Univesity policy, but are not included in the standard budget. Additional information, as well as the Budget Increase Request Form can be found here.

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 on our website. 

Medical Insurance and the Sports Pass

There are two fees charged by Boston University that are not automatically included in the Student Budget because you may choose to waive them. These expenses may be added to the budget at your request.

  • Boston University Medical Insurance: Student BASIC Plan - $1,945, Student PLUS Plan - $2,713
  • Sports Pass: $130

Medical Insurance

All students enrolled on at least 3/4 basis are required by the state of Massachusetts to have medical insurance. Students may waive the medical insurance offered through Boston University if they have their own insurance. Student Accounting Services provides additional information on the medical insurance requirement and the Waiver Form for the medical insurance on their website.

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

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

Sports Pass

Boston University charges all full-time students the fee for the Sports Pass which provides students with access to tickets for home BU hockey and basketball games. Students are automatically charged this fee unless they waive it. This fee may be added to the student budget upon request. 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 StudentLink once the funds have been received by the University and posted to your account.

Your refund will be directly deposited into your U.S. bank account as follows:

  • Step 1 – From StudentLink select “Money Matters” and then “Student Account Inquiry”
  • Step 2 – BU Law Financial Aid will review your refund request and confirm your eligibility for a refund
  • Step 3 – Approved refunds will be deposited into the bank account you provide within 3-5 business days
  • Step 4 – You will receive an email notification once your refund is approved

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.

  • File a Federal Financial Aid Credit Authorization on the Student Link OR
  • Download the form here

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

The tuition refund schedule for Online Graduate Tax students may be found here.

Note: 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 $4,817 per leave.