Costs & Tuition

Estimate Cost of Attendance 2018–2019 for Graduate Students

Listed below are the various tuition and fee rates for Boston University. We recommend all students to complete the Budget Worksheet to estimate the full cost of attendance and to assist in requesting aid.

Full-Time Study

For full-time status, students must be enrolled in 12–18 credits per semester. Students are charged a standard tuition rate as full-time students.
Below is the University’s estimated cost of attendance. The budget represents average nine-month costs and a standard personal living allowance for a full-time graduate student with no dependents.

Full-Time Student Academic School Year

Item Fixed Cost
Tuition (12–18 credits / semester) $52,816
University Fee (includes Student Services and Health & Wellness fees) $776
Total: $53,592

Estimated Living Expenses
The estimated living expenses are based on the 9 month academic year. Your cost may differ because living expenses vary depending on lifestyle, although as a full-time student the tuition and fees will be consistent.

Item Estimated Cost
Room and Food $13,375
Books and Supplies $1,296
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $3,050
Transportation $1,120
Direct Loan Fee $220
Medical Insurance* $2,045
Total: $21,106

Course overload: Any credits in excess to 18 credits (19–20) will incur an additional charge per credit. This is non-negotiable.
*All full-time students must enroll in one of the University’s medical insurance plans unless proof of other comparable health insurance is provided. This rate is for the 2017–2018 BU Student Basic plan.

Part-Time Student for Academic School Year

For part-time status, students must be enrolled in fewer than 12 credits per semester.

Item Fixed Cost
SED Day Course** Tuition $1,651 per credit
SED Evening Course** Tuition (offered after 3:30p.m.) $825 per credit
Student Services Fee & Community Service Fee $70 per semester

Estimated Living Expenses
In order for outside expenses to be calculated in your cost of attendance, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credits. Outside expenses are broken down in a semester basis for part-time students. Please contact Graduate Financial Assistance if you need help establishing your cost of attendance.

Item Estimated Cost
Room & Food $6,687
Books and Supplies $40 per credit
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $1,525
Transportation $560
Direct Loan Fee $110

Summer 2018

All students studying during the summer semester are considered part-time students and pay per credit regardless of total credit number.

Item Fixed Cost
Tuition for SED Course** $680 per credit
Registration Fee $60 per term

In order for outside expenses to be calculated in your cost of attendance, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credits. Please contact Graduate Financial Assistance if you need help establishing your cost of attendance for the summer term.

Item Estimated Cost
Room & Food $2,229 per term
Books and Supplies $313 per term
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $494 per term
Transportation $201 per term


**Tuition rates for courses offered by other schools within Boston University vary. Please check with the individual school to confirm tuition rates.

Online Courses

All Boston Campus students may take up to 8 credits of approved coursework online. All online courses have a $60/credit technology fee, whether you are a full-time or part-time student. For example, a 4-credit online course will have a technology fee of $240.

School of Education Online programs are offered on a part-time only basis (students take fewer than 12 credits per semester). Students can calculate costs based on the number of credits taken each semester.

The current School of Education rate per credit can be seen below along with required fees. These rates should only be used to calculate the cost of online coursework. To see tuition rates for Boston campus courses, please see “Boston Campus Students” above.

Tuition & Fees

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 Summer 2018
Tuition $825 per credit $680 per credit
Tech Fee $60 per credit $60 per credit
Student Services Fee $60 per semester $60 per term