Costs & Tuition
Estimate Cost of Attendance 2017–2018 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.
Boston Campus Students
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
|Tuition (12–18 credits / semester)||$50,980|
|University Fee (includes Student Services and Health & Wellness fees)||$756||Total:||$51,736|
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|
|Direct Loan Fee||$220|
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 2016–2017 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.
|SED Day Course** Tuition||$1,593 per credit|
|SED Evening Course** Tuition (offered after 3:30p.m.)||$797 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|
|Direct Loan Fee||$110|
All students studying during the summer semester are considered part-time students and pay per credit regardless of total credit number.
|Tuition for SED Course**||$660 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.
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.
Tuition & Fees
|Fall 2017 & Spring 2018||Summer 2017|
|Tuition||$797 per credit||$660 per credit|
|Tech Fee||$60 per credit||$60 per credit|
|Student Services Fee||$60 per semester||$60 per term|
Online students can take up to 8 credits of approved coursework on the Boston campus. Please refer to the tuition and fees for part-time students listed in the “Boston Campus Students” section.