Tution and Finances

Information on tuition and fees at Boston University is posted by academic year and school by Student Accounting Services.

The payment due dates for spring 2015 are December 16, 2014 for continuing students and February 2, 2015 for new students.

Most students may register either as full-time (12–18 credits) or part-time (1–11.5 credits), and in general, they may change this designation each semester. Students who change their status after registering must notify the SPH Registrar’s Office so their status can be updated.

Full-time students

  • Full-time students pay a flat rate for tuition for up to 18 credits.
  • Full-time candidates may not remain registered for more than 18 credits without written permission from the Associate Dean for Education. If granted this permission, they are assessed full-time tuition plus $1,374 per credit for each credit above 18 credits.
  • New students who wish to pursue a full-time schedule should register for no more than 16 credits or five courses in their first semester


Part-time students

  • Part-time students (11.5 or fewer credits) pay per credit.
  • Students applying for federal loans, loan deferments, or most institutional scholarships must register for at least six new credits each semester.
  • Part-time students cannot use federal financial aid towards classes that will not count towards their degree (e.g., PDP classes, undergraduate classes, unapproved graduate-level classes at other BU schools and colleges).


International students

  • International students studying under an F-1 visa must register for full-time status.