Provide opportunity

Keeping BU affordable for all qualified students—no matter what their family’s economic circumstances—is an overriding priority for BU. Why? Because from the beginning, inclusiveness has been a central value of our University. And because a diverse student body, fully reflective of the vibrant and challenging world around us, is one of our great strengths.

Each year, it gets more difficult to embrace that tradition. While BU is becoming ever more competitive (64,470 students applied for 3,300 spots in the Class of 2022) almost half of the young people who gain admission to BU can’t afford it without assistance. We offer aid packages that are as generous as we can make them, but still, when you factor in private loans, the average student leaves BU with a debt load exceeding $30,000.

Now, more than ever, we need to take decisive action to ensure that every deserving student is able to afford BU.

Financial Aid: By the Numbers

2017–2018 undergraduate tuition:


Financial aid given to BU undergraduates in 2017–2018

$225 million

Average need-based financial aid package in 2016–2017


Average percent of need met:


Average need-based loan:


Median debt level for May 2016 graduates who borrowed from any source:


There are many ways to provide opportunity for students at BU:

  • Participate in the Century Challenge—BU will match the good done in your name for 100 years
  • Endow a scholarship, fellowship, or prize
  • Designate your Annual Fund gift to scholarship, or to your favorite school or college—they’ll use it for emergency financial aid, conference fees and travel stipends, and more