Tuition and Fees
Tuition for online graduate students in the College of Fine Arts is broken down by credit, and when compared to other universities of our stature, the value of an education at Boston University becomes evident. Remember you may qualify for federal student loans and/or private loans. Our admissions staff can facilitate answers to questions concerning tuition, federal loans, and/or private student loans.
Tuition is charged as follows for students enrolled in online degree programs and courses.
Online Program Graduate Tuition & Fees (2022-2023)
|All Online Courses Tuition*||$955 per credit|
|School of Music Continuing Study fee**
(for doctoral students who have completed coursework)
|$1,908 per semester|
|Student Services Fee (Summer I and Summer II)||$60|
*Each course is typically 4 credits for one seven week intensive.
Other costs, such as for textbooks, are not included in the tuition and fees listed here.
** Doctoral students are required to pay continuing studies fees each Fall and Spring while taking qualifying examinations and writing their dissertation until a successful defense.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates or fees at their discretion. View the University tuition schedule for CFA.
CFA students taking courses in the online program should register for a maximum of two 4-credit courses per semester (8 credits). Boston University considers students registered for 12 credits per semester to be full-time and are charged the Boston University full-time tuition rate.
Boston University College of Fine Arts is not able to offer any scholarship, assistantship, or grant aid to students in our online programs, and the College of Fine Arts does not participate in the TEACH or other federal grant programs.
Federal student loans (Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Grad PLUS loans) are the only type of aid offered through BU for students in our online programs. At the College of Fine Arts we can administer the two primary graduate federal loans, the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Grad PLUS Loan. All of the College of Fine Arts online programs qualify for federal loans. These loans are not need-based and will not be automatically offered with admission, but rather will be awarded upon request. Students enrolled full-time in an online program (4 credits per session) are typically eligible to receive as much loan aid as is needed.
Other Ways to Finance Your Education
We suggest that you check with your current employer to see if they offer any reimbursement for coursework taken towards a graduate degree.
If you are interested in searching for private scholarships or grants that may apply to your situation, we recommend using a private scholarship search engine to explore possibilities.
If you qualify for veterans benefits/assistance, please work directly with our Veterans Services office. See their website also for more information and procedures for specific GI Bill Programs.
Boston Public School Partnership
Sharing a mutual vision of improving professional growth and development opportunities for art and music administrators and educators, Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) and Boston Public Schools (BPS) have partnered to offer BPS employees a discounted tuition rate scholarship towards a master’s degree in art or music education at BU College of Fine Arts.
BPS employees are now eligible to receive the BPS Scholarship offered by CFA, amounting to 33% of the then-current tuition rate, when they apply and are admitted to one of the following master’s programs starting in Fall 2023: Master of Arts in Art Education (on-campus), Master of Arts in Art Education (online), Master of Music in Music Education (on-campus), and Master of Music in Music Education (online).