Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates

The total cost of a Boston University education includes direct expenses for which you are billed, such as tuition, fees, and charges for room and meals, as well as estimates and allowances for indirect expenses such as books, supplies, transportation, and incidental and personal expenses.

For more information about direct expenses, total cost, and how the value of a BU education measures up, visit Boston University Tuition.

Boston University Financial Assistance uses this comprehensive cost figure when processing applications for financial aid and educational loans to ensure that a realistic and reasonable allowance is made for all expenses.

The Board of Trustees reviews tuition and fees annually.  Any increase for the next academic year will be posted on this website in the spring.

For the 2024/2025 academic year, the total cost of attendance for first-year College of General Studies students is listed here. For all other students the cost of attendance is listed below:

Commuter Resident
Tuition $66,670 $66,670
Fees $1,432 $1,432
Other Expenses
Books & Supplies (estimated) $1,000 $1,000
Housing & Food (most plans) $0 $19,020
Incidentals (estimated) $3,935 $2,085
Food on Campus (estimated) $2,647 $0
Total Expenses $75,684 $90,207
University tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.