Tuition and Financial Aid

Estimation of Costs

Annual estimated tuition for Boston University Graduate Medical Science students in 2020-2021 is $56,584, for a 9-month academic year.  Matriculating PA students are granted a merit scholarship, resulting in a tuition of $47,782 per 12 month academic year starting in March 2020.  There is no tuition difference for in-state and out-of-state residents.

Upon notification of acceptance, prospective PA students are required to pay a program deposit of $550. Immunizations required by the program prior to matriculation are not included in the budget estimates below and the cost will vary depending on where you obtain the vaccines (range $0-$600.00). Additional first, second, and third year program costs include medical instruments, books, student health fees, health insurance.  Personal expenses, rent, and transportation costs can vary greatly based on personal preferences and are not included below, but are factored into your financial aid.

The table below is an estimate of the total program costs for March 2020-September 2022.

Tuition and Fees Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
(12 mos) (12 mos)** (4 mos)**
GMS Tuition  $         83,944  $        86,969  $        29,340
PA Scholarship  $         36,162  $         36,798  $        12,802
PA Program Tuition  $         47,782*  $         50,171*  $        16,538*
Books and Supplies  $           3,894  $              700  $             200
Program/Student Fee  $               550  $
Health Insurance***  $           5,899  $           3,719
Health and Wellness Fee  $               456  $              456
NCCPA Board Prep  $         1,000
Total Annual Costs  $         58,581  $        55,046  $        17,738
Total Program Costs  $      131,365

Year 1 Tuition is divided across 3 semesters
Year 2 Tuition is divided across 3 semesters
Year 3 Tuition is for the last semester

This estimated budget and information about the financial aid application will be provided during the admission interview and may also be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Financial Services.

For additional information about financial aid resources, please see the Financing Your Education page.

*Includes merit scholarship for all incoming students

**Year 2 and 3 tuition and budget are estimated based on projected tuition and cost of living increases. Please note that the estimated line item budget is prepared in January of each year for the next academic year; this budget is subject to University final tuition adjustments that are typically confirmed each April. 

***Health Insurance fee may be waived if student provides proof of adequate health and medication coverage. Cost listed is for the PLUS plan. Effective Fall 2020 students have the option to downgrade to the BASIC plan.

Tuition and Fee Refund Policy

Should you decide to withdraw from the PA program, the following schedule will be used to apportion refunds of tuition:

Prior to the start of the semester: 100%
First two weeks of semester: 80%
Third week of semester: 60%
Fourth week of semester: 40%
Fifth week of semester: 20%
After the fifth week of the semester: 0%

Fees are generally not refundable, but requests for fee refunds may be made to the program director and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.