Tuition and Fees

Estimated Cost of Attendance Fall 2024 – Spring 2025

All applicants who are offered admission into a graduate program are considered for merit based scholarships.

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The cost of attendance, or student budget, is an estimate of the total cost of attending Sargent College during the nine-month academic year (Fall/Spring), including estimated living and personal expenses. Your costs may differ because living expenses vary depending on lifestyle, although as a full-time student the tuition and fees will be consistent. The student budget is also the maximum amount of financial aid students may receive, including University scholarships, student loans, resident assistantships, work-study, and any aid from other outside sources.

All admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are based on the strength of the student’s application, which is reviewed holistically by an admission committee. Students will be notified if they have been awarded a merit scholarship in the letter of acceptance. If students do not receive a merit scholarship, they may be eligible for financial aid in the form of loans. Federal financial aid includes both the unsubsidized and the graduate plus loan, which students may use to cover tuition and living expenses. Federal work study may also be requested.

The tuition rates and fees outlined below are based on the 2024-2025 rates set by the BU Financial Assistance office and approved by federal granting agencies. The same full-time tuition rate is charged to students taking anywhere between 12-18 credits of coursework. Students taking less than 12 credits are charged at a per credit rate. The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates or fees at their discretion. Payment deadlines can be found on the BU Student Accounting Services website

Program-specific rates are listed below the general estimate.

2024-2025 Tuition Rates and Fees

Tuition $66,670
Other Fees $956
Housing & Food (Estimated) $15,450
Personal (Estimated) $3,292
Transportation (Estimated) $1,120
Books & Supplies (Estimated) $1,088
Federal Direct Loan Fee $208
TOTAL $88,784

Other expenses graduate students may incur include:

  • Medical Insurance Premium – Because Massachusetts state law requires students to have adequate medical insurance, full-time BU students are charged for medical insurance each fall semester. The 2024-2025 premium is as follows: Basic Plan $3,401 or Plus Plan $4,567. If you have insurance coverage through your parents or your own health plan, you can apply to waive the BU insurance through the BU Student Link. Select the “Money Matters” tab, and then click on “Medical Insurance.”
  • Clinical Education Fees – These fees vary by program. Refer to the program costs outlined below for more information.
  • Per Credit Fee – Students taking less than 12 credits are charged at a per credit rate ($2,083/credit).
  • Summer Semester – For more information about summer semester tuition and fees, click here.

Program Costs

Please find below the total tuition and fees, including clinical education fees where applicable, that students are expected to pay for the duration of each of our graduate programs. The tuition rates and fees included here are estimated based on 2024-2025 rates. Estimated living and personal expenses are not included below but can be referenced above.

Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Schedule

The University’s Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Schedule is detailed on the Office of the Registrar website. The withdrawal schedule for online courses can be found on the Boston University Distance Education website, and non-standard course withdrawal and refund information can be found using the Class Schedule function on the Student Link. Registration and other fees are non-refundable as of the first day of the semester, and deposits toward tuition and/or room and board are non-refundable.


Review our FAQs or contact Jasmine Samuels, Assistant Director of Graduate Financial Aid. Jasmine serves as the liaison between our graduate students and the BU Financial Assistance office.