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Boston University

Boston, MA

TUITION AND EXPENSES

Cost of Attendance$70,302
Tuition and Fees
$52,082
Room and Board
$15,270
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$1,950
Payment PlansPrepayment plan, installment plan

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid Office
E-mailadmissions@bu.edu
Web SiteFinancial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL Net Price Calculator URL
Application Process
Application DeadlineFebruary 1
Award NotificationOn or about March 25
Methodology for Awarding
Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms RequiredCost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002130
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile$25 for first college, $16 each additional

PROFILE OF 2017-18 FINANCIAL AID

Freshmen
Financial Aid Applicants1,708 (48.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need1,500 (87.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid1,500 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met479 (31.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met92%
Average Award$47,702
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,485 (99.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $43,252
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,182 (78.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,434
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 323 (21.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift185 (5.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $24,138
All Undergraduates
Financial Aid Applicants7,333 (44.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need6,439 (87.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid6,438 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met1,453 (22.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met84%
Average Award$42,180
Need-Based Gift
Received by 6,319 (98.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,055
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 5,314 (82.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,461
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 839 (13.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift1,085 (6.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,755
Borrowing
2016 Graduates Who
Took Out Loans
48%
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
$40,089
Parents Borrowing PLUS Loans 
Parents of Students
Receiving Aid
11.0%
Parents of Students Not
Receiving Aid
1.0%

FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

Loans
Federal LoansDirect subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State LoansAvailable
Other Loans 
Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based AvailableFederal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based AvailableAcademic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)
Non-Need Awards
Academic Interest/Achievement
Award Areas
Engineering/Technologies, Military Science
Number of Awards
1,177
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance
Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
338
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities
Award Areas
Memberships
Number of Awards
51
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics
Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation, Veterans, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
466
Top Areas (By Money
Awarded)
 
Employment
Work-Study ProgramsFederal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from
On-Campus Employment
$2,283
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High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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