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A college education may be one of the most important investments you make.  However, we recognize that the cost of tuition often makes a college educaton feel out of reach for many students and their families.  Boston College is committed to need-blind admission and need-based financial aid to ensure that qualified students from all kinds of economic backgrounds have the opportunity to enroll.

Boston College admits students based on the strength of their academic and personal accomplishments.  The Admission Committee practices "need-blind" admission, meaning that a student's financial circumstances are not considered during the admission process.

Boston College is also committed to meeting the full, demonstrated institutional need of students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Demonstrated financial need is the difference between the estimated cost of attendance for the academic year and the estimated family contribution as determined by the review of your financial aid application.

Boston College is ranked 18th among United States private universities and 43rd among all public and private colleges and universities on the Kiplinger’s “Best College Values” list. We offer two different ways to estimate your expected family contribution:

Quick Cost Estimator: this tool asks six basic financial questions and provides an early estimate of what your family will need to contribute for one year at Boston College.  While a good first step, this is not a guarantee of financial aid.  Your financial information will be secure, and we do not retain any information you provide. 

Net Price Calculator: this is a more comprehensive calculator which asks detailed questions and will likely require a student’s and parents’ most recent federal tax returns to accurately complete. 

In the 2017-2018 academic year, Boston College awarded over $134 million in need-based scholarships and grants.  For a student demonstrating financial need, the average need-based scholarship/grant was $38,539 during the 2017-2018 academic year.


 2018-2019 Billed Academic Year Costs
(current charges are subject to change)

Undergraduate Tuition $54,600
Mandatory Fees for Resident Student

(Campus Health Infirmary & Student Activity Fees)
Total Tuition and Fees $56,001
Room and Board $14,142
Total Tuition, Fees, Room, and Board*


*Please note that freshmen pay a one-time required charge of $510 for First Year Orientation and their student ID. Additionally, a $2,800 estimated cost for books and incidental items is factored in to the total cost of attendance.