Tuition, Financial Aid, and Other Financial Assistance Information


The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) seeks to enable all motivated and talented students to achieve their academic and professional potential. Most educational loans offer more favorable terms than other consumer loans, so we encourage students to apply for these loans before considering other financing options. Educational loans must be repaid, so we suggest you only borrow what is necessary.

Eligibility for federal student loans is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The student is always the applicant/borrower, and annual maximum loan amounts apply. All applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid annually to be considered for federal funding. All incoming students will receive a financial aid email with instructions and links to the forms and information you will need to complete in order to apply for federal and/or private lender loans. The financial aid information typically becomes available in April each year, soon after the new tuition rates and budget allowance information has been determined by the university.

Although the financial assistance office is unable to begin processing any federal and/or private loan requests until the student has been officially registered for the semester, it is strongly suggested that students begin reviewing the financial assistance information and loan programs available so when the time comes to apply for your loans, you will know from which lender/s you will request your funding.

Please look into the Federal Direct Loan. It is sponsored by the federal government.

Students may need to utilize several different sources of financial assistance to meet educational costs. The following is an estimated cost of attendance.

Tuition and Budget Information  September 5, 2017 – May 12, 2018 Fall 2017  Spring 2018 Total (9 months)
Full-Time Tuition (12-18 credits) $25,490 $25,490 $50,980
Part-Time Tuition (2-11 credits) $1,593 $1,593 Varies
Continuing Studies $3,186 $3,186 $6,372
Health and Wellness Fee $206 $206 $412
Graduate Program Fee (full-time status) $150 $150 $300
Graduate Program Fee (part-time status) $60 $60 $120
Room and Board $6,688 $6,687 $13,375
Books and Supplies $538 $537 $1,075
Personal Expenses $1,525 $1,525 $3,050
Transportation $560 $560 $1,120
Health Insurance (8/23/16 -8/22/17) Basic Plan $2,045
Health Insurance (8/23/16-8/22/17) PLUS Plan $2,813
*Total Annual Costs *$35,157 *$35,155 *$70,312

* Total annual cost based on full-time status
* Does not include federal loan fees or the BU health insurance

Full-time: $25,490 per semester
Part-time: $1,593 per credit rate

Fall: September 5, 2017 – December 21, 2017
Spring: January 18, 2018 – May 11, 2018

Continuing Student Fee is $3,186 per semester

BU Basic Health Plan $2045
BU PLUS Health Plan $2813

PLEASE NOTE: If a student is enrolled for less than six credit hours in any single semester (fall, spring, or summer) and not certified full-time, financial aid eligibility will be restricted to tuition, fees, and book costs only. 

Boston University’s policy is to withhold all diplomas, degrees, official transcripts, and other official recognition of work done at the University from students with respect to whom there are any outstanding overdue debts to the University, including, but not limited to amounts owed in satisfaction of tuition, loan agreements, fees, and charges, as well as monies owed for occupancy in University-owned or -operated residences and for dining service. No student may withdraw from the University in good standing or graduate from the University unless all current obligations to the University are paid in full.

Download the 2017-2018 Tuition and Budget information as a PDF

Boston University invited lenders to provide information about their products through a Request for Information (RFI) process. The University reviewed the information provided and, based on that information, identified some loan products as having competitive rates, customer service and borrower benefits. Click on the Private Loan Options link above to find these loan programs.

You are welcome to borrow from the lender of your choice without penalty whether or not that lender is identified here or in other University materials. We encourage you to compare information concerning credit-based student loans carefully to determine the best fit for your particular circumstance.

If you have any questions or concerns after reviewing the information provided, please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Assistance Office by phone: (617) 638-5216, by fax: (617) 638-5740 or by e-mail: