Total Cost of Attendance
Boston College was the first university in Boston, and is well-respected for its liberal arts programs, among other things. Boston College tuition for the 2021/22 school year was $61,706. This is higher than the average for four-year private nonprofit institutions in the U.S. of $35,807 per year.
Costs for 2021-22
Generally, financial aid is monetary assistance awarded to students based on personal need and merit. Students that qualify for financial aid can use it to pay for college costs like tuition, books, and living expenses.
The federal government is the largest provider of student financial aid. However, aid can also be given by state governments, colleges and universities, private companies, and nonprofits. The different types include:
- Scholarships: These can be awarded by schools and other organizations based on students’ academic excellence, athletic achievement, community involvement, job experience, field of study, and financial need.
- Grants: Generally based on financial need, these can come from federal, state, private, and non-profit organizations.
- Work-study: This federal program provides qualifying students with part-time employment to earn money for expenses while in school.
- Federal student loans: This is money borrowed directly from the U.S. Department of Education. It comes with fixed interest rates that are typically lower than private loans.
Colleges, universities, and state agencies use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility. The FAFSA can be completed online, but note that state and federal and school deadlines may differ.
You can find other financial aid opportunities on databases such as:
- US Department of Education – Search for grants from colleges and universities by state
- College Scholarship Service Profile (CSS) – A global college scholarship application used by select institutions to award financial aid
Private Student Loans
Private loans are funded by private organizations such as banks, online lenders, credit unions, some schools, and state-based or state-affiliated organizations. While Federal student loans have interest rates that are regulated by Congress, private lenders follow a different set of regulations so their qualifications and interest rates can vary widely.
What’s more, private loans have variable or fixed interest rates that may be higher than federal loan interest rates, which are always fixed. Private lenders may (but don’t always) require you to make payments on your loans while you are still in school, compared to federal student loans which you don’t have to start paying back until after you graduate, leave school, or change your enrollment status to less than half-time.
Private loans don’t have a specific application window and can be applied for on an as-needed basis. However, if you think you may need to take out a private loan, it’s a good idea to submit your FAFSA first to see what federal aid you may qualify for as it generally may have better rates and terms.
If you’ve missed the FAFSA deadline or you’re struggling to pay for school throughout the year, private loans can potentially help you make your payments. Just keep in mind that you will need enough lead time for your loan to process and for your lender to send money to your school.
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Projected 4-Year-Degree Price
Here’s some Massachusetts Student Loan & Scholarship Information for you.
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees
Costs for 2021-22
Boston College tuition and fees, plus room and board, were $77,308 in 2021/22.
Graduate Tuition and Fees
Costs for 2021-22
Graduate students at Boston College paid $32,722 in 2021/22, including fees. This is higher than the average cost for tuition for graduate school at a private institution in the United States, which is $19,493.There are graduate loans available to help with these costs.
Cost per Credit Hour
For students who prefer to attend part-time, Boston College tuition per credit starts at $570, depending on the semester and the program.
Campus Housing Expenses
Costs for 2021-22
*Based on studio pricing. Average rate based on available apartments on Boston College’s off-campus housing website in 2022.
First-year students at Boston College are required to live on-campus in traditional housing. As sophomores, students can live in traditional rooms or apartment-style housing and choose their roommates. Juniors may live in an off-campus apartment, and seniors have their choice of housing across many options.
Boston College Acceptance Rate
The BC acceptance rate of 26% means that the school can be challenging to get into. Read on to find out what’s required.
Here’s what’s required to apply at Boston College.
- Writing supplement
- High school transcript
- The School Report and Counselor Recommendation Form
- Teacher evaluations
- Midyear grade report
- SAT or ACT scores
The deadline for Early Decision I is November 1, with a decision given by December 15. The deadline for Early Decision II is January 1, with a decision by February 15. Regular Decision applicants will be given a decision by April 1. You can apply to Boston College here.
SAT and ACT Scores
Submitting ACT or SAT test scores isn’t required for applicants to the class of 2027. However, since they are recommended, here are the test scores at the 25th and 75th percentile.
Popular Majors at Boston College
Boston College offers more than 100 majors, concentrations, and minors. These are the most popular areas of study.
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 319
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 299
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 212
4. Political Science
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 187
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 144
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 119
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 104
8. Computer Science
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 97
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 95
10. International Studies
Undergraduate degrees in 2020-21: 80
- 4 years: 89%
- 6 years: 92%
Post-Graduation Median Earnings
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