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Tufts Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at Tufts University was $59,560 a year.

Tuition increased 3.9% in 2021–from $57,324 the previous year. On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.

If this makes attending the college of your dreams seem daunting, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students find the actual cost of college is far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Additionally, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay out of pocket feel more doable until you're done with college.

In-state vs. Out-of-state Tuition at Tufts

Tufts University is a private, nonprofit institution, so it has the same tuition for residents of Massachusetts as it does for residents from other states.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency..

Attending a college where you qualify for the reduced tuition offered to state residentscan drastically reduce the cost of tuition, as well as loans and interest owed. Be sure to confirm your state's guidelines for how to qualify for as an in-state resident. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be additional requirements as well, depending on the state you and your parents currently live in.

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Do International Students Pay More to Go to Tufts?

Tufts has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

Students from outside of the U.S. usually do not qualify for for federal financial aid, but should research private or school-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.. International students with need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at Tufts:

  • On-campus jobs
  • Tufts-specific scholarships

Tufts Room, Board and Other Costs

Tuition is not the only cost of attending college;there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Tufts.

House and Food Costs at Tufts

Room and board at Tufts is $15,630 a year. This number covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a meal plan that allows you to eat in the Tufts's on-campus cafeterias and dining facilities. Students who live off campus but would like to be able to eat in the campus dining can opt-in for a meal plan. The cost of a mean plan, or board-only, is $8,156.

Board costs can depend on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

Cost of Books at Tufts

First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. . The real cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.

Yearly Fees

The majority of colleges charge some yearly fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more. Students who attend Tufts full time can expect to pay around $1,302 in fees each academic year.

There may be other costs associated with participating in special activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Many schools offer ways so that those who may struggle to participate because of cost can get help covering these fees.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation costs at Tufts

The cost of getting around in college can really vary. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school?. Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus small enough that you can easily walk from class-to-class?? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use public transportation? All of these factors can make a big difference in your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

Where are a college is located can also have a big effect on the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand getting around in an urban area can be costly, but cities may offer more buses, trains or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. Tufts Universityis in a suburban setting in Massachusetts, not far from Boston.

Other College Costs

When budgeting for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for the cost of things like movies, takeouts, furniture or appliances for your dorm or housing, and essentials like laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper.

Now, let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, to get a better estimate of the actual cost of attending Tufts.

Total Cost of Tufts

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $59,560
Room and Board $15,630
Board Only $7,114
Yearly Fees $1,302
Other expenses $1,508
Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $79,000
Off-Campus $70,484

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Financial Aid at Tufts

In 2021, 2,200 of the 6,114 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Tufts meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $50,302 a year. Around 27% of Tufts undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Tufts graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $25,065 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $15,901
State Loans $10,666
Tufts-Specific Loans $3,711
Private Loans $43,710
Most Common Loans for Tufts Students
Federal Loans 26%
Institutional Loans 9%
Private loans 5%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Tufts financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Tufts University

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, Tufts awarded 2,088 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $110.1 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $1.7 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of Tufts

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Tufts students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Tufts was $50,302 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Tufts seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $28,698
Off-Campus $20,182

What will attending Tufts really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Tufts's net cost calculator on their website.

Tufts Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Tufts does not have guaranteed tuition.

A Prepaid Tuition Plan is not available for Tufts students.

Tufts offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

Tufts Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

Tufts has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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Tufts Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$77,492

In State

$77,492

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$59,560
$59,560
Fees
$1,302
$1,302
Housing
$15,630
$15,630
Books
$1,000
$1,000

Tufts Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

35%

Average Financial Aid Package

$50,466

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

12,219

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

16%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$60,862

Out-of-State

$60,862

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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