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Cost of attendance

Our tuition fees are very competitively priced. We want to provide an affordable education that gives you the maximum return on your educational investment.

Your investment (2017/18 cost of attendance)

Semesters include August 2017, January 2018 and May 2018

Program* Duration Fees (US$)

Undergraduate International Student Success Program (ISSP) (Year 1 - Freshman Year)**

2-3 semesters

$32,040

Undergraduate ISSP: 3 Semesters with Academic English***

1 semester

$4,862 (plus additional costs of UG ISSP)

Graduate International Student Success Program (ISSP)

2 semesters

$28,035

ESL***

Per semester

$6,934

Other fees and charges ^

Mandatory fees: Undergraduate ISSP

2 semesters

$1,238

Mandatory fees: Undergraduate ISSP

3 semesters

$1,393

Mandatory fees: Graduate ISSP

2 semesters

$595

Medical insurance (Mandatory)

Per year

$2,035

* Students will be charged per credit; actual cost may be higher or lower depending on specific course choices. Tuition, fees and charges are subject to change.

** Based on 30 credits.

*** The ESL program and Academic English component of the Undergraduate ISSP are delivered through UMass Boston College of Advancing and Professional Studies.

^ Fees and charges listed are current in 2016 and will be subject to increase in 2017. Fees do not include accommodation or meals.

Your investment (2018/19 cost of attendance)

Semesters include August 2018, January 2019 and May 2019

Program* Duration Fees (US$)

Undergraduate International Student Success Program (ISSP) (Year 1 - Freshman Year)**

2-3 semesters

$33,162

Undergraduate ISSP: 3 Semesters with Academic English***

1 semester

$5,008 (plus additional costs of UG ISSP)

Graduate International Student Success Program (ISSP)

2 semesters

$28,877

ESL***

Per semester

$7,073

Other fees and charges ^

Mandatory fees: Undergraduate ISSP

2 semesters

$1,263

Mandatory fees: Undergraduate ISSP

3 semesters

$1,426

Mandatory fees: Graduate ISSP

2 semesters

$607

Medical insurance (Mandatory)

Per year

$2,076

* Students will be charged per credit; actual cost may be higher or lower depending on specific course choices. Tuition, fees and charges are subject to change.

** Based on 30 credits.

*** The ESL program and Academic English component of the Undergraduate ISSP are delivered through UMass Boston College of Advancing and Professional Studies.

^ Fees and charges listed are current in 2017 and will be subject to increase in 2018. Fees do not include accommodation or meals.

Program fees include:

  • Tuition and orientation program

  • Full access to UMass Boston facilities (campus center, library, athletic center, computers, health services, etc.)

  • Participation in UMass Boston students clubs and associations

  • UMass Boston academic and career advising, housing, international student advising, IT services and other services available to all students on campus

Health insurance

In accordance with the State of Massachusetts' Qualifying Student Health Insurance Program, all UMass Boston students must carry health insurance. Therefore, if you do not have health insurance under another plan with 'comparable' (that is equal or better) cover, you must buy the UMass Boston Student Health Insurance Plan.

Please note, the following does not meet the state criteria for 'comparable' insurance coverage:

  • Foreign (international) health insurance cover

  • Uncompensated Care Pool (free care)

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition and other fees, you will need approximately US$12,000 to US$15,000 to meet your living expenses each year. Typical expenses include accommodations, meals, books, stationery, transportation, utilities, telecommunications, recreation and entertainment. These will vary according to your individual requirements.