Tuition, Fees and Expenses
Payment of tuition and other fees is due on August 21, 2021, for the fall semester and December 11, 2020, for the spring semester. Any student with outstanding financial obligations will be denied the privileges of attending classes and using university facilities. Every student must satisfy his or her financial obligations in full to the university in order to receive certification of graduation. Official transcripts and certifications will be withheld until financial obligations to the university have been discharged.
Failure to discharge financial obligations includes, but is not limited to, an overdue balance with the university or the delinquency of a borrower in repaying a loan administered by the Office of Student Financial Services and the inability of that office to collect such a loan because the borrower has discharged the indebtedness through bankruptcy proceedings.
A student who defaults in the payment of indebtedness to the university shall be subject to suspension, dismissal and refusal of a transfer of credits or issuance of an official transcript. Brandeis University may refer delinquent accounts to a collection agency. Students are responsible for paying the collection agency fee, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 40 percent of any delinquent account, together with all costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, necessary for the collection of any delinquent account. Delinquent accounts may be reported to one or more of the national credit bureaus.
Every student is required to complete a Financial Responsibility Agreement each semester. Any student who fails to complete this agreement prior to the start of classes will be denied the privileges of attending classes and using university facilities.
Application, Matriculation, and New Student Fees
Each application for first-year or transfer admission must be accompanied by a fee of $80. All application fees are nonrefundable and cannot be credited toward other fees.
All undergraduate students are required to pay a $500 deposit when admitted. Beginning with the fall 2020 term, the deposit will be deducted from the first semester's charges. If a student decides not to enroll at Brandeis University, the deposit will be forfeited.
For undergraduate students who entered the University prior to fall 2020, the University Deposit is currently being held in reserve for possible future punitive charges posted to a student's account, (i.e., unpaid parking fines, unpaid library fines, residence hall damage, returned check fees, etc.). The Statement of Account mailed and/or the Student Account Update emailed by Student Financial Services will reflect any transactions charged and paid for by the University Deposit. Students who graduate, or withdraw from the University, prior to the fall 2020 bill will receive a refund of any unused portion of the deposit in June 2020. Students who will return for the fall 2020 semester will receive a credit of any unused portion of the deposit on their fall 2020 billing statement.
All new students are charged a mandatory $375 new student fee, which is nonrefundable.
The undergraduate tuition fee for 2020-2021 is $55,340 and the fee for each semester course required for degree credit is $6,918 ($1,729 per credit, per term). Library privileges and use of athletic facilities for the academic year are included in the full tuition fee.
Students who return to the university after withdrawing will pay the prevailing tuition and other fees. In view of the constantly increasing costs of education, students may expect tuition increases during their academic careers.
Financial Implications of Course Load Variation
Starting fall 2013, students enrolled in more than 23 credits will be assessed an additional tuition charge of $1,729 per credit. Charges are not reduced, or refunds applied, for course loads below the normal rate of work.
Sec. 103 of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018
- The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
- 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.
*A covered individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.Brandeis University does not penalize Chapter 31 or 33 students if/when the VA is late making payments. Brandeis University does not have any policies in place that would do any of the following while waiting for VA payments:
- Prevent enrollment
- Assess a late penalty fee
- Require alternative or additional sources of funding
- Deny access to school resources
- Submit a COE or Statement of Benefits by the first day of classes
- Submit a written request to be certified
- Provide any additional information needed for certification
Room and Board Fee
The total charges for a standard residence hall room (double-occupancy) and a 12-meal per week board contract for the 2020-2021 academic year are $15,890. Other meal contract options are available.
For upperclass students, other living accommodations are available at annual rates ranging up to $3,802 more than the standard residence hall room (double-occupancy) rate of $9,060.
Students residing in residence hall rooms must sign room licenses and board contracts binding for the full academic year. All Brandeis residence assignments require a board plan. Please contact with the campus card office for meal plan eligibility.
Nonresident students may eat in the university dining halls on a cash basis.
Current and former students should request official transcripts of their records from the Office of the University Registrar. At this time, students can order official paper transcripts free of charge. Brandeis University has partnered with the National Student Clearinghouse to allow current and former students to obtain official electronic transcripts to be sent to themselves or a third party in a secure manner. The fee for an electronic transcript is $2.25 - $4.00. This fee is payable directly to the National Student Clearinghouse. Official transcripts will be issued only to those students whose financial records with the university are in order.
The following are other required annual fees for 2020-2021:
- Mandatory Undergraduate Fee, $1,890. The Undergraduate Fee is a mandatory charge for all matriculating undergraduate students.
- Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Plan, $3,395 (estimated single coverage). Health insurance is mandatory in Massachusetts for students enrolled at three-quarter time or greater, unless proof of other sufficient coverage is provided. The full annual premium is charged in the fall semester for those students attending for the full academic year. Single semester premiums are available for students only attending one semester within an academic year if selected at the time of enrollment. All international students at Brandeis University are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance.
- Processing Fee (all undergraduate international students), $410. The Processing Fee is a mandatory fee charged to all international undergraduate students.
- New Student Fee (entering semester only) - $385.
- There are other university fees that a student may incur for specific services or failure to meet commitments. These fees include but are not limited to the following for 2020-2021:
Medical school application processing fee, $100.
Monthly payment plan fee, $45 (one semester).
Parking permit fees, $60, $120, or $250.
Returned check fee, $30.
- International health and accident insurance, mandatory for students participating in study abroad programs, $37 per month, if required.
- Late fee. A late fee will be assessed to all student accounts with outstanding balances after the stated due date. The amount of the late fee will be $100, or 2 percent of the outstanding balance, whichever is greater.
- Senior program fee: $50. The Senior Program Fee is mandatory charged to all seniors expected to graduate within the semester, and supports all graduation related expenses.