Tuition and Fees

A typical first-year undergraduate student in residence at Brandeis during the 2020-2021 academic year can expect the following expenses, subject to change by the Board of Trustees. Per the June 30, 2020 announcement, there is no increase in undergraduate tuition rates; there will be no lab or studio art fees, and there will be no increase in room and board fees (residence halls and dining).

Please note that if you receive aid, and will live off campus or commute/remote from home, your aid may be affected by this choice. Please consult with your financial aid advisor to discuss the impact of this decision. All first-year students are generally required to live on campus, however, some exceptions will be allowed for the 20-21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Expense Type Cost



Required Fees (All Students)


Room (Basic Double)


Board (12 meals + 850 pts/sem)

Total $73,120

In addition to the above costs, students must also plan for the cost of books, supplies, personal expenses, and travel. The above does not include the new student fee ($385 for the entering semester only), the international student fee ($205/semester), the health insurance premium* ($3,395), or the graduation fee ($50), if applicable. Please note that actual costs may also vary based on individual room and board choices.

Please use the Cost of Attendance Calculator to determine actual costs.

*Please note that all full and 3/4 time students must enroll in the qualifying School Health Plan (SHP) or waive the plan and report their own comparable health insurance coverage. This is required by Massachusetts Regulations to assure that students have adequate coverage. The school is required to offer a qualifying health plan known as the School Health Plan (SHP). Any 3/4 and FT students attending an on campus program can purchase this plan which meets Massachusetts, Federal, and Visa requirements. All international students will be automatically enrolled in the school health plan (SHP), unless they will not take courses in the US in the 20-21 academic year.