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Cost and Billing

StudentsThe cost of attendance contains both direct and indirect costs for the academic year. These costs are reasonable estimates of what you might expect to spend for one year at Bentley. An allowance is added to supplement travel costs if you live beyond the New England/New York/New Jersey area.

The amount included in the standard resident budget for housing is based on the cost of a basic double room. If you choose more expensive accommodations, the additional cost incurred will not be covered by need-based financial aid. Conversely, if you choose less expensive accommodations, we will not reduce your financial aid award. Any changes in enrollment status (if you register less than full time) or housing status (if you change from a resident to commuter or vice versa) will have an impact on your costs and therefore your aid eligibility.

For purposes of determining your eligibility for need-based institutional grant funds, the technology fee and the student activity fee are excluded from the cost of attendance. Descriptions of these costs are described after the chart.

2017-2018 Cost of Attendance

Campus Housing*

 

Living with Parents or Relatives

 

Tuition

$46,370

Tuition

$46,370

Room

$9,540

Transportation

$2,080

Meal Plan

$6,180

Meals Away

$2,370

Books and Supplies (estimate)

$1,260

Books and Supplies (estimate)

$1,260

Personal Expenses (estimate)

$1,200

Personal Expenses (estimate)

$1,200

Technology Fee

$1,260

Technology Fee

$1,260

Student Activity Fee

$370

Student Activity Fee

$370

TOTAL

$66,180

TOTAL

$54,910

All students are also assessed a student health insurance fee; the 2017-2018 rate is $1826 for the academic year. The fee can be waived if you can demonstrate comparable coverage under your family plan. You will receive more information on the waiver process with your fall term bill.

*The cost for a resident student is expected to be higher than the cost for a student living in an off-campus apartment. Students commuting from their family’s home or living with a relative are expected to have lower costs than residents. Contact your counselor with questions if you intend to live off-campus.

Technology Fee

You will be charged a $630 technology fee per semester, which will be billed to your student account, to cover the cost of providing a laptop computer through the Bentley Mobile Computing Program (MCP). This program provides a business class, state-of-the-art notebook computer to all full-time undergraduate students; you will receive your computer during First Week. All software and maintenance is covered by the fee. Although this expense is not part of the basic cost of attendance used to determine your institutional grant funds, it is considered component of your total cost of attendance so that you may be eligible to borrow either a parent or alternative student loan to cover the cost (see Loan Options) for more information on loan programs). If you decide to attend Bentley, additional information regarding the Mobile Computing Program will be provided by the Computer Resource Center.

Student Activity Fee

This mandatory fee provides operational funds for numerous student organizations and activities, which complement the academic experience through cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs.

Books and Personal Expenses

The figures provided for books and supplies and personal expenses are reasonable estimates based on the expenditures of a typical Bentley student. These estimates are evaluated and updated each year, and actual costs may vary.  Students with expenses that exceed these estimates may contact the Office of Financial Assistance about borrowing additional loan funds to cover them.