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Financial Assistance

Cost and Billing

The Cost of Attendance contains both direct (billed) and indirect costs for the academic year. Direct costs include tuition, fees, and housing and food (for resident students). Indirect expenses are books, supplies, and personal expenses. The figures listed below are reasonable estimates of what you might expect to spend for one academic year at Bentley. An allowance is added for travel costs if you live beyond the New England/New York/New Jersey area.

The amount included in the standard resident budget for housing and food is based on the cost of a basic double dormitory room and the standard meal plan required for first-year students. If you choose more expensive accommodations, the additional cost incurred is not covered by need-based financial aid. Conversely, if you choose less-expensive accommodations, your financial aid is not reduced. Please note, financial aid is split evenly between terms although housing costs per term may vary.

2024-2025 Cost of Attendance

Campus HousingTotal
Tuition & Fees$61,000
Housing and Food$20,140
Books and Supplies (estimate)$1,200
Personal Expense (estimate)$1,500
New Student Fee$250
Student Activity Fee$480

Housing and food costs may vary based on actual accommodations and meal plan selected. Housing and food estimates for students living in an off-campus apartment (not with parents or a relative) may differ slightly than those estimated for on-campus housing. Students living with parents or relatives are estimated to have reduced housing and food expenses. Please see our Guide to Financial Aid for more information.

New first-year and transfer students are charged a one-time $250 new student fee.

All students are also assessed a student health insurance fee of $2,678, which is subject to change annually. 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. Students can reference the fee chart for details.

Tuition and Fees

The figures provided for tuition and fees include support of ongoing technology services as well as new initiatives to support teaching, learning, and technology on campus and in the living spaces. The student activity fee covers operational funds for numerous student organizations and activities, which complement the academic experience through cultural, educational, social and recreational programs. These figures were previously represented as separate charges in the form of a technology fee and student activity fee.

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 Student Financial Services about borrowing additional loan funds to cover them.