Tuition & Fees
A typical first-year undergraduate student in residence at Tufts during the
2015-2016 academic year can expect the following expenses:
|Mandatory Health Service Fee
(Waived upon proof of approved alternate
University Health Insurance)
Need help in figuring out what you will owe to the University? Get a head start with the
Student Account Calculator.
Our calculator consists of two pages. On the first page you will enter information about class level, room
choices, etc. Clicking the grey CALCULATE button at the bottom of the page will bring up a pre populated second
page. This second page will have costs (based on your selections) and available aid/resources (based on your input.)
The amount that remains due to the University (or a credit) will be listed at the bottom of the second page.
Several points to keep in mind:
- The figures used in the calculator are updated for 2015-2016.
- The calculator assumes all entering First Year students to be enrolled full-time, and to have the premium
board plan, per University policy.
- The Health Service and Student Activity fees are mandatory and billed once each year, during the Fall
- You may wish to print out the second page of the calculator for reference. Once you leave the calculator
site, the information you added will not be permanently saved.
Tuition for Tufts undergraduates is a comprehensive fee that covers basic charges for
instruction, costs of registration, most laboratory supplies, and other incidental items
All first-year and sophomore students, except those who live at home and commute to
Tufts, are required to live in university housing or recognized fraternities or
sororities, and to purchase a meal plan.
First year students are required to live on campus
and enroll in the premium meal plan providing
unlimited dining center options.
Second year students are required to live on
campus (with a few exceptions) and have the option
to choose from either the 160 meals-per-term, the
220 meals-per-term or the Premium meal plan with
unlimited meals-per-term. Juniors, seniors and
students who live in exempt housing or commute are
not required to be on a meal plan although many
choose to select one from any of the six meal plan
98% of all Tufts undergraduates have a
JumboCash account which enables them to make
purchases in all dining locations as well as at the
Tufts’ bookstore, Campus Center information booth,
laundry machines, printers, copiers, vending
machines and at our campus convenience store.
Students may also use their JumboCash at over 25
off-campus restaurants and cafés to dine in,
take-out or for delivery.
They can also use JumboCash at the CVS drug
store in Davis Square and at an off-campus
The health service fee is mandatory and
non-waivable, and provides access to primary care
and walk-in services at our student Health Service
and Counseling and Mental Health Service. Laboratory
tests, prescribed medications, medical supplies, and
consultation with on-campus medical specialty
consultants are not covered by the health service
fee. Students who do not purchase the optional
medical insurance are required to demonstrate that
they have other medical insurance. To waive your
health insurance, please visit the waiver site at
(see "Request" tab). Please have
your Insurance Plan Information available and make
note of your Confirmation # upon completion.
All students are required to pay the student activity fee, which is proposed
by the student government.
Accepted students must pay an enrollment deposit, which is applied to tuition
for the first year.