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2024-2025 Estimate of Expenses (Undergraduate Programs)

Updated: June 20, 2024

This page is for students admitted to undergraduate (bachelor's degree) programs in Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) requesting F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship from Tufts University.


To qualify for a Form I-20 (for the F-1 student visa) or Form DS-2019 (for the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa) from Tufts University, you are required to provide financial documents that show you have adequate financial resources to meet the required tuition, fees, and living expenses for at least your first academic year of study. Your documents must show that your resources meets, or exceeds, the total amount listed in the Estimate of Expenses (EOE) table listed below for your school.

  1. A list of acceptable financial documents can be found at Please read the instructions carefully, as submitting unacceptable documents may delay processing of your I-20 or DS-2019 visa document.
  2. The EOE reflects minimum estimates for full-time study for a nine-month academic year (September – May). While you are only required to show funding documents that cover the figures on the EOE, please keep in mind the following:
    • The EOE is an estimate only, and is subject to approval and changes by the Board of Trustees in May 2024. Your actual costs may also be higher depending on your individual needs.
    • The EOE does NOT include the cost of travel (including travel for initial arrival, winter and summer vacations, etc.) or expenses during summer and winter breaks.
    • If you are receiving financial aid through Tufts, your financial aid will not cover vacation travel or summer living expenses.
  3. The funding documents you provide must reflect financial resources that will be available to you upon your arrival at Tufts. The funding documents you show should reflect resources that you will have access to when you start your program at Tufts. Presenting funding documents for resources that are not actually available to you may lead to termination of your status.
  4. While you are required to provide funding documents only for your first year of study, you should develop a realistic financial plan for your entire program of study. Keep in mind the following and plan carefully, as any interruption of studies due to loss of funding may impact your ability to remain the US :
    • International students are required to study on a full-time basis every fall and spring semester, and have only limited options for getting financial resources through work.
    • On-campus work is restricted to part-time (not to exceed 20 hours per week) and the number of available on-campus jobs is limited. Off-campus work is not permitted for the first year of full-time study in the US.

Estimate of Expenses (For 2024-2025 Academic Year)

Category ALL Undergraduate Programs
(Arts & Sciences, Engineering, SMFA)
Tuition* $68,946
Student Health and Wellness Fee* $1,162
Student Activity Fee* $396
Subtotal - Tuition and Fees $70,504
Housing and Food $18,588
Health Insurance* $4,391
Books and Supplies $1,000
Personal and Miscellaneous $1,796
Subtotal - Living Expenses $25,775

Family Members: If you will be joined by your legal spouse and/or dependent minor children you must show additional funds in the following amounts: $6,000 for your spouse and $3,600 for each dependent child.

*Figures for university tuition, fees, and health insurance are preliminary estimates ONLY and subject to approval and changes by the Board of Trustees in May 2024.