Tuition & Financial Aid
Please keep in mind that Bucknell's comprehensive fee does not necessarily provide an accurate picture of the cost to you and your family, as all financial situations are different. If you qualify for need-based financial aid, it is possible that the amount you would owe Bucknell for a semester may be close to the same amount you would pay at a college or university with lower total fees. If you feel you need assistance, we encourage you to Apply for Financial Aid. We consider each family's situation and re-evaluate cases annually.
Most of our institutional financial aid funding is awarded as need-based aid, which takes into consideration income, assets, family size and number of undergraduates in college. For further details, please see our section on Determination of Aid Eligibility. We do offer limited merit aid as well, and you can see more information in our Scholarships and Grant section.
For students entering 2013-14, the comprehensive fee is:
- $46,646 for tuition
- $11,258 for basic room and board (your costs may be higher depending upon your selections)
- $256 for student activity fees
- Total: $58,160
We're here to help you.
A wide range of financial aid and financing options is available. These include scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. We encourage you not to focus on the "sticker price" for fees for any college or university. Financial aid packages vary across the board, so we suggest that you apply for aid if you would like to be considered.
- Office of Financial Aid
- Financial Aid brochure
- Apply for Aid
- About 51 percent of students receive financial aid from Bucknell, and 61 percent receive financial aid of some form.
- The average total need-based aid package for a student in the Class of 2017 who demonstrates financial need is about $30,000, which includes grants and scholarships, loans and student employment.
- For the Class of 2013, the average total federal student loan indebtedness upon graduation for those who borrowed was $22,500.
- Visit our Net Price Calculator to get a general idea of how much it may cost for a Bucknell education if you should be admitted as a first-year student.
It's worth it.
- Nine months after graduation, 96 percent of the Class of 2012 reporting being employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, or volunteering. View the annual Postgraduate Report of Activity.
- For the Class of 2012, the mean salary was $48,556.
- According to the PayScale College Education ROI rankings, Bucknell ranks #7 among liberal arts colleges for alumni median lifetime earnings and #50 overall among 1,511 schools.
- More than 99 percent of Bucknell's students repay their federal student loans on time. Far better than the national average, this rate reflects our graduates' ability to meet their financial responsibilities and Bucknell's commitment to encouraging families to limit their student loan debt. (Source: U.S. Department of Education FY 2009 three-year default rates for borrowers whose loans entered repayment between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2009)
- Arts Merit Scholarships
- International Financial Aid
- Transfer Financial Aid
- Tuition Exchange Program
- Net Price Calculator
If you have any questions about financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 570-577-1331 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.