You can get overwhelmed when you think about paying for college, but keep in mind that help is available - through advice from us and through financial aid if you qualify.

We provided an average total need-based aid package of about $30,000 among last year's incoming students. We also offer academic and arts merit scholarships. 

How financial aid works:

You apply for Bucknell need-based financial aid at the same time you apply for admission to Bucknell by filing the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE. Bucknell's CSS code is 2050. For federal financial aid such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loan and Federal Work-Study, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Bucknell's FAFSA code is 003238.

Let Us Do the Math
Once you have submitted the CSS PROFILE, we will take a look and determine whether you qualify for Bucknell need-based grants. In addition, all students who apply for admission are automatically considered for merit scholarships. The exception is Arts Merit Scholarships, which require a separate application process.  

We'll Decide on Your Award
If you're admitted to Bucknell, we will offer you a financial aid package that lists all of the aid programs for which you are eligible, both need-based and merit-based, including scholarships and grants, which you don't need to pay back, along with loans and work-study. 

In Future Years
As long as your family's financial circumstances remain relatively constant from year to year, you apply by our deadline, and you maintain satisfactory academic progress, we will award you need-based aid at about the same level each year.   Note that if your income or assets increase or your family has fewer students enrolled at least half time in first undergraduate degree-seeking programs, your need-based aid eligibility will decrease. Merit aid is automatically renewed each year as long as you satisfy the requirements of your specific scholarship.

The Bottom Line
We know the comprehensive fee is high, but don't let the "sticker price" shock you. Every student's cost to go to Bucknell is based on his or her family's means. So apply for aid, and ask us for advice before you decide if Bucknell is on your final college list.   If you qualify for financial aid, the total cost you see here - the comprehensive fee -- would not represent your cost -- you may actually be expected to pay close to the same amount or even less than the cost of colleges and universities with lower "sticker prices." Plus, it's worth it.

Tuition and Fees for 2014-15

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Activity fee

$      264

Basic room

$   6,848

Basic board

$   4,794




Percent of students who receive financial aid from Bucknell. 61 percent receive financial aid of some form.


Average total need-based package for a student in the Class of 2017. This includes grants and scholarships, loans and student employment.


Average total federal student loan indebtedness upon graduation for those who borrowed in the Class of 2013.

How Bucknell Will Change Your Life

At Bucknell University, you will receive a rigorous and highly valuable education that will prepare you to succeed on campus, in your career and in life. Here are some of the great outcomes our students and alumni experience.

It's Worth It!


Percent of the Class of 2012 that reported being employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, or volunteering within nine months after graduation.

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Bucknell's ranking among liberal arts colleges for alumni median lifetime earnings done by PayScale College Education ROI rankings. We were also ranked #50 overall among 1,511 schools.

2013 College Education ROI Rankings

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