Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

Your Bucknell education is a transformative investment, and we're here to help.

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College is an investment, but it's not one you have to make alone.

In a 2020 analysis of four-year colleges, U.S. News & World Report called Bucknell one of the top 20 "colleges with the best return on investment." 

Our Office of Financial Aid staff is here to help every step of the way. More than half of our students receive financial assistance. We'll help you understand all of your options and guide you through the process of applying for grants, loans and work-study opportunities. 

Together we can explore all available aid options at Bucknell and help you on your way to becoming part of the Bucknell family.

Federal Work-Study Replacement Grants for Remote Students, Spring 2021

Due to the COVID-19 situation, for the Spring 2021 semester, Bucknell's Office of Financial Aid will determine grant aid replacement amounts for Federal Work-Study awards for students who choose to study remotely.

The replacement will be based on level of financial need, with our focus on students who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant.

  • For returning students, we will focus on Federal Pell Grant recipients who worked during the Fall 2019 semester.
  • For first-year students, we will focus on Federal Pell Grant recipients who have been awarded Federal Work-Study as part of their financial aid package for Spring 2021.

Cost Breakdown for 2021-22

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Total comprehensive cost*:


Average Total Need-Based Package†:


*Represents fees before financial aid and grants. Keep in mind that this comprehensive fee may not represent the true cost to your family. We evaluate each family's financial circumstances to determine financial aid eligibility. †Represents average total need-based package for a student who demonstrates financial need (Class of 2024 data).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, increases to the comprehensive fee are based on 2019-20 fees for tuition and board and 2020-2021 fees for housing and the student activity fee.

Other Fees and Charges

Please direct questions about these fees and charges to the Bursar's Office at 570-577-3733 or

  • Audit fee (nonrefundable): $150 per course
  • Credit by examination (nonrefundable): $225 per course
  • Private music lessons (nonrefundable): $498 per semester
  • Orientation fee: $230 one time only
  • Single-course rate (subject to tuition refund policy): $6,528

Fees are subject to change without notice. Some academic departments may charge fees or require deposits separate from those listed here.

Monthly Payment Plan

Many families find it easier to spread payments over 5 months rather than receiving bills twice per year. The Bucknell Monthly Payment Plan offers an alternative to a lump-sum payment.

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    Bucknell at a Glance

    • Undergraduate students

    • Students who receive need- or merit-based financial aid from Bucknell

      54 %
    • Students who receive financial aid of some kind

      63 %
    • Average federal student loan debt for graduating seniors in the Class of 2020 who borrowed (compared to about $30,000 nationally)

      $ 21,000

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