Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

Your Bucknell education is a transformative investment.

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Your investment will pay off. 

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." 

We're 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.

Bucknell Announces 2020-21 Tuition Freeze

In light of the financial toll that COVID-19 has taken on many students and their families, Bucknell has frozen our tuition at the 2019-20 rate for all students, which will mean a savings of more than $2,000 per student over our previously announced rate.

The freeze applies to tuition only, meaning the cost of room and board will stay at previously announced rates. Visit our Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid page for more details and a full cost breakdown.

If you have questions about your aid, please reach out to the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@bucknell.edu or 570-577-1331.

Cost Breakdown for 2020-21

  • Graduation

    Tuition:

    $57,882

  • Home

    Housing:

    $8,946

  • Dining Icon

    Approximate Meal Plan Cost:

    $5,500

  • Bike

    Activity Fee:

    $320**

Total comprehensive cost*:

$72,648

Average Total Need-Based Package†:

$39,000

*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 2023 data).

**Reduced to $125 for the Fall 2020 semester (on campus only).

Other Fees and Charges

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

  • Audit fee (nonrefundable): $150 per course
  • Credit by examination (nonrefundable): $225 per course
  • Private music lessons (nonrefundable): $492 per semester
  • Orientation fee: Waived for 2020/2021
  • Single-course rate (subject to tuition refund policy): $6,353

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 10 months rather than receiving bills twice per year. The Bucknell Monthly Payment Plan offers an alternative to lump-sum payment.

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    Bucknell at a Glance

    • Undergraduate students

      3,600
    • Students who receive need-based financial aid from Bucknell

      52 %
    • Students who receive financial aid of some kind

      60 %
    • Average federal student loan debt for graduating seniors in the Class of 2019 who borrowed (compared to about $30,000 nationally)

      $ 21,100

    Financial Aid

    Location

    621 St. George Street