Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

Your Bucknell education is a transformative investment.

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Your investment will pay off. We're here to help.

Year after year, the value of a Bucknell education is highly rated by Payscale and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, both for starting salaries and for 30-year return on investment.

More than half of our students receive financial assistance. We're here to help you understand all of your options and guide you through the process of applying for grants, loans and work-study opportunities. Our goal is to assist all students and their parents to try and find reasonable ways to pay the costs associated with joining their peers at an exceptional university.

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

Cost Breakdown for 2019-20

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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 2022 data).

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): $492 per semester
  • Orientation fee: $225
  • 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

  • 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


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