Costs of Attendance
For up-to-date costs of attendance at Bridgewater State University, as well as the breakdown of costs, see Tuition and Fees. It should be noted this schedule is subject to change.
A nonrefundable undergraduate application and processing fee of $50 is required of all students applying for admission. Upon acceptance, an advance tuition deposit of $200 must be submitted by May 1 for commuter students accepted for the fall semester. Students accepted with on-campus housing must also submit a $250 residence hall deposit. Both the tuition deposit and residence hall deposit are nonrefundable.
Student Financial Responsibility Agreement
Prior to registration, all students will be required to complete a Student Financial Responsibility Agreement (SFRA) via Infobear. This agreement outlines a student’s financial obligation at Bridgewater State University and must be completed each semester, prior to registering for classes.
Our goal is to help our students understand the cost of their education and the financial policies associated with their enrollment at Bridgewater State University. The process for completing the agreement is designed to take just a few minutes to do but is essential for the student to understand their obligation and our policies.
Tuition and Fees 2022-2023 Academic Year
Undergraduate Daytime Course Charges
Full-time day undergraduate students who are Massachusetts residents pay approximately $910 per year in tuition and $10,145 in required fees. Full-time day students enrolled in 18 or more credit hours will be charged a per credit rate for credits 18 and over. Please note that all figures are subject to change.
Undergraduate Continuing Studies Course Charges
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses offered through the College of Continuing Studies will be charged all tuition and fees associated with the cost to provide the programs. As a result, full-time undergraduate day students who enroll in a continuing studies course may incur additional charges. Tuition is charged at $38 per credit hour with no credit hour maximum. Continuing Studies fees will be charged per credit hour with no credit hour maximum. Please note that all figures are subject to change.
Graduate Course Charges
Graduate level tuition is charged at $70 per credit. Fees are charged at $418.50 per credit. Full-time day students enrolled in 18 or more credit hours will be charge a per credit rate for credits 18 and over. Students taking a mixture of day and evening graduate-level courses may incur additional charges.
VA Education Benefits
There is a new law regarding student veterans who have been regarded as “Out of State” students: The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. The new law makes it possible for many of these students to pay tuition and fees at the “In-State” rates in many cases beginning July 1, 2015. BSU, adopted this practice as of July 1, 2020. To see if you qualify, call BSU’s certifying Official (508) 531-2474. (Public Law 113-146) changed the amount of tuition and fee charges which can be reported to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Effective July 1, 2015, public institutions of higher education must charge qualifying veterans and dependents tuition and fees at the rate for in-state residents.
UPDATE: Public Law 116-315, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D., Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, which modifies 38 U.S.C. 3679(c). The amendment requires that for all courses, semesters, or terms beginning after August 1, 2021, public institutions of higher education must charge qualifying veterans, dependents, and eligible individuals’ tuition and fees at the rate for in-state residents.
Billing and Fee Payment
Students are billed through the Student Accounts Office twice a year prior to the start of each semester. eBill is Bridgewater State University’s official method for sending student account statements. All registered students and authorized users will receive email notification when new statements are available online through eBill. This service is a secure method for viewing student account information and making online payments. eBill features online payment options to all students.
In addition to receiving notification of new statements, students have the ability to add “authorized users” (typically parents or spouses) to their account. Authorized users will also receive email notification of new online statements. Additionally, authorized users can make online payments with credit card or electronic check.
eBill also allows students to elect to have their refund processed electronically into their personal checking account.
Students simply login to the eBill system through the website by clicking on the eBill icon. They may login under Students using their BEAR ID and InfoBear PIN. Students must have a Bridgewater State University email address to receive all correspondence regarding new statements.
Bills must be paid by the due date indicated on the bill. Our system bills monthly and will generate additional billing reflecting changes in registration, financial aid or additional charges. Failure to comply with the university’s payment due dates will result in a late payment penalty of $100. Students with outstanding balances will not be permitted to participate in Commencement, pick up Commencement tickets, make Housing Deposits, change registration and/or obtain official diploma/transcripts until account balances are paid in full. The University reserves the right to cancel class schedules for students who still have outstanding prior semester balances on their accounts. Students will incur all costs of collection if it is necessary to place their accounts with a pre-collection/collection agency. Bridgewater State University is not responsible for any interest charge incurred on Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express accounts should a student withdraw from a course or if the university cancels a class. The university will assess a $25 fee for any check/electronic check that is returned not honored by a bank. A registration and transcript hold will also be placed on any account with a returned check. Future registrations will also be jeopardized. Such a fee, when assessed, must be paid along with any unpaid tuition. It is the responsibility of the student to settle any fee or obligation arising from a returned check.
Students may pay their bill:
- online through eBill by credit card or electronic check (ACH). Bridgewater State University eBill accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover and electronic checks.
- in person at the Office of Student Accounts, Room 107, Boyden Hall with cash, check, money order, credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover). Photo identification is required for all credit card transactions handled in person.
- by phone at 508.531.1225 using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or electronic check
- by mail using a check or money order made payable to Bridgewater State University. Mail to:
The Office of Student Accounts
131 Summer Street
Boyden Hall, Room 107
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325-0002
- By setting up a payment plan. Bridgewater State University provides a convenient, interest free, internal student payment plan. This plan will assist students and their families to budget the semester charges over the course of the semester. Visit www.bridgew.edu/paymentplan for more information.
- Students wishing to claim credit for financial assistance from sources other than the Bridgewater State University Financial Aid Office (outside scholarships, waivers, loans, etc.) must do so by sending the official documentation to the Student Accounts Office prior to the bill deadline.
- Flex points may be used for vending, bookstore items, and food services at any location on campus that accepts the Connect Card. For more information see the Connect Card website or call 508.531.2897.
All credit cards will be assessed 2.85% processing fee (minimum $3.00), whether paid online, in-person or over the phone.
Tuition and 1/2 fees in the day and/or 1/2 tuition and 1/2 fees for courses 4 PM or after are waived to any person 60 years of age or older. The person must bring proof of age to the Registrar’s Office to be eligible.
Student Support Fee
This fee is charged to all degree-seeking undergraduate students attending classes.
|Fewer than 12 semester hours
|12 semester hours or more
|Health Insurance Fee (waivable)*
| Full Year
|Parking Decal Fee
||$3.25 per credit
||$21.50 per credit
|Accelerated Postbacccalaureate (APB) Course Fee
||Varies per course
|Online Course Fee
||$25.00 per credit
|Art Supply Fee
||Varies per course
|BSU Flight School Fee
||Varies per flight rating
|Distance Learning Fee (interactive video conferencing courses, telecourses, teleweb courses and video courses)
||Varies per course
|Music Laboratory Fee
||Varies per course
||$7.50 per copy
| Mailed, Pick Up or On-the-Spot Transcript Fee
||$15.00 per copy
|*Comprehensive health insurance coverage for all undergraduate students carrying 9 credits or more is required by Massachusetts state law. If a student is covered under a similar plan and wishes to waive the coverage, they must complete the online waiver. Waivers are found online after July 15 for the fall semester and after January 15 for the spring semester. Students who fail to furnish an online waiver form will be enrolled in the school sponsored plan and will remain responsible for the premium balance.
Semester Residence Hall and Dining Charges
|Pope and Scott Halls (Single)
|Woodward Hall (Single)
|Shea/Durgin Halls (Single)
|Stonehouse Hall (Single)
|Crimson Hall (Single)
|Weygand Hall (Single)
|Mandatory Residential Activity Fee
|ResNet Program Fee
|Building Maintenance Fee
All undergraduate matriculated (degree seeking) students who withdraw from school must communicate that withdrawal in writing to the Academic Achievement Center.
All graduate matriculated (degree seeking) students who withdraw from school (program) must communicate that withdrawal in writing to the College of Graduate Studies.
All withdrawals from courses must be communicated by the student in writing to the Registrar’s Office.
Nonattendance at class does not constitute official withdrawal and will result in a failing grade. Upon official registration, students are responsible for all course charges except when an official withdrawal from university form is on file.
Standard and “Non-Standard Date” Semester Courses
Refund policy applies to tuition and student fees.
- Policy 1.1. Full-Semester Courses. Refunds for full-semester courses will be awarded as follows: 100 percent refund during the drop/add period; 85 percent refund in the second week, during the four weekdays after the drop/add period has ended; and a 70 percent refund during the third week of the semester. No refund will be available thereafter.
- Policy 1.2. Seven-Week Quarter Courses. Refunds for seven-week quarter courses will be awarded as follows: 100 percent refund during the drop/add period; 70 percent refund during weekdays 4 and 5 of the quarter. No refund will be available thereafter.
- Policy 1.3. Odd-Day, Non-Standard Courses. The refund for odd-day, non-standard courses will be a 100 percent refund during the drop/add period. No refund will be available thereafter.
Non-credit Courses Offered Through Continuing Studies
- Policy 2.1. Non-technology Courses. The refund for nontechnology courses will be a 100 percent refund prior to the start of the course. No refund will be available thereafter.
- Policy 2.2.A. Technology Courses (deposits). The refund policy for deposits for technology courses will be a 100 percent refund five or more days (including weekend days) prior to the start of class; no refund for four or fewer days (including weekend days) prior to the start of class.
- Policy 2.2.B. Technology Courses (course fees). The refund policy for course fees for technology courses will be a 90 percent refund up to the end of the first class; no refund thereafter.
Refund policy applies to tuition and student fees.
- Policy 3.1. Five-week Summer Courses. Refunds for five-week summer courses will be awarded as follows: 100 percent refund during the drop/add period; 70 percent refund during weekdays four and five of the summer session; and no refund thereafter.
- Policy 3.2. 10-Week Summer Courses. Refunds for 10-week summer courses will be awarded as follows: 100 percent refund during the drop/add period; 70 percent refund during the three weekdays after the drop/add period has ended; and no refund thereafter.
- Policy 3.3. Odd-Day, Non-Standard Courses. The refund for these courses will be 100 percent during the drop/add period; no refund thereafter.
Housing, Meal Plan, and Dining and Flex Dollars
- Policy 4.1. Housing. Refunds for housing will be awarded as follows: 100 percent refund prior to the first day of occupancy. Pro-rated refund from the first day of occupancy until the Monday after the last day of the drop/add period. No refund thereafter.
- Policy 4.2. Meal Plan. Refund for meal plans will be awarded as follows: 100 percent refund prior to the first day of a meal plan. Pro-rated refund from the first day of a meal plan until the Monday after the last day of the drop/add period. No refund thereafter.
- Policy 4.3.A. Students-Flex Dollars carry over from year to year and balances greater than $20.00 are refundable at the time of graduation/withdrawal upon written request. Otherwise a refund will be processed for any account that is inactive for a period of 365 consecutive days. Please note that a $20.00 processing fee is deducted from the balance prior to refund and if the student has an outstanding balance with the university, the flex dollars will be applied to the account. Any remaining balance will be refunded to the student.
- Policy 4.3.B. Flex Dollars (Employees). Flex dollars carry from year to year and balances greater than $20* are refundable at the end of employment with the university. A refund will be issued within 60 days of the end of employment.
*There will be a $20 processing fee deducted from the balance prior to refund.
Return of Financial Aid Policy
Students who receive financial aid and withdraw from the university during the semester may not be eligible for their entire financial aid award. A revised financial aid award notice will be mailed to students once awards have been adjusted. Bridgewater State University must return federal and state grants, loans and scholarships to the federal or state government based on the student’s length of enrollment. The student may retain only a prorated portion of the federal and state aid awarded based on the length of the term and the student’s withdrawal date. The remainder of the student’s financial aid must be returned by Bridgewater State University to the Department of Education or Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If the student received a cash disbursement of aid, the student may owe a repayment to Bridgewater State University or to the federal government.
The Return of Title IV Funds requirement remains in effect until the 60 percent point of the semester. See website for actual dates in the current semester. After those dates the student may retain all financial aid.
Bridgewater State University uses the Federal Return of Title IV Funds formula and dates to calculate the amount of institutional scholarship/grant funds a withdrawn student may retain.
It is very possible that a student who receives financial aid and withdraws during the Return of Title IV funds period will owe a balance to the Bridgewater State University Student Accounts Office and may be required to repay funds to the U.S. Department of Education.
All undergraduate, matriculated (degree seeking) students who withdraw from school must notify, in writing, both the Academic Achievement Center and the Financial Aid Office.
All graduate, matriculated (degree seeking) students who withdraw from school (program) must notify, in writing, both the College of Graduate Studies and the Financial Aid Office.
Note: Federal, State or Institutional regulations, and/or action by the Department of Higher Education may necessitate revision to the above Return of Financial Aid Policy.