# What Does It Really Cost to Attend Tufts University?

College costs can be a confusing aspect of college planning for many families. This is because the majority of families need to consider cost when selecting colleges, yet exact cost out of pocket can be near impossible to predict until the first tuition bill arrives in the mail. For many families, this represents a frustrating conundrum.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of college students receiving financial aid has been rising steadily for decades. In 2016, it reached 85% and has only moved upward since then. This is due largely to the climbing costs of attending college. As reported by CNN, in 2016 the average family paid $56,840 for a four-year degree from a public institution in 2016 and$104,400 for a four-year degree from a private university.

There are many factors that impact how much your family will pay for college. In this series, we look at how these factors affect out of pocket costs at specific schools across the country, in hopes that that this information will help to more accurately predict how much a family can expect to pay for college. To learn more about how much you might pay for your child to attend Tufts University, keep reading.

## Why Are College Costs So Variable?

College costs vary widely depending on a number of different factors. Some are specific to each school, while others are specific to each family. Combined, these make for nearly endless possibilities when it comes to predicting out of pocket college costs.

The primary factor in many cases is a college’s list price. This is essentially the sticker price, or full cost of attending that college, without any sort of financial aid, merit aid, or other assistance. The sticker price typically includes tuition, room and board, and any fees the campus might charge like a library card fee. While this is usually all-inclusive, at some state schools or other colleges with a large number of commuter students, this price may exclude costs like room and board. Always know exactly what is included when you’re comparing list prices.

Net cost is often a more helpful metric when it comes to predicting college costs. The average net cost of a college is the average price that families pay out of pocket for a student to attend. This varies based on three primary factors: federal, state, and local aid; institutional aid; and merit scholarships. These factors vary from one family to another, often based on a family’s financial situation, so out of pocket cost is still difficult to predict, but armed with some information about the specific schools, it can become a little easier.

## What is the List Price at Tufts?

The list price at Tufts is $68,190. Because Tufts is a private university, this price is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Very few students typically pay the list price, though. Only wealthy students with family incomes above$175k should expect to pay the full list price.

## What is the Average Net Cost of Attending Tufts?

Net cost is dependent on the amount of aid that a student receives. This includes federal, state, local, and institutional aid, along with merit scholarships. The average net cost of attending Tufts is $58,406 for both in-state and out-of state students. For students not receiving financial aid, the average net cost was$68,173.

## What Is the Cost Based on Income of Attending Tufts?

The most significant factor impacting how much a family pays for college is their income. For this reason, it’s helpful to break down the average net cost by family income level. At Tufts, the average net cost by income is as follows.

 Family Income Average Net Price $0-$30,000 $9,222$30,001-$48,000$10,377 $48,001-$75,000 $18,872$75,001-$110,000$24,260 $110,000+$47,538

## Other Ways to Help Fund a College Education

Financial aid and loans are just two ways to fund a college education, and both are largely dependent on your family’s income. Merit aid, on the other hand, is something that you and your student can directly affect. Not only does your student need to achieve in and out of school to be considered for scholarships, but also he or she knows where to look for scholarships that fit.

One of the most common routes to a scholarship is the National Merit Scholarship program. Through this program, all high school juniors who take the PSAT are eligible for scholarships based on their test results. In addition, some participating students qualify for awards through the National Hispanic Recognition Program or other special awards sponsored by corporations or individual colleges. To learn more about the program, check out our post How to Qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

There are many other scholarship programs out there too. Some are large, national programs that can be highly competitive, and others are smaller and local, or niche areas with fewer candidates. You can learn more about other possibilities in these CollegeVine posts:

15 College Scholarships for High School Juniors

15 College Scholarship Resources for High School Students

A Guide to STEM Scholarships

Scholarships and Competitions for students in the Performing Arts

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