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Tuition and Fees at Cummings School

Tuition and Fees/ General Financial Information

Pursuing your professional degree can be a substantial financial commitment. Being informed about the costs and fees associated with your education can help you make the most of your resources.

Tuition for the 2021-2022 Academic Year
Professional Degree Program Tuition Tuition
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (MA residents [1]/Out-of-State resident) $56,322/$63,122
Nonrefundable tuition payment due upon acceptance $500
Combined Degree Graduate Programs Note: Tuition listed below is in addition to DVM program tuition
DVM/M.S. in Laboratory Animal Medicine $6,900
DVM/MPH with Tufts University School of Medicine (new students/returning students) $8,122
Stand-alone Graduate Degree Programs
Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (pre-exam/post-qualifying exam) $28,640/$5,000
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy $46,130
M.S. in Conservation Medicine $46,130
M.S. in Infectious Disease and Global Health $46,130
  1. MA resident tuition subsidy contingent upon funding of state appropriation.

The Trustees of Tufts College reserve the right to change tuition and fees, or to establish additional fees or charges for special features or services if deemed necessary. The earliest possible notification of changes in tuition or fees will be provided. Additional information about billing and payment can be found at the Health Sciences Bursar's Office.

Cost of Education

The Cost of Education is updated annually by the Financial Aid Office and is comprised of direct and indirect expenses and used to establish eligibility for financial aid. Direct expenses generally include costs all students will incur, such as tuition and fees. Indirect expenses include costs based on the average amount students spend on budget components such as rent, food, utilities, books, transportation, and personal expenses. Per federal regulation, a Cost of Education must be established for each academic program and a student’s aid from all sources, including loans, may not exceed the standard Cost of Education. Students are expected to exercise careful control over their living expenses while attending school.

The Cost of Education is limited to cover only expenses incurred by the student and only for periods of enrollment. Incoming students should plan to have three months of living expenses available from non-financial aid resources to secure an apartment and purchase books/supplies. Continuing students should also plan to use non-financial aid resources to meet expenses for summer periods between academic years. Refunds for living expenses from financial aid will not be issued until the start of classes each term and is contingent on all aid-related requirements being met (entrance loan counseling, required promissory notes, and submission of signed aid notification). Living expense refunds cannot be issued until credits exceed tuition/fees account charges.

Download DVM Cost of Education here

Download Graduate Programs Cost of Education here

Payment Schedule

Complete payment for the fall semester is generally due by August 1st; payment for the spring semester is generally due by December 1st.

For more information visit the Bursar site.

Refund Policy

In the event that a student leaves the school after beginning a term, the Cummings School tuition refund policy below may be applied:

Tuition Refund Amounts
Attendance Refund
Two weeks or less 80%
Two to three weeks 60%
Three to four weeks 40%
Four to five weeks 20%
Thereafter None
Other charges for the term—such as health insurance, the activity fee, the  technology fee  and other similar assessments—are not prorated upon withdrawal during a term.

Students and prospective students may wish to contact the Financial Aid Office for information about the Federal Refund Process for Federal Student Financial Aid Program Recipients. Once a student has notified Cummings School of his or her intention to take a leave of absence, or to withdraw, the Bursar's and Financial Aid Offices will be notified. The Financial Aid Office will calculate the portion of federal aid required to be returned to the lenders by the student and/or Cummings School. The student is responsible for any outstanding balance this calculation may create.

Financial Assistance

Cummings School offers need-based grants and loans from institutional funds to students enrolled in the DVM program.  To receive consideration, DVM students must complete the institutional financial aid application annually.  The school also administers federal student employment and federal student loans. Students enrolled in the DVM program or in a graduate program (MAPP, MCM or MS-IDGH) may apply for federal financial aid, which consists of loans and federal work-study.

Prospective DVM students may also apply for institutional scholarships offered to support diversity and inclusion.  Diversity is considered in its broadest sense and includes all underrepresented groups in the field of veterinary medicine.  The application process is separate from the institutional aid application.  In addition to applying for institutional and federal financial aid, prospective students are encouraged to review the Diversity Scholarship opportunities and apply.  Please visit Diversity Scholarships for more information.

Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships outside of the institutional and federal financial aid application processes.  Scholarships may be offered by private or public organizations, local community groups (state veterinary associations, colleges, etc.) and can be awarded based on merit or need. Deadlines and requirements are set by the awarding organization.