Tuition & Fees

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 2023-2024 Academic Year

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) (MA residents [1]/Out-of-State resident)$61,118/$67,618
D.V.M./M.S. in Laboratory Animal Medicine$6,900
D.V.M./M.P.H. with Tufts University School of Medicine (new students/returning students)$8,618
Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (pre-exam/post-qualifying exam)$28,640/$5,000
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy$49,656
M.S. in Conservation Medicine$49,656
M.S. in Infectious Disease and Global Health$49,656
  1. MA resident tuition subsidy contingent upon funding of state appropriation.
  2. Nonrefundable tuition payment of $500 due upon acceptance
  3. There is an additional lab fee of $1,500 for the M.S. in Infectious Disease and Global Health.

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 Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is updated annually by the Financial Aid Office and is comprised of direct and indirect expenses. 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 Attendance must be established for each academic program and a student’s aid from all sources, including loans, may not exceed the standard Cost of Attendance. Students are expected to exercise careful control over their living expenses while attending school.

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.

Health insurance plan cost will not be included in the COA for those waiving the insurance plan. The cost may be added to the COA by request if the student will directly incur the cost of a health insurance plan.

Loan origination fees will only be included in the COA if a student borrows a federal student loan. The estimate provided in COA is based on the 2022-23 average fees incurred by students in the same program. The fees may be recalculated based on the amount a student borrows.

Professional Licensure costs will be included in the COA in the year the cost is incurred.


12 Months

11 Months

12 Months
Health Services Administration Fee (non-waivable)$1,090$1,090$1,090$1,090$1,090$1,090$1,090
DVM Student Activity Fee$50$50$50$50   
Computer Support Fee$150$150$150    
Laboratory Fee     $1,500 
Student Health Insurance Plan 9/1/23 – 8/31/24 (waivable)$7,164$7,164$7,164$7,164$7,164$7,164$7,164
Student Health Insurance Plan August 2023 (waivable)$517   $517$517$517
Estimated Total Direct Costs$76,589$76,072$76,072$75,922$58,427$59,927$37,411
Books and Supplies$800$800$800$800   
Estimate of Federal Loan Origination Fees (average)$1,352$1,352$1,352$1,352$1,803$1,803$1,803
Estimate of 1st Professional Licensure Expenses  $740$300   
Estimated Indirect Costs$22,152$22,152$26,226$25,184$28,463$26,243$28,663
Total Direct & Indirect Costs$98,741$98,224$102,298$101,106$86,890$86,170$66,074
Student Living with a Parent – Housing budget replaced by these amounts$3,060$3,060$3,570$3,570$4,080$3,740$4,080


D.V.M. Program Cost of Attendance

Graduate Programs Cost of Education

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:

Withdrawal DateTuition Pro-Ration
1st-12th calendar day of the semester80%
13th-19th calendar day of the semester60%
20th-26th calendar day of the semester40%
27th-33rd calendar day of the semester20%
After 33rd calendar day of the semester0%

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 D.V.M. students may also apply for institutional scholarships offered to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and access (DEIJA) at our school. The application process is in addition to and separate from the institutional financial aid application. Prospective D.V.M. students are encouraged to review these Institutional Inclusive Excellence Scholarship opportunities. The application is available through the D.V.M. applicant portal.

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.