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Yes, I Can Afford BSU

What does it cost to attend Bridgewater State University?

Three students hanging out in the giant red Adirondack chair by Rondileau Student Union. A circle of words above them says, "Yes, I Can."

We’re here to show you how to make attending college a reality.

  • Review the total cost to attend, but keep in mind that because more than 80% of our students receive some type of financial assistance, they do not pay the full amount. They pay less.
  • See the real-life examples of how need and merit-based aid can significantly lower the cost of attendance.
  • Learn how students may earn a complete return on their investment at BSU in 27 months, according to The Wall Street Journal, which named Bridgewater a 2024 Best College in America based on return on investment.

Direct Cost of Attending

Tuition & Fees 2023-2024

For full-time students (12–17 credits per semester)
Massachusetts residents $11,389 per year
Out-of-state residents $17,529 per year

Room & Board

Average cost for students residing on campus $12,849 per year

The cost varies based on residence hall and meal plan.

Total Costs for Full-Time Students

  On Campus Commuter
Massachusetts resident $24,283 $11,389
Out-of-state resident $30,378 $17,529

Financing Your BSU Education

The examples below of actual first-year dependent students show how scholarships and financial aid may lower your costs.

  Kelly Ryan Sarah
Tuition $11,389 in-state $17,529 out-of-state $11,389 in-state
Room & Board commuter $12,849 $12,849
GPA 3.09 3.76 4.52
Family income $60,000/year $135,000/year $175,000/year
Grants & Scholarships $12,389 $8,800  
Horace Mann Scholarship   $5,500  
Student Loan   $5,500 $5,500
Merit Scholarship     $11,000
NET COST $0 $11,078 $7,738

*Federal Direct Stafford Loans may have payments deferred based on student’s enrollment.


A row of BSU graduates standing at Commencement at Gillette Stadium.

The Wall Street Journal calculates that BSU graduates add an average of $24,750 to their salary because of attending Bridgewater, whereas the average net price of attending BSU is only $14,071. As a result, BSU graduates get a complete return on their investment in 27 months on average.

Is a BSU degree worth it, you ask? We’ve always known the answer was yes, but now we can quantify it based on this ranking.


of undergraduates receive financial aid


merit scholarships awarded to first-year students during the 2023-2024 academic year

Contact Us

Student Accounts Office

Bridgewater State University
Boyden Hall, Room 107
131 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:30 pm