Tuition & Fees

We’re invested in your future

Your potential is what we believe in—and invest in. It’s why we froze tuition at the 2015-2016 level (and raised it less than 1% over the last 4 years). And it’s why we’re providing more aid than ever before. In fact, once you add up all funding sources, you may find we cost a lot less than you thought.

Tuition & Fees – Academic Year 2017-2018

Description Year Total
Undergraduate Day Tuition1 $33,600
Student Government Association Fee $400
Total $34,000
Standard Room/Meal2 $13,800
Copper Beech Apartments2 $13,970


¹ The cost of textbooks is not included in tuition charges. Textbooks are purchased separately from the Nichols College Bookstore. Students may be eligible to obtain a book voucher from Student Financial Services. Contact sfs [at] nichols [dot] edu to learn more about our book voucher program.

² Residency changes during the term:

  • Resident to Commuter: If you move off campus during the term, your room and meal is pro-rated according to the Withdrawal Policy. There is a very limited time frame to receive a pro-rate of charges.
  • Commuter to Resident: Becoming a resident student mid-term is subject to room availability. Please contact the Residence Life Department to discuss your options at

All Resident students are required to have a meal plan . A Commuter Meal Plan is also available. Contact sfs [at] nichols [dot] edu for more information.

Additional Fees – Academic Year 2017-2018

Fee Description Amount
Graduation Fee $150
Health Insurance* $1,995
Lab & Course Fees $30 to $90
Late Payment Fee $500
Overload Fee (excess of 19 credits) $1,100 per credit
Parking Fee* $270
Refund Insurance Fee* $206
Residence Life:   
Single Room Supplement $2,000
Returned Check Fee $50
Study Abroad Fee $500
Withdrawal Fee $500

*Fees may be waived.

Health Insurance Options

Massachusetts State Law requires that students who attend college full-time pay a health insurance fee. You may qualify to waive this fee. Under state law, every student enrolled in at least a 75% full-time course load must participate in a qualifying student health insurance program or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage. Massachusetts State Law requires students carrying 9 or more credits be enrolled in a qualified health insurance program. To enroll in the Nichols plan or submit a waiver, please complete the corresponding form at University Health Plans.

Billing and Payment

Statements are available electronically prior to the start of the semester and are due on the following schedule (subject to change):

  • Fall 2017: Payment in full or a payment plan must be finalized by Monday, July 3, 2017.
  • Spring 2018: Payment in full or a payment plan must be finalized by Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
  • Summer 2017 and Winter 2018 sessions: Payment is due by the posted payment date for the session.

There are many ways to pay your statement charges:

  • 529 Plan Disbursements
  • Check/Cash
  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Financial Aid Loans & Grants
  • Tuition Management Systems (TMS) Monthly Payment Plans
  • GI Bill / Yellow Ribbon Program
  • MEFA UPlan
  • Scholarships from other companies/organizations in your community and extended community.

Withdrawal Policy

Our withdrawal policy explains the official process to withdraw from Nichols College including the refund percentages and time frames. Students who are considering withdrawing should initially contact Katie Moulton, Associate Director of Enrollment & Retention, at 508-213-2402 or katie [dot] moulton [at] nichols [dot] edu.