Tuition & Fees

A Sound Investment

In the business world, it’s important to recognize the difference between cost and value. For your convenience, this page lays out exactly what a Nichols education costs. What gives a Nichols education its value, though, is how far it will take you in your career. ranks Nichols among the top ten business colleges in the country, when it comes to the return students get on their investment in a degree. According to their report, over a 30-year career, a Nichols graduate earns an average of $612,000 more than an individual without a college degree. That averages at a 5.4 percent annual return on investment for a Nichols degree, which puts us in the top ten private business schools in terms of return on investment, according to That’s what we call a sound investment.

What’s more, last year 98% of our incoming students received financial assistance. More than 95% of our students received grants directly from Nichols. When looking at all funding sources, the average financial assistance package for a full time student is over $30,155 per year. For more information about financial assistance, contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

Have a look at the numbers below, and if you have questions, please contact our Student Financial Services at 508-213-2288 or

2015-2016 Fall and Spring Terms


Fall Term

Spring Term

Year Total

Undergraduate Day4 Tuition $16,500 $16,500 $33,000
SGA Fee $150 $150 $300
Commuter Total4, 6 $16,650 $16,650 $33,300
Standard Room and Board
(All residence halls except Copper Beech)
Standard Room3 $3,500 $3,500 $7,000
Standard Meal Plans2 $2,800 $2,800 $5,600
Total Standard Room5, 6 $6,300 $6,300 $12,600
Copper Beech
Copper Beech Apts.3 $4,380 $4,380 $8,760
Cooper Beeach Apts. Meal2 $1,962.50 $1,962.50 $3,925
Total Copper Beech5, 6 $6,342.50 $6,342.50 $12,685


2 Meal Plan: All Resident students are required to have a meal plan. A Commuter Meal Plan is available. Refer to Dining Services for additional information.

3 Single Room: There is an additional charge of for a single room. This must be requested in advance and is subject to availability. The 2015-2016 single room supplement is $850 per semester

Textbooks: The cost of textbooks is not included in tuition charges. Textbooks are purchased separately at the Nichols College Bookstore. Students may be eligible to obtain a book voucher from Student Financial Services.

5 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

6 Additional Fees may apply.

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.

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 2015: Payment in full or a payment plan must be finalized by Wednesday, July 1, 2015
  • Spring 2016: Payment in full or a payment plan must be finalized by Monday, January 4, 2016. This is an estimated date and may be changed.
  • Summer 2015 and Winter 2016 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
  • Monthly Payment Plans
  • GI Bill
  • MEFA U plan
  • Scholarships from other companies / organizations

Additional Fees

Fee Description

Amount 2015-2016

Can the fee be waived?1

Graduation Fee $150  
Health Insurance $1,836 Yes
Lab & Course Fees $30 to $90  
Late Payment Fee $250 per semester  
Overload Fee (excess of 19 credits) $1,100 per credit  
Parking Fee $130 per semester  
Refund Insurance Fee $108 per semester Yes
Residence Life:
Single Room Supplement
$850 per semester  
Returned Check Fee $50  
Study Abroad Fee $500  
Withdrawal Fee $500  

1Restrictions may apply.

Withdrawl 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, Student Success Specialist, at 508-213-2402 or