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Bursar's Office: Frequently Asked Questions

When are billing statements sent out? When are they due?

Fall semester billing statements will be published to Self Service around June 15. Payment and/or approved expected funding (including loans and private scholarships, proof of PrePaid Tuition 529 Plans and TuitionPay plans) is due by August 1. Spring semester billing statements will be published to Self Service by the last week of November. Payment and/or approved expected funding is due by January 3. Any accounts not fully funded by the deadlines will be assessed a $200 Late Fee. 

What payment methods are accepted by The Boston Conservatory?

The Bursar's Office accepts checks drawn on US dollars from a US bank and made payable to The Boston Conservatory. We also accept wire transfers, 529 Plan disbursements, and all types of Financial Aid. We work with a third party vendor to offer payment plans, accept credit cards (with a fee), and e-checks (free). Please see our Methods of Payment page for more detailed information. 

When are refunds available for students with a credit balance on their account?

Refunds for student accounts with a credit balance are processed approximately 7-14 days after the 10th day of class, or 7-14 days after a loan is disbursed to the student’s account. All refunds are issued to the student unless one of the following situations applies:

The student instructs the Financial Aid or Bursar’s Office in writing to issue the refund to another party or to leave it on the account.

If there is Parent Plus loan, the refund is issued to the parent. The parent may instruct the Financial Aid or Bursar’s Office in writing to issue the refund to another party, leave it on the account, or return to lender.

Refunds created by Title IV funding (Federal loans and grants) are issued automatically. Students must request a refund for credit balances created by any other funding. 

Why are billing statements not sent to the home address?

A student over 18 years old is considered a legal adult and is responsible for his/her account. All billing statements are published to Self Service. Students can also request paper copies in person. We will provide a copy to a parent upon request if the student has provided a FERPA release authorizing us to do so. However we encourage students who wish to share their student account details with their parents, or any other individual, to grant them access in Self Service. The Registrar's Office accepts requests to add authorized users to Self Service accounts throughout the year.

What is the best way to contact the Bursar’s Office?

The Bursar’s Office can be reached by:

Telephone: (617) 912-9164
Fax: (617) 912-9287 

In person: Bursar’s Office, 54 The Fenway (in the basement)

What do the mandatory fees cover?

Mandatory Comprehensive Fee

Charged each semester, (see Tuition & Fee Schedule)

The mandatory comprehensive fee consolidates many of the students’ previous separate charges (i.e. general student fee, student activity fee, health services, orientation, graduation). If a student is less than full-time, the fee is prorated based on credit load. 

Medical Insurance

Charged each academic year (applies to three-quarter and full time students).

All three-quarter and full time students are automatically enrolled in, and charged for, The Boston Conservatory Student Health Insurance Plan. An insurance card will be provided to students at the beginning of the academic year. If you do not wish to enroll you must waive the Student Health Insurance at This has to be done every year. Students must either purchase the school sponsored health plan or show proof of comparable coverage in an alternate US based health insurance plan.

Medical Evacuation Fee

Charged each academic year (applies to three-quarter and full time international students).

In addition to the health insurance requirements, all students with a permanent address outside of the US who waive our medical insurance are required to enroll in emergency medical evacuation and repatriation coverage at a nominal fee.

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