Basic Science Division PhD Programs

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Full-time students enrolled in the Basic Science Division of the Sackler School usually receive a full tuition scholarship and a stipend or research assistantship that is designed to cover living and educational costs incurred while enrolled in the Sackler School. Health insurance for the student and all fees except the Student Activity Fee are also covered. No separate financial aid form is required for this school-sponsored financial aid.

Eligible students may also participate in the Federal Family Education Loan to help pay for any unfunded living and educational expenses. The Tufts University School of Medicine Financial Aid Office, located on the 8th floor of the Sackler Building at 145 Harrison Avenue assists Sackler students with the application process.  They can be contacted at 617-636-6574. 

2017-2018 Basic Biomedical Expenses and Financial Support

Tuition and Fees

Financial Support

Full-Time Tuition* $19,326 Full-Time Tuition Scholarship* $19,326
Stipend (research assistantship, increases annually) $33,500
Health Administration Fee $240 Health Administration Fee $240
Health Insurance $4,836 Health Insurance $4,836
Student Activity Fee $120

Per credit cost for non-degree coursework is $2,416 per credit. Self-funded students are charged an additional $12,000 per year to defray research laboratory costs.

*Tuition is only charged, and a tuition scholarship awarded, for the first five years of the PhD program.


Fall semester bills are due the first week of August; Spring semester bills are due the first week of December. All students, regardless of the source of their funding, must pay all outstanding charges by the due date. Students who do not pay in a timely manner will be subject to late fees, prevented from registering, and ultimately will be withdrawn from school.

F-1 visa holders who are not enrolled as full-time students are out of status, and must leave the country.

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research