Financial Information

Biola University seeks to provide a quality education for all its students at the most reasonable cost possible. As a private, nonprofit institution, Biola University receives no support from taxes or other public funds. Tuition paid by the students does not cover the costs of providing a quality education. Consequently, every student who attends Biola University receives a substantial subsidy made possible by the gifts of alumni, individual friends, interested churches and, in a few cases, businesses and corporations.

The expenses of students at Biola University are shown in the following schedules and in the individual course descriptions listed in this catalog. The University reserves the right to change all student charges, modify its services, or change its programs of study should economic conditions, curriculum revisions or national emergency make it necessary to do so.

Application Fee

An application fee of $45, undergraduate study, must accompany each application. This fee is non-refundable. Applications for Spring received after November 15, or for Fall received after March 1 must be accompanied by a fee of $10, bringing it to a total of $55.

An application fee of $65, for graduate study, must accompany each application.


Amounts reflect two or more occupants

Per year in residence hall $5,620 - $6,200
Per semester $2,810 - $3,100

For a breakdown of individual room rates visit the Housing Services website.

Meal Plan

Meal Plans per semester (required for all undergraduate resident students)

Meal Plan Per Semester Per Year
20 Flex Meal Plan (includes $150 Flex dollars) $2,556 $5,112
15 Flex Meal Plan (includes $150 Flex dollars) $2,415 $4,830
12 Flex Meal Plan (includes $150 Flex dollars) $2,060 $4,120
10 Flex Meal Plan (includes $150 Flex dollars) $1,904 $3,808
10 Meal Plan (no Flex dollars) $1,770 $3,540
175 Block Plan (175 "anytime" meals, includes $150 Flex dollars) $2,236 $4,472
5 Flex Meal Plan (includes $50 Flex dollars)1 $800 $1,600
40 Block Plan (40 "anytime" meals, includes $50 Flex dollars)1 $567 $1,134

For apartment residents and commuter students only.

Any purchases of Student Dollars or prorated adjustments due to cancellation or changes of meal plans will be reflected on the student’s account. All questions regarding meal plan changes, meal plan billing, etc. need to be addressed to the Auxiliary Operations Manager, in Auxiliary Services: 562-944-0351, ext. 5813 or

Graduate Student Housing Rates

Biola provides furnished housing for single graduate students in on-campus suite-style rooms and in off-campus houses owned by the University. The per month rate is based on the number of occupants per bedroom. Unfurnished one-and two-bedroom units located in two complexes near campus provide housing for couples and families at a per apartment, per month rate. For information on availability, locations, and rates contact Auxiliary Services at or at (562) 944-0351, ext. 5814.

Furnished single-student housing:

Double occupancy per bedroom $555/person/month
Single occupancy per bedroom $700/person/month

Unfurnished apartments (married housing):

One-Bedroom $1,100/month
Two-Bedroom $1,400/month

Tuition Information 2018–19

School/Degree/Program Semester Tuition Annual Tuition Cost Per Credit Summer Per Credit Semester Audit Fee Per Credit1
Undergraduate Programs 12–18 credits 12–18 credits 1–11, 19+ credits 2019
Undergraduate Tuition
$20,244 $40,488 $1,687 $675 $60
Online Degree Program
$575 $575
English Learners Program (ELP)
$536 $536
Undergraduate Special Students2
$20,244 $40,488 $1,687 $675 $60
Graduate Programs
Cook School of Intercultural Studies
M.A. and Specials1
$621 $621 $60
$621 $621 $621
Doctoral Programs
$1,209 $1,209 $1,2094
Crowell School of Business3
MBA and MM Core, Electives, and Prerequisites
$996 $996 $603
MPAcc Core
$713 $713 $603
$621 $621 $603
Rosemead School of Psychology 9–16 credits 9–16 credits/semester 1–8, 17+ credits
Master of Arts and Specials
$14,172 $28,344 $1,181 $1,181 $1,1814
Doctoral Programs
$14,172 $28,344 $1,181 $1,181 $1,181 4
School of Education
M.A., Credentials, Post Bac, and Specials
$621 $621 $60
School of Science, Technology and Health
M.S. Speech and Language Pathology
$885 $885
Talbot School of Theology
M.A. Programs and Specials
$621 $621 $60
M.A. Christian Apologetics and M.A. Science and Religion
$621 $621 (No course may be audited)
Doctoral Programs
$1,146 $1,146 $1,1464
Doctor of Ministry

Note: Tuition values include Student Government Association (SGA) Fee when applicable.


 Semester Audit Fee charged regardless of credit course load.


 Non-degree seeking


 Auditing graduate courses in the School of Business is subject to approval.


 Auditing doctoral courses is typically not permitted. Exceptions subject to school Dean's approval.

General Fees

(In addition to tuition, only as applicable to the individual student.)

Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable):1

Undergraduate $300
Graduate $100

Upon notice of acceptance, an enrollment deposit is required1. For all incoming undergraduate students, this deposit is non-refundable after May 1 (Fall) and January 1 (Spring). For incoming graduate students, the deposit is non-refundable if the student does not enroll in and complete a term at Biola. When enrolled students who have completed the term for which they applied, officially withdraw, their enrollment deposit will be applied to any balance owed at the time of departure, or will be refunded if their account is paid in full.


 Biola undergraduate students accepted into a Biola graduate program must submit a graduate deposit to ensure a place as a Biola graduate student.

Arranged Course/Independent Study Fee
($10 plus Add/Drop fee)
Cap and Gown Fee
Undergraduate (Cap and Gown)
Graduate Gown
Graduate Hood
Doctoral Regalia Rental (Cap, Gown, and Hood)
Change of Class Schedule
Late Add/Drop
Graduation Petition Late Fee - Undergraduate $200
Graduation Check Late Fee - Graduate $100
Late Application Fee - Undergraduate $10
Late Enrollment Fee - Any time after the published payment deadline $200
Special Student Application Fee $20
Replacement Diploma Fee $40
Returned Check Fee (per occurrence) $25
Rush Check Fee $20
Housing Deposit $250
Special Off-Campus Program Registration Fee $50
Payment Plan Fee $85
Transcript Fee Official
Per Copy
Online Processing
Vehicle Registration estimate (Graduate: On campus less than 8 days during term) $15
Vehicle Registration estimate (Graduate: On campus 1 day a week) $40
Vehicle Registration estimate (Graduate: On campus more than once a week) $80
Vehicle Registration estimate (Undergraduate) $120
Health Insurance Plan 1
Per semester estimate (Fall or Spring):
Student only estimate:

Required of all students taking 7 credits or more, or if living arrangements are in housing with a residence life program. Students that are enrolled in an acceptable private health insurance plan can submit their insurance information to Biola University in order to apply for waiver of the Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. Students that desire to apply for waiver must do so at the time of enrollment. Fees are subject to change.

Special Fees - Undergraduate

There are special fees for specific labs, clinics, physical education/recreation and camping courses, etc. See course descriptions for fees.

Class and Laboratory Fees (varies) $5-$575
Class Travel Fees (varies) $100-$200
Christian Ministries Retreat Fee $175
Elementary Greek Grammar Challenge Exam $100
Language Proficiency Exam $50
Nursing Application Fee $100
Nursing Late Application Fee $50
Nursing Activity Fee (per year) $55
RN-BSN Portfolio Evaluation for Credit $350
LVN-BSN Portfolio Evaluation and Skills/Simulation Testing $350
Military Veteran Portfolio Evaluation for Credit $350
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Credit Evaluation Fee (per evaluation) $50
CSICS Community Enhancement Fee $140
Proctor Exam Fee $20

Special Fees - Graduate

Talbot New Student Fee $75
MBA Program Fee (per term) $40
Distance Learning Fee (per credit) $75
Doctor of Ministry Program
Program Enrollment Fee (non-refundable)
Graduate Psychology Program
Internship Fee (per semester)
Professional Growth Fee (per semester)

Note: Terminal M.A. students are required to pay the Professional Growth fee for three semesters. Students in the Psy.D. or Ph.D. programs pay the fee for a total of eight semesters, including those students who enter Rosemead with transfer credit. This money is disbursed on behalf of the student to assist in paying for the therapy requirements throughout the program.

Thesis/Dissertation Binding: Optional through outside vendor; cost variable.

Microfilming/Indexing: Publishing through outside vendor is required. Options and fees vary depending on program and the publishing options chosen. Please see your thesis/dissertation administrator for more information.

Copyright-Dissertation or Thesis (optional): Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation (paid through vendor, options and fees vary).

Music Fees

Private Study Per Credit: One credit guarantees a minimum of 13 one half-hour lessons for the semester. In some cases up to 15 lessons may be possible.

Fee includes the privilege of using practice room one hour per day per credit.

Private Study Per Credit
One Credit (one half-hour lesson per week)
Two Credits (one hour lesson per week)
Recital Fees
Junior Recital Fee
Senior Recital Fee
Class Instruction
Voice or Guitar (MUSC 104)
Advanced Guitar I and II
Keyboard (two hours per week)
Women's Chorus
Men's Chorus
Symphonic Winds
Music Cultures of the World

Typical Costs

The combination of tuition, fees and associated expenses at Biola University requires students to carefully calculate their financial resources and costs. The following estimated student budget reflects the average cost to full-time students for the 2018–19 academic year (nine months):


(Based on 12–18 credits per semester, $1,687/credit)

Tuition and Fees $40,488
Room and Board $11,312
Books and Supplies $1,916
Personal/Misc. $2,394
Transportation $846
Total $56,956

Graduate: Talbot Master's Programs

(Based on 9 credits per semester, $621/credit)

Tuition and Fees $11,178
Room and Board $14,832
Books and Supplies $1,916
Personal/Misc. $2,996
Transportation $846
Total $31,768

For other Doctoral programs please see the Tuition Information section.

Graduate: Psychology

(Based on 9–16 credits per semester, $1,181/credit)

Tuition and Fees $28,344
Prof. Growth Fee $1,500
Room and Board $14,832
Books and Supplies $1,916
Personal/Misc. $2,996
Transportation $846
Total $50,434

Payment Information

A student's account must be paid in full prior to re-enrollment in subsequent sessions. Transcripts are withheld if a student has an outstanding obligation to the university or is in default on any government-based loan.

A minimum down payment of 50% is due each semester to complete enrollment, with the balance due according to the payment plan. The down payment includes 50% of the balance of tuition, class fees, room, meals, parking permit and health insurance charges less authorized financial aid. Please note that the down payment is calculated on the balance after financial aid is applied.

Down payments may be estimated using the online down payment worksheet.

Biola offers four payment options:

One Payment (100%)

  • Payment is due in full by August 15 for Fall, December 15 for Spring, and May 1 for Summer
  • No fees
  • No finance charges
  • No payment plan necessary

Two Payments (2 x 50%)

  • Two payments of 50% due August 15 and September 15 for Fall; December 15 and January 15 for Spring; and April 15 and May 15 for Summer
  • $35 plan fee
  • No finance charges
  • A late fee of 1.0% is assessed monthly on the account balance if payments are late
  • Student must enroll in the payment plan online

Three Payments (50% x 25% x 25%)

  • 50% due August 15, 25% due September 15 and October 15 for Fall; December 15–February 15 for Spring; April 15–June 15 for Summer
  • $85 plan fee
  • No finance charges
  • A late fee of 1.0% is assessed monthly on the account balance if payments are late
  • Student must enroll in the payment plan online
  • Please note that this payment plan is not available for students enrolling in off-campus programs

Four Payments (4 x 25%)

  • Monthly payments of 25% due July 15–October 15 for Fall semester; December 15–March 15 for Spring semester; (not available for Summer terms)
  • $85 plan fee
  • Enrollment is not complete until 50% of charges less aid is received
  • No finance charges
  • A late fee of 1.0% is assessed monthly on the account balance if payments are late
  • Student must enroll in the payment plan online
  • Please note that this payment plan is not available for students enrolling in off-campus programs

Payments may be made online or mailed to:
Biola University
Cashier Office
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639

Student name and ID number must be noted on payments mailed to the University. Please be advised that your check payment may be converted to an ACH transaction.

Trimester Programs

Classes for Session A of the term must be paid in full in order to attend classes for Session B of the term. Unpaid accounts may result in administrative withdrawal from the university.

Finance Charges

For outstanding balances on student accounts not covered by a payment plan, a finance charge of .83% monthly (10% APR) will be assessed.

Refunds: Withdrawal

Inasmuch as faculty engagements and other commitments are made by the University for the entire year in advance, the following refund schedule has been established in order that the University and the student may share the loss equitably when it is necessary for a student to withdraw from school.

Fall and Spring Semester Refund Policy

Withdrawal within the first two weeks of classes:

  1. Tuition: full amount, less enrollment deposit (students with six or fewer credits, $25; auditors, $20).
  2. Room: end of the week in which the student officially checks out of the residence hall.

Withdrawal after the second week and before the end of the eighth week of classes (except for special programs):

  1. Tuition: pro-rated as of end of week in which student withdraws.
    Traditional Semester
    Weeks 1–2 100%
    Week 3 80%
    Week 4 70%
    Week 5 60%
    Week 6 55%
    Week 7 50%
    Week 8 45%
    Weeks 9–16 0%
    Trimester: Session A or Session B
    Day 1 100%
    Weeks 1–2 80%
    Week 3 70%
    Week 4 50%
    Weeks 5–7 0%
  2. Room: end of the week in which the student officially checks out of the residence hall.

Withdrawals after eighth week of classes:

  1. Tuition: no refund.
  2. Room: end of the week in which the student officially checks out the residence hall.

First-time students receiving Federal Student Financial Assistance are subject to the Statutory Pro Rata Refund as prescribed by federal law.

Summer Session Refund Policy

  1. Room and Board is pro-rated to the end of the week of official withdrawal.
  2. $25 of the tuition charge is considered a registration fee and is non-refundable.
  3. Students are able to drop summer classes online. Dropping all classes constitutes official withdrawal from the summer session. Refund rates are determined by the date in which (1) all classes are dropped, or (2) a written request for registration change is made. Refunds are subject to the following schedule:
    1. First two-days: complete refund.
    2. In a three or five week class, 70% day three and four, 30% refunded during the second week, none thereafter.
    3. Classes that do not fall within the regular session dates will still follow the refund schedule under the first session. All arranged courses follow the refund schedule of the first session.

No course may be dropped after its ending date, and no tuition will be refunded if a student unofficially withdraws after the final day to officially drop a class has passed. Class fees are not refundable after the second day of the session.

Tuition refunds for class changes (where applicable) will be made in the same manner as refunds for withdrawals (i.e., full refund within first two weeks of classes and pro-rated refund after second week until end of eighth week).

All refunds must be requested by properly by submitting a written confirmation of departure in person or via email, with the official withdrawal date determining the amount of refund. Class, laboratory, health, insurance, parking, activity and other fees are refundable only if withdrawal is on or before the final date of late enrollment.

Music fees are for private music lessons and are refundable in the same manner as tuition, except no refund after the sixth week.

Outstanding Balances

As Biola is an educational institution, any balance owing on a student's account is an extension of credit by the University and is considered an educational loan within the meaning of section 523 (a) (8) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. If a loan becomes in default, Biola may disclose the default, along with other relevant information, to credit bureau organizations and turn the educational loan over to a collection agency for collection. Should this action be instituted by the University, there will be additional charges for reasonable collection of the balance due. All transcripts and diplomas shall be withheld until the outstanding amount is paid in full. An account is considered paid in full when all checks clear the bank. Any financial credits existing for the student in campus departments will be applied to the outstanding student account balance.

Refunds: Overpayment

Payments to student accounts which result in a credit balance will be refunded upon request, or in accordance with cash management regulations as required by federal regulations for students having federal aid. Requests for adjustments to charges must be made within four months from the date of the student's statement on which the charge first appears.