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, for undergraduate study, must accompany each application. This fee is non-refundable. Applications for Spring received after December 1, 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.

Room

Amounts reflect two or more occupants.

Per year in residence hall $5,290 - $6,400
Per semester $2,645 - $3,200

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 ($150 Flex) $2,607 $5,214
15 Flex Meal Plan ($150 Flex) $2,463 $4,926
12 Flex Meal Plan ($150 Flex) $2,100 $4,200
Block Plan 175 (175 anytime meals with $150 Flex) $2,280 $4,560
10 Flex Meal Plan ($150 Flex) $1,941 $3,882
10 Meal Plan $1,807 $3,614
5 Flex Meal Plan ($50 Flex) 1 $816 $1,632
Block Plan 20 (20 anytime meals with $350 Flex) 1 $578 $1,156

Any prorated adjustments due to cancellations 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 at (562) 944-0351, ext. 5813 or dining.services@biola.edu.

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 grad.housing@biola.edu or at (562) 944-0351, ext. 5814.

Furnished Single-Student Housing

Sigma Grad Floor (Single Occupancy) $730/person/month
Sigma Grad Floor (Double Occupancy) $575/person/month
Grad House Single Occupancy $740/person/month
Grad House Double Occupancy $585/person/month

Unfurnished Apartments (Married & Family)

One Bedroom $1,155/month
Two Bedroom/One Bath $1,390/month
Two Bedroom/Two Bath $1,465/month

Tuition Information 2020–21

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 2021
Undergraduate Tuition
$21,756 $43,512 $1,813 $725 $60
PTUG/Online Bachelors
$592 $592
English Language Program
$554 $554
Smart Start Pathways Program
$440 $440
Undergraduate Special Students 2
$21,756 $43,512 $1,813 $725 $60
Graduate Programs
Cook School of Intercultural Studies
Masters Programs and Specials 2
$654 $654 $60
Doctor of Intercultural Studies
$672 $672 $672
Doctor of Philosophy
$1,208 $1,208 $1,208 4
Crowell School of Business 3
MBA and Masters of Management
$796 $796 $60 3
Theology
$654 $654 $60
Masters of Professional Accountancy
$725 $725
Rosemead School of Psychology 9–16 credits 9–16 credits 1–8, 17+ credits
Masters, Specials & Doctoral Programs
$15,372 $30,744 $1,281 $1,281 $1,281 4
School of Education
Masters Programs, Credentials & Specials
$654 $654 $60
School of Fine Arts and Communication
M.A. Public Relations and Reputation Management
$650 $650 $60
School of Science, Technology and Health
M.S. Speech and Language Pathology
$942 $942
Talbot School of Theology
Masters Programs & Specials
$654 $654 $60
Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy
$1,208 $1,208 $1,208 4
Doctor of Ministry
$465
M.A. Christian Apologetics, M.A. Science & Religion
$654 $654 (No course may be audited.)
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
$750 $750 (No course may be audited.)

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

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 required.1 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.

Arranged Course/Independent Study Fee $15
Cap and Gown Fee
Bachelors Set (includes cap, gown, tassel)
$39
Masters Set (includes cap, gown, tassel)
$42
Graduate Hood
$30
Doctoral Regalia Rental (Cap, Gown, and Hood)
$50
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
$6
Online Processing
$2.50
Vehicle Registration estimate (Graduate: On campus less than 8 days during term) $20
Vehicle Registration estimate (Graduate: On campus 1 day a week) $50
Vehicle Registration estimate (Graduate: On campus more than once a week) $100
Vehicle Registration estimate (Undergraduate) $140
Health Insurance Plan 1
Per semester estimate (Fall or Spring):
Student only estimate:
$1,107

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
Bible, Theology, and Ministry Majors Activities Fee $150
Elementary Greek Grammar Challenge Exam $100
Language Proficiency Exam $50
Nursing Application Fee $100
Nursing Late Application Fee $50
Nursing Activity Fee (per semester/year) $27.50/$55
RN-BSN Portfolio Evaluation for Credit $350
LVN-BSN Portfolio Evaluation and Skills/Simulation Testing $350
Military Veteran Portfolio Evaluation for Credit $350
Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Fee $150
Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Resubmission Fee $75
CSICS Community Enhancement Fee $140
Proctor Exam Fee $20

Special Fees – Graduate

Talbot New Student Fee $75
MBA and MM Programs Fee (per term) $40
MBA and MM Orientation Intensive Weekend Fee $575
Doctor of Ministry Program
Program Enrollment Fee (non-refundable)
$500
Graduate Psychology Program
Internship Fee (per semester)
$1,200
Professional Growth Fee (per semester)
$645

Note: 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)
$356
Two Credits (one hour lesson per week)
$712
Recital Fees
Junior Recital Fee
$43
Senior Recital Fee
$65
Class Instruction
Voice or Guitar (MUSC 104)
$97
Advanced Guitar I and II
$43
Keyboard (two hours per week)
$135
Chorale
$125
Women's Chorus
$40
Men's Chorus
$40
Symphonic Winds
$130
$43
Music Cultures of the World
$32

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 2020–21 academic year (nine months):

Undergraduate

(Based on 12–18 credits per semester, $1,813/credit.)

Tuition and Fees $43,512
Room and Board $10,560
Books and Supplies $1,970
Personal/Misc. $2,852
Transportation $864
Total $59,758

Graduate: Talbot Master's Programs

(Based on 9 credits per semester, $654/credit.)

Tuition and Fees $11,772
Room and Board $15,562
Books and Supplies $1,970
Personal/Misc. $3,784
Transportation $864
Total $33,952

For other Doctoral programs, please see the Tuition Information section.

Graduate: Psychology

(Based on 9–16 credits per semester, $1,233/credit.)

Tuition and Fees $30,744
Prof. Growth Fee $1,290
Room and Board $15,562
Books and Supplies $1,970
Personal/Misc. $3,784
Transportation $864
Total $54,214

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 18 for Fall, December 15 for Spring, and May 4 for Summer.
  • No fees.
  • No payment plan necessary.

Two Payments (2 x 50%)

  • Two payments of 50% due August 18 and September 17 for Fall; December 15 and January 15 for Spring; and May 4 and June 15 for Summer.
  • $35 plan fee.
  • 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 18, 25% due September 17 and October 15 for Fall; 50% due December 15, 25% due January 15 and February 16 for Spring; (not available for Summer terms).
  • $85 plan fee.
  • 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; November 16 – February 16 for Spring semester; (not available for Summer terms).
  • $85 plan fee.
  • Enrollment is not complete until 50% of charges less aid is received.
  • 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.

Refund Policy

Tuition: pro-rated as of end of week in which student withdraws.

Full Term
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%
Session A or Session B
Week 1 100%
Week 2 80%
Week 3 70%
Week 4 50%
Weeks 5–7 0%
  • First-time students receiving Federal Student Financial Assistance are subject to the Statutory Pro Rata Refund as prescribed by federal law.
  • Room and Board is pro-rated to the end of the week of official withdrawal.
  • 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 week of the full session and the first week of Sessions A and B. 
  • Tuition refunds for class changes (where applicable) will be made in the same manner as refunds for withdrawals (see refund schedule above).
  • 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.