As tuition has steadily increased at many colleges and universities around the country, California Baptist University has chosen to hold the line as much as possible. By keeping tuition costs affordable while enabling students to secure financial aid, we've remained within reach of many students who thought larger, taxpayer-subsidized public schools were their only option. As a result, more and more students are able to enjoy the personal and purposeful education CBU delivers

Estimated Annual Expenses (2023–2024) — Living On Campus

Expense Amount
Tuition (13-18 units) $37,570
Fees $2,460
Housing and Meal Plan * $11,630
Estimated Annual Cost to Attend $51,660

*This is the cost for shared-occupancy housing and includes the minimum required meal plan for residential freshmen students (115 swipes and $350 dining dollars) per semester. Other meal plan options are available. Housing rates may vary by location.

This estimated annual expense does not include program or course-specific fees. See below for additional detailed tuition and fee information.

Remember that you also need to budget for personal expenses, books and supplies, and transportation.

Estimated Undergraduate Traditional Costs Per Semester (2023–2024 Academic Year)

Traditional Student Tuition

Tuition (per semester; 13-18 units) $18,785
Tuition (per unit) $1,445

On-Campus Housing

Housing Reservation Fee $100
Shared Occupancy (per semester) $3,735 - $3,955
Private Occupancy (per semester) $5,605 - $5,935

Meal Plans (Per Semester)

A - 35 meals; 150 Dining Dollars (commuters only) $650
B - 50 meals; 250 Dining Dollars (commuters only) $1,000
C - 75 meals; 250 Dining Dollars (commuters only) $1,335
D - 90 meals; 350 Dining Dollars (Main Campus Apt Minimum) $1,670
E - 115 meals; 350 Dining Dollars (Freshman Housing Minimum) $2,000
F - 140 meals; 350 Dining Dollars $2,310
G - 160 meals; 400 Dining Dollars $2,595
H - 180 meals; 450 Dining Dollars $2,880
I - 205 meals; 450 Dining Dollars $3,130
J - 225 meals; 500 Dining Dollars $3,410
K - 245 meals; 550 Dining Dollars $3,660
L - 270 meals; 550 Dining Dollars $3,940

Estimated Books and Supplies

$600 - $1,000 (varies per semester/major)

Health Insurance

$994 (Per semester; students need to "Opt-In" for coverage)

Mandatory Fees (Per Semester)

General Fee: 6 units or more $775
General Fee: 5 units or less $255
New Student Fee: Fall (first semester only) $310
New Student Fee: Spring (first semester only) $160
Student Services Fee: Residents with 6 units or more $300
Student Services Fee: Commuters with 6 units or more $280

Academic Program Fees

(Per semester; applicable based on major; in addition to tuition)

Architecture $1,350
Commercial Music $325
Computer Science Engineering $1,150
Construction Management $1,150
Engineering $1,150
Journalism and New Media $130
Music $150
Nursing $2,075
Nutrition and Food Service (major) $420
Nutrition and Food Service (minor) $235
Physical Therapist Assistant $250

Academic Course Fees

(Per semester, applicable based on course registration; in addition to tuition)

Art lab fee $115
Aviation lab fees $100 - $19,571
Interior design studio fee $500
Music private instruction $340 (1 lesson/week)
$680 (2 lessons/week)
Music uniform fee (per year) $325 (Camerata, Lancer Chorus, Magnolia Singers, Rhapsody Chorale, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble)
$600 (University Choir & Orchestra)
Science lab fees $210 (per lab)
Theater lab fees $80 (THE113)
$90 (THE313)

This is not a comprehensive list. Additional fees may apply. The university reserves the right, with or without notice, to change tuition and fees when necessary.

An updated list of undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2024–2025 academic year is available here.

Contact Financial Aid

Phone: (951) 343-4236
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Yeager Center, Room D118
8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504