Tuition and Fees

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 (2018–2019) — Living On Campus

Tuition (13–18 units) $31,668
Fees $2,120
Housing and Meal Plan* $9,060
Estimated Annual Cost to Attend $42,848

*This is the cost for shared-occupancy housing and includes the minimum required meal plan for residential students (135 swipes and $150 dining dollars) per semester. Other meal plan options are available. 
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. See the full breakdown.


Undergraduate Traditional Costs Per Semester (2018–2019 Academic Year)

Traditional Student Tuition
Tuition (per semester; 13–18 units)  $15,834
Tuition (per unit)  $1,218


On-Campus Housing
Housing Reservation Fee $100
Shared Occupancy (per semester) $2,930
Private Occupancy (per semester) $4,390


Meal Plans (Per Semester)
A - 45 meals; 50 Dining Dollars (commuters only) $530
B - 70 meals; 50 Dining Dollars (commuters only) $800
C - 90 meals; 100 Dining Dollars (commuters only) $1,065
D - 135 meals; 150 Dining Dollars (minimum for residential students) $1,600
E - 155 meals; 200 Dining Dollars $1,845
F - 180 meals; 200 Dining Dollars $2,075
G - 200 meals; 250 Dining Dollars $2,300
H - 225 meals; 250 Dining Dollars $2,505
I - 250 meals; 250 Dining Dollars $2,720
J - 275 meals; 250 Dining Dollars  $2,930
K - 300 meals; 250 Dining Dollars  $3,150


Estimated Books and Supplies

(Varies per semester/major)


Health Insurance

(Per semester; required unless student is already covered)


Mandatory Fees (Per Semester)
General fee: 6 units or more $665
General fee: 5 units or less $175
New student fee: Fall (first semester only) $310
New student fee: Spring (first semester only)  $160


Academic Program Fees

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

Architecture $1,250
Computer Science  $440
Construction Management $440
Engineering $1,280
Journalism and New Media  $130
Nursing  $1,575
Nutrition and Food Sciences major $420
Nutrition and Food Sciences minor  $235
Pre-engineering $440


Academic Course Fees

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

Art lab fee $115
Aviation lab fees $150–$14,570
Music private instruction $340 (1 lesson/week)
$680 (2 lessons/week)
Music laptop fee (Music majors and minors only) $2,950
Music uniform fee  $250 (Concert Band)
$500 (Male Chorale, New Song,
University Choir & Orchestra)
Science lab fees $210 (per lab)
Theater lab fees $65 (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.

View a list of undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2018–2019 academic year.