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 (2022–2023) — Living On Campus

Tuition (13–18 units) $35,958
Fees $2,410
Housing and Meal Plan* $11,110
Estimated Annual Cost to Attend $49,478

*This is the cost for shared-occupancy housing and includes the minimum required meal plan for residential freshmen students (125 swipes and $250 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 (2022–2023 Academic Year)

Traditional Student Tuition
Tuition (per semester; 13–18 units)  $17,979              
Tuition (per unit)   $1,383


On-Campus Housing
Housing Reservation Fee  $100
Shared Occupancy (per semester) $3,645 - $3,860
Private Occupancy (per semester) $5,260 - $5,485


Meal Plans (Per Semester)
A - 40 meals; 100 Dining Dollars (commuters only) $600
B - 60 meals; 150 Dining Dollars (commuters only) $915
C - 85 meals; 150 Dining Dollars (commuters only) $1,225
D - 100 meals; 250 Dining Dollars (Main Campus Apt Minimum)  $1,530
E - 125 meals; 250 Dining Dollars (Freshman Housing Minimum) $1,835
F - 150 meals; 250 Dining Dollars  $2,055
G - 170 meals; 300 Dining Dollars $2,310
H - 190 meals; 350 Dining Dollars $2,560
I - 215 meals; 350 Dining Dollars $2,790
J - 235 meals; 400 Dining Dollars  $3,035
K - 255 meals; 450 Dining Dollars  $3,260
L - 280 meals; 450 Dining Dollars $3,505


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 $750
General fee: 5 units or less $180
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
Computer Science  $640
Construction Management $640
Engineering $1,150
Journalism and New Media  $130
Nursing  $1,675
Nutrition and Food Sciences major $420
Nutrition and Food Sciences minor  $235
Pre-engineering $640


Academic Course Fees

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

Art lab fee $115
Aviation lab fees $160–$15,630
Interior design studio fee $500
Music private instruction $340 (1 lesson/week)
$680 (2 lessons/week)
Music laptop fee (Music majors and minors only) $2,950
Music uniform fee  $275 (Concert Band)
$500-$600 (Male Chorale, New Song,
University Choir & Orchestra)
Production design studio fee $500
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.

An updated list of undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2021–2022 academic year is available here.