Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Biola University is $38,448 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 39% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 64% more expensive than the average California tuition of $23,377 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 111st in California amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 34th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,972 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in La Mirada should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,854.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,242 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,242 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Biola University was $54,516 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of California residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Biola University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Biola University
Estimated Budgets
California Resident Total Budget $54,516
   In-State Tuition$38,448
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$10,972
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,242
   Books and Supplies$1,854
Non-Resident Total Budget $54,516
   Out-of-State Tuition$38,448
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$10,972
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,242
   Books and Supplies$1,854


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $54,516 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Biola University net price for in-state students is $32,087* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

92% of Biola University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $14,104. 26 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,122. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Biola University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Biola University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$32,087*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid92%
Average Total Grant Aid$14,104
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants26%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,122

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$25,064
$30,001 to $48,000$28,059
$48,001 to $75,000$28,768
$75,001 to $110,000$32,268

Average Financial Aid Mix - $54,516 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $54,516. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 28% - $14,104

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Biola University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 11% - $5,702

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 61% -  $31,468

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Biola University
Azusa Pacific University4% less expensive
University of La Verne3.8% more expensive
King's University66.1% less expensive
California Lutheran University6.3% more expensive
Thomas Aquinas College36.3% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Biola University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Biola University is $218,064 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $28,118 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $112,472**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $272,580 or $140,590 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Biola University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Biola University
Price per credit hour$1,602
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,806
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$6,408


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 62% of Biola University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,702. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $34,482.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Biola University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $112,472, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $139,551.96. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Biola University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 92% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $28,118. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Biola University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Biola University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,162.93
Amount Borrowed$112,472.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$27,079.96
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$139,551.96

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Biola University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Biola University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $139,551.96 would be needed to afford a $1,162.93 monthly payment in the example $112,472.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Biola University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $31,004 to $38,448. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.8%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $218,064.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Biola University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$74,972$299,889
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$95,686$382,743
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $122,122$488,487
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $141,371$565,485

Tuition History

What was tuition at Biola University five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Biola University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 91 44% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 83 35% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 74 58% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 58 28% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 45 32% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 43 37% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 42 54% costlier
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology Bachelor's Degree 36 77% costlier
Bible/Biblical Studies Bachelor's Degree 33 81% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 32 26% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 28 52% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 27 41% costlier
Religious Education Bachelor's Degree 27 63% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 27 35% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 24 36% costlier
Writing, General Bachelor's Degree 20 32% costlier
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 19 51% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 16 33% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 15 31% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 15 21% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 14 42% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 14 37% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 9 21% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 28% costlier
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 8 25% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 8 17% costlier
Religious/Sacred Music Bachelor's Degree 6 60% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 54% costlier
Physical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 5 35% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 4 30% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 33% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 3 27% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 3 56% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 42% costlier
History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 57% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 55% costlier
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier


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About Biola University

Biola University is a four year private college located in La Mirada, California.  The school is affiliated with the Undenominational faith.  Full time enrollment is 4,855 and part time is 1,240.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, California

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Biola University is a private not for profit institution.

Biola University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110097 IPEDS survey data.