Biola University
La Mirada, CA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$31,492
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$24,981
$30k - $48k
$27,039
$48k - $75k
$30,467
$75k - $110k
$32,577
$110k+
$36,232
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$40,488
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$40,488
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$11,312
Books and Supplies
$1,916
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: finaid@biola.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
58%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
30%
Average Aid Per Year
$18,028
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
30%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,699
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$14,659
Students receiving state aid
25%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$8,087
Students receiving federal aid
28%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,699
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$26,173
$30k - $48k
$24,115
$48k - $75k
$20,687
$75k - $110k
$18,577
$110k+
$14,922
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$1,450,451
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$13,101,300

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
61%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$8,661
Students receiving federal loans
60%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,468
Average Other Loans Per Year
$16,772
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$19,500
Loan Default Rate
2%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$257

What Students Are Saying

4.25 Average Rating
Biola is pretty expensive, but I would say that the atmosphere and community make it so worth it to go to Biola.
Samantha from Milpitas, CA
Biola is very expensive and, at times, difficult to pay for. However, having class with the professor who actually wrote the book we're reading is amazing and makes me feel that my tuition dollars are being used well.
Christine
Biola is very expensive. However, the quality of education is good and the community is wonderful. Get scholarships, get financial aid, but don't be afraid to go.
Meg from NH
Please DO NOT let this intimidate you or keep you from enjoying one of the greatest experiences and blessings ever! Biola can be and is an expensive university, but IT IS really WORTH IT! The education received there is of top quality. You truly get what you paid for! It can be hard sometimes, but financial aid is ALWAYS available for those willing to make an effort. Don't give up on such a great school just because of the money. As a prospective student, Biola was way out of my league (money-wise), but deciding to give it a shot was the best decision I ever took! Trust me, you will NOT regret choosing Biola! The money will one way or another, always come, Biola will not! Think about it.
Marco from Palmdale, CA
As for most people here at Biola, we struggle with financial aid. Biola is no joke with money, it is highly expensive. Honestly, nobody has to worry, Biola has different kinds of contract that can be avilable for you and your family for paying off the tuition. You can always to work-study, outside employment, scholarship and/or etc.
Angela from Claremont, CA
The financial aid I have been rewarded is definitely sufficient enough for me to be seriously considering attending Biola. I do wish they could have given me a bit more so I would not be worrying about taking loans.
Nigel from South Gate, CA
Yes, Biola is expensive. However, I would say it is definitely worth it. Just be aware of awards in your department you could potentially receive as well as scholarships outside school (use cappex!). There is a way to make the financial aspect of going to Biola work, you just need to be diligent in searching out aid. But it is definitely worth the work!
Christine from Washington
Pricey? Definitely. Worth it? For me, YES! It really depends on you. Anywhere you go really. If you are into school and want to learn then you will learn to be a god steward of money and appreciate the education. You can make the most of the money you invest or let it go to waste. It's up to you.
Ruth from Riverside, CA
Attending college tends to be an expensive process and Biola is no exception. The jobs and loans I've acquired to be at Biola are disheartening because of how much it takes out of me. Even though each semester is questionable whether I could return because of how much it costs, I would say it has been well worth it. I think this school is a great investment.
Katelyn from Salinas, CA