Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, 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.
$31,452
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$22,285
$30k - $48k
$24,877
$48k - $75k
$27,632
$75k - $110k
$30,970
$110k+
$36,711
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.
$35,700
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.
$35,700
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.
$10,450
Books and Supplies
$1,918
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

0
100
69%
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.
28%
Average Aid Per Year
$16,687
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.
28%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,571
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$13,386
Students receiving state aid
23%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$8,582
Students receiving federal aid
22%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,571
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$25,755
$30k - $48k
$23,163
$48k - $75k
$20,408
$75k - $110k
$17,070
$110k+
$11,329
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.
$1,006,408
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$8,694,671

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.
60%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,067
Students receiving federal loans
60%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,350
Average Other Loans Per Year
$19,653
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.
$18,667
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.
$243

What Students Are Saying

3.95 Average Rating
This school is definitely worth the money. Although it is a bit on the expensive side, I know this school has a lot more to offer than other schools around San Diego that I had previously looked at. And trust me, I looked at A LOT! When you show your parents how much this school costs to attend, you're parents might have a heart attack like my mom almost did. BUT DON'T WORRY!!! There are always options! Scholarships, grants, and loans. Well...hopefully not loans, but you get the idea. I knew right away I wanted to come here. You should be able to go wherever you want to go. After all, you're paying for it...or you parents are...Don't let money hold you back. I didn't, and look where I am now!
Alyssa from El Cajon, CA
Point Loma is not a cheap school by any means, but everyone I know at school has received generous amounts of financial aid. The student financial services are also easily accessible and available on campus and they are always willing to answer questions or help students find scholarships or other ways to pay for school. Furthermore, the education, friends and fun one gains by attending Point Loma are priceless.
Jessica from Mission Viejo, CA
it is quite costly but it is a great school and you can meet great Godly people there so it is worth the money
cali girl
Although the tuition is pricey it is completely worth it. Compared to many other private Christian schools, it is the same price and even cheaper, and honestly no one could have a better view than the one at Point Loma. The cafeteria overlooks the ocean and many of the dorms have an ocean view as well. The smaller class size and overall enrollment of student body allows you to get the classes that you want when you want them so that you can stay on track and graduation on time. With the impact of classes at several public schools it is extremely difficult to take the classes necessary to graduate therefore students end up staying for over four years, which in the end adds up and can total the same as many private schools (graduating in 4 years) depending on which school you attend. Also, Point Loma is extremely generous in giving away scholarship money and a large percentage of the students attending have some sort of financial aid.
Michal from Huntington Beach, CA
Point Loma is yes pricey; however, the low class ratios, beautiful campus, and even more compelling community makes up for the tuition. There are many scholarships that one can apply for. The Student Financial Services (SFS) is great. They are very friendly, and will work with students to find grants, scholarships, and loans that will make Point Loma more affordable.
Nicole from Aliso Viejo, CA
The school is a bit expensive, but there are tons of scholarships. In my opinion, it's hard to beat the PLNU experience, even if it can be a stretch financially for some. They offer tons of services included in tuition, including but not limited to free shuttle services, tutoring, therapy, sessions with a dietitian, and career counseling. I'm willing to pay student loans for years because I know this school is shaping me to be a better person and to achieve the career of my dreams.
Female from Mission Viejo, CA
I wish the tuition wasn't so expensive, but you definitely will get your money's worth IF you work hard. Be prepared to work harder then you have at the community college level.
Gregory from San Diego, CA
For the amount of tuition that they charge you definitely get a lot. The student life, clubs and activities, location, etc. The food and room size of some dorms could be a bit better for the amount of money they charge for those areas. There could be a bit of more school spirit as well, and sports are definitely not as big as at other schools. But other than that I would say it's a pretty fair trade.
Kaylee