A note before you scroll...

We know the cost of college (especially a private, Christ-centered college) can be overwhelming. It's an unfamiliar process and a lot of money. But while the college financial process is challenging, know that you're not alone. At JBU, there's a team of real people dedicated to helping students like you afford our highly-ranked education.

So if you're interested in pursuing a Christ-centered education at JBU, don't let the numbers on this page keep you from taking your next step. Start the process by applying and see where things go. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

JBU students come from families like yours

We've helped families from all kinds of economic backgrounds afford our Christ-centered and highly-ranked education. Stick with the process, and we'll put together a customized financial plan that will work for you and your family.

*Based on fall 2020 on-campus undergraduates who filed the FAFSA.

Christ-centered and academically rigorous

At JBU, dedicated professors will personally invest in your growth — academically, spiritually and professionally.

Ranked the #1 Best Value

Among private universities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Texas.

—Money 2022 College Rankings

99% of incoming students received gift aid from JBU last year

That's money from JBU that doesn't have to be repaid in addition to federal or state financial aid.

What's included? Nearly everything.

  • Study abroad semester in Ireland*
  • Community events
  • Intramural sports and clubs
  • Participation in choir and theatre
  • Health complex membership
  • Admission to athletic events
  • Counseling
  • Writing consultation
  • Wifi and tech support
  • Dorm activities
  • Commuter services
  • Career advising
  • Study abroad semester in Ireland*
  • Community events
  • Intramural sports and clubs
  • Participation in choir and theatre
  • Health complex membership
  • Admission to athletic events
  • Counseling
  • Writing consultation
  • Wifi and tech support
  • Dorm activities
  • Commuter services
  • Career advising

*Cost for the term is the same as JBU tuition, room and board plus about $1,600 to cover book rental, flights and administrative expenses. 100% of your JBU aid and outside aid like the Pell Grant will apply.

Your investment

2022–2023 typical annual expenses

Full-time tuition and general fee $29,720
Room (residence hall) $4,660
Board (19 scans/week)* $5,260
Estimated total $39,640
Average gift aid package** $19,212
Average net cost $20,428

Students can expect to incur additional indirect costs for books, travel, insurance and personal expenses. These vary among students.

*Exact board costs determined by selected flexible dining options.

**Average gift aid per incoming student for fall 2022 as of September 16, 2022.

Wait, that's more than I can afford...

Hang with us. This number is just an average, meaning roughly half of students pay less. To receive your personalized financial aid offer, apply for admission and send your FAFSA results to JBU.

In the meantime, use our Net Price Calculator to estimate your financial aid package.

Scholarships and other financial aid can significantly reduce your costs

JBU might seem more expensive than public universities but they really work with you to help with financial aid. Because of the financial aid I received, I was able to attend JBU and it was even cheaper than some state schools.

Emery Johnson

Class of 2021

Cost details (2022–2023)

Tuition by status

Student status Cost per semester Cost per year Cost per credit hour
Full-time (12–18 hours) $14,212 $28,424 N/A
Part-time (less than 12 hours) N/A N/A $948
Overload (more than 18 hours) N/A N/A $474

Tuition for the summer term is $474 per credit hour.

Tuition by degree program

Degree program Total credit hours Cost per credit hour (full-time status)
BA/BBA/BS/BSE 120 $948
BMusEd/BS Engineering 124 $917
BSE Social Studies 121 $940
BS Nursing 122 $932

Slingshot service (textbooks and course materials)

Slingshot automatically fulfills and delivers all of your required course materials directly to you before classes start. Slingshot is a service of the JBU Campus Bookstore.

All new JBU students are opted into a Slingshot plan by default. Learn more.

Slingshot subscription Cost per credit hour
Slingshot Premium $21
Slingshot Premium+ $24
Slingshot Print Upgrade (add-on to a Premium or Premium+ plan) $9.99

Meal plans

View meal plan options and pricing.

Housing

Location Cost per semester Cost per year
Residence hall $2,330 $4,660
Residence hall (single in a double room) $3,030 $6,060
Townhouse $2,380 $4,760
Northslope Apartments $2,484 $4,968

General fee (required)

Tuition status Cost per semester Cost per year
General fee (full-time status) $648 $1,296
General fee (part-time status) $324 $648

Course fees (if applicable)

View course fees.

Music program fees (if applicable)

Fee Cost Unit
Cathedral Choir – Men's (MUS 3800) $110 one-time
Cathedral Choir – Women's (MUS 3800) $65 one-time
Practice room fee $25 per semester
Women's Chorus wardrobe fee (MUS 1830/1) $35 one-time

Other fees (if applicable)

Fee Cost Unit
ASPIRE $500 one-time
Course equivalency fee $186.43 per credit hour
Diploma fee (replacement) $10 per copy
Graduation application fee $35 per application
Honors Scholars Program fee $74 one-time
Independent study fee $145 per credit hour
Orientation fee (domestic students) $125 one-time
Orientation fee (international students) $275 one-time
Parking permit (car) $25 per year
Parking permit (motorcycle) $15 per year
Pre-Heath Professions Program fee $40 one-time
Study abroad Ireland Semester book fee $200 per semester
Study abroad administrative fee (semester) $200 per semester
Study abroad administrative fee (summer) $130 per semester
TB Test fee (for incoming international students) $70 one-time
Transcript fee $5 per copy

Applying for admission is the first step to getting financial aid

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