Textbooks and supplies are the responsibility of the student and costs vary. The campus bookstore offers books for purchase or rent, including buyback options. New students at Bluffton will be presented with their options during summer orientation.
Tuition and fees
2023-24 FEE SCHEDULE
|Basic fees (estimated):||Yearly Amount||Semester Amount|
|Tuition (12-17 hours/semester)||$35,498||$17,749|
|Student activity fee||150||75|
|Board (15 meal plan **)||6,024||3,012|
|Room damage deposit (new students only)||100|
- Charge per semester hour if less than 12 hours: $1,480 per semester hour
- Charge per semester hour over 17 up to and including 20 hours: $1,045 per semester hour
- Charge per semester hour over 20 hours: $1,480 per semester hour
Room and board
Room and board includes fees for living in the residence halls and meals. Students who live in Neufeld Hall or Ramseyer Hall are charged an additional $100 per semester. There is an additional charge for apartment living. Students living in the apartments must select at least an Apartment 70 block meal plan, where students in other residence halls must select a 10 meal plan at the minimum.
|Residence Hall||Room charge
|Super Single charge
|Bren-Dell, Ropp, Hirschy Complex||$2,921||$3,691|
|Neufeld, Ramseyer (air conditioned)||$3,021||$3,791|
|Riley Court apartments (air conditioned)||$4,240|
Residential students are initially billed for the Premier 15-meal plan. Each meal plan includes “Beaver Bucks,” dollars that can be used to purchase food items in the snack bar or additional meals in The Commons. Residential students are required to choose one of three meal plans: Full Value 20 plus meal plan, Premier 15 Plus meal plan or Basic 10 Plus meal plan. First-year students must select between the 20 meal plan or the 15 meal plan their first semester, and have the option of selecting the 10 meal plan beginning their second semester. Commuter and apartment meal plans are also available.
Meal plan options
|20 meal plan per semester w/ $50 Beaver Bucks||$3,137|
|15 meal plan per semester w/ $100 Beaver Bucks||$3,012|
|10 meal plan per semester w/$150 Beaver Bucks||$2,892|
|70 apartment block per semester w/ $150 Beaver Bucks||$1,139|
|Commuter 5 meal plan per semester w/ $100 Beaver Bucks||$1,139|
>>> more information about meal plans
The technology fee is used to cover the following student resources:
- Access to the campus network
- High speed Internet connection from the residence hall room and around campus
- Campus email address
- Access to online course information and student records
- Technology center access
- Access to OhioLINK electronic library resources
- Regular upgrades to student computing resources
Preliminary billing information
Specific information regarding payment options will be available on May 1 for fall
semester and Nov. 15 for spring semester. An e-bill will be emailed to all students
to their Bluffton email address starting on July 1 and every first of the month thereafter
so long as a balance remains. Students agree to pay for all assessed tuition/fees,
room/board and other associated costs by the published or assigned due date.
The preferred payment option is to pay in full (minus any financial aid) each semester. The fall semester balance is due on or before Aug. 1 and the spring semester balance is due on or before Jan. 2. There is no fee for this payment option. To make a payment, log into your my.bluffton.edu account (Select Student → Financial Information→ Make a Payment).
If not opting to pay in full each semester all other students must sign up for an approved payment plan and be up to date on the plan to move forward in the financial clearance process and obtain move-in ready status. (Payment plan options will be available on July 1).
- Fall 5-month plan (August-December)
- Spring 5-month plan (January-May)
- 10 month plan (August - May) Entire academic year
Note, an enrollment fee of $20 is required for each payment plan. To set up a payment plan, go to your my.bluffton.edu account (Select Student → Financial Information→ Make a Payment).
The student is responsible for viewing and paying their student account balance on CASHNet via their my.bluffton.edu student portal.
Students can enroll an authorized payer (i.e. parent, grandparent) in CASHNet to have access to view and pay bills.
Forms of acceptable payments:
- E-check (FREE)
- Credit Card (banking fees will apply)
- 529 Plans
- International Payment
- Paper check
All communication from the business office uses the student’s Bluffton email as an official method of communication and therefore students are responsible for reading the emails received from the business office. For questions or additional information, contact the business office at firstname.lastname@example.org.