Bluffton University is a nonprofit institution. Tuition, fees and other expenses paid by the students cover only a part of the cost. The balance is met by income from endowment, gifts and contributions from churches, alumni, faculty, staff and other friends of the university. The following fees apply to the 2023-24 academic year. Bluffton reviews fees annually and reserves the right to make changes in fees and deposits.
Standard costs vary from student to student because each student is an individual
case. Some courses require special fees. Some students can reduce their total cash
requirements by working or obtaining a scholarship or a grant-in-aid.
Billing and refund information
Details on the Billing, Payment and Refund Policies page has several purposes: 1) to acquaint you with Bluffton University billing periods and financial policies; 2) to help you calculate what your costs will be; 3) to help you determine a suitable payment plan. Please review this material carefully.
Bluffton University has a consortial agreement with Acadeum.
Traditional undergraduate students who take courses through Acadeum in the summer
session (or, in the fall or spring semester with permission granted by the academic
dean due to extenuating circumstances) will be billed at the rate of $400 per credit
Cross-cultural program refunds
In the event that cross-cultural experiences are cancelled due to circumstances beyond
the university's control, an affected student’s remedy is to register for a cross-cultural
experience in the following academic year. If this remedy is impossible, the university
will refund the program fee, less airline voucher, to the student's account.
The university shall not be liable for any failure, delay or interruption in performing its obligations and duties herein stated due to causes or conditions beyond its control or which could not have been prevented or remedied by reasonable effort at reasonable expense. The university’s inability to perform any term or condition of this contract as a result of force majeure conditions beyond its control such as, but not limited to, strikes, fires, flood, government restrictions, acts of nature, epidemics, damage or destruction shall not be deemed a breach of this contract. In such case, the university’s liability will be limited to a pro-rata credit for non-graduating students or a pro-rata refund for graduating seniors. In addition, neither the university nor its officials, agents and employees are liable for the loss, theft, disappearance, damage or destruction at any time or in any place of any property belonging to, used by, or in custody of any resident no matter where such property may be normally used, kept or stored. Students are strongly encouraged to extend their family's homeowner’s insurance or purchase specific renter’s insurance to cover personal belongings.