Financial information

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 2024-25 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. The standard cost shown below does not take this into account. Neither does it include the cost fo books nor incidental personal items, which vary greatly with individual needs and tastes.

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.


We want families to be proactive in their financial commitments.  To assist with this, Bluffton University uses electronic billing (e-bill) as its official billing method. The student is resp9onsible for viewing and paying their student account e-bill by the scheduled due date. Students will be sent an e-bill beginning July 1 and every 1st of the month thereafter if a balance remains.

Students can view their bill at any time and make a payment by logging into their account (select student > financial information > make a payment). The first time you log in, you will need to read and accept the terms of service agreement for enrollment at Bluffton University.


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 hour.

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. 

Emergency policy

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.

July 2024