Affordable College is Here

If price wasn’t a factor, wouldn't you choose to go to get an education tailored to your interests? At BVU, we do our best to eliminate cost as a barrier. There's a reason 90 percent of financial aid applicants believed BVU to be affordable in 2017.

Average total scholarships and grants presented annually to each student
Approximate yearly amount BVU provides in student financial assistance out of its own budget
Students who pay the full cost of tuition

2017-18 Tuition and Costs

Full-time tuition $32,854

$16,427 per semester; $1,105/hour, part-time or overload

Room and Board $9,490

$4,774 room, $4,716 Marquis board, $100 per semester surcharge for living in the suites; additional charges apply to single housing

Total $42,344

Tuition & Costs

With You All the Way

Don’t let the price tag freak you out. We’ll work with you to make your private education as affordable as possible.

Average financial aid components

Scholarships and Grants: 75%
Work: 3%
Loans: 22%

A Degree Makes the Difference

A BVU education provides an excellent return on your investment. According to a survey of our Class of 2017:

96 percent were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating

All graduates were employed/in grad school in 86 percent of majors

No major has more than one graduate still seeking first time employment

Scholarships and Awards

Merit Based Awards

President's Scholarship: $17,000-22,000 per year
Heritage Scholarship: $15,000-20,000 per year
Arch Scholarship: $12,000-$17,000 per year
Blue Award: $10,000-$15,000 per year
Gold Award: $6,000-$11,000 per year

Honors Program

Encourages students to take their academic talents further with specialized courses, dialogue, and research work.

$2,500 travel stipend
Priority class registration
Research and conference funding

Dean's Fellows

Besides the social and academic perks, being recognized as a Dean's Fellow carries high prestige long after college.

$1,500 academic travel stipend
$200 toward grad school fees, exams, or internships
Elite invitations to trips and events

Fine Arts & Media Awards

For those who major and/or participate in art, theatre, digital media, music, creative writing, and more.

Buena Vista Grant

This grant is issued to some full-time students and determined by financial need.

Tuition Cut in Half

BVU has been with Jaelyn every step of the way, including the fellowship that allowed her to intern at three different pharmacies, and scholarships that took a huge chunk out of college costs.

"BVU offered me a scholarship that cut my tuition in half. The Iowa Tuition Grant and federal loans through filing the FAFSA helped, too! I only pay for room and board out of pocket."

— Jaelyn Daggs-Olson, Class of 2017

Value-Added Funding

Funding above and beyond your BVU scholarships

As part of the Global Fellows program, Laura took part in a research trip to South America. The next year, she returned with her professor, conducting more research and traveling to Antarctica! Laura's travels were fully funded by value-added funds from BVU. These funds are available to assist students with travel, research, internships, and more!