Tuition and Fees

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Tuition and Fees*

Although the College of Biblical Studies is one of the most reasonably priced Christian colleges in the nation, income from tuition may not fully cover the cost of instruction. The difference between what students pay and the total cost of their education is met by the generous donations of individuals, churches, and organizations. We ask our students to join us in prayer and praise for these donors.

The following tables list the charges a student at CBS could incur during their time at CBS. 

The College of Biblical Studies reserves the right to change the tuition, fees, and other charges without notice. 

All fees are nonrefundable unless otherwise noted.

*Valid July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

General Tuition* (per credit hour) : $300
Tuition* (Indiana) (per credit hour) : $375
General Services Fee** (per semester, all students) : $275
Dual Credit** (per course; first two courses tuition free) : $250
Course Audit** (per course; no academic credit) : $250
CDC Credits (per credit hour) : $130

Miscellaneous Fees:
Application Fee : $40 (waived for Spring '22, Fall '23, Spring '23, Fall '24)
Independent Study Fee (per course; in addition to tuition charges) : $150
Credit by Demonstrated Competency (CDC) Fee : $100
Graduation Fee : $75
Returned Check Fee (each occurrence) : $30
Official CBS Transcripts : $10
Replacement Bible Certificate : $10
Replacement Diploma Fee : $30
Emerging Leaders Book Fee (per semester) : $40

*Refundable proportionately, in accordance with the Refund Policy as outlined in the catalog.
**Refundable prior to the first date of class.

Explanation of Fees

General Service Fee: Required fee billed each semester to cover costs associated with a student enrolling, such as technology services and administration.
Application Fee: Required of all individuals who are applying for admission/readmission. Non-refundable.
Independent Study Fee: Helps off-set additional costs of individual instruction.
Credit by Demonstrated Competency (CDC) Fee: The college assesses a processing fee each time a student presents courses for CDC credit.
Graduation Fee: Required of all graduating students completing a degree or certificate. This fee is required of all students, even those who choose not to participate in commencement exercises, and covers general costs associated with graduation.
Returned Check Fee: Required of all students for a check returned from their bank because of non-sufficient funds (NSF). Personal checks will not be accepted from students with two NSF checks written to CBS.
Official Transcript Fee: Students may request an official transcript by submitting an Official Transcript Request Form to the Registrar along with the $10 fee, payable by cash, check or money order.
Emerging Leaders: Students receiving the Emerging Leaders scholarship pay a fee each semester to help offset the cost of their books.
Audit-to-Credit Charge: Auditing students receive no academic credit. A student may change from Audit to Credit by payment for additional credit hours.

Registration is not completed for any course until the full amount is paid or a payment plan is executed. Students are responsible for knowing the status of their accounts at all times. Information is available online at (MyCBS), MyRecords, or through Student Accounts.

Annual Cost
General Tuition (Full Time)*              $7,200
Fees (Full Time)*                                     $550
Total                                                     $7,750

**This annual rate is for a traditional bachelor’s degree student enrolling in 12 credit hours each term (fall and spring). Fees includes the General Services Fee. Additional fees may be assessed for special circumstances where appropriate. Students living in Indiana would pay $9,000 for tuition for 24 credit hours; Indiana state aid is available for students who qualify, in addition to federal aid.

All students who add, drop, or withdraw from a class, change class sections, or change status between credit and audit must give official written notice. Forms for such changes are available by emailing

NOTE: All new (non-returning) students may qualify to receive $500 off tuition for their first semester!

For clarification or additional information, contact the Office of the Registrar by phone, 832-252-4631, or by email,

Net Price Calculator
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Financial Aid Information

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Loans: Student loans offered through government funding through the Department of Education. Federal student loans typically offer low interest rates and generous repayment terms.

Federal Grants: Federal grants offered through government funding through the Department of Education includes Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).

State Financial Aid (Indiana Residents Only)
The Frank O’Bannon Grant, which includes the Higher Education Award and the Freedom of Choice Award, is Indiana’s primary need-based financial aid program. It is designed to provide access for Hoosier students to attend eligible public, private and proprietary colleges and universities. Eligibility is based on a student’s FAFSA, and the grant may be used toward tuition and regularly assessed fees.

Institutional Financial Aid:
Institutional aid scholarships are awarded based on enrollment hours and on the level of enrollment, financial need, and by the order in which they are received.

The following are the steps to apply for CBS scholarships:
1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
2. Submit a completed scholarship application here.

*Scholarship applications require a letter of recommendation. 

Need help? Contact our 24x7x365 FAFSA Helpdesk

Institutional Aid- Scholarship
Students must submit a completed application by the published deadlines to the Office of Financial Aid and meet the eligibility requirements for each scholarship. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All scholarships are awarded based on financial need and in the order in which they are received. All scholarships require a recommendation letter from your pastor or church leader. See the individual scholarships for application and eligibility requirements:

Non-CBS Scholarships
Students can apply for the following scholarships:

• Inspire Women
Texas Baptist Scholarships
Leizer and Rose Horowitz March of Remembrance Scholarship
Christian Community Credit Union

Return of Institutional Aid and Scholarships:

Institutional aid (i.e. Mays scholarships) are awarded based on financial need. If any student withdraws from the College or reduces the number of hours during the course of the term, his/her awards will be adjusted accordingly, and as a result, he/she may owe the institution. CBS does not refund institutional aid or May scholarships to students.

For more information, contact the Office of Financial Services as follows:

Houston: 832-252-0710 | Email:
Indiana: 317-789-8255 | Email: