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Affordability and Value

OBU alumnus Marcello Gomes and his daughter, OBU student Bruna Gomes, talk about how scholarships from OBU changed their lives.

Martha Jones, mother of an OBU student, tells how financial aid made OBU affordable for her family.

Average Net Price 

OBU ranks as one of the nation's most affordable private Christian universities. The graph below shows how OBU's average net price compares to other universities. Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of all grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the average cost of room and board and other expenses.

With incoming first-time freshmen receiving an annual award of at least $12,000 per year and transfer students receiving an annual award of at least $10,000 per year, OBU makes a private, world-class, Christian university education affordable.

Of the universities shown, OBU is one of the most affordable options with a net price of $24,672. The lowest listed option is the University of Oklahoma at $22,601 and the highest is Baylor University at $45,998.Source: National Center for Education Statistics 2021-22 data

Financial Aid Assistance

To get an estimate of what your net price could be, visit our net price calculator. 

Net Price Calculator

OBU is committed to helping students from all financial backgrounds achieve their dreams of a high-quality Christian education. Our financial aid counselors will work with you to build a financial package just for you. Let us walk you through the financial aid process. You’ll be glad you did.

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According to Sallie Mae, scholarships and grants cover more of an OBU student's expenses than the typical college student.

One in four OBU student's families make under $50,000 per year.

2023-24 Tuition and Fees (Fall and Spring Combined)

Direct Costs

These are costs charged directly by OBU for tuition, fees, housing and food.

Subtotal $42,480
Tuition $30,340
Fees $3,710
Housing and Food $8,430

Housing cost is based on standard dorm-style housing

Indirect Costs

These costs are not charged by OBU, but should be budgeted for by students for various living expenses college students may incur while attending university

Books and Supplies $1,400
Transportation $2,500
Personal Expenses $2,225
Loan Fee $50

Freshmen will incur an additional charge for meals during J-Term depending on student's choice of plan.

All first-time freshmen are required to attend J-Term. They may select one course from the First-Year Experience (FYE) selection that will be paid with an OBU scholarship. J-Term courses that are not FYE will be charged at the J-Term rate ($733/hour in 2023, $759/hour in 2024.) A J-Term housing scholarship will also be applied to cover the cost of J-Term housing as long as the student paid housing charges during fall or spring.

Cost of Attendance Information