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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.

With incoming first-time freshmen receiving an annual award of at least $10,000 per year and transfer students receiving an annual award of at least $8,000 per year, OBU makes a private, world-class, Christian university education affordable.

Of the colleges listed, OBU has one of the lowest net prices at $23,871.

Source: U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard

Financial Aid Assistance

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.


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.