Tuition and fees

for 2018 - 19 academic year

based on 12-17 hours per semester, 15-meal plan

Tuition for the 2018-19 academic year *    
$ 32,316
Room and board  $ 10,800
Technology fee $ 450
Total cost  $ 43,566

*First year students are billed an additional $115 for books and materials for the required class LAS 105, Becoming a Scholar. 


For 2018-19, tuition is $16,158 per semester for 12-17 hours, and a technology fee is billed at $225 per semester. Contact the business office to obtain charges for less than 12 hours (part time) or for hours greater than 17.

Room and board

  • Room and board for 2018-19 is  based on $5,400 each semester for students who reside on campus. Students who live in Neufeld Hall or Ramseyer Hall are charged an additional $100 per semester. There is an additional charge for apartment living. Students living in the apartments must select at least a 5 meal plan, where students in other residence halls must select a 10 meal plan at the minimum.

  • residence Hall Room charge per semester Super Single charge per semester
    Bren-Dell, Ropp, Hirschy Complex $2,658 $3,308
    Neufeld, Ramseyer $2,758 $3,408
    Riley Court apartments $3,824  
  • Meal plans
    Residential students are initially billed for the Premier 15-meal plan. Each meal plan includes "Beaver Bucks," dollars that can be used to purchase food items in the snack bar or additional meals in The Commons. Residential students are required to choose one of three meal plans: Full Value 20 plus meal plan, Premier 15 Plus meal plan or Basic 10 Plus meal plan. First-year students must select between the 20 meal plan or the 15 meal plan their first semester, and have the option of selecting the 10 meal plan beginning their second semester. Commuter and apartment meal plans are also available.

    Meal plan per semester 
    20 meal plan $2,854
    15 meal plan $2,742
    10 meal plan $2,630

    70 block 


    5 meal plan 


    >>> more information about meal plans 


  • Additional expenses

  • Textbooks and supplies are the responsibility of the student and costs vary. The campus bookstore offers books for purchase or rent, including buyback options. New students at Bluffton will be presented with their options during summer orientation.
Technology fee

The technology fee is used to cover the following student resources:

  • Access to the campus network
  • High speed Internet connection from the residence hall room and around campus
  • Campus e-mail address
  • Access to online course information and student records
  • Technology center access
  • Access to OhioLINK electronic library resources
  • Regular upgrades to student computing resources

Preliminary billing information

Specific information regarding payment options will be presented during the summer orientation session for new students. Returning students receive billing information after registration for the fall semester is complete. Loan funds and/or aid estimates will not be credited to a student's account until all the necessary paperwork is complete. These amounts - including interest charges on unpaid balances - are the responsibility of the student until the funds are received or estimates are confirmed.
Payment plans
The university offers two plans for paying the bill.
    • Payment-in-full plan: Each semester's bill (charges minus expected financial aid) is due on or before the first day of class.
    • Ten-month plan: The yearly estimated cost is divided into 10 equal installments, beginning in July and continuing through April. The July payment is due on or before the 15th and subsequent payments are due on the first of each month. There is no finance charge if timely payments are made.
While the university prefers that families subscribe to one of the two above payment plans, we recognize that some family income patterns may warrant an alternate arrangement. We can usually accommodate such arrangements if they are first approved by the business office.
One final note - on a monthly basis, bills are sent to students, not parents (unless requested otherwise). 
Questions about payments or payment plans can be sent to