Make your education dreams a reality with affordable tuition from Bluefield University

World-Class Education, Convenient Offerings, & Competitive Pricing

Your education is a serious financial investment. At Bluefield University, we feel that students in Virginia and beyond deserve affordable college tuition options to earn an on-campus or online degree. Bluefield’s financial aid counselors are available to discuss affordable cost options with you regarding the financing of your Christ-centered education.

Along with the fees listed, students are encouraged to use their financial aid award letter to determine final out-of-pocket expenses. You may bridge the difference with other payment options, including Federal Parent PLUS Loans, tuition assistance, and scholarships from outside institutions, as well as Bluefield University’s own tuition payment plan.

On-Campus Tuition & Fees (2021-2022)

Per Academic Year

Per Semester

On-Campus Tuition $27,050 $13,525
Pathways Tuition $13,520 $6,760
Alumni Hall
Shared Room & Board $10,092 $5,046
Bluestone Commons
Shared Room & Board $7,896 $3,948
Private Room & Board $9,658 $4,829
Cruise Hall
Shared Room & Board $9,250 $4,625
Private Room & Board $10,668 $5,334
East River Hall
Shared Room & Board $9,752 $4,876
Private Room & Board $11,370 $5,685
Shared Apartment & Board $7,896 $3,948
Private Apartment & Board $9,658 $4,829
Rish Hall
Shared Room & Board $9,306 $4,653
Private Room & Board $10,774 $5,387
Married Couples $6,377 $3,189
Commuter Meal Plan
50 Meal Plan + $50 RAM Bucks $1,104 $552

Online Tuition & Fees (2021-2022)

Tuition $365 Per credit hour
Graduation Fee $120 One-time fee
M.A. Counseling
Tuition $480 Per credit hour
Graduation Fee $140 One-time fee
M.A. Education
Tuition $460 Per credit hour
Course Material Fee $35 Per credit hour
Student Teaching Fee $250 per semester (Licensure students only)
Graduation Fee $140 One-time fee
M.A. Educational Leadership
Tuition $460 Per credit hour
Graduation Fee $140 One-time fee
M.S. Nursing
Tuition $480 Per credit hour
Sim Lab Fee $125 Specific courses only
Graduation Fee $140 One-time fee
Tuition $480 Per credit hour
Course Material Fee $35 Per credit hour
Technology Fee $75 One-time fee
Graduation Fee $140 One-time fee
Fall Term III (Winter Session)
Tuition $200 Per credit hour
Course Material Fee $35 Per credit hour


Bluefield University provides textbooks for all degree-seeking students through a course material rental program with eCampus.

Each student is charged per semester and will typically receive all their course materials by the first day of class. If a textbook is not returned within five (5) days of the end of a class, an additional charge of 50% of the list price of the textbook will be added to the student’s account. Students who receive Title IV funds are eligible for a reduction of the fee. If a student applies for this reduction, or “Opt-out”, they will be responsible for acquiring their own textbooks and any digital materials. Bluefield University strongly urges all eligible students to fully participate in this program.  For further information, contact Bluefield Central.

Full-Time $410 Per semester
Part-Time $35 Per credit hour
Overloads $35 Per credit hour
Online $35 Per credit hour
All Other Graduate Programs $35 Per credit hour

*Early College students, Masters in Nursing students, Masters of Arts in Biomedical Science students, Masters of Arts in Counselor Education, and non-degree seeking students do not participate in the textbook rental program.

Additional Fees, Deposits & Processes (2021-2022)

Additional Fees & Deposits

Private Music Fee $200 Per credit hour
Science Lab Fee $50 Per science class & lab
Student Teaching Fee $250 Per semester
Athletic Fee $300 per semester
Confirmation Fee (New Students) $150 One-time fee
Undergraduate Graduation Fee $120 One-time fee
Replacement Residence Room Key Fee $65 Per incident
PO Box Key Fee $15 One-time fee
Replacement PO Box Key Fee $35 Per incident
International Student Health Insurance $741 Per semester (Subject to change)
Replacement Student ID Card $25 Per incident
Deposit (New Residential Students) $200 One-time fee
Comprehensive Fee $500 Per semester

M.A. Biomedical Science

Tuition $14,000 Per semester
Confirmation Deposit $500 One-time fee

Certificate Program Fees

Tuition $200 Per credit hour
Psychiatric Mental Health NP 
Tuition $650 Per credit hour

Church Partnership Program Fees

Tuition $275 Per credit hour (after discount)
Site Fee Varies by location
Technology Fee $100 Per semester
Graduation Fee $120 One-time fee

Overload Charges

On-Campus Hours $970 Per credit hour over 18
Online Hours $365 Per credit hour over 18
Audit Hours (Up to 6 Allowed) $270 Per credit hour over 18

Part-Time Charges

On-Campus (1-11 Hours) $970 Per credit hour
Online Hours $365 Per credit hour
Audit Hours (Up to 6 Allowed) $270 Per credit hour 

Special Admissions Programs

Early College (High School Students) $100 Per credit hour
Education Recertification $385 Per course
Community Tuition Program $80 Per course
Seniors Program (Age 55+ & Non-degree) $65 Per course
Pastors Program $65 One Christian Studies or Philosophy class

Transcript Fees

Official Transcript Fee $15 Per transcript
Unofficial Transcript Fee No charge

Course Material Fees

Full-Time (12-18 Credit Hours) $410 Per semester
Part-Time (1-11 Credit Hours) $35 Per credit hour
Overload (Over 18 Credit Hours) $35 Per credit hour over 18
Online $35 Per credit hour

Required Documentation for Online & Military Discount

In order to receive the military discount, documentation is required for verification of service. Documentation can be submitted to the Office of Admissions via email. Please include your BU student ID number with your request.

Please note: The military discount does not apply to students in the church partnership program or the Masters of Biomedical Science program.

Active Duty Military

  • Copy of Driver’s License, Passport, or DMV identification card
  • LES

Veterans, Reserve/National Guard

  • Copy of Driver’s License, Passport, or DMV identification card
  • DD-214 or NGB-22

Police, Corrections Officers, Firemen, and First Responders (must be a paid position)

  • Copy of Driver’s License, Passport, or DMV identification card
  • Employment verification letter from Human Resources on agency letterhead


  • The per credit hour rate should be “Tuition Cost ($25,750) X number of years to complete program (4) = $103,000 / total number of semester hours to complete program (120) = cost per hour ($858.34)
  • Students must request the military discount and submit proper documentation in order to receive it. It is not automatically awarded
  • The military discount goes into effect for the next (upcoming) term after request and documentation have been submitted and approved
  • No retroactive discounts for prior terms will be given
  • The following are NOT eligible for the military discount:

a. Spouses and dependents

b. Church Partnership students

c. Masters of Biomedical Science (MABS) students

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231