We know how important it is to be able to afford your college education — it’s an investment unlike any other.

That’s why we rely on financial support from alumni, donors, churches, corporations, and foundations to keep PLNU accessible and affordable for our students.

Tuition (2019-20)                              

Semester Cost                               Year Cost                              
12 – 17 units $18,175* $36,350*
Less than 12 units $1,515/unit  
Units in excess of 17 units $1,212/unit  

Summer units**


*These figures do not include the cost of books, supplies, special fees, transportation, or personal expenses.
**Summer 2019

Tuition and fees noted above are for the stated academic year and are subject to change annually. For more information on tuition and fees, please refer to the undergraduate catalog or contact us.

View the Cost of Attendance budget with the indirect costs used to calculate financial aid.

Tuition Installment Plan

PLNU provides an interest-free monthly payment option for a minimal fee. 

Room and Board

Room and Board

At PLNU, your room and board experience is more than great food and a nice view. It is a community experience, where students encounter the challenging and rewarding aspects of living in a Christian community, whether that may be at dinner or in your residential hall. Below you will find room and board options that will satisfy the most finicky diners and those who eat throughout the day.

2019-20 Room Costs

Semester Cost Annual Cost
Room only (including Colony) $3,000 $6,000

Dorm Fund (residence hall activities + laundry machines)

$37 $74

2019-20 Board (Dining Options) Costs

Semester Cost Annual Cost
Unlimited Meals + $50 Dining Dollars $2,580 $5,160

15 Meals/Week + $50 Dining Dollars

$2,325 $4,650
180 Meals/Semester + $200 Dining Dollars + 10 guest meals/semester $2,325 $4,650
120 Meals/Semester + $200 Dining Dollars + 10 guest meals/semester $1,995 $3,990
Add-on block – 30 meals/semester (only for 120 or 180 block plans) $270  

Dining Dollars

Included in your meal plan are Dining Dollars that can be used at the Nicholson Commons Dining Room (the Caf) or other on-campus dining options: Point Break Cafe, Bobby B's Coffee Company, Breaker's Convenience Store, and Jamba Juice.

Some of the Rules

  • Meal plans are required for all students living on campus.
  • Residential students who do not formally choose a meal plan are assigned to the 15 meals/week + $50 Dining Dollars plan. 
  • Incoming freshmen will be defaulted to the 15 meals/week plan and can ONLY choose to increase to the Unlimited plan.
  • Residential students are permitted to change meal plans through their student portal during the first two weeks of the semester only. Residential students will not receive credit for unused meals or Dining Dollars. 

Commuter Students

If you don’t live on campus, you have the option to purchase commuter meal plans through your student portal. Commuter students may add additional meals at any time but will not receive credit for unused meals.

Commuter Meal Plans Semester Cost
Go Green – 30 meals/semester + $100 Dining Dollars* $355
15 meals/semester + $50 Dining Dollars $195
25 meals/semester + $50 Dining Dollars $270
35 meals/semester + $50 Dining Dollars $335
45 meals/semester + $50 Dining Dollars $400
55 meals/semester + $50 Dining Dollars $475
65 meals/semester + $50 Dining Dollars $540
75 meals/semester + $50 Dining Dollars $610

*Five percent of purchase price goes to campus sustainability

2019 Summer Room & Board* Rate
On-campus housing $196/week
30 meals $286
40 meals $318
50 meals $371
80 meals $572
Add-on block – 5 meals $30

*Meal plans are required for all students living on campus; all plans are the total number of meals for the summer.

For more information about our dining facilities, visit Loma Dining.

For more information on costs for on-campus students, see PLNU Cost of Attendance.



Fees (2019-20)

Semester Cost Year Cost
General Fee $300 $600
Dorm Fund $37 $74

Graduation Fee*

Tuition Refund Insurance $123.75 $247.50
Registration Fee (only for summer semester) $20/session  
Nursing Program Fee



Independent Study Fee $250/unit  

*This is a one-time fee administered in the semester the student graduates.

Tuition Insurance

Tuition Insurance

Each year, thousands of college students across the country are unable to complete classes for the semester due to unforeseen medical reasons such as illness, accidents, concussions, or mental health-related issues. Unfortunately, in many cases these families are unable to recoup all their tuition dollars. According to PLNU's refund policy, depending on the timing of the withdrawal, you may not be eligible to receive a refund of some or all of your tuition and fees. 

We understand these types of situations can be a financial hardship for many families. Therefore, we are pleased to make available the Tuition Refund Insurance Plan.

Tuition refund insurance can help refund your tuition, fees, and room/board charges, up to the policy limits, if you are unable to complete the semester due to a covered medical reason such as an illness, accident, or mental health issue (two-day hospital stay required for mental health-related issues). This insurance program complements and enhances our school's refund policy and we believe families benefit from this added protection. 

Read more about tuition refund insurance.