Affordable College is Here

If price wasn’t a factor, wouldn't you choose to go to get an education tailored to your interests? At BVU, we do our best to eliminate cost as a barrier. There's a reason 90 percent of financial aid applicants believed BVU to be affordable in 2017.


Average total scholarships and grants presented annually to each student


Approximate yearly amount BVU provides in student financial assistance out of its own budget


of our total average aid award doesn’t need to be repaid – that’s free money!


Tuition and Support

2019-20 Tuition and Costs

Full-time tuition $35,194

$17,597 per semester; $1,184/hour, part-time or overload

Room and Board $9,954

$4,941 room, $4,931 Marquis board, $125 per semester surcharge for living in the suites; additional charges apply to single housing

Total $45,066

With You All the Way

Don’t let the price tag freak you out. We’ll work with you to make your private education as affordable as possible.

Average financial aid components

Scholarships and Grants: 75%
Work: 3%
Loans: 22%

A Degree Makes the Difference

A BVU education provides an excellent return on your investment. According to a survey of our Class of 2018:

98 percent were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating

All graduates were employed/in grad school in 86 percent of majors

No major has more than one graduate still seeking first time employment

Buena Vista University has been ranked a Best Value among Regional Universities (Midwest) in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Best Colleges rankings.


Tuition Cut in Half

BVU was with Jaelyn every step of the way, including the fellowship that allowed her to intern at three different pharmacies, and scholarships that took a huge chunk out of college costs.

"BVU offered me a scholarship that cut my tuition in half. The Iowa Tuition Grant and federal loans through filing the FAFSA helped, too! I only pay for room and board out of pocket."

— Jaelyn Daggs-Olson

Scholarships and Awards

Merit-Based Awards

President's Scholarship
$27,000 per year

Heritage Scholarship
$24,000 per year

Arch Scholarship
$21,000 per year

Blue Award
$20 per year

Gold Award
$14,000 per year 

Honors Program

Encourages students to take their academic talents further with specialized courses, dialogue, and research work.

$2,500 travel stipend
Priority class registration
Research and conference funding

Other Awards and Grants

Fine Arts & Media Awards
For those who major and/or participate in art, theatre, digital media, music, creative writing, and more.

Buena Vista Grants
Issued to some full-time students, determined by financial need.

Career and Research Exploration to Enhance Retention in STEM
For eligible students who major in selected science fields.



Value-Added Funding

Funding above and beyond your BVU scholarships

Tanner's first trip to Chile introduced him to a researcher who asked Tanner to return for continued plant-stressed biology research on his own. Tanner's trips to Chile were fully funded through value-added funds from BVU. These funds assist students with travel, research, internships, and more!