Tuition Costs & Application Process

Information about the University, as well as admission forms, is available by calling the school. Forms are also available online. As an applicant, all forms, correspondence, and phone calls should be directed to the Recruiting & Admissions Office at For a Quick Fact sheet, click HERE.

A prospective ABU student is encouraged to read the ABU catalog and the Student Handbook which provides additional information concerning requirements and responsibilities. 

Cost of Attendance for 2021-2022 Cohort  (For New ABU students attending Fall 2021 and Returning students after an absence of 1 or more semesters.)
Tuition per semester (12-16 credit hours) 6975.00
Per Hour Tuition Rate if below 12 hours or over 16 hours465.00
Registration Fees (Full-time & Part-time) Fee due at the time of registration890.00
Room & Board (per semester)3765.00
Dorm Security Deposit


Athletic fee (applied the first semester you attend for each academic year)


**This is not an exhaustive list of fees. Please see ABU Catalog for complete list of fees**

Steps to Apply

Take a few minutes and review each of the steps below to apply for admission to Arlington Baptist University.  Applying is simple, but obtaining each of the necessary documents can take some time.  If you have any questions throughout the application process, contact the admissions office at 817-987-1773 or

Click Here for Admissions Requirements Checklist for New Freshman, Transfer students, Homeschool students.

Step 1: Submit Application along with $40 Application fee

Apply online or download application

Mail application to:

Arlington Baptist University

Admissions Office

3001 W. Division St.

Arlington, TX 76012

A returning ABU student who has been out for more than 3 semesters must complete a new application and the application fee of $40. 

Step 2: Submit Reference

Each student applying to ABU must provide a recommendation using the ABU Recommendation  Form. Recommendation can be a pastor, youth pastor, coach, personal mentor. Recommendation cannot be a relative of the applicant. Recommendation form can be emailed to

Click Here to complete the Recommendation Form

Step 3: Submit Admissions Questionnaire & Questionnaire

Each applicant must submit the Personal Questionnaire & Essay to

Click Here to complete Admissions Questionnaire & Essay

Step 4: Submit Official Transcripts

New Freshman Student - Submit final Official High School Transcript.  If applicable, official College Transcripts for  Dual Credit completed during high school.

Transfer Student - Submit Official College Transcripts from each college you have attended.

(Note: If you haven’t graduated from high school, you will need to submit a Final Official Transcript after you graduate.) 

Step 5: Official SAT or ACT scores 

The American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is required for admission to Arlington Baptist University.  For transfer students, ACT or SAT scores will be required if they have completed less than 30 hours of college credit. ACT or SAT requirements will be waived for applicants age 25+. Information regarding your SAT scores can be found at and for the ACT at

Step 6: ABU Health Form and Immunizations

In order to attend ABU, each student must provide a current basic physical, student health information form, and proof of meningitis shot (not required if 22 or older).  Click here for information regarding meningitis shot. You can mail, fax, email, or hand deliver these items to ABU. Form can be emailed to

Click Here to Complete the Student Health Information Form

Click Here to download a copy of the Physical Form

Step 7: All Financial Aid Steps must be complete


Click Here for ABU FAFSA Guide


ABU Financial Registration Policy and Procedures

What is financial registration?

• When ABU determines how much money a student owes ABU when registering for classes (and living in a dorm, etc.) during a given semester.
• When the student decides how to pay the money owed to ABU for a given semester.
• When the student makes the required initial payment when the initial payment is due.
• When the student’s academic enrollment is approved, and the student can attend classes (and live in the dorm, etc.)

When is the initial payment due?

• Financial registration must be completed, and the initial payment made on or before the last day of regular registration for a given semester.

What happens when a student does not complete financial registration?
• ABU takes the position that the student has decided not to attend and cancels the student’s academic enrollment (also requires the student to move out of the dorm, etc.)
• The student can reregister (a late registration fee will be charged) but is not guaranteed the same classes or schedule.
• The student will have to make the necessary payment arrangements and pay the initial payment by the end of the day when reregistration is done.

What are the payment options available?

• Cash, check, or credit card can be used to pay in person at the business office.
• Credit card payments can be made over the phone by calling the business office.
• PayPal payments can be made by logging into the student portal.
• Payment plans are available to spread out the payments over a semester.
• Federal Student Aid is available for those who qualify.
• Scholarships are available for those who apply and qualify.

What is required for Federal Student Aid?

• A FAFSA application must be completed and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education
• If the DOE requires verifications, those verifications must be completed.
• For a pending award to be applied to a student’s account, the FAFSA must be submitted at least 1 week before registration and required verifications must be in progress.
• Once verifications are complete, the student must approve the aid that is awarded within 1 week after the approval is requested.
• Once the student approves, the award will be applied to the student’s account.
What if a student changes his/her mind about using Federal Student Aid as a payment option?
• The day the student chooses not to approve and receive the Federal Student Aid award, the pending award will be removed from the student’s account.
• The total balance will become due immediately and payable that day.
• If the student chooses to not make the payment that is due, ABU will take the position that the student has decided to voluntarily withdraw from his/her classes (and move out of the dorm, etc.).
• The student will be blocked from classes (and requested to move out of the dorm) unless or until an agreed upon payment arrangement is made with the business office
What happens if a student fails to make timely payments on a payment plan?
• The first time a payment is not received by a due date, the student will be charged a late fee.
• If the payment that is late is not received by the next due date, then the student will be given a chance to “catch up” by making a double payment.
• If the student does not “catch up” by the next due date, ABU will take the position that the student has decided to voluntarily withdraw from his/her classes (and move out of the dorm, etc.).
• The student will be blocked from classes (and requested to move out of the dorm) unless or until an agreed upon payment arrangement is made with the business office.