Common Questions

What is the cost?

All students pay an administrative of $50 per semester to cover technology. Tuition is $120 for a two-credit class and $180 for a three credit class. This does not include books, which average between $20–$30 per class if purchased new. Total cost for full-time students (15+ credits) is about $1000 per semester, which includes Logos Bible software. For more specific information see our Financial page.

Does the school provide housing?

CCBC Costa Mesa does not have on-campus housing, so students make their own housing arrangements in the community.

Are students required to be part of a Calvary Chapel church?

No, we are a resource for various churches in our areas, and we currently have students from over 50 different local churches. The majority of our teachers are pastors and leaders serving in Calvary Chapel churches.

How many students attend CCBC Costa Mesa?

127 students were enrolled in fall 2017 courses at CCBC Costa Mesa, with 12-25 students in an average class.

Is CCBC accredited by a government-recognized agency?

No, we have not pursued accreditation due to costs (which would have to be passed on to students) and constraints (specific degrees required for teachers and how the school is related to the church). CCBC is legally permitted to grant degrees as a verified, religious-exempt institution by California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), and CCBC has several written credit transfer agreements with accredited institutions. Although CCBC is not accredited, many of our students have successfully transferred courses to accredited Christian colleges, and many students who have graduated with CCBC’s bachelor’s degree have been accepted into accredited seminary master’s degree programs. Please call or write to our office for more information on transferring or applying to seminaries, or for copies our credit transfer agreements.

Is this school only for pastors, missionaries, or future church staff?

CCBC exists to strengthen men and women of all ages and backgrounds, no matter what their calling in life. However, CCBC’s immersive Bible training provides a good foundation for those who serve in pastoral and church staff roles, as well as those who plan to attend a seminary in the future.

What is the campus like?

CCBC Costa Mesa occupies the second floor of a six-story building called the KWave building, which bears the name of our ministry’s radio station (KWVE 107.9 FM). We have four classrooms, two offices, a Library of nearly 5,000 books, and a Community Room where students can enjoy refreshments and conversation.

Financial Info


New Student Application Fee (one-time): $25

Administration Fee (due at the beginning of each semester): $50

Payment Plan Setup Fee (optional plan breaks tuition into 4 payments): $25


Regular tuition (for credit): $60 per credit

Audit (non-credit): $80 per course

Refund Policy

A full refund may be given if requested by the end of the second week of the semester, which is the Add/Drop date. Withdrawals can be made in person or by email. No refund will be given if request is made after the Add/Drop date.


Sign Up Now

To sign up as a Bible College student, a simple two-step application is needed. To begin, please complete this pre-application form, and the rest of the application will open for you to complete at your convenience. Once your application is submitted and your three references have submitted their responses, you can expect a response from our office within a week. Registration will be open for all accepted students starting two weeks before the start of the semester.

*If you have not been enrolled at CCBC for a year or more, please select the “Returning Student Application”.