• About

    In 2009, Zaytuna College was founded in Berkeley, California, with a mission that called for grounding students in the Islamic scholarly tradition as well as in the cultural currents and critical ideas shaping modern society.

  • Academics

    As a Muslim liberal arts college in the West, Zaytuna offers a curriculum that provides its students with a foundation in the intellectual heritage of two major world civilizations: the Islamic and the Western.

  • Admissions & Aid

    Our mission is to educate students to become morally, intellectually, and spiritually accomplished individuals ready to contribute to our contemporary world in ways that are proportionate to their gifts and to the needs of human society.

  • Campus Life

    Zaytuna’s campus is on Holy Hill and students enter the College as part of a cohort, a community of learners that travel together through the curriculum.

Tuition & Financial Aid

An Education for All

As a Muslim college, Zaytuna is an inheritor of a centuries-long tradition that encourages and supports students to learn as a right, regardless of economic circumstances. To this end, our financial aid policy aims to alleviate economic barriers by offering any admitted student, who cannot afford the tuition fees, a generous financial assistance package. We follow a need-blind admissions process and do our utmost to ensure our students complete their education debt-free. Students apply for and receive financial aid directly from Zaytuna College in the form of need-based grants and merit-based scholarships without any repayment requirement.

Financial Aid

Zaytuna College does not participate in federal or state sponsored grant or loan programs. Students may apply for financial aid from the College. The College offers two types of aid, which are awarded based on specific criteria: merit scholarships and need-based grants (zakat).

Merit Scholarships

Zaytuna College awards merit scholarships according to a student’s academic record. To be eligible to apply for merit scholarships, current students or applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.65 or equivalent. Applicants who submit a standardized test may also be eligible to receive a merit scholarship. Any current student enrolled in the honors program is also eligible to apply.

Need-based Grants

Need-based grants are awarded on a scale depending on the student’s and (if applicable) parents’ income and assets. Zaytuna College designed its need-based grants to ensure that all qualified students can attend the College, while asking that they, with their families, contribute what they are reasonably able to pay toward their education. Because Zaytuna College awards grants, the amounts awarded to applicants are not to be repaid to the college.

Financial Aid for SAI

Anyone that is offered a need-based grant for undergraduate studies is automatically is offered need-based aid for the Summer Arabic Intensive (SAI).

We are frequently asked, “Are there scholarship and financial aid opportunities?” The answer is a resounding yes! The College offers merit scholarships and need-based grants (zakat).

Annual Undergraduate Program Costs

Tuition | $20,000
Nonrefundable enrollment (one-time payment) | $250
Housing | $10,500
Refundable security deposit (one-time payment) | $500
BA Application Fee (one-time payment) | $50

Fees effective for BA classes 2028 onwards.

Annual Graduate Program Costs

Tuition | $30,000
Nonrefundable enrollment (one-time payment) | $250
Continuation fee | $4,400
Records maintenance fee during leave of absence (per semester) | $100
Special fee: MA application fee (one-time payment) | $40
Housing | $13,000
Reinstatement fee (for students who have withdrawn and wish to return) | $150
MA graduation fee (one-time payment) | $150
ID card placement fee (one-time payment) | $25
Refundable security deposit (one-time payment) | $500

Fees effective for MA classes 2026 onwards.

Keep In Touch

Please email us at financialaid@zaytuna.edu with any questions.