At some point, nearly every student has questions about the financial aid process. This page is intended as a guide for you, our prospective students, and how you fit into that process.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Apply to Biola University!

  2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after January 1 of the year you plan to attend. This form determines your eligibility for federal and state aid, including loans and need-based institutional aid. Be sure to list Biola University (code 001122) on the FAFSA when prompted.

  3. Review your Estimated Award Letter. You will receive this in the mail soon after you are accepted to Biola.

    • The Financial Aid Office determines this estimate by reviewing your FAFSA and, if applicable, Cal Grant Verification Form.
    • The financial aid offer listed in your Estimated Award Letter is confirmed as you submit the items requested.
    • Any updates to your information may result in a change to your aid.
  4. Submit all items requested by your Estimated Award Letter to the Financial Aid Office.

  5. Receive your Confirmed Financial Aid Award Letter from Biola. You will receive this in the mail after submitting and finalizing all items requested by the Financial Aid Office.

    • Once you have submitted your enrollment deposit you will have access to the student portal, my.biola.edu, where you can select the Student Financials tab and review your financial aid status.
  6. Continue your enrollment process at Biola by following the What's Next section of the website and reviewing your payment plan options.

 

Continuing Students

For continuing Biola students, and for financial aid forms and downloadable files, please visit the Financial Aid Office website.

The Financial Aid Office also asks that both incoming and continuing students complete the online Financial Literacy Module.

Financial Aid Office Contact

Phone: (562) 903-4742

Fax: (562) 906-4541

email: finaid@biola.edu

website: offices.biola.edu/finaid

Financial Aid Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday

10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Counseling Available:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

The Financial Aid Office is closed at noon on Fridays during the summer.

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Questions about a particular financial aid term? Chances are, that word or form may be listed on this page. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office.

Important Terms

Award - Financial aid, such as a scholarship, grant, or loan.

CAR - California Aid Report.

Deferment - Official postponement of loan repayment.

Dependent Student - Any student who does not qualify as an independent student.

Disbursement - When financial aid awards are credited to the student's account.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) - An electronic process by which loan proceeds are transferred directly to a student's account. No check signing is necessary.

E-signature - An electronic signature used to authorize the processing of loan documents and other personal information on the internet.

Essential Need - The total cost of education minus the expected family

Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) - a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - The financial aid application used to determine a student's eligibility for federal and state grants and loans as well as need-based institutional aid.

Graduate - A student who has completed a prior bachelor's degree and is currently working toward a master's or doctorate degree.

Grant - Money that does not need to be repaid.

Independent Student - A student that meets one or more of these qualifications:

  • was born before January 1, 1982
  • is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • is a graduate student
  • is married
  • is an orphan or ward of the court
  • has legal dependents other than a spouse
  • Lender - An institution from which a student loan is borrowed.

Loan - Money that must be repaid with interest.

Master Promissory Note (MPN) - A form used by all schools and borrowers to simplify and streamline the loan application process for students.

Scholarship - Merit award or money given on the basis of achievement.

Undergraduate - A student working toward a bachelor's degree, certificate, or credential.

Work Study - An approved campus or community service job from which the money earned is taxable, but is considered financial aid and may be deducted on the following year's FAFSA.

Important Forms

GPA Verification Form

Verification Information Form (VIF)

Business Farm Supplement - You must complete and return this form to verify the net worth of your family's business or farm. One form is needed for each business or farm.

Document INS Status - You must submit a copy of your alien registration card (green card).

Document US Citizenship - You must submit a copy of a valid passport, birth certificate, or naturalization papers.

Income vs. Expenses Statement - This form helps determine how a family was able to live on its reported income figures.

Non-taxable Housing Allowance - You must provide information indicating how much your family received for housing allowance benefits. If no money was received, but housing was provided, you must submit a signed statement informing us of how much it would have cost your family to rent a similar home.

1040 / W-2 (Parent) - You must submit a signed copy of your parents' federal 1040 tax form, including all pages, schedules, and W-2 form(s) and / or 1099 form(s). If no tax form was filed, your parents must send a signed and dated statement of non-filing. If they don't have a copy of their tax form, they may request a transcript by filing form 4506 with the IRS. This form is available at online at irs.gov.

1040 / W-2 (Student) - You must submit a signed copy of your federal 1040 tax form, including all pages, schedules, and W-2 form(s) and / or 1099 form(s). If no tax form was filed, you must send a signed and dated statement of non-filing. If you don't have a copy of your tax form, you may request a transcript by filing form 4506 with the IRS. This form is available at online at irs.gov.

One of the ways many students choose to help fund their Biola education is by working on campus. From the Biola Bookstore to the Admissions Office, last year over 800 students were employed in a variety of on-campus jobs.

Off-campus job opportunities are also available, and local businesses often post new positions through the Office of Career Development in Student Services.

Student Employment Questions

How do I get a job at Biola?

Our On-Campus Student Employment office handles on-campus jobs. On-Campus Student Employment is located in Metzger Hall, the main administration building for the University, and is open from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. When you know your class schedule for the semester and the hours you will be available to work, you can check the On-Campus jobs folder in Firstclass to see if any of the open positions interest you, or come to the office to look at the job postings board. There, you will be assisted in identifying positions that will best match your skills, interests and time frame. Completed applications should be taken to the department you are applying to. It is each department's responsibility to conduct interviews and make job offers. A downloadable version of the application can be found in the On-Campus jobs folder in FirstClass or you can pick one up in the On-Campus Student Employment office.

Note: If you plan to apply for an on-campus job at Biola, make sure you bring from home proof of eligibility to work in the United States in order to complete the required paperwork. All documents must be originals. Some common types of identification we see are:

  • A U.S. Passport, expired or unexpired (when providing a U.S. Passport is the only document required)
  • A driver's license and a Social Security Card
  • A school ID and a Social Security Card
  • A driver's license and a birth certificate
  • A school ID and a birth certificate

After being hired at Biola what's the next step?

When you have been offered a job on campus you will return to the On-Campus Student Employment office to complete the following necessary hiring forms:

  • Biola University Student Payroll Approval form (provided and signed by your supervisor)
  • W-4 Federal Government form
  • I-9 employment verification form that satisfies federal immigration requirements. All hires are required to complete the form.

Be sure to bring proof of eligibility to work such as Social Security card, valid Driver's License, passport, or visa documentation as listed above. International students (F-1 visa) must bring their I-20, passport, and Social Security card.

Once these forms have been completed, On-Campus Student Employments will issue your first time card, color-coded in blue, which signifies your readiness to begin work on campus. You will also be given instructions on how to access and complete future web timecards. At this time you may also complete paperwork for the direct deposit of your paycheck or to have part or all of your paycheck applied to your school bill.

How can I locate off-campus work?

Biola Career Development has relationships with hundreds of employers offering a variety of jobs and internships. Opportunities are listed on BiolaLINK. Career Development is located in the Student Development Building across from the gym, open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

How many hours can I expect to work?

It is recommended that all undergraduate student limit their work to 20 hours per week on campus when classes are in session, and 40 hours per week when classes are not in session. However, this guideline is a federal requirement for non-immigrant students attending on F-1 visas.

How do I get paid?

Student employees at Biola complete time cards. Paychecks are issued biweekly from the Accounting Department in Metzger. You may choose to have a portion of your paycheck applied directly to your student bill. This is accomplished by completing a voluntary payroll deduction form which is available in the On-Campus Student Employment office. Both the On-Campus Student Employment and Accounting departments are ready to assist you.

Are there breaks?

You are allowed a paid rest period of 10 minutes in each of the morning and afternoon work periods if the work period is four or more hours. Rest periods may not be skipped to reduce time from regular hours of work in order to leave work early.

Students are not required to work more than five hours without a meal break of 30 minutes. If the total work period for the day is not more than six hours, then the meal period may be waived by mutual consent between the student and the supervisor. If your shift is longer than six hours, a 30-minute, unpaid meal break is required. Meal time is unpaid and may be 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the department's schedule.

What about overtime and Holiday pay?

Students paid an hourly wage are eligible for overtime pay. Overtime is paid at 1 1/2 times the regular hourly rate after 8 hours of work in one day or 40 straight time hours worked in a week.

Student workers are not awarded paid holidays. However, if a supervisor requires work on a holiday, the students will receive double time for working on Biola holidays. If the date of a Biola-observed holiday does not match the date of the nationally observed holiday, the holiday bonus will be paid to student employees who work on either day. However, if a student works on both days, only one day will be payable as a holiday.

What are my responsibilities as a student worker?

When you are hired for a position at Biola, you are making a serious commitment. The department that has hired you will depend on you to perform specific duties. Notify your supervisor promptly if you have a change of schedule, if you are sick, or if you are going to be late. When you are unable to work, it is important to let your supervisor know at the beginning of the work day. Just as in any job, you will be expected to be prompt, reliable, dependable, and willing to perform the work required. Should you decide to terminate your position, it will be important to give your supervisor a reasonable notice of termination.

Who is responsible for safety?

At Biola, we are very concerned about the occupational safety of faculty, staff, and students. A hazard-free environment is not only safer, but also more enjoyable to work in; therefore, our desire is the prevention of work-related injuries and illness.

After you are hired for an on-campus job, your supervisor will go over the Student Employee Safety Agreement Form with you. They will identify the potential hazards specific to your job and instruct you in how to safely operate any machinery your job may require. Consult your supervisor regarding safety expectations, as discipline for unsafe acts varies by department. Student workers are expected to refrain from horseplay and dangerous behavior on the job, and to consider their safety and the safety of others at all times.

It is the policy of Biola University that the workplace be free of illicit drugs and alcoholic beverages, and free of their use. The University wishes to provide a drug-free work place for its employees. The on-campus manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is unlawful, violates the University "Standard of Conduct," and is therefore prohibited.

What about taxes?

FICA (Social Security and Medicare) and DI (Disability Insurance) are not deducted from on-campus student employees who are enrolled in 12 or more units at Biola University and do not regularly work more than 20 hours per week. However, if a student works on campus when school is not in session, and is not enrolled in a class at Biola, the law requires that the FICA and DI be deducted from the student paychecks.

Students attending Biola on non-immigrant (F1) visas are FICA and DI exempt.

Is there a grievance procedure?

If a problem arises, first talk it over with your supervisor. Discussion usually leads to a better working relationship as well as a better working environment. If you fail to reach a satisfactory understanding with your supervisor, you may take the matter up with that person's immediate supervisor. You should notify your supervisor of your intent beforehand. If you are still unable to come to a satisfactory solution, you may take your concern to the Student Employment Administrator in Human Resources. Supervisors and department heads have a joint responsibility to be aware of and to resolve such employee-supervisor matters in a cooperative, mutually beneficial fashion. In almost all cases a solution is reached at this level.

What if I experience harassment on the job?

If any student believes that he or she is the victim of any type of harassment, including sexual or racial harassment, the student should immediately report the incident to an immediate supervisor. If that supervisor is involved in the problem, the report should be made to Human Resources. The University will fully and effectively investigate any such report and will take whatever corrective action is deemed necessary. The University will also take action to protect the reporting student to prevent further harassment or retaliation.

Is there a dress code?

The University expects employees to be well-groomed and dressed in a manner appropriate for their work. In general your appearance should be modest, in good taste, safe and suitable for the work to be done.

You'll find that the appropriate dress will vary by department. In Facilities Services or in food services, you will be required to wear a uniform. There may also be protective equipment such as safety goggles that will be required in some jobs. In other positions appropriate office attire could be important. It is helpful to check with your supervisor to learn exactly what is expected.

A good rule to follow is to wear clothing that generally matches that of non-student employees doing similar jobs in the department. This is especially important in positions that "meet the public."

What happens if I am injured on the job?

If while on the job a student employee suffers an injury the student should report to the Biola Health Center immediately to obtain treatment. If it is a life threatening injury, the student should seek treatment at the closest ER.The Health Center is open Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 p.m. The center will either treat the injury or direct the student to our primary facility for occupational injuries. The student will need to go to the Human Resources department to receive the appropriate worker's compensation paperwork.

The contracted emergency medical facility that we use is St. Jude Heritage Medical Group at 2720 N. Harbor Blvd, Suite 130, Fullerton at 714-449-6200. Our secondary facility is Healthfirst Medical Group Ð North at 11817 E. Telegraph Rd, Santa Fe Springs at 562-949-9328. Within three days, after the student has received emergency treatment for his or her injury, the student must return the paperwork to the Human Resources office. On-the-job safety is included in the performance evaluation of all Biola employees.

Will my work performance be evaluated?

Biola encourages supervisors to evaluate student employees. This proves to be a valuable tool in helping student employees find out how they are doing on their jobs and provides an excellent means of communication and development.

Am I a part of Biola's Commuter Incentive Program?

If you are hired on campus and start on or more of your workdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, you may qualify in our commuter program. It could mean payment of a "dollar a day" by walking, biking, using transit, or carpooling to work. Biola's contribution to the cause for cleaner air is contained within the provisions of the Commuter Incentive Program. Enrolling in the program will be done by the information you provide on your Hiring Authorization form. Please pick up a Commuter Incentive claim form from Human Resources or University Employment on campus if you are eligible for any part of each month.

The Biola University Financial Aid office asks that both incoming and current students complete the online Financial Literacy Module. You can find the Financial Literacy Module Instructions on Biola University's Financial Aid Website.

Tuition and Costs

The investment of a Biola education includes tuition, room and board (housing and a meal plan), books, and miscellaneous fees or expenses. All students under 20 years old, not living at home, are required to live in on-campus housing and have a meal plan.

2014–2015 Costs

Tuition

Unit Amount Semester Annual
Flat fee for 12-18 units $16,661 $33,322

Each unit above 18 or below 12 is $1,389 per unit. The fee to audit a class is $50 per unit.

Meal Plan

Meal Plan Semester Annual
20 Flex Meal Plan ($125 flex) $2,250 $4,500
15 Flex Meal Plan ($100 flex) $2,127 $4,254
12 Flex Meal Plan ($100 flex) $2,016 $4,032
10 Flex Meal Plan ($125 flex) $1,688 $3,376
Block Plan 175 (175 anytime with $100 Flex) $1,968 $3,936
10 Meal Plan $1,571 $3,142
5 Flex Meal Plan ($25 flex)* $695 $1,390
Block Plan 40 (40 anytime meals with $75 flex)* $500 $1,000

* Commuters and Biola apartment residents only.

Miscellaneous

Expense Semester
Late Registration* $200
Parking Permit* $120
Biola Health Insurance** $920
Class Fees $60
Books $200 - $500
Personal Varies

* If applicable.

** Health insurance is required for all students enrolled in 7 or more credits and/or living in Biola designating housing. Eligible students who are unable to provide proof of coverage at the time of registration will be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance program provided through United Healthcare and charged the applicable fees. Please visit the Student Health Center website for more information.

Housing

Residence Hall or Apartment Semester Annual
Alpha Chi $2,450 $4,900
Emerson $2,450 $4,900
Hart $2,450 $4,900
Hope $2,705 $5,410
Horton $2,705 $5,410
Horton - 1 person room $3,150 $6,300
Sigma $2,488 $4,976
Stewart Quad $2,417 $4,834
Stewart Suite $2,450 $4,900
Thompson $2,488 $4,976
Beachcomber Apt. - 1 BR / 2 occ $2,927 $5,854
Beachcomber Apt. - 1 BR / 3 occ $2,484 $4,968
Beachcomber Apt. - 2 BR / 4 occ $2,522 $5,044
La Mirada Apt. - 2 BR / 4 occ $2,522 $5,044
Li Apt. - 2 BR / 4 occ $2,705 $5,410
Lido Apt. - 1 BR / 2 occ $2,927 $5,854
Lido Apt. - 1 BR / 3 occ $2,484 $4,968
Lido Apt. - 2 BR / 4 occ $2,522 $5,044
Tradewinds Apt. - 1 BR / 2 occ $2,927 $5,854
Tradewinds Apt. - 1 BR / 3 occ $2,484 $4,968
Tradewinds Apt. - 2 BR / 4 occ $2,522 $5,044
Tropicana Apt. - 2 BR / 4 occ $2,522 $5,044
Welch Apt. - 1 BR / 3 occ $2,522 $5,044

Single occupancy in traditional housing is 130% of the regular rate.

 

Scholarships

A scholarship is a financial aid award that does not need to be repaid. Scholarships are a form of merit-based aid, meaning they are offered based on merit or achievement in a specific area.

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Grants

A grant is a financial aid award that does not need to be repaid. Grants are a form of need-based aid, meaning they are distributed based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Loans

A loan is a financial aid award that must be repaid with interest. Loans are a form of need-based aid, meaning they are offered based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Scholarships for International Students

Financing your education can be a large part of planning to enroll at Biola University. International students are responsible to submit an affidavit of support and bank statement to show how they plan to pay for their education. Biola offers select scholarship opportunities for those who qualify, although this cannot be guaranteed for every applicant. Materials must be received by the appropriate deadline date to qualify for any available scholarships or grants.

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Outside Scholarships

There are many "outside scholarship" opportunities for prospective and current college students to apply for in order to supplement their institutional aid. These scholarships may be used toward college tuition, but are separate from Biola University Financial Aid. We provide the outside scholarships website to highlights non-Biola scholarships that might fit Biola students. Students are also encouraged to utilize public scholarship search engines such as fastweb.com or collegeboard.com in order to find possible opportunities. Eligibility and requirements vary.

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Freshmen Academic Scholarship

Amount for 2014 - 2015 School Year
  • Trustee's - $12,000
  • President's - $10,000
  • Provost's - $8,500
  • Dean's - $7,000
  • Eagle's - $5,000
Eligibility
Eligibility requirements based on the student's unweighted final high school GPA and scores received on the SAT or ACT. Transfer students see below.
Application
No separate application required. See note below.
Deadline
Updated GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and class rank are due by May 1.
Renewal
Annually renewable when a minimum GPA is maintained.
Funding
Biola University

Transfer Academic Scholarship

College GPA Award Amount
3.75 + $8,000
3.35 - 3.749 $6,000
3.0 - 3.349 $4,000
Amount for 2014 - 2015 School Year
$4,000 - $8,000 per year.
Eligibility
The student is eligible if he/she is transferring 15 or more credit units, based on a college transcript. If the student is transferring 14 credit units or less, he/she is only eligible for the traditional academic scholarship based on the student's high school transcript.
Application
No separate application required. See note below.
Deadline
Updated college transcripts are due at the end of the student's spring semester. Transfer students entering Biola for the Fall semester must ensure that their most up-to-date transcripts are in the possession of the Biola Admissions Office no later than July 1st. Transfer students entering Biola for the Spring semester must ensure that their most up-to-date transcripts are in the possession of the Biola Admissions Office no later than January 15th.
Renewal
Annually renewable when a minimum GPA is maintained.
Funding
Biola University

Alumni Dependent Scholarship

Amount
$1,000 per year.
Eligibility
The student is eligible if he/she is the dependent of someone who has completed 30 units of coursework at Biola University (including Talbot School of Theology, Rosemead School of Psychology, or the Cook School of Intercultural Studies) at the time the student enters Biola. Teaching credential students are not eligible.
Application
No separate application required. The eligible student should indicate "alumni" on the parent section of the Biola University Application for Admission.
Deadline
No deadline. Priority given to early applicants.
Renewal
Annually renewable.
Funding
Biola University

Note: The Office of Admissions automatically awards the Alumni Dependent Scholarship at the time the eligible student is admitted to Biola University.

Pastor/Missionary Dependent Scholarship

Amount
$1,000 per year
Eligibility
Admitted students who are dependents of Pastors and Missionaries may apply and will be awarded as funds are available. Students must demonstrate some financial need.
Application
The Pastor/Missionary Dependent Scholarship is no longer available for the 2014/15 academic year.
Deadline
Apply no later than May 1, 2014.
Renewal
Students must reapply each year.
Funding
Biola University.

Church Matching Scholarship

Amount for 2014 - 2015 School Year
Up to $1,300 per year.
Eligibility
The student is eligible if he/she has demonstrated financial need and is at least a half-time student. To qualify, the eligible student must receive financial sponsorship from a church. Biola University will match up to $1,300 of support per year.
Application
Completed FAFSA (Biola listed) and Church Matching Scholarship 2014-15 application. Church sponsorship check should be written out to Biola University and attached to the Church Matching Scholarship Application.
Deadline
October 1 for full-year or fall-only students; March 2 for spring-only students.
Renewal
Non-renewable. Student must reapply annually based on financial need and additional church sponsorship.
Funding
Biola University

Note: The Office of Financial Aid awards the Church Matching Scholarship. ELSP students should see the ELSP office for additional eligibility details.

Departmental Scholarships

Amount
Varies.
Eligibility
The student is eligible on the basis of his/her achievement or potential in a certain field.
Application
Contact appropriate department.
Deadline
Contact appropriate department.
Renewal
Contact appropriate department.
Funding
Biola University

Note: Departmental scholarships are available for the following programs: Athletics, Music, Art, Science, Journalism and Communications (Forensics and Theater). For information regarding specific departments, contact the Office of Admissions.

LEAD Scholarship

Amount
$4,000 - $6,000 per year.
Eligibility
Any student who has developed a personal understanding of their own ethnic background and has engaged in activities that promote multi-ethnic awareness, learning, and celebration within the context of the United States. In addition, students applying should have a cumulative high school GPA of a 3.0 or above, and/or cumulative transfer GPA of a 2.5 or higher.
Application
The 2014-15 LEAD scholarship application is closed at this time. For more information please contact admissions@biola.edu.
Deadline
January 29, 2014.
Renewal
Annually renewable with participation in the Cultural Encounters leadership program and when a minimum GPA is maintained.
Funding
Biola University

Note: The Office of Admissions awards the LEAD Scholarship.

You have the option to mail your application to the Office of Undergraduate Admission Attn: Multi-ethnic Outreach 13800 Biola Ave La Mirada, CA 90636

International Student Grants

International Students (Non-US Citizens) please refer to our Financial Aid for International Students page for more information on scholarships for international students.

TELACU Scholarship

Amount
$2,000 per year plus TELACU Scholarship.
Eligibility
First generation college students
Be from a low-income family
Minimum 2.5 GPA
Demonstrated need based on FAFSA information 
California Applicants: Be a permanent resident of an underserved community within the counties of Los Angeles, Orange or San Bernardino, such as East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Baldwin Park, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Huntington Park, City of Los Angeles, Montebello, Ontario, Pico Rivera, Pomona, South Gate, Santa Ana, and San Bernardino. Texas Applicants: Be a permanent resident of San Antonio or Austin. Illinois Applicants: Be a permanent resident of Greater Chicagoland Area. New York Applicants: Be a permanent resident of the state of New York. 
Application
Completed FAFSA with Biola listed & TELACU Scholarship Application
Deadline
February 28, 2014
Renewal
Student must re-apply each year through TELACU
Funding
Biola-funded match to TELACU Scholarship

Note: Biola is currently able to award the matching scholarship for a maximum of ten TELACU students per year. Biola's matching scholarship will be awarded to first ten TELACU scholarship recipients. Biola-funded match to a $1,000 TELACU scholarship.

Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship

Amount for 2014 - 2015 School Year
Undergrad: Up to $3,000 per year.
Eligibility
Student Veterans with current Chapter 33 Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits are eligible to apply. The student is eligible if he/she has demonstrated financial need and is at least a half-time student
Application
Applications are available after May 1, 2014 and are provided by the Financial Aid Office. Applicants must have completed a FAFSA to be considered.
Deadline
Funds will be awarded first-come, first-serve throughout summer 2014
Renewal
Non-renewable. Student must reapply annually based on financial need.
Funding
Ahmanson Foundation

 

Cal Grant A

A tuition-specific, state entitlement award, funded by California Student Aid Commission. For more Information please see the undergraduate handbook Cal Grant A.
Eligibility:
Undergraduate with eligible (3.0 or higher) GPA, and financial need; resident of California.
Deadline:
March 2
Application:
US Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens: complete the FAFSA (online) (with Biola listed), and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.
Eligible AB 540 students: complete the Dream Act Application (with Biola listed), and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.
Amount:
Up to $9,084* (depending on unmet need).
Renewable:
Yes, yearly, according to need and satisfactory academic progress, FAFSA, no GPA verification form needed.
Funding:
California Student Aid Commission

Note: Nursing, Pre-Med, Biological Science and Music majors may extend Cal Grant for a fifth year.

*Amount subject to change pending the approval of the state budget.

Cal Grant B

Eligibility:
Undergraduate with eligible GPA and financial need; resident of California.
Deadline:
March 2
Application:
US Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens: complete the FAFSA (online) (with Biola listed), and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.
Eligible AB 540 students: complete the Dream Act Application (with Biola listed), and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.
Amount:
  1. First year: only living allowance totaling $1,473*
  2. All other grade levels: tuition assistance of up to $9,084 and living allowance (Access) funds of $1,473.
Renewable:
Yes, yearly, according to need and satisfactory academic progress, FAFSA, no GPA verification form needed.
Funding:
California Student Aid Commission; Payments vary per first year of eligibility; the first year of the program, student receives access amount only ($1,473). In subsequent year, student receives access amount plus $9,223. (Up to $10,696)

*Amount subject to change pending the approval of the state budget.

Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant

Eligibility:
Undergraduate Pell Grant recipients with financial need; coordinated with all other grants and scholarships received.
Deadline:
Based on availability of funds
Application:
FAFSA (online) (with Biola listed)
Completed file with Financial Aid Office
Amount:
Up to $1,500
Renewable:
Yes, yearly according to need
Funding:
Federal grant; prorated per enrollment status

International Student Grants

International Students (Non-US Citizens) please refer to our Financial Aid for International Students (online) page for more information on the International Student Aid Grant.

Pell Grant

Eligibility:
Undergraduate or Teaching Credential. Only student with financial need.
Deadline:
None
Application:
FAFSA (online) (with Biola listed)
Amount:
Up to $5,645
Renewable:
Yes, yearly, according to need. Student must re-apply each year
Funding:
Federal grant; prorated per enrollment status

President's Award

Eligibility:
Senior at Biola with intention to graduate at the end of the school year
Minimum 3.60 GPA
Attendance at Biola for at least two years
Deadline:
None
Application:
None - Nomination done only by the Dean of Student Affairs
Amount:
100% of tuition
Renewable:
No

Note: Recipient must be a senior at Biola with intention to graduate at the end of the school year. Along with a minimum 3.60 GPA and attendance at Biola for at least two years, certain personal qualifications are required. Awarded to one senior per year by student affairs committee. Not an open application process.

TEACH Grant

Eligibility:
Students intending to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. See the Student Aid (online) website for more information.
Deadline:
None
Application:
See the TEACH Grant website for more information
FAFSA (online) (with Biola listed)
Amount:
Up to $3,496 per year; prorated per enrollment status
Renewable:
Complete new ATS each year along with FAFSA*
Funding:
Federal Grant prorated per enrollment status

*Notice: Will not be included in confirmed award letter as final GPA and test scores verification is needed.

Teaching Credential Grant

Eligibility:
Teaching Credential student with financial need.
Deadline:
Based on availability of funds
Application:
FAFSA (online) (with Biola listed)
Amount:
Up to $2,200
Renewable:
Yearly, according to need.
Funding:
Biola grant calculated on cost of tuition, room and board, less other resources available to student; prorated per enrollment

University Award/Grant

Eligibility:
Student must have sufficient need and be enrolled at least half-time. Eligible high school or transfer GPA. Teaching credential students are not eligible
Deadline:
Based on availability of funds.
Application:
FAFSA (online) (with Biola listed)
Amount:
Amount varies
Renewable:
Yes, yearly, according to need.
Funding:
Biola University; calculated on cost of tuition, room and board and upcoming GPA, less other resources available to the student

 

Direct Stafford Loan

Eligibility:
  1. Minimum half-time enrollment
Deadline:
For the upcoming academic year it is recommended for all items requested by the Financial Aid Office to be submitted by June 15 in order to be processed in time for the beginning of the school year. All loan requests must be received no later than the last day of the semester in which the funds are being requested in order to be processed.
Application:
  1. FAFSA (with Biola listed)
  2. Direct Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note & Entrance Counseling (online)
Amount:
Stafford Loan Level Limits
Grade Level Base
Stafford
Dependent Undergrads 
Unsubsidized Stafford
Independent Undergrads 
Unsubsidized Stafford
Freshman (0-26 units) $3500 $2000 $6000
Sophomore (27-56 units) $4500 $2000 $6000
Junior (57-87 units) $5500 $2000 $7000
Senior (88+ units) $5500 $2000 $7000
Renewable:
Yes, with a yearly completion of the FAFSA. Once you sign your Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and receive your loan funds, your MPN will be valid for ten years.
Funding:
A loan funded by the U.S. Department of Education that must be repaid with interest. Amount determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Interest:
  1. 3.86% for Undergraduate Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford loans with a first disbursement between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
  2. Interest on unsubsidized loans begins to accrue as of the date funds are disbursed.
  3. Federal Stafford Loan origination fee: For loans with a first disbursement between July 1 and November 30, 2013 - 1.051% of loan amount. For loans with a first disbursement on or after December 1, 2013 - 1.072% of loan amount.
Graduating/Departing:
  1. Exit Counseling (online)
Forms:

Once students complete the FAFSA and submit all other requested paperwork, the Financial Aid Office will determine whether student is eligible to receive subsidized or unsubsidized funding. The Financial Aid Office will contact the student regarding loan eligibility.

Curious about federal loans? Here are some suggested steps for aquiring federal loans.

Direct Parent PLUS Loan

Eligibility:
Credit-based, non-need loan for parents of dependent students who are enrolled at least half-time in an eligible degree program. The student and parents must be either U.S. Citizens, or eligible non-citizens with a U.S. address. Student and parents must complete a current year FAFSA (with Biola listed) application.
Deadline:
For the upcoming academic year, it is recommended for all items requested by the Financial Aid Office to be submitted by May 31st in order to be processed in time for the beginning of the school year. All loan requests must be received no later than the last day of the semester in which the funds are being requested in order to be processed.
Application:
  1. Apply via the StudentLoans.gov website.
Amount:
Up to cost of education minus financial aid.
Renewable:
No, students must re-apply each academic year.
Forms:
2013-2014 Parent PLUS Loan Change Form - If you would like to increase or decrease your loan amounts.
Interest:
  1. The Parent PLUS Loan has a fixed interest rate of 6.41% for Parent PLUS Loans with a first disbusement between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
  2. The Parent PLUS Loan origination fee: For loans with a first disbursement between July 1 and November 30, 2013 - 4.204% of loan amount. For loans with a first disbursement on or after December 1, 2013 - 4.288% of loan amount.
Renewable:
No, students must re-apply each academic year.

Curious about federal loans? Here are some suggested steps for aquiring federal loans.

Biola University Loan

Eligibility:
Based on financial need and availability of funds, minimum half-time enrollment.
Deadline:
Priority given to earliest applicants who have completed the financial aid requirements.
Application:
  1. FAFSA (online)
  2. Complete financial aid file with Biola University Financial Aid Office (Biola Loan application will be invalid if financial aid is not confirmed).
  3. Once students complete the FAFSA and submit all other paperwork requested by the Financial Aid Office, the Financial Aid Office will determine Biola University Loan eligibility. If eligible, the Financial Aid Office will contact the student.
Amount:
  1. Up to $2,000 per academic year for new students.
  2. Up to $2,000 per academic year for continuing students.
Renewable:
Students must apply each academic year, and is contingent on available funds.
Funding:
Biola University Financial Aid Department.
Interest:
The loan is subsidized and has an interest rate of 5%.
Repayment:
Begins nine months after graduating, dropping below half-time status, or withdrawing from Biola.

Helen Grace Colbert Yates Loan

Eligibility:
Student must be pursuing degree in Communcation Sciences and  Disorders. Eligibility based on financial need and availability of funds, and minimum half-time enrollment.
Deadline:
Priority given to earliest applicants with completed financial aid requirements.
Application:
  1. Please contact the Communication Sciences and Disorders department directly for the steps to apply for this loan.
  2. Once students complete the FAFSA and submit all other paperwork requested by the Financial Aid Office, the Financial Aid Office will determine Biola University Loan eligibility. If eligible, the Financial Aid Office will contact the student.
Amount:
  1. Up to $2,500 per academic year.
Renewable:
Contact department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for directions on renewing. 
Funding:
Biola Funded loan awarded by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department and the Financial Aid Office to undergrad students pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Interest:
The Helen Gates Colbert Yates Loan does not accrue interest.
Repayment:
Begins six months after graduating, dropping below half time status, or withdrawing from Biola.

Federal Nursing Loan

Eligibility:
Based on financial need and availability of funds.
Deadline:
Priority given to earliest applicants with completed financial aid requirements
Application:
  1. FAFSA (online)
  2. Complete financial aid file with Biola University Financial Aid Office
  3. Once students complete the FAFSA and submit all other paperwork requested by the Financial Aid Office, the Financial Aid Office will determine Nursing Loan eligibility. If eligible, the student will be notified by the Financial Aid Office.
Amount:
Up to $3,000 per academic year for Level 1 students in the Nursing Program.
Up to $4,000 per academic year for Level 2 and 3 students in the Nursing Program.
Renewable:
No. Must apply each academic year.
Funding:
The Federal Nursing Loan is a campus-based federal loan awarded by the Financial Aid Department to undergraduate students enrolled in the Nursing Program (Level 1, 2 or 3).
Repayment:
Begins nine months after graduating or dropping below half time.
Interest:
The Nursing Loan is subsidized and has an interest rate of 5%.

Curious about federal loans? Here are some suggested steps for aquiring federal loans.

Federal Perkins Loan

Eligibility:
Based on financial need and availability of funds.
Deadline:
Priority given to earliest applicants with a completed FAFSA.
Application:
  1. FAFSA (online)
  2. Complete financial aid file with Biola University Financial Aid Office.
  3. Once students complete the FAFSA and submit all other paperwork requested by the Financial Aid Office, the Financial Aid Office and will determine Perkins Loan eligibility. If eligible, the student will be notified by the Financial Aid Office. 
Amount:
  1. Up to $2,000 per academic year for new students.
  2. Up to $2,000 per academic year for new students.
Renewable:
As funds are available.
Funding:
The Federal Perkins Loan is a campus-based federal loan awarded by the Financial Aid Office to undergraduate students.
Interest:
The Federal Perkins Loan is subsidized and has an interest rate of 5%.
Repayment:
Begins nine months after graduating or dropping below half-time status.

Curious about federal loans? Here are some suggested steps for aquiring federal loans.

Freeman-Aitken-Somerville Loan

Eligibility:
The loan is awarded based on financial need and availability of funds. Student must be enrolled at least half-time and intended to enter the field of education.
Application:
  1. Those who qualify will be contacted by the Financial Aid Department. 
Amount:
  1. Varies
Renewable:
No, students must reapply if they are still eligible.
Funding:
Biola funded loan awarded by the Financial Aid Office to undergraduate and graduate students interested in teaching.
Interest:
The loan is subsidized and has an interest rate of 5%.
Repayment:
Begins six months after dropping below half-time enrollment at Biola or leaving Biola.

Private Student Loan

Eligibility:
Borrower must be a US Citizen, eligible non-citizen, or an international student with a U.S. Citizen Cosigner (varies per lender). Both eligible non-citizens and international students need to have a current address in the United States.
Deadline:
Private loans are certified starting on June 15th and throughout the school year. It is recommended that you submit your loan application to your lender no later than a month before the last day of the semester for which you are requesting funds. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.
Application:
  1. Choose Your Lender and Complete Your Application (online)
  2. Fill out an Applicant Self-Certification Form and Submit it to your Lender.
Amount:
Minimum loan amounts range from $1,000, and vary per lender. Maximum loan amounts are determined by subtracting all of a student's financial aid from their cost of attendance for the school year.
Renewable:
No, Must apply yearly.
Interest:
Varies according to lender.
Cosigner:
Criteria for approved varies per lender. However, unless you are steadily employed, earn at least $12,000 a year, and have a stable credit history with a good FICO score (over 700), you will more than likely need a cosigner in order to be approved for a private student loan.
Self-Certification:

As of February 14, 2010, borrowers are required to complete a Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification form and submit it to their lender with their Private Student Loan application. In order to complete this form you will need to know the following:

Full cost of attendance at your school for the loan period you are requesting.

Estimated financial assistance you will receive (grants, loans, work study, etc).

To determine your cost of attendance, select the appropriate link below:

2013-2014

  1. 2013-14 Estimated Cost of Attendance (Full Year, Full Time Students) (PDF)
  2. 2013-14 Estimated Cost of Attendance (Semester Undergraduate Students)
Forms:

Recommended Lender Notice: We recommend lenders based on the quality of the products and services they provide to students and families. We have carefully considered our selections in order to provide you with the best lenders possible. However, if you wish to use another lender that is not on our Preferred Lender list, you have the right to do so. Please be informed that should you choose to borrow from a lender not on our list of recommended lenders, it is your responsibility to resolve any issues or problems that may arise by directly contacting your lender.

 

For international student (on the F-1 student visa), the type of financial aid that you will receive is generally limited to institutional aid programs that are provided by Biola University. In other words, the scholarship options are limited and the process is highly selective. Biola University does not offer full scholarships, so all international applicants are expected to provide proof of financial support as to how they plan to meet the cost of education at Biola University. 

International Students are not eligible for the federal grants and loans through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The federal and state financial aid programs require you to be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national (including natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island), or permanent resident of the United States.

This page outlines all the financial aid opportunities that Biola University offers to undergraduate international students. Please review each program for specific details on eligibility.

Academic Scholarship: Freshman Students

Students who are applying for admission to Biola University as first time college students will be reviewed for eligibility based on their secondary school (high school) grade point average along with their SAT or ACT scores.  Please note that for the SATs, the scores that we use are the Critical Reading and the Math Scores only.  Do not include the Writing scores in this calculation.

 

Annual Scholarship Amounts

  • Trustee's Scholarship - $12,000/year
  • President's Scholarship - $10,000/year
  • Provost's Scholarship - $8,500/year
  • Dean's Scholarship - $7,000/year
  • Eagle's Scholarship - $5,000/year

Eligibility

Eligibility requirements based on the student's non-weighted final high school GPA and scores received on the SAT or ACT.  Scholarship is renewable for subsequent years as long as a student maintains the minimum renewal GPA for the award received.  This information will be given to you by the Admissions Office upon receipt of the scholarship.

 

Note: The Office of Admissions automatically awards the Academic Scholarship at the time the student is admitted to Biola University and no separate application is required. The Academic Scholarship cannot be combined with the Community Service Scholarship.

Academic Scholarship: Transfer Students

Students who are transferring in to Biola University from other colleges or universities will be reviewed based on their college Grade Point Average.  Official Transcripts are required to confirm the scholarship amounts.  A student is eligible for the transfer scholarship if h/she is transferring a minimum of 15 units from an accredited college/university and meets the GPA requirements below. 

College GPA Award Amount
3.75 + $8,000
3.35 - 3.749 $6,000
3.0 - 3.349 $4,000

Eligibility

A student is eligible if he/she is transferring 15 or more credit units, based on a college transcript. If the student is transferring 14 credit units or less, he/she is only eligible for the traditional academic scholarship based on the student's high school transcript.  Scholarship is renewable as long as the minimum renewal GPA is maintained.

International Student Aid Grant

Amount

$500 - $3,000/year

Eligibility

This grant is available to international students (on the F-1 visa) who have been accepted to Biola University, and have financial need as demonstrated by submission of an application.

Deadline

April 1st.

Scholarship Applications

International Student Grant Application

International MK/PK Scholarship

Amount

Up to $2,000 per year (SEPARATE APPLICATION REQUIRED)

Eligibility

The student is eligible if he/she has demonstrated financial need and is the dependent of a pastor or a missionary. To qualify, the primary parental income must be through the ministry organization.

Deadline

Due to limited funding, priority given to early applicants.

Application

2014-15 MK/PK Application. Please complete this application and return to the Admissions Office, details on the application.

Church Matching Scholarship

Amount

Up to $1,300 per year

Eligibility

This scholarship is a matching scholarship or financial gift that a student receives from a church. Biola University matches the funds up to $1,300/year.  To qualify, the eligible student must submit BOTH the Church Matching Application and the church check (made payable to Biola University) to the Financial Aid Office.

Application

Church Matching Scholarship 2014-15 Application. Church sponsorship check should be written out to Biola University and attached to the Church Matching Scholarship Application.

Deadline

October 1 for full-year or fall-only students; March 2 for spring-only students. Due to limited funding, the matching part is guaranteed only as funds are available. Students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Renewal

Non-renewable. Student must reapply annually based on financial need and additional church sponsorship.

Funding

Biola University.

Note: The Office of Financial Aid awards the Church Matching Scholarship. ELSP students should see the ELSP office for additional eligibility details.

Alumni Dependent Scholarships

Amount

$1,000 per year.

Eligibility

The student is eligible if he/she is the dependent of someone who has completed 30 units of coursework at Biola University (including Talbot School of Theology, Rosemead School of Psychology, or the Cook School of Intercultural Studies) at the time the student enters Biola. Teaching credential students are not eligible.

Application

No separate application required. The eligible student should indicate "alumni" on the parent section of the Biola University Application for Admission.

Deadline

No deadline. Priority given to early applicants.

Renewal

Annually renewable.

Funding

Biola University.

Note: The Office of Admissions reviews eligibility in collaboration with the Registrar’s Office to confirm the details of parent’s alumni status.

Departmental Scholarships

Amount

Varies.

Eligibility

Departmental scholarships are available for the following programs: Athletics, Music, Art, Science, and Communications (Forensics, Journalism, and Speech and Debate). The scholarships are awarded through the specific departments and students are encouraged to seek advise from the program advisors or coaches as well as review the specific websites.

 

 

Deposits and Payment

Biola offers four payment options for your semester expenses.

Four Payments

  • Fall semester: 25% due July 15, August 15, September 15, October 15.
  • Spring semester: 25% due December 15, January 15, February 15, March 15.
  • $85 Plan Fee
  • If installment payments are late, a 1% late fee will be assessed on the account balance.

Three Payments

  • Fall semester: 50% down payment due August 15, 25% due September 15, 25% due October 15
  • Spring semester: 50% down payment due January 15, 25% due February 15, 25% due March 15
  • $85 Plan Fee
  • If installment payments are late, a 1% late fee will be assessed on the account balance.

Two Payments

  • Fall semester: 50% down payment due August 15 with balance paid by September 15.
  • Spring semester: 50% down payment due January 15 with balance paid by February 15.
  • $35 Plan Fee
  • If installment payments are late, a 1% late fee will be assessed on the account balance.

One Payment

  • Pay in full at enrollment. All charges for the semester are paid by August 15 for the fall semester and January 15 for the spring semester.
  • Your payment includes tuition, class fees, university housing, meals, parking permit and health insurance, less authorized financial aid.
  • No plan fee


If you are not paying in full, you must sign up for your payment plan online. You may do so after completing the online enrollment steps.

  • Students: Go to my.Biola > Enrollment > Payment and Payment Plans.
  • Parents & Others: Click here. Your student must grant you access as an authorized user to use this feature. To set up authorized users, students should go to my.Biola > Student Financials > Manage My Account > Authorized Users.

Down payment includes a total of 50% of tuition, class fees, university housing, meals, parking permit and health insurance, less authorized financial aid.

((Tuition+fees+housing+meals+parking+insurance) - financial aid) x 50% = down payment

How to Pay

Online: Biola accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and electronic checks.

  • Students: Go to my.Biola > Student Financials > Manage My Account.
  • Parents & Others: To make a payment, click here. Your student must grant you access as an authorized user to use this feature. To set up authorized users, students should go to my.Biola > Student Financials > Manage My Account > Authorized Users.

By mail: Checks may be mailed to the Accounting Office, 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada CA 90639. Be sure to include the student name and ID number.

By phone : Call the Accounting Office at (562) 903-4760 to make a credit card payment.

Returned payments will be assessed a $25.00 fee.

 

Financial Aid Forms

Important

Please do not download or complete any forms unless instructed to do so by the Financial Aid Office. Continuing students please refer to the Financial Aid Forms page for any financial aid forms you may need.

Completing Forms

You will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office with instructions on what forms will be necessary to complete your file and confirm your financial aid. Completed forms may be faxed to our office at (562) 906-4541. If you have any questions or are having difficulty with this page, please feel free to email us or call us at (562) 903-4742.

These forms are now interactive! Please complete them online, print and sign. After reviewing the forms for completeness, you may submit them to the Financial Aid Office.

If you cannot find a form that you are looking for, or need more information, please visit the Financial Aid Forms page.

2013-2014 Financial Aid Handbook

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Net Price Calculator

At Biola University we believe that the benefits of a Biola education far outweigh the costs, but we do understand that paying for college can be one of most challenging aspects of your college decision.

Our Admissions Office is here to help you through this process in any way possible. After working through the calculator, feel free to contact your admissions counselor at 1‑800‑OK‑BIOLA to discuss your results.

About the Net Price Calculator

This calculator will provide you with an estimate of how much financial aid you might qualify for at Biola University. It is only as accurate as the information you provide and is subject to change. For best results, it would be helpful for you to have the following items: W-2 Form, Bank Statements, Academic Information (SAT or ACT scores, Official Transcripts).

* This calculator is intended for use by U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will be pursuing undergraduate degrees and will be enrolled full time.

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