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What's Next

Congratulations, you’re in!

Now that you're accepted, I’m sure you’re wondering, “What’s Next?” Below you’ll find a list of essential next steps to start your Biola journey. If you have any questions along the way, we’re here to help.

Ready to be a Biolan?

First things first — you’ll need to create login credentials for My Account, your personalized enrollment portal, and submit your enrollment deposit by following the steps below.

  1. Create your net ID and password.

    • Enter your personal email address used to create your application into the first-time login portal.
    • You will receive an email with a link to activate your net ID and set a password.

      If your email is not recognized by the system please contact Admissions (562-903-4752) and ask to speak to Admissions Operations.
  2. Login to My Account using your net ID and password, and familiarize yourself with your next steps.

    • What is My Account? My Account is an online student portal where you'll find a personalized list of enrollment steps and resources. Go ahead and bookmark the site — you’ll return to it frequently as you complete enrollment steps.
  3. Submit your $300 enrollment deposit via the assigned task on My Account.

    • Prefer to pay by mail? Make your check payable to Biola University and send to:
      Office of Admissions
      Biola University
      13800 Biola Ave
      La Mirada, CA 90639
  4. Activate your Biola email address via the assigned task on My Account.

    • Your Biola email address will be the main line of communication to receive important notifications and deadlines leading up to your first day of classes and throughout your time at Biola, so it’s important to get in the habit of checking your inbox.
  5. Visit campus or take a virtual tour.

Steps to Complete Enrollment

Once you have submitted your enrollment deposit, additional tasks will be made available during the subsequent weeks and months. See our important enrollment dates calendar to familiarize yourself with task availability and deadlines. Additional enrollment tasks include:

Registration Profile

Academic Advising will build your first semester course schedule based on the information you provide in your registration profile via My Account.

Verify Housing

To ensure your financial aid package is accurate, you will need to verify whether or not you intend to live in campus housing. 

Students who are younger than 20 years old by the first day of fall classes are required to live on campus OR commute from their parents'/guardians' home for both fall and spring semesters.

Financial Aid Tasks

Steps to apply for financial aid are different for every individual, but we encourage you to follow these five steps to ensure you qualify for the most financial aid as possible.

  1. If you have not done so already, submit the FAFSA.

    • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to complete starting October 1. Completing the FAFSA is essential for Financial Aid to provide the best support and discover your eligibility for aid. Biola University’s federal code is (001122).
    • If you are a California resident, the Cal Grant Verification Form is available October 1 and due by March 2. By applying for the Cal Grant, you can earn up to $9,000 in aid.
  2. Apply for scholarships.

  3. Review your Financial Aid award estimate.

    • Biola’s Financial Aid Office will mail your award letter after you have been admitted to Biola and submitted your FAFSA. Your letter will include scholarships, grants, and loans you are being offered.
    • Once you have submitted your enrollment deposit through My Account, the "Student Financials" tab will appear. You may refer to this tab in My Account to view your financial aid award after you submit the FAFSA and receive your award letter from financial aid.
  4. Return additional requested Financial Aid forms through My Account.

    • Depending on your financial aid award, you may be asked to submit additional financial documents. Please see My Account for your personalized list of requested forms to be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.
    • It is important to be proactive about gathering financial aid documents, as some items can take days or weeks to process.
  5. Learn about your financial aid options.

    • Paying for college doesn’t need to be a scary process. Discover all of your financial aid opportunities by reading up on scholarships, grants and loans. Our financial aid representatives are happy to help you through the process. Contact Financial Aid at 562-903-4742 or finaid@biola.edu.

Update your Title IV Authorization

Updating your Title IV Authorization will show up as one of your tasks through My Account. Title IV funds are federal student aid funds (Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grants, etc.) administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Unless you grant additional permission, The U.S. Department of Education regulations only allow schools to use your Federal Student Aid to pay for current academic year institutional charges. Federal Title IV funds do not include scholarships from the university.

The U.S. Department of Education requires that Title IV funds be applied to specific allowable charges, including: tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board billed by the University. If your total bill exceeds available Title IV funds, you must grant authorization of these funds to non-qualifying charges.

Health Insurance

Biola requires all students to have health insurance. In My Account, you will have the option to purchase health insurance from Biola if you are not already covered. Learn more about our requirements and insurance offerings for incoming students.

Housing Deposit or Intent to Commute

Depending on whether you plan to live on campus or commute, you must submit a $250 housing deposit or complete the Intent to Commute form through My Account or directly through MyHousing Self-Service.

Students who intend to live on campus will receive a separate Housing Application task in My Account.

Health Forms

Submit your required health forms through Patient Portal (using your net ID and password).

Minors – If you are entering college as a minor, you must also submit the following forms to the Health Center office by hand or by mail to attn: Biola Student Health Center, 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639 or by fax at (562) 906-4512:

Athletes: If you are an athlete, you must complete the Athletic Physical Form in addition to the required health forms.

Placement Exams

We want to make sure you get off to a great start with your classes. Depending on your declared major and/or foreign language credit, you may be asked to complete a placement exam. You will be notified by Academic Advising via My Account and receive an email at your @biola.edu address if you need to complete a placement exam.

Please note: High school transcripts are needed for transfer students looking to count their high school foreign language credit.

Final Transcripts

Final transcripts for first-time freshmen and transfers are due prior to final enrollment, and must be mailed directly from your high school or previous college to Biola. High school transcripts must be posted with a graduation date. Official transcripts are required to receive credit for transfer coursework and to determine correct loan eligibility.

Please note: High school transcripts are needed for transfer students looking to count their high school foreign language credit.

Final transcripts must be sent by mail or email directly from your high school or college to the Office of Admissions via admissionsdm@biola.edu or by mail:
Office of Admissions
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639

Or, your transcripts can be ordered electronically through an approved electronic vendor: Parchment/Naviance, Credentials Solutions and affiliate partners (Transcripts Network, Transcripts Plus, eScrip-Safe), and AACRAO's SPEEDE server (send to admissionsdm@biola.edu).

Transfer Course Evaluation

If you are transferring 15+ units from a community college or other four-year institution and you have not yet received a transfer course evaluation, please connect with the Transfer Admissions team at transfer.admissions@biola.edu or 1-800-OK-BIOLA.

Payment

Biola offers four payment options for your semester expenses:

Plan Type Fall Deadlines Spring Deadlines Plan Fees
Four Payments 25% due July 15, August 15, September 15, October 15 25% due November 15, December 15, January 15, February 15 $85 Plan Fee, 1% assessed monthly for late payments
Three Payments 50% down payment due August 15, 25% due September 15, 25% due October 15 50% down payment due December 15, 25% due January 15, 25% due February 15 $85 Plan Fee, 1% assessed monthly for late payments
Two Payments 50% down payment due August 15 with balance paid by September 15 50% down payment due December 15 with balance paid by January 15 $35 Plan Fee, 1% assessed monthly for late payments
One Payment Pay in full at enrollment by August 15 Pay in full at enrollment by December 15 No plan fee

[(Tuition+Fees+Housing+Meals+Parking+Insurance) - Financial Aid] x 50% = Down Payment

If you are not paying in full, you must sign up for your payment plan through My Account within the “Terms and Payment” task.

Interested in estimating your down payment? Check out our down payment calculator.

Estimate your down payment


Are you an incoming international student?

Learn more about your specific next steps, including applying for a visa and transitioning to the U.S.

See Steps for International Students

Incoming Student Orientation

Orientations are the best way to connect with the Biola community and become familiar with the resources available on campus.

Learn More About Orientation


Important Enrollment Dates

As you navigate the enrollment process, it is helpful to be mindful of important dates and deadlines along the way.

Fall

Month Step Department Contact
October File Your FAFSA and apply for Cal Grant (CA residents only) starting October 1 Financial Aid
Apply for Scholarships. Deadlines vary. Check our scholarships page for more information. Admissions
November Financial aid estimates are distributed. (As processed, depending on when you filed your FAFSA) Financial Aid
December
January
February Registration profile is made available on My Account Academic Advising
Housing Profile made available on MyHousing Self-Service Housing and Residence Life
March Cal Grant GPA verification form (CA residents only) is due March 2. Recommended deadline to file the FAFSA is March 2. Tuition and Financial Aid
April
May Submit your enrollment deposit by May 1 (rolling). Admissions
Submit your housing deposit and profile or intent to commute form by May 1 (rolling) Housing and Residence Life
Submit your registration profile by May 1 (rolling). Academic Advising
June Housing assignments distributed Housing and Residence Life
Take placement exams (students are contacted individually about what exam(s) are needed) Academic Advising
July Class schedules distributed Academic Advising
Fall bills are emailed Accounting
Register for Orientation SOS, GSPD, THI
August Submit health forms by August 15 Health Center
Complete all enrollment steps by August 15
Submit your down payment by August 15 Accounting

Spring

Month Step Department Contact
October Registration profile is made available Academic Advising
Housing Profile made available on MyHousing Self-Service Housing and Residence Life
November Spring bills are emailed Accounting
Submit your enrollment deposit by November 1 (rolling) Admissions
December Submit your housing deposit and profile or intent to commute form by December 1 (rolling) Housing and Residence Life
Class schedules distributed on December 5 Academic Advising
Take placement exams (students are contacted individually about what exam(s) are needed) Academic Advising
Register for Orientation SOS
Submit health forms by December 15 Health Center
Complete all enrollment steps by December 15
Submit your down payment by December 15 Accounting
January Housing assignments distributed Housing and Residence Life

**File your FAFSA and apply for Cal Grant (for CA residents) starting October 1 the year prior to your intended entry term.