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Fall 2021

Is Biola fully reopening in Fall 2021?

Yes! Our students will be returning to living and learning on campus for the new academic year. We are excited for a strong return of students in the fall with a much more normal semester beginning August 30, featuring all in-person classes except those pre-designed for online delivery.

Will classes be in person in the fall?

This fall, all classes will be delivered in-person with no physical distancing. Regardless of vaccination status, students will not have to wear masks in classes. However, some students may voluntarily desire to wear a face covering. 

What will Fall 2021 on-campus life look like? Will there be in-person co-curricular activities happening in the fall? If so, which ones?

All campus events and co-curricular activities will resume in-person including chapels. All on-campus services and offices will reopen at full capacity for students to access.

One of the hallmarks of a Biola education is the Student life experience - the co-curricular education and activities that students participate in outside the classroom. Students can look forward to some of our traditional events returning like Nation Ball and Mock Rock, cheering on our Athletic teams, being involved in student clubs and ministries and other co-educational programming in the residence halls or through the Collegium (for commuter students). 

What facilities will be open for student use?

We will resume all campus operations and services, including all on-campus eateries, the library, the Biola Store and the Fitness Center.

Will masks be required on campus?

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced an indoor mask mandate. Effective Saturday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. everyone, whether vaccinated or not, must wear masks indoors. This means that Biola employees, students and visitors will be required to wear face coverings on campus while indoors at all times unless they are eating or drinking or alone in an enclosed office or dorm room.

We are hoping the mask mandate will be lifted before the school year begins. We will keep the community updated.

Will Biola offer residential housing in the fall?

Yes. Residential living will resume at our typical capacity with two students per bedroom. Lobbies, communal spaces and kitchens will be reopened. More details on Fall 2021 housing selection can be found on the Housing & Residence Life website.

What health precautions will be in place for campus community life?

In our commitment to the health and safety of our community, we will continue to ask students and employees to self-monitor for COVID symptoms and stay home if they are feeling sick. Biola will continue enhanced cleaning and sanitization practices throughout campus.

Will I be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine to live and learn on campus?

Students, faculty and staff are not required to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to campus, but they are encouraged to get it. 

The CDC and L.A. County states that being vaccinated is still the best protection against COVID-19 and significant health issues related to COVID.

Can I continue to attend Biola remotely?

All classes will be delivered in-person with accommodations available for students who cannot travel to the United States or have other health conditions which prevent them from being on campus. Remote options are available for students who have severe health issues. They will need to submit their request through the Learning Center.

Will students who started Biola remotely be able to participate in orientation activities?

Yes, students who started Biola remotely in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 can participate in New Student Orientation this Fall. For second year students (and their parents) who last year was their first year at Biola, we are including them in most of our Welcome Week activities. Visit the Orientation website for more information.

Are there going to be options to do remote Chapels?

We are going to embrace the full in-person college experience, and chapels will be included as well. We will not be offering remote Chapels for students unless they are traditional undergraduate students who have been temporarily approved for fully remote coursework. There are only a few students who are approved for this, and we will be in touch with how to proceed.

Will Biola require the flu shot this year?

The flu shot was a county requirement last year due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the county. We haven’t heard that the county will require the flu shot this year. At this time, Biola is not requiring the flu shot. 

Will unvaccinated students be required to do regular testing for COVID-19?

At this time, we are not planning on doing regular surveillance testing of any students, but will conduct symptomatic testing as needed. We will monitor the COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and determine if regular testing is needed. If testing is necessary, we would test unvaccinated students.

Will Biola be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to students who have not been vaccinated?

Yes, the Health Center will have vaccines available in mid-August. Feel free to contact the Health Center to schedule an appointment at that time.

How will the university promote individual health choices about wearing face coverings?

Students can voluntarily wear face coverings regardless of vaccination status for their own comfort, health and safety. We will have students from all over the country and the world coming to campus, living and learning in close proximity. Some will be vaccinated and some will not, and students will have differing opinions regarding face coverings. We want to promote an environment where those in our community who desire to wear a mask can do so without being shamed. Biola will not tolerate any form of bullying and staff will engage in allegations of bullying or harassment with appropriate measures.

How will quarantine be handled for students who test positive for COVID?

We have a team who will care for our residential students who may need to go into quarantine. Our plan includes:

  1. Students will have their meals delivered to their room, which is handled by the Resident Director in partnership with the Manager of the Cafeteria.
  2. A 24/7 Student Care Support Team will provide general care and time sensitive emergency response. This team is comprised of the Resident Directors and Campus Safety personnel. 
  3. Daily medical check-ins will be conducted by the Health Center team. The purpose of this team is to monitor the student’s progress and address any current or emerging health issues.
  4. The Biola Learning Center will work directly with the student's professors to help manage the student's academic needs.
  5. The Biola Counseling Center will be available to walk-alongside students, as needed.
  6. Lastly, we have a Pastoral Care Team that will be in touch with the students to encourage and pray with them.


How does Biola define exceptional need?

We are defining exceptional need in two ways. Students who have exceptional need meet the following criteria:

First, students who meet the following block grant criteria.

  • Students must have a 2020-21 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than or equal to $15,000 or were paid a Cal Grant in 2020-21
  • Students must have unmet financial need (Cost of attendance less EFC less gift aid) greater than $5,000.
  • Students must have net spring 2021 tuition charges greater than $2,500.

Second, students who had significant loss of income due to COVID or significant additional expenses related to COVID.

Are incoming students eligible to receive the funds?

No, the funds are only available for students who were enrolled in the spring 2021 term as of the end of the spring semester.

Will graduate students, online bachelor’s and part-time students be eligible and if so, will they receive a smaller amount?

These categories of students are eligible if they meet the above criteria, and graduate and post-baccalaureate students will receive a lesser amount than traditional undergraduate and online bachelor’s students.

Can undocumented students or international students receive fund from HEERF III?

Yes, if they have exceptional need based on significant loss of income due to COVID or significant additional expenses related to COVID they will need to complete the questionnaire to determine if they qualify for aid. There is also other emergency funding or institutional aid available to help those students, too. Students are encouraged to fill out this questionnaire and the Office of Financial Aid will review the student’s information and assist them in identifying every option available to them to meet as much of their unmet need as possible.

How can students get the money?

Eligible students who meet the criteria for block grants will receive the grants automatically unless they opt to credit their Biola account by completing this form. If students opt to apply all the grant to their university expenses, it will either pay down existing charges or be applied to Fall 2021 tuition as of July 1, 2021. If students choose not to apply the funds to their Biola account, the funds will be automatically deposited into the bank account they have designated as their refund account, if they have it set up, or a check will be mailed to their permanent mailing address on file. Since the block grants are automatic, eligible students need not apply to receive them. The fastest way for students to get their money will be through direct deposit (ACH), if they already have it set up. To set-up a direct deposit or to check whether you have already set one up, please visit the Student Accounts website for more detailed instructions. If you have trouble setting up direct deposit, please contact Student Accounts by emailing or call 562-903-4760. For those eligible students who have not set up direct deposit, they will receive a check in the mail to the permanent address reflected on their student account.

Students who have exceptional need due to significant loss of income due to COVID or significant additional expenses related to COVID will be notified if they qualify for aid and how to obtain the funds.

When will block grants be disbursed?

Student Account Services is working to disburse direct deposits by Tuesday, July 6, with checks going out by Wednesday, July 7 to those who do not have direct deposit set up.

Who is eligible to receive the “block grants”?

Students who meet the set of criteria below as of May 25, 2021 are eligible to receive the block grants.

  • Students must have been enrolled (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, post-traditional, online students) as of the end of the spring 2021 semester.
  • Students filed a 2020-21 FAFSA and completed their file with Biola’s Office of Financial Aid.
  • Students must have a 2020-21 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than or equal to $15,000 or were paid a Cal Grant in 2020-21
  • Students must have unmet financial need (Cost of attendance less EFC less gift aid) greater than $5,000.
  • Students must have net spring 2021 tuition charges greater than $2,500.