Tuition & Financial Aid
Biola is committed to making your education affordable — now, more than ever. Countless students, families, businesses and livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, so we want to help. Review the information below to see how we’re supporting our Biola community in preparation for the spring semester.
COVID-19 Relief Grant — Spring 2021
Our hope is that the spring COVID-19 relief grant will help with some of the financial challenges students and families are facing due to the pandemic. You won’t have to pay this back. It’s not a loan — it’s our way of standing with you in the hardships you have faced during these unprecedented times.
The grant will be given to full-time students enrolled in the spring semester, based on their program, in accordance with the table shown below. There are some exceptions for those students whose tuition is already covered or will be fully covered by institutional aid and/or other tuition-based scholarships. Part-time students will receive a prorated amount based on their program enrollment level. The grant will be awarded in addition to the financial aid package students will receive for the spring. Student accounts will be updated within 7-14 days to reflect the additional COVID-19 relief grant. The bills distributed on November 15 will reflect the grant for the spring semester.
(to be applied to spring semester tuition)
Student Financial Support
We understand how difficult this semester has been with the disruption and uncertainty caused by COVID-19, especially when it comes to your finances. We want to help you by providing you the information you need about available financial help. Read below for details about the CARES Act, Biola’s Emergency Fund and other financial resources.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was approved by Congress in late March. The aid included approximately $14 billion for colleges across the nation. The distribution of aid dollars to colleges was determined by the number of Pell Grant recipients at a given college. Biola will receive $3,922,227, 50% of which, $1,961,114 will be given to students in the form of direct aid. The remaining 50% is for institutional aid. Biola has submitted the necessary paperwork to receive its funding and is hoping it will arrive in the next couple of weeks.
Biola University is committed to using the CARES Act funds, within the parameters set by the government, to help those students with the greatest needs while meeting the needs of as many students as possible. The government has, however, put certain restrictions on how these funds can be used. Specifically, students who receive the funds must be Title IV eligible (if you have not filed a FAFSA, you should do so on the FAFSA website selecting the 20/21 school year) and the funds must be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care). Also, students who were enrolled only in online programs prior to COVID-19 and DACA students are not eligible per the government issued guidance.
If you have incurred expenses, beyond what you would have typically, as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, there may be funding available through the CARES Act if you are eligible for any type of federal Title IV (FAFSA) aid including federal loans. (Note that Title IV aid includes Pell Grant, SEOG, Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and PLUS Loan. Click here to review Title IV eligibility requirements or simply review your most recent official financial aid award notice.)
Please review the application/online form and if you think you may be eligible to receive CARES Act funds, return the form no later than May 18, 2020. While the type of need you have may not be covered by the CARES Act, there is a question on the form asking about any other needs you have. This is why we ask you to answer all questions to help us identify other ways in which Biola may be able to help you.
Students who have qualified expenses will be issued a payment which will be mailed to the address indicated on the application. Our hope is to issue payments by June 5 if we receive our funds from the government this month. If we do not receive the funds in time, students will be notified of the delay.
Review FAQs on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
June 12, 2020: Update on the receipt and distribution of the CARES Act funds
Biola has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the funds and has received access to $3,922,227, 50% of which, $1,961,114 will be distributed to students in the form of direct aid.
There are approximately 3,400 students at Biola who are eligible under Title IV to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act. The first phase of distribution of funds has been based on an application process. The application included questions relating to certain categories of expenses the student has incurred based on the language of the CARES Act and federal guidance. 886 students applied for the funds. The applications were then reviewed and decisions relating to eligibility and the amount to be paid were made based on the language of the CARES Act and guidance from the Department of Education. Approval for applications that require further information are still pending. Please note the application is now closed.
As of June 10, $1,206,660 has been approved for payment through direct deposit and checks mailed to home addresses. A total of $1,111,233 is being directly deposited on June 12 into the bank accounts of 680 students. An additional 85 students will be receiving physical checks.
To publicize the availability of CARES Act funds, Biola published information on its Coronavirus website and emailed all students about the eligibility requirements and the application process.
July 27, 2020: Update on the receipt and distribution of the CARES Act funds
On June 12, 2020, Biola distributed a total amount of $1,206,660 to 776 students who had applied for reimbursement under the CARES Act.
Following the initial distribution, those students whose applications were not approved were notified through this letter on June 10. Students who received amounts less than what they requested were emailed on June 10 inviting them to submit documentation to support their expenses. As a result of that process, an additional $30,871.90 has been approved for payment, which will be sent within the next week.
As of July 27, a total of 920 applications were submitted and 776 students have received CARES Act funds. A total of $1,237,531.90 of the $1,961,114 allocated for Biola students has been or is scheduled for distribution. With the formal application process having ended, Biola will be deciding within the next two weeks how and when the remainder of the funds will be distributed to its students.
August 28, 2020: Update on the receipt and distribution of the CARES Act funds
On August 5, 2020, Biola distributed a total amount of $30,871.91 to 14 students who submitted additional documentation to support their expenses. The CARES Act funds still available for Biola to access is $563,582. A decision has been made to distribute $2,000 to all eligible clinical nursing students who were unable to complete their courses in the spring semester and who will be resuming their program at Biola.
September 30, 2020: Update on the receipt and distribution of the CARES Act funds
On August 24, 2020, nursing students were notified that they would be receiving $2,000 to cover expenses associated with an additional semester that will be needed to complete their degree due to closure of courses and clinical placements in the spring. On September 30, 2020, Biola distributed a total amount of $160,000 to 80 clinical nursing students who re-enrolled in courses for the fall semester. The CARES Act funds still available for Biola to access is $563,582.
October 30, 2020: Update on the receipt and distribution of the CARES Act funds
Since September 30, 2020, Biola has distributed another $1,110.48 to reimburse music students and communication disorder students for computer software needed to complete their coursework that would not have been needed if the classes were held in person. The remaining amount to be distributed under the student portion of the CARES Act is $562,471.61.
November 20, 2020: Update on the receipt and distribution of the CARES Act funds
Since October 30, 2020, Biola has distributed another $239.94 to reimburse students for computer software needed to complete their coursework that would not have been needed if the classes were held in person. The remaining amount to be distributed under the student portion of the CARES Act is $562,231.67.
Biola also received $1,961,113 from the CARES Act to cover its costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
Here is a copy of Biola's Quarterly HEERF Institutional Report for the period ending September 30, 2020.
Other Financial Resources
If you or your family have experienced a loss of income that is impacting your ability to pay your school bill next year, please complete the COVID-19 Financial Impact Questionnaire. The Office of Financial Aid will review this information to determine if there are potentially other available resources to assist you.