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Flexibility and Care

With all the change our world is experiencing, we know it can be challenging to make plans and predictions. But be reassured: As you plan for your future, Biola will care for you in a fair, flexible and Christ-centered way. We are going to serve our students well, no matter what happens.

Below are some of Biola’s commitments around finances and student care. Additional measures will be added to this page as plans continue to develop.

Last Updated: May 18, 2020

  • If Biola’s education is required to go online for the entire fall semester, we will be prepared to offer a high-quality education at a reduced price. Students will not be expected to pay the full tuition and fees for on-ground courses. Above all, we want to be fair and equitable to our students and families.
  • If we need to close campus because of a widespread resurgence of the coronavirus in the fall, we will prorate room and board and waive fees for vacating early.
  • If individual students need to leave campus and return home partway through the semester for COVID-related reasons, we will be fair to that student and do what we can to waive the penalty of vacating the residence hall early.
  • Students who feel more comfortable starting classes online to begin the semester can talk to their advisor to discuss options and alternatives.
  • If we are required to go online for the fall semester, and any student wants to take a gap year as a result, we will honor their academic scholarship and preserve their financial aid package for their return to Biola in accordance with normal state, federal and institutional financial aid policies, including but not limited to the calculation of need-based aid.
  • Because international students may be unable to get to campus in the fall due to travel restrictions or visa issues, we are working to offer as many classes online to them as possible so they can continue their Biola education uninterrupted. We are monitoring the situation and our international team is staying in close contact with international students to advise them as developments change.
  • The Division of Student Development is developing co-curricular course content on “Stewarding your Holistic Well-Being” in order to serve students as they practice physical distancing in the fall. Resources include psycho-education and skills-based practices, including a guided imagery exercise, a breathing exercise and at-home workouts.