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 fall semester.
COVID-19 Tuition Relief Grant
The Biola University COVID-19 Tuition Relief Grant is designed to support students and their families in these uncertain, challenging times. Full-time students will receive a grant that is based on their program, in accordance with the table below. Exceptions may apply to students whose tuition is already or will be fully covered by institutional aid or scholarships.
(to be applied to fall semester tuition)
Part-time students will receive a prorated amount based on their program enrollment level.
|Enrollment Level||Prorated Percentage of Full-Time Award|
|Less than Half-Time||25%|
Financial Aid Adjustments
The Office of Financial Aid is working tirelessly to provide students with timely updates to their financial aid packages. Please note the following important details about your financial aid package:
- By August 12, 2020, the Office of Financial Aid plans to have all adjustments to financial aid packages completed. Students will be notified once aid has been adjusted.
- Because other types of aid such as federal aid must be reviewed during this process, there may be a period of time when the aid reflected on your student account is not accurate. If your aid does not appear to be accurate, please check your account again after you receive notification that your aid has been adjusted.
- Some students may see adjustments to their federal loan eligibility and/or Federal Work Study eligibility after the grant is added. These adjustments will be made in accordance with federal rules.
- If your total institutional aid for the fall exceeds your institutional charges, institutional aid may be reduced.
- If you are receiving military benefits, this may impact your eligibility for some of those benefits.
Additional 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. 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.
June 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 students who had applied for reimbursement under the CARES Act. 776 students’ applications were approved for payment as of June 12.
Following the initial distribution, those students whose applications were not approved or the amounts requested were less than what was awarded, were invited to submit documentation to support their expenses. The communication that was sent to the students inviting them to do this was sent on June 10. As a result of that process, an additional $30,871.90 has been approved for payment. The additional amount approved for payment will be sent to the students 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.
Biola’s Emergency Fund/Biola’s Basic Needs Fund
If you do not qualify for the CARES Act (international students, DREAMers or other non-Title IV eligible students), we have support available through the Biola Basic Needs team. Please fill out the Fall 2020 Student Basic Needs Assessment Survey, and a university representative will be in contact with you.
Biola’s Hope in Crisis Fund
Biola is working hard to address the needs of incoming and continuing students that are facing hardship in this financial crisis in light of COVID-19.
- Continuing students, please fill out this COVID-19 Financial Impact Questionnaire and a university representative will be in contact with you.
- New students, please contact your Admissions Counselor for more information.
To learn more and make a gift, visit biola.edu/for-all.
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.