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As you consider investing in your future, we’re here to help you plan and afford your education. Explore our tuition costs and the different scholarship and financial aid opportunities below. These costs and aid options vary by our undergraduate and graduate programs, and we’re here to make sure you have all the information you need. Contact our admissions team if you have questions.

Undergraduate Grants and Scholarships

Note: Complete one application to apply to the multiple scholarships listed below. Learn more about Biola's scholarships, aid and payment plans on the Undergraduate Scholarships and Aid page.

Submit the SOE Combined Undergrad Scholarships Application 

Dr. J.H. Gerdes Education Scholarship

This endowed, merit scholarship is for future early childhood educators or elementary teachers. Criteria include:

  • Incoming freshmen-seniors
  • GPA 3.0 or above
  • Early childhood or liberal studies majors only
  • FAFSA eligibility required

How to apply: Submit and complete the online SOE Combined Undergrad Scholarships application. Note: One application includes multiple scholarships.

Deadline: April 30 for the following academic year

Glen & Connie Thomas Leadership Legacy Scholarship

Dr. Glen W. Thomas served as a public educator in the roles of a classroom teacher and an administrator at the school, district, county office and state levels. He served as the Executive Director to the State Curriculum Commission for nearly a decade. He also served as Assistant Superintendent in the California State Department of Education. From 1998 through 2006, Dr. Thomas has served as Executive Director for the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), and then in the highest level of public school leadership as the Secretary of Education under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Connie Thomas served as a National Board Certified teacher in Sacramento during her career. She taught first grade for her entire career and excelled in primary education. She and Glen together actively served in leadership in the public school system as they raised their family. Both of the Thomas daughters are graduates of public schools; one is a graduate in civil engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the other studied genetics at UC Davis.

Glen and Connie Thomas together remained active advocates and supporters of their alma mater, Biola University. They hosted gatherings in their home for student “send offs” with the Biola Alumni Association, and Glen hosted the annual Emerging Leaders Institute for graduates and alumni of Biola’s School of Education for two decades, among many other activities. Glen and Connie Thomas passionately love the Lord, and they have dedicated their lives to serving him in the public school system.

    This scholarship has been set up with the express purpose of helping prepare Biola teacher candidates in the School of Education to be “salt” (Matthew 5:13) and “light” (John 8:12) as they lead in the public sector. Criteria include:

    • Will be a junior or senior in the next academic year
    • GPA 3.0 or above
    • Early childhood or liberal studies majors only
    • Candidate plans to teach in CA public schools, has demonstrated leadership in the community, has demonstrated Christ-like character, excels in volunteer work with K-12 children.
    • FAFSA eligibility required

    How to apply: Submit and complete the online SOE Combined Undergrad Scholarships application. Note: One application includes multiple scholarships.

      Deadline: April 30 for the following academic year

      Jabez Scholarship

      This scholarship is to be awarded to culturally diverse students who have the willingness and potential to be future leaders who will impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Criteria include:

      • Will be a junior or senior in the next academic year
      • GPA 3.0 or above
      • Early childhood or liberal studies majors only
      • Candidate has a culturally diverse background (preference for Latino) from an underserved, local community, and has the willingness and potential to be a future leader who will impact the world for Christ.
      • FAFSA eligibility required

      How to apply: Submit and complete the online SOE Combined Undergrad Scholarships application. Note: One application includes multiple scholarships.

        Deadline: April 30 for the following academic year

        General Education Scholarship

        This endowed scholarship is for future teachers with a high level of financial need. Criteria include:

        • Incoming freshmen–seniors
        • Early childhood majors, liberal studies majors and single-subject credential candidates
        • FAFSA eligibility required and preference is given to candidates with high financial need

        How to apply: Submit and complete the online SOE Combined Undergrad Scholarships application. Note: One application includes multiple scholarships.

          Deadline: April 30 for the following academic year

          Education Student Emergency Grant

          This scholarship is for graduate and undergraduate student tuition assistance in situations where emergencies occur and students have financial needs that occur out of the normal scholarship recommendation cycle. Additionally, new students to Biola’s graduate or undergraduate School of Education who have missed the normal acceptance date into the program may also be potential scholarship recipients. Criteria include:

          • Incoming freshmen–seniors
          • Early childhood majors, liberal studies majors and single-subject credential candidates
          • FAFSA eligibility required and preference is given to candidates with high financial need

          How to apply: Submit and complete the online SOE Combined Undergrad Scholarships application. Note: One application includes multiple scholarships. If you are applying outside of the regular scholarship recommendation cycle, please email education@biola.edu.

            Deadline: April 30 for the following academic year

            Dean's Discretionary Grant

            This scholarship does not require FAFSA eligibility, and is awarded to students needing assistance with school expenses. Criteria include:

            • Incoming freshmen–seniors
            • Early childhood majors, liberal studies majors and single-subject credential candidates

            How to apply: Submit and complete the online SOE Combined Undergrad Scholarships application. Note: One application includes multiple scholarships.

              Deadline: April 30 for the following academic year

              Additional Undergraduate Scholarships

              Note: Each scholarship listed below requires a separate application.

              Early Childhood Education Scholarship

              Restricted to Early Childhood B.A. majors only, this scholarship is awarded to students who feel called to the early childhood education profession, and who demonstrate a commitment to serving young children through teaching or leadership in an early childhood education environment. This scholarship will be applied to tuition only and cannot be applied to housing or other student expenses. Criteria include:

              • Incoming freshmen–seniors
              • Early Childhood (B.A.) majors at Biola in good academic standing (major code LECD)
              • Students with financial need will take priority, although FAFSA is NOT required.

              How to apply:

              1. Write a personal essay, addressing each aspect of the following prompts (1–2 pages):
                1. Do you feel called to serve as a teacher or administrator in the field of early childhood education and if so, why? (please describe)
                2. What are your professional goals/aspirations in the field of early childhood education?
                3. What is your experience with young children?
                4. Describe your financial need.
              2. Obtain a letter of recommendation from someone who would be able to describe your character and qualifications as a future early childhood educator (i.e. EC professor, work or volunteer supervisor, ministry leader, Cooperating Teacher, etc.).
              3. Complete the Early Childhood Scholarship online application which includes upload portals for both the personal essay and the letter of recommendation.

                Deadline: April 30 for the following academic year

                Judy Johnson Memorial Scholarship

                The Judy Johnson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually in the amount of $4,000 per recipient to two juniors and two seniors in the Liberal Studies programs in Biola’s School of Education. Judy Johnson was an elementary school teacher for 30 years. She started teaching in a high income area. Staff integration transferred her to an inner city school. The students were children of Spanish-speaking immigrants. For some teachers who experienced this transfer it was a cultural shock, but not for Judy. She completed Spanish classes in high school and college, traveled to Mexico several times, and attended a summer art institute there. I Corinthians 13:4 describes Judy. Her love for her students and their families drove her desire to help them learn about and become a part of America, while retaining the worth of their rich culture. It is to honor her wish of success for Spanish-speaking students that this scholarship is offered. After she retired she would look back on her career and say, “This was my calling.” Our hope for you is that you, too, will say this is your calling, and that you will derive great satisfaction from your important work, just as Judy did.

                This scholarship initiated by her husband, honors Judy’s memory, work, and passion in education. Criteria include:

                • Will be a junior or senior in the next academic year
                • Student in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
                • Student has a financial need and FAFSA eligibility is required
                • Student plans to teach in a predominately Hispanic-serving school with Spanish as the dominate heritage language and/or in a fully bilingual (Spanish/English) elementary setting as a fully-time career ministry of choice.
                • Student is bilingual in Spanish/English and/or the heritage language is Spanish.
                • Student has the intention of adding the Bilingual Authorization upon completing a teaching credential and are working towards this through Spanish Language, teaching methodology, cultural proficiency, and/or teach education coursework.

                How to apply:

                1. Write a personal essay that demonstrates characteristics listed above in items four, five and six.
                2. Obtain a letter of recommendation from someone who would be able to cite and explain at least one instance where you demonstrated items four to six of the scholarship criteria.
                3. Complete the Judy Johnson Memorial Scholarship online application which includes upload portals for both the personal essay and the letter of recommendation.

                  Deadline: April 30 for the following academic year

                  Graduate Grants and Scholarships

                  Learn more about the scholarships and loans available for graduate students in the School of Education.

                  View Graduate Financial Aid Opportunities

                  Financial Aid Process

                  We understand that pursuing an education means a big investment of your time and finances. Our team is here to support you as you finance your journey here at the School of Education. Learn about the financial aid process, including submitting your FAFSA application and more.

                  Grants, Scholarships & Loans

                  As you start the financial aid process — including completing your FAFSA, which should be submitted as early as possible beginning October 1 for the next upcoming academic year — make sure you’re aware of the different grant, scholarship and loan opportunities available to our undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential program students. Contact your counselor to learn about your financial aid options, as they could vary from student to student based on credential or graduate programs.

                  Contact the Office of Financial Aid

                  Contact Info

                  Phone:
                  (562) 903-4742

                  Fax:
                  (562) 906-4541

                  Email:
                  finaid@biola.edu

                  Website:
                  biola.edu/financial-aid

                  Office Hours

                  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
                  9 a.m.–5 p.m.

                  Wednesday
                  1–5 p.m.

                  Friday
                  9 a.m.–5 p.m.

                  The Financial Aid Office is closed at noon on Fridays during the summer.

                  Counseling Hours

                  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
                  9–11:45 a.m., 1–4 p.m.

                  Wednesday
                  1–4 p.m.

                  Friday
                  9–11:45 a.m., 1–4 p.m.