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Applying for Aid: Steps and Deadlines

The total tuition cost to attend Biola isn’t the end of the story. Financial aid can significantly decrease your true yearly cost, which is why it’s important to pay close attention to the financial aid process. There are specific applications and forms you’ll need to fill out, as well as key deadlines to meet — and we’re here to help you through the process, start to finish.

Steps for Financial Aid

Get started on the financial aid process by finishing the steps below. You'll receive a financial aid offer letter when you're accepted.

  1. Complete and submit your Biola University application.

    Before you begin the financial aid process, make sure to complete and submit your Biola University application.

  2. Complete your FAFSA form at www.fafsa.gov.

    Enter Biola University’s federal code (001122) to send information to Biola. Please see additional/alternative instructions for specific student groups:

    • California Residents

      Students who live in California (or have established residency for at least one year through the official state process) should also submit their Cal Grant GPA Verification Form, which can help them earn additional aid.

      All Cal Grant applicants must complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. High school seniors (who have not already completed 24 college credits) by the March 2 Cal Grant application deadline should coordinate with their high school to submit the GPA Verification Form. Students who have completed 24 college credits by the March 2 Cal Grant application deadline should coordinate with their college’s Office of the Registrar to complete the GPA Verification Form.

    • Dream Act Students

      Eligible AB 540 students may complete the California Dream Act Application, which allows students interested in attending eligible California universities to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    • Veterans

      In addition to the FAFSA or Dream Act Application, please submit your certificate of eligibility for any of your military benefits to:

      • Office of Registrar
        13800 Biola Avenue
        La Mirada CA, 90639
    • International Students

      In order to be eligible for restricted scholarships, international students must complete the general application for restricted scholarships, in addition to the International Student Financial Need Application. Together, these two forms help the Office of Financial Aid determine which restricted scholarships you are eligible for.

  3. Complete and submit all documents requested by the Office of Financial Aid.

    The Office of Financial Aid needs to complete your financial aid profile to help determine your aid amount. Be sure to pay close attention to any notifications or requests our office sends your way through your My Account profile.

  4. Apply for additional financial aid opportunities.

    In addition to financial aid awards based on the FAFSA or alternative forms, you can also explore additional financial aid opportunities including departmental scholarships, outside (non-Biola) scholarships, as well as private loans. Please note that some students will not be considered for additional aid if they have not yet completed their financial aid file.

  5. Make plans for your time at Biola.

    Once you’ve received and accepted your financial aid offer, you can start making plans for your future at Biola — including which payment plan you’ll select (and noting key payment deadlines), and more.

Important Dates to Remember

When can you expect to hear about your financial aid offer? When are forms and applications due? We’ve mapped out the important dates for you, so pay close attention to the following steps and mark your calendars. Don’t miss out on deadlines for important forms like the FAFSA and California Dream Act Application.

Undergraduate & Teaching Credential (Only) Students

October

Although many priority dates occur in the spring (March and April), you can begin the financial aid process starting as soon as the month of October (and we recommend completing these steps as soon as possible). This includes:

November 15

  • Apply to Biola (Priority Application Deadline; applications will continue to be accepted into the spring, but for priority in financial aid, it's best to complete your application for admission early)
  • Apply for outside scholarships in your area, online and through your high school guidance office

January 15

March 2

Deadline to submit the following:

April 15

This is the priority date to complete your student financial aid file.

  • Review and submit requested financial aid forms on My Account, your online enrollment profile where you will receive a personalized list of enrollment steps. To access My Account:
  • Biola’s Office of Financial Aid will mail you an estimated award letter that lists the scholarships, grants and loans you are being offered

May 1

This is the National Deposit Deadline. Secure your place at Biola by submitting the following:

  • Enrollment Deposit: $300 (non-refundable after May 1)
  • Housing Deposit: $250 (non-refundable after July 1)

June 1

August 15

Graduate Students

October

Although many priority dates occur in the spring (March and April), you can begin the financial aid process starting as soon as the month of October (and we recommend completing these steps as soon as possible). This includes:

  • Submitting the FAFSA form

November

  • Apply to Biola (See admissions guidelines for your specific school and program for key deadlines)

April 15

This is the priority date to complete your student financial aid file.

  • Review and submit requested financial aid forms on My Account, your online enrollment profile where you will receive a personalized list of enrollment steps. To access My Account:
  • Biola’s Office of Financial Aid will mail you an estimated award letter that lists, grants and loans you are being offered

June 1

  • Apply for any federal loans (if eligible) and/or any other alternative loans if needed

August 15

Additional Resources

More Financial Aid Tools

The Office of Financial Aid provides different resources that can help you plan out your finances as you pursue your Biola education.

Financial Aid Counseling

Have questions about the process? Call us or come by our office for a drop-in appointment with a knowledgeable financial aid counselor — they can help.

Connect With a Counselor

Contact Us

The Office of Financial Aid is here to answer questions you have about the financial aid process. Contact us in person, by phone or email.

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