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Teaching Credential Student Scholarships & Aid

There are specific financial aid opportunities available to students in the School of Education who are pursuing their teaching credential at the post-baccalaureate level (without an accompanying master’s degree). Learn more about the scholarships, grants and loans available below.

Scholarships

Church Matching Scholarship

Amount

Biola will match up to $750 of a church’s sponsorship funds

Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Confirmed financial aid file by the scholarship deadline, which includes a completed FAFSA (online) and all requested forms, international students exempt.
  2. Submit Church Matching Scholarship Application for appropriate aid year, and attach a church sponsorship check made out to Biola University by the scholarship deadline.
Deadline

Students must be aware of the following deadlines:

  • October 1 — Deadline for students who attend the fall semester only, or both fall and spring semesters
  • March 1 — Deadline for students who attend only the spring semester
Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be enrolled at least half-time
  • Student must be enrolled in a traditional degree program.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA information.
  • Student must receive financial sponsorship from a church.
  • Special programs are not eligible. 
  • Please see the included instructions on the first page of the application for a list of all ineligible programs.

Renewable Status

Yes, this scholarship is renewable. Students must reapply each year.

Departmental Scholarship

The Departmental Scholarship is a Biola-funded scholarship for a student who has demonstrated achievement in a field of either athletics, music, art, science, intercultural studies or communications (journalism and speech & debate).

Amount

Varies. Please contact the appropriate department.

Application

Application requirements vary. Please contact the appropriate department.

Deadline

Varies. Please contact the appropriate department.

Eligibility

The student is eligible on the basis of his/her achievement or potential in a certain field. International students are eligible for these scholarships.

Renewable Status

The ability to renew these scholarships vary by department. Please contact the appropriate department for more information.

James Samuel Gutshall Scholarship (Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation)

The James Samuel Gutshall Scholarship is a donor-funded restricted scholarship for students pursuing a teaching credential in special education.

Amount

Up to $6,500

Application

Review the following application requirements:

  1. Submit the James S. Gutshall Application for appropriate aid year
  2. Confirmed financial aid file by the scholarship deadline, which includes a completed FAFSA (online) and all requested forms, international students exempt.
Deadline

Fall 2019: March 1, 2019

Eligibility

The student is eligible on the basis of his/her achievement or potential in special education, with preference to those demonstrating a commitment to the knowledge of learning disabilities, in particular ADHD-ADD, in primary education.

Renewable Status

No, this scholarship is not renewable. Recipients may only receive the scholarship for one year.

Grants

Cal Grant A

A tuition-specific, state entitlement award, funded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

Amount

Up to $9,084 (depending on unmet need). Prorated per enrollment status, and the amount subject to change pending the approval of the state budget.

Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Submit your application:
  2. Complete your Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (review the Financial Aid Handbook to review details on the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form)
Deadline

March 2

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be a California resident
  • Student must be an undergraduate student with the eligible GPA (3.0 or higher)
  • AB 540 (Dream Act) students may also apply
  • Household income and assets must be below specific amounts determined by CSAC
  • View additional eligibility requirements on the California Student Aid Commission website.

Renewable Status

Please see the following grant renewal details:

  • Yes, this grant is renewable yearly (based on meeting all eligibility requirements  and meeting satisfactory academic progress).
  • The FAFSA must be filed yearly as a part of the renewal process. No GPA verification form is needed for renewal.
  • A student who is denied a Cal Grant their first year may be eligible for the Cal Grant in subsequent years, but must file a FAFSA and submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by the March 2 deadline.

Cal Grant B & Living Allowance

A tuition-specific, state entitlement award, funded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).

Amount

Please see the following Cal Grant B amount details:

  • First year: only living allowance totaling $1,672
  • All other grade levels: tuition assistance of up to $9,084 and living allowance funds of $1,672 (up to $10,756)
  • Amounts are prorated per enrollment status
Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Submit your application:
  2. Complete your Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (review the Financial Aid Handbook to review details on the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form)
Deadline

March 2

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be a California resident
  • Student must be an undergraduate student with the eligible GPA (3.0 or higher)
  • AB 540 (Dream Act) students may also apply
  • Household income and assets must be below specific amounts determined by CSAC
  • View additional eligibility requirements on the California Student Aid Commission website.

Renewable Status

Please see the following grant renewal details:

  • Yes, this grant is renewable yearly (based on meeting all eligibility requirements  and meeting satisfactory academic progress).
  • The FAFSA must be filed yearly as a part of the renewal process. No GPA verification form is needed for renewal.
  • A student who is denied a Cal Grant their first year may be eligible for the Cal Grant in subsequent years, but must file a FAFSA and submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by the March 2 deadline.

Teaching Credential Grant

A need-based grant awarded by the Office of Financial Aid to students in the Teaching Credential program.

Amount

Up to $2,900 per year (prorated per enrollment status).

This grant is coordinated with all other federal, state, and institutional aid. Therefore, if a student receives additional federal funds or institutional scholarships, the Teaching Credential Grant will be reduced or eliminated.

Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Submit your application:
Deadline

There is no deadline for this grant.

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be enrolled at least half-time (teaching credential students are not eligible)
  • Must have sufficient financial need
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
Renewable Status

Yes, this grant is renewable yearly, according to need. Students must reapply each year.

Federal TEACH Grant

The Federal TEACH Grant is a federal grant for students intending to teach four out of eight years in Title 1 (low-income) schools in high-need fields such as math, science, foreign language, special education, etc.

Amount

Up to $4,000 per year (prorated per enrollment status).

Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Complete the FAFSA (with Biola listed)
  2. See the Federal TEACH Grant homepage website for additional instructions
Deadline

There is no deadline for this grant.

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be an undergraduate student (or teaching credential student)
  • Must have a 3.25 grade point average (or for freshman 75 percentile in SAT/ACT/GRE in one section of the test)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
Renewable Status

This grant may be renewable based on availability of funds and eligibility each year.

Pell Grant

Amount

Up to $6,195. Prorated per enrollment status.

Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Complete the FAFSA (with Biola listed)
  2. Make sure financial aid file is completed with the Office of Financial Aid
Deadline

There is no deadline for this grant.

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be an undergraduate student (or teaching credential student without an accompanying master’s degree)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Must have sufficient financial need
Renewable Status

This grant may be renewable based on availability of funds and eligibility each year.

California Chafee Grant Program

A federal and state-funded need-based state grant for current or former foster youth for college or career training.

Amount

Up to $5,000, depending on financial need.

Application

Students must review the following application guidelines:

  1. Complete the FAFSA (with Biola listed)
  2. Complete the Chafee Grant Application (Biola will submit Chafee Need Analysis Report once the student’s financial aid file is completed)
Deadline

There is no deadline for this grant.

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must have been determined to be a dependent of the court between the ages of 16 and 19
  • Must be a current or former foster youth, and not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the award year
Renewable Status

Yes, this grant is renewable through the student’s 23rd birthday. You must file the FAFSA to renew.

Loans

Direct Subsidized & Unsubsidized Loans

The Direct Loan is a loan funded by the U.S. Department of Education that must be repaid with interest. Amount determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Amount and Interest
Grade Level Base Direct Loan Dependent Undergraduate Unsubsidized Independent Undergraduate Unsubsidized
Freshman
(0-26 credits)
$3,500 $2,000 $6,000
Sophomore
(27-56 credits)
$4,500 $2,000 $6,000
Junior
(57-87 credits)
$5,500 $2,000 $7,000
Senior
(88+ credits)
$5,500 $2,000 $7,000
Teaching Credential $5,500 Ineligible $7,000

For current loan interest rates and origination fee amounts, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Application

Students must complete the following applications:

  1. FAFSA (online form; with Biola listed)
  2. Direct Loan Master Promissory Note & Entrance Counseling (online form)
Deadline

April 15 — This is the recommended deadline in order to be processed in time for the beginning of the school year. All loan requests must be received no later than the last day of the semester in which the funds are being requested in order to be processed.

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be enrolled at least half-time
  • Financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, will determine whether the student is eligible to receive subsidized or unsubsidized funding
Repayment

Loan repayment is deferred while a student is enrolled at least half-time in a degree program. Repayment typically begins six months after a student drops below half-time enrollment.

Renewable Status

Yes, this loan is renewable yearly (with the completion of a FAFSA). MPN is valid for up to 10 years.

Graduating/Departing Information

Students must complete exit counseling online in preparation for graduating/completing their program.

Direct Parent PLUS Loan

Credit-based loan for parents of dependent students who are enrolled at least half-time.

Amount and Interest

Up to cost of attendance minus financial aid.

For current loan interest rates and origination fee amounts, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Application

See the following required applications:

  1. Students must complete the FAFSA (online form; with Biola listed)
  2. Parents must complete the Direct Parent PLUS Loan Application, Master Promissory Note & Entrance Counseling (online form)
Deadline

June 1 — This is the recommended deadline in order to be processed in time for the beginning of the school year. All loan requests must be received no later than the last day of the semester in which the funds are being requested in order to be processed.

Eligibility

Students and parents must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student and parents must be either U.S. citizens, or eligible non-citizens with a U.S. address
  • The student must be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible degree program
Repayment

Loan repayment is deferred while a student is enrolled at least half-time in a degree program. Repayment typically begins six months after a student drops below half-time enrollment.

Renewable

No, this loan is not renewable. Parents must reapply each academic year.

Private Student Loan

You may choose to borrow Private Student Loan funds from a private financial institution to help fund your education after all other resources have been exhausted:

  • Federal direct loans are required by law to provide a range of flexible repayment options, including, but not limited to, income-based repayment and income-contingent repayment plans, and loan forgiveness benefits, which other student loans are not required to provide.
  • Federal direct loans are available to students regardless of income, whereas private student loans are dependent on student (and cosigner) credit. Private loans are not federally funded, and are dependent on student (and cosigner) credit. Private loans tend to have higher interest rates than federal direct loans, and in most cases, Parent PLUS loans.
Amount and Interest

Minimum loan amounts begin at $1,000 and may also be large enough to cover the remaining cost of attendance (varies by lender).

Maximum loan amounts are determined by subtracting all of a student's financial aid from their cost of attendance for the school year.

Interest rates vary by lender.

Application

Students can complete a loan application with their chosen lender, or may look for a lender on our Preferred Lender List. Please note the following additional details:

  1. Part of your loan application will include completing an Applicant Self-Certification Form. This includes calculating your estimated cost of attendance. Learn more about how to do that on our FAQ page.
Deadline

June 1 — This is the recommended deadline in order to be processed in time for the beginning of the school year. All loan requests must be received no later than the last day of the semester in which the funds are being requested in order to be processed. Please allow 4–6 weeks for processing.

Eligibility

Generally, the borrower must be a U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen with a U.S. address, or an international student with a U.S. citizen cosigner (varies per lender).

Cosigner Requirements

Criteria varies per lender. Unless you are steadily employed, earn at least $12,000 a year, and have a stable credit history with a good FICO score (over 700), you will more than likely need a cosigner in order to be approved for a private student loan.

Renewable Status

No, these loans are not renewable. Students must apply yearly using the application resources linked above.

Additional Resources

Know Your Options

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.

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