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Parent Financial Aid Opportunities

As parents, you play a tremendous role in planning out your expenses and helping your student finance their Biola education. The Office of Financial Aid is here to help walk you through the process, and we want to make sure you’re aware of all the different financial aid opportunities available not only for your student, but for you as well.


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.


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)

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.


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

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

Key Tips for Parents

As you navigate the financial aid process with your student, keep the following key tips in mind:

  1. All correspondence from the Office of Financial Aid must be sent to your student. We recommend you stay in contact with your student for important financial aid information.
  2. Per federal regulations, we can only speak to you if your student has authorized us to do so. Please make sure your student has included your name on their "Information Release Consent Form.” If not, they can complete a new FERPA form, available on our Important Forms page.
  3. The best time to complete your FAFSA is in October. You do not need to have your taxes completed to file the FAFSA, and can submit the form using estimated figures. If you use estimated figures, you will need to make updates once you have filed your taxes. Learn how to transfer your tax information into your FAFSA form (using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool) on the Federal Student Aid website.
  4. For families who have established California residency for at least 1 year, please submit a verified Cal GPA form by April 2 to be considered for a Cal Grant.
  5. The FAFSA needs to be completed each year your student enrolls in college if you are receiving aid (including Direct Loans). If you need other loans as well, the PLUS or Private Student Loans also require a new application each year.
  6. All requirements for your student’s financial aid file — after FAFSA or CADAA (Dream Act) forms are submitted, and after Cal GPA form has been submitted for California residents, — have a priority deadline of April 15. All Parent Plus Loan and Private Loan applications have a priority deadline of June 1.

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.

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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