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Scholarships from Biola (Fall 2023–Spring 2024)

At Biola, we seek to make our unique, Christ-centered education more affordable for you and your family. That is why we’ve expanded our scholarships for both freshmen and transfer students to their largest amounts ever. Academic scholarships — which are merit-based awards that do not need to be repaid — range from $13,000 to $22,000. And there are lots of additional scholarships beyond those.
  

Freshman Academic Scholarship

Amount for 2023–24 School Year
  • President's — $22,000
  • Provost's — $21,000
  • Dean's — $20,000
  • Eagle's — $17,000
  • Founder's Grant — $13,000

Calculate your Academic Scholarship

Enter your GPA. Test scores are optional and may be submitted to strengthen your overall academic qualifications.

Unweighted High School GPA

Math + Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Application

No separate application required. The Office of Admissions will award this scholarship to eligible students upon acceptance into Biola University.

Deadline

May 1 — Updated GPA and SAT/ACT scores are due by this date

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Eligibility is based on the student’s unweighted final high school GPA and scores received on the SAT or ACT.
  • Continuous, full-time enrollment is expected to receive the full scholarship amount. If you choose to enroll as a part-time student, your scholarship will be prorated based on your total credit count (9–11 credits will receive 75% of the scholarship and 6–8 credits will receive 50% of the scholarship).
Renewable Status

Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually (when a minimum GPA is maintained).

Transfer Heritage Academic Scholarship

Amount for 2023–24 School Year

$13,000–$22,000 per year

Scholarship College GPA Award Amount
William Blackstone Transfer Academic Scholarship 4.00 and above $22,000
Anna Horton Transfer Academic Scholarship 3.75 – 3.99 $21,000
Lyman Stewart Transfer Academic Scholarship 3.50 – 3.74 $20,000
6th & Hope Transfer Academic Scholarship 3.00 – 3.49 $17,000
Margaret Hart Transfer Grant 2.9 and below $13,000
Application

No separate application required. The Office of Admissions will award this scholarship to eligible students upon acceptance into Biola University.

Deadline

Students must review the following deadlines:

  • July 1 — Transfer students entering Biola for the fall semester must ensure that their most up-to-date transcripts are in the possession of Biola’s Office of Admissions no later than this date.
  • December 15 — Transfer students entering Biola for the spring semester must ensure that their most up-to-date transcripts are in the possession of Biola’s Office of Admissions no later than this date.
Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students are eligible for this scholarship if they are transferring 15 or more credits (based on a college transcript).
  • If the student is transferring 14 credits or less, they are only eligible for the Freshman Academic Scholarship based on the student's high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores.
  • Continuous, full-time enrollment is expected to receive the full scholarship amount. If you choose to enroll as a part-time student, your scholarship will be prorated based on your total credit count (9–11 credits will receive 75% of the scholarship and 6–8 credits will receive 50% of the scholarship).
Renewable Status

Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually (when a minimum GPA is maintained).

Campus Visit Scholarship

The Campus Visit Scholarship is available to any incoming freshman, transfer, or freshman transfer student who takes part in a registered visit on campus (Admissions sponsored event or individual tour) between July 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023.

Amount for 2023–24 School Year

$500 — to be disbursed equally between Fall 2023 and Spring 2024

Application

No separate application required. The Office of Admissions will award this scholarship to eligible students upon acceptance to Biola University.

Deadline

April 30, 2023 — Students must take part in a registered visit on campus between July 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The student must be an incoming freshman, transfer, or freshman transfer student who took part in a registered visit on campus (Admissions sponsored event or individual tour) between July 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023 and enrolls in the Fall 2023 entry term.
  • International students are eligible for this scholarship.
  • Readmit students, online bachelor’s students, or students who are earning a second bachelor’s degree are not eligible.
  • Students are eligible for only one Campus Visit Scholarship regardless of the number of visits.
  • The student must remain continuously enrolled. Eligibility for the scholarship will terminate if a recipient withdraws for any reason, including illness or academic probation.
  • The student must be enrolled at least half time for each term to be eligible.
Please see additional terms and conditions below.

    Renewable Status

    No, this scholarship is not renewable. The scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.

    Terms and Conditions

    Please review the following terms and conditions regarding this scholarship:

    • The scholarship is limited to one year/two semesters of enrollment and will be paid out equally in the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters.
    • The student must remain continuously enrolled. Eligibility for the scholarship will terminate if a recipient withdraws for any reason, including illness or academic probation.
    • The student must be enrolled at least half time for each term to be eligible.
    • If a student postpones enrollment to a future academic term, they will not be eligible for the scholarship.
      • Note that if a student postpones to Spring 2024, they will be allowed to have the spring portion only.
    • Other institutional aid will typically not reduce this scholarship unless the scholarship results in gift aid in excess of the student’s cost of attendance.
    • External aid such as private scholarships or Cal Grant will typically not reduce this scholarship unless the scholarship reduces eligibility for the external aid or if the scholarship results in gift aid in excess of the student’s cost of attendance. However, the scholarship must be coordinated with other state and federal financial aid and may impact eligibility based on their rules.
    • The recipient must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards to maintain eligibility for the scholarship.
    • The scholarship is not transferable.
    • The scholarship is only applicable to freshman, transfers, and freshman transfers (readmits, post-bachelors, and second bachelors are not eligible)
    • The scholarship cannot be used to cover the cost of study abroad programs including Biola-led programs.
    • Students who are using the Tuition Waiver program are not eligible for this scholarship. If the scholarship is awarded before tuition waiver is added to a student’s financial aid package, the Campus Visit Scholarship will be removed.
    • The scholarship is not refundable in the event the student has enough other institutional gift aid to cover all institutional charges.
    • The scholarship will typically be added to a student’s financial aid package within a week of acceptance to Biola.

    Los Angeles County/Orange County Resident Scholarship

    Amount for 2023–24 School Year

    $1,000 per year, split evenly between Fall and Spring

    Application

    No separate application required. The Office of Admissions will award this scholarship to eligible students upon acceptance into Biola University.

    Eligibility

    Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Students must enroll in the Fall 2022 term to be eligible
    • Students whose permanent residence is in Los Angeles County or Orange County

    Please see additional terms and conditions below.

    Renewable Status

    The scholarship is limited to two years of enrollment in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, and will be paid out equally in the Fall and Spring semesters.

    Terms and Conditions
    • The scholarship is limited to two years of enrollment in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, and will be paid out equally in the Fall and Spring semesters.
    • At least half-time enrollment is required for scholarship eligibility, and students enrolled less than full-time will have their scholarship prorated to 75% and 50% for three-quarter-time and half-time enrollment respectively.
    • The student must remain continuously enrolled to maintain eligibility. Eligibility for the scholarship will terminate if a recipient withdraws for any reason, including illness or academic probation.
    • International students are not eligible, regardless of their county of residence.
    • The scholarship cannot be used in any term beyond Spring 2024.
    • If a student postpones enrollment to a future academic term, they will not be eligible for the scholarship.
    • Other institutional aid will typically not reduce this scholarship unless the scholarship results in gift aid in excess of the student’s cost of attendance.
    • External aid such as private scholarships or Cal Grant will typically not reduce this scholarship unless the scholarship reduces eligibility for the external aid, or if the scholarship results in gift aid in excess of the student’s cost of attendance. However, the scholarship must be coordinated with other state and federal financial aid and may impact eligibility based on their rules.
    • If a student’s institutional aid and other tuition-specific scholarships exceed the student’s direct costs, this scholarship will be reduced since this scholarship is not refundable to the student.
    • The recipient must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards to maintain eligibility for the scholarship. The recipient must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to maintain eligibility.
    • The scholarship is not transferable.
    • The scholarship is only applicable to first-time freshmen, transfer students, readmitting students, and post-baccalaureate* "traditional" undergraduate enrollment and courses required to complete a traditional undergraduate degree.
      • *Post-baccalaureate students are only eligible if they have not earned a degree from Biola.
    • The scholarship cannot be used to cover the cost of study abroad programs including Biola-led programs.
    • Students who are using the Tuition Waiver program are not eligible for this scholarship. If the scholarship is awarded before tuition waiver is added to a student’s financial aid package, the LA/OC Resident Scholarship will be removed.
    • The scholarship will be added to a student’s financial aid package within a week of acceptance to Biola.

    La Comunidad Scholarship

    Amount for 2023–24 School Year

    $2,000

    Application

    Students must submit an application and any supplemental materials through the La Comunidad Scholarship form.

    Deadline

    November 24 — Spring deadline
    March 15
    — Fall deadline

    Application may open for a second round depending on funding, but students may only apply once.

    Eligibility

    Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Student must have a 2.5 GPA or above
    • First-time transfer students to Biola who have submitted an application for the upcoming fall semester. Student must attend one of the eligible community colleges. Eligible community colleges include:
      • East Los Angeles College
      • Mount San Antonio College
      • Rio Hondo College
      • Santa Ana College
      • Long Beach City College
      • Pasadena City College
      • Fullerton College
      • El Camino College
      • Cerritos College
      • Los Angeles Pierce College
      • Citrus College
      • Los Angeles City College
      • Los Angeles Mission College
      • Orange Coast College
      • Antelope Valley College
      • Cypress College
      • Glendale Community
      • Santiago Canyon College
      • Los Angeles Harbor College
      • Saddleback College
      • West Los Angeles College
      • Golden West College
      • Coastline Community College
      • Irvine Valley College
      • Los Angeles Southwest College
      • Santa Monica College
      • Pasadena City College
    Renewable Status

    Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually (up to three years).

    Alumni Dependent Scholarship

    Amount for 2023–24 School Year

    $1,000 per year

    Application

    No separate application required. The eligible student should indicate "alumni" on the parent section of the Biola University Application for Admission. The Office of Admissions automatically awards the Alumni Dependent Scholarship at the time the eligible student is admitted to Biola University.

    Deadline

    No deadline. Priority given to early applicants.

    Eligibility

    Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • The student is eligible if he/she is the dependent of someone who has completed 30 credits of coursework at Biola University (including Talbot School of Theology, Rosemead School of Psychology, the Cook School of Intercultural Studies, School of Education or Crowell School of Business) at the time the student enters Biola.
    • Teaching credential students (without an accompanying master’s degree) are not eligible.
    Renewable Status

    Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually.

    Church Matching Scholarship

    Amount for 2023–24 School Year

    Up to $1,300 per year (split between fall and spring semesters)

    Application

    Students must review the following application guidelines:

    1. Completed FAFSA (Biola listed)
    2. Complete the Church Matching Scholarship application
    3. Church sponsorship check should be written out to Biola University and attached to the Church Matching Scholarship Application
    Deadline

    Students should review the following deadlines:

    • October 2 — Full-year or fall-only students
    • March 1 — Spring-only students
    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

    No, this scholarship is not renewable. Student must reapply annually based on financial need and additional church sponsorship.

    FirstGen Scholars Program Scholarship

    Amount for 2023–24 School Year

    $3,000 per year

    Application

    Students must review the following application guidelines:

    1. Complete the FAFSA (with Biola listed) or the California Dream Act application (if you are an AB 540 student)
    2. Submit the FirstGen Scholarships Program scholarship application
    Deadline

    Students must review the following application guidelines:

    • February 15 — Freshmen applicants
    • March 15 — Transfer applicants
    Eligibility

    Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Any incoming student who is a first-generation college student
      • A first-generation college student is someone whose neither parent completed a bachelor's degree in the U.S.
      • We acknowledge that first-generation students have diverse stories, perhaps one or both of your parents attended college but haven’t graduated with a bachelor’s degree or have attended college in another country.
    • Demonstrate need verified by the Office of Financial Aid
    • Stated commitment to participate in the FirstGen Scholars Program at Biola University
    Renewable Status

    Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually (with active participation in the FirstGen Scholars program).

    Irene K. Michels Scholarship

    The Irene K. Michels Scholarship was established in memory of Irene Michels and is awarded to incoming undergraduate Computer Science majors with a preference for female students.

    Amount for 2023–24 School Year

    $5,000 per year ($2,500 per semester)

    Application

    No separate application is required. Eligibility and selection are determined by the Financial Aid Office. Eligible students are awarded in the Spring prior to the fall entry term to Biola University.

    Please email finaid.scholarships@biola.edu with questions.

    Eligibility

    Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Incoming Computer Science student
    • Applicant must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or above.
      Renewable Status

      Yes, this scholarship is renewable annually (up to three years).

      The Promod and Dorcas Haque Scholarship

      The Promod and Dorcas Haque Scholarship was established to support educational diversity at the University as well as encourage students who are historically underrepresented in jobs in the Computer Science field to obtain degrees in that field.

      Amount for 2023–24 School Year

      $3,000–$5,000 per year

      Application

      No separate application is required. Eligibility and selection are determined by the Financial Aid Office. Eligible students are awarded in the Spring prior to the fall entry term to Biola University.

      Please email finaid.scholarships@biola.edu with questions.

      Eligibility

      Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

      • Incoming/continuing Computer Science Student
      • Student must have demonstrated need based on FAFSA information
      • First priority to African-American students
        Renewable Status

        No, this is a one-time scholarship. However, previous recipients can be reconsidered for renewal based on availability.

        The Haque Family Scholarship

        The Haque Family Scholarship was established to support educational diversity at the University as well as encourage students who are historically underrepresented in jobs in the Computer Science field to obtain degrees in that field.

        Amount for 2023–24 School Year

        $3,000–$5,000 per year

        Application

        No separate application is required. Eligibility and selection are determined by the Financial Aid Office. Eligible students are awarded in the Spring prior to the fall entry term to Biola University.

        Please email finaid.scholarships@biola.edu with questions.

        Eligibility

        Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

        • Incoming/continuing Computer Science Student
        • Student must have demonstrated need based on FAFSA information
        • First priority to Hispanic students
          Renewable Status

          No, this is a one-time scholarship. However, previous recipients can be reconsidered for renewal based on availability.

          Departmental Scholarships

          Departmental scholarships are available for several programs. Students are eligible on the basis of his/her achievement or potential in a certain field. Some department scholarships also require that students demonstrate financial need. For information regarding specific departments, contact the appropriate department.

          Art

          Each year the Department of Art offers several art scholarships to incoming new students. These awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the submission of an art portfolio and artist’s statement. All students are encouraged to participate in this process.

          Returning art students will be offered departmental scholarships based upon the quality of their annual student portfolio submissions. Please email any questions to art@biola.edu.

          Scholarship Application

          Athletics

          Contact the department directly.

          Business

          Learn about the undergraduate grants and scholarships offered to Crowell School of Business students.

          Cinema and Media Arts

          The School of Cinema and Media Arts gives over $100,000 in scholarships to incoming students every year. If you have already applied to Biola and the School of Cinema and Media Arts, then you are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2022. Please email any questions to cma@biola.edu.

          Scholarship Application

            Communication

            The Communication Studies Leadership Scholarship is being offered to students who have exhibited Communication leadership and want to grow in their skills. For additional details, please refer to the application or email comm.studies@biola.edu.

            Scholarship Application

            Education

            Learn about the undergraduate grants and scholarships offered to School of Education students.

            Intercultural Studies

            Contact the department directly.

            Journalism

            New students in the journalism and integrated media major can apply for the department’s Leadership Scholarships for New Students. Students may earn up to $6,000 in scholarship money each academic year.

            Learn About the Scholarship

            Scholarship Application

            Music

            Contact the department directly.

            Public Relations

            The Department of Public Relations and Strategic Communication offers one scholarship –– the Student Leadership Scholarship –– for an incoming student. The scholarship of $1,500 is designated for entering students (freshman or transfers) in the B.A. in Public Relations & Strategic Communication.

            Learn About the Scholarship

            Science

            Contact the department directly.

            Theatre

            Service Grant Awards are awarded each semester based on student involvement in productions. The deadline for the application in the fall is the last day of September, and the last day of January in the spring. Please fill out this form and submit it via email to theatre@biola.edu.

            Scholarship (Service Grant) Application

            Mail applications to the following address:

            Biola University
            Communication Studies Department
            13800 Biola Avenue
            La Mirada, CA 90639

            LEAD Scholarship

            (Leaders Engaging and Advancing Diversity)

            Amount for 2023–24 School Year

            $2,000–$6,000 per year

            Application

            Students must review the following application guidelines:

            1. Complete and submit your Biola University application and turn in all required documents (e.g. transcripts, test scores, etc.)
            2. Complete and submit your LEAD Scholarship application
            3. Finalists may be asked to submit additional materials before being awarded the scholarship
            Deadline

            Students must review the following deadlines:

            • February 1 — Freshmen applicants 
            • March 1 — Transfer applicants
            Eligibility

            Students must review the following eligibility requirements:

            • Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or above, and/or cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher. 
            • Students of any ethnic or racial background are welcome to apply.
            • Students should be curious, empathetic and willing to engage honestly in challenging discussions. Being a part of LEAD is a significant commitment and honor. The LEAD Scholars Program seeks applicants who are passionate about diversity, committed to growing with their cohort and willing to invest what they learn into the greater Biola community.
            Renewable Status

            Annually renewable with active participation in the LEAD Scholars program.

            International Student Grants

            International Students (Non-U.S. citizens) please refer to our Financial Aid for International Students page for more information on scholarships for international students.

            TELACU Scholarship

            Amount for 2023–24 School Year

            $3,000 total, which includes:

            • $1,000 TELACU Scholarship
            • $2,000 matching scholarship from Biola University
              • Biola is currently able to award the matching scholarship for a maximum of ten TELACU students per year. Biola's matching scholarship will be awarded to the first ten TELACU scholarship recipients, determined by TELACU
            Application

            Students must review the following application guidelines:

            1. Complete the FAFSA (with Biola listed)
            2. Complete the TELACU Scholarship Application
            Deadline

            March 25 (by 5 p.m.)

            Eligibility

            Students must review the following eligibility requirements:

            • Student must be a first generation college student
            • Student must be from a low to moderate income family
            • Student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
            • Student must have demonstrated need based on FAFSA information
            • Student must be enrolled full-time for the entire academic year
            Renewable Status

            No, this scholarship is not renewable. Students must reapply each year through TELACU.

            Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship

            The Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship was generously donated by The Ahmanson Foundation in an effort to support veterans who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Funds are applicable to tuition, Collegium membership, and the Biola Counseling Center.

            Amount for 2023–24 School Year

            Up to $3,000 per year (for undergraduate students)

            Application

            Students must review the following application guidelines:

            1. Complete the FAFSA (with Biola listed)
            2. Provide a current Certificate of Eligibility to military.benefits@biola.edu
            3. Log into the Scholarship Portal
              • Complete the General Application
              • Search for and complete the “Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship” form
            Deadline

            Funds will be awarded first-come, first-serve throughout summer.

            Eligibility

            Students must review the following eligibility requirements:

            • Student veterans with current Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are eligible to apply.
            • Student is eligible if he or she has demonstrated financial need and is at least a half-time student.
            Renewable Status

            No, this scholarship is not renewable. Students must reapply annually based on financial need and availability of funds.

            Golden State Teacher Grant Program

            The Golden State Teacher Grant program (GSTG) is for students who are currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program to earn a credential in a high need field and commit to teach at a priority school, in California for four years, within five years after completing a teacher preparation program.

            The definition of a “high-need field” and a list of “priority schools” can be found on this state site.

            Amount for 2023–24 School Year

            Up to $20,000 is available to eligible, currently enrolled students in Biola’s teacher preparation programs.

            Application

            Review the following application requirements:

            1. Apply for a Golden State Teacher Grant with the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
            2. The Office of Financial Aid will contact the applicant to review eligibility and will then certify eligibility with CSAC. Note that during this part of the process the applicant will complete a Biola Golden State Teacher Grant Request Form which will be provided at that time.
            3. CSAC will provide the applicant with a Teaching Agreement to sign.
            4. Once the applicant has signed the Teaching Agreement, a check will be issued by CSAC in the student’s name. Note that it will take four to six weeks for the check to be issued. 
            5. Once the check is received by Biola, the student will come to the Office of Financial Aid to pick up the check which is made out to the student.
            Deadline

            Priority application deadline:

            • Two months prior to the start of an eligible term. 

              Because of the complexity of the program and the length of time it takes for CSAC to send the check, students are encouraged to complete the application as early as possible.
            Eligibility

            Students must meet the following eligibility requirements and obligation:

            • Be enrolled in a qualifying Teacher Certification program. At Biola, students are considered enrolled in a qualifying teaching certification program based on the following information:
              • Undergraduate Students
                • Enroll in LEDU 301
                • Apply to the teacher preparation program
                • Be accepted into the teacher preparation program
                • Remain in good standing
              • Graduate Students
                • Apply to the teacher preparation program
                • Be accepted into the teacher preparation program
                • Remain in good standing
            • Current eligible programs at Biola:
              • Mathematics or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including career technical education in STEM areas
              • Science
              • Special education
            • Be committed to teaching in a “high-need” field in a “priority school” for 4 years (within the first 5 years of completion of a teacher preparation program).
            • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
            • Demonstrate financial need.
            • If a grant recipient does not fulfill the program obligation for any reason, the recipient will be required to repay 25% of the total amount awarded annually for each year the recipient does not do one or more of the following:
              • Be enrolled in or have successfully completed a teacher preparation program approved by the CTC.
              • While enrolled in the teacher preparation program, maintain good academic standing.
              • Complete the required teaching service following completion of the teacher preparation program
            Renewable Status

            This grant is not renewable.

            Additional Notes, Terms and Conditions
            • Because of the complexity of this process, please allow 2-3 weeks for initial processing by the Office of Financial Aid once you have submitted your application.
            • Eligibility for this grant cannot be spread over multiple years. If a student is not eligible for the full amount in one year, any unused funds will not be available in future years.
            • Resources:
              • California Student Aid Commission
                • Website: Golden State Teacher Grant
                • Email: goldenstateteachers@csac.ca.gov
                • Phone: 888-224-7268
              • Biola School of Education
                • Email: education@biola.edu
                • Phone: 562-903-4843