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Grants

If you’re eligible for grants, remember: These are need-based awards that do not need to be repaid. Grants are offered based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA, so it’s important to meet all the necessary deadlines to make sure you can receive all the grant aid you’re eligible for.

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 an 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 an 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 National Guard Education Assistance Award Program

A tuition-specific, state entitlement award, funded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). For active members in the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia. This award is designed to provide an educational incentive to improve your skills, competencies and abilities.

Amount

To be determined.

Application

Initial applicants must complete the following application steps for the year that they are applying:

  1. Complete the California National Guard EAAP application.
  2. Complete the FAFSA application.
  3. Submit a completed Statement of Understanding (print and hand deliver to your commanding officer for signature).
  4. Submit a Letter of Recommendation from a former or current professor or school counselor, former or current commander, or civilian employer. Applicants who apply after April 30 do not need to complete this step).

Deadline

The priority deadline is April 30 (the application opens on January 15).

After April 30, applications will continue to be accepted on a first come, first served basis until all awards are exhausted (or until January 14; whichever comes first).

Eligibility

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be an active member who has served two (2) years in the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia.
  2. Agree to remain an active member throughout the participation period in the program.
  3. Agree to use the award to obtain a certificate, degree, or diploma that you currently do not possess.
  4. Be enrolled in, registered at, or accepted to a qualifying institution.
  5. Agree to maintain enrollment of a minimum of three (3) academic credits per semester, or the equivalent, at a qualifying institution as defined by California Education Code section 69432(l).
  6. Agree to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  7. Be a resident of California for at least one year.

View additional eligibility requirements on the California Student Aid Commission website.

    Renewable Status

    Please see the following grant renewal details:

    If any of the dates fall on a weekend, then the following business day date will be used.

    International Student Grants

    International Students (non-U.S. citizens) please refer to our Financial Aid for International Students page for more information on the International Student Aid Grant.

    University Award

    A need-based grant awarded by the Office of Financial Aid.

    Amount

    Varies, and is 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 Biola University Award will be reduced or eliminated.

    Application

    Students must review the following application guidelines:

    1. Complete the FAFSA (with Biola listed).
    2. Submit all required documents and complete steps requested by the Office of Financial (in order to complete the student’s financial aid file).
    Deadline

    There is no deadline for this grant. Availability of the grant is based on availability of funds.

    Eligibility

    Student must have sufficient financial need and be enrolled at least half-time. Teaching credential students are not eligible.

    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.

    President's Award

    Amount

    100% of tuition

    Application

    There is no application for this grant. The grant is awarded to one senior student per year by the student affairs committee (nomination completed by the Dean of Student Affairs).

    Deadline

    There is no deadline for this grant.

    Eligibility

    Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Student is a senior at Biola with intention to graduate at the end of the school year
    • Student must have a minimum 3.60 GPA
    • Student must have attended Biola for at least two years
    • Additional personal qualifications are required
    Renewable Status

    No, this grant is not renewable.

    SEOG (Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant)

    A federal need-based grant, awarded by the Office of Financial Aid.

    Amount

    Up to $1,500. Grant is coordinated with all other grants and scholarships received.

    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. Availability of the grant is based on availability of funds.

    Eligibility

    Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled at least half-time
    • 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.

    Teaching Credential Grant

    A need-based grant awarded by the Office of Financial Aid to students in the School of Education’s 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
    • 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.

    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.