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Schedule an appointment with a financial counselor.

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Scholarships

Institutional and privately donated funds offered by La Sierra University and other entities.

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Tuition & Costs

Undergraduate, graduate, and other academic and summer programs tuition and costs.

An Affordable Christian Education

At La Sierra University, we realize that arranging for financial aid can be a complicated process, but we’re here to make paying for your La Sierra education as simple as possible.

Our counselors, administrative team, and student staff provide accurate and friendly service to help you complete the financial aid process. We focus on your unique financial situation and gather all the pieces to maximize your financial aid eligibility.

Announcements

FSA ID, your electronic passport for Financial Aid

All students, parents, or borrowers using and logging into a U.S. Department of Education (ED) website – fafsa.gov, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®), StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and Agreement to Serve (ATS) – will be asked to create a new log-in credential known as the FSA ID. Anyone who formerly had a FAFSA PIN will no longer be able to use that.

Four major FSA ID benefits

  1. It removes your personally identifiable information (like your Social Security number) from your log-in credentials.
  2. It creates a more secure and efficient way to verify your information when you log in to access your financial aid information.
  3. It gives you the ability to easily update your personal information (like your name, phone number, and e-mail address).
  4. It allows you to retrieve your username and password by requesting a secure code to be sent to your e-mail address or by answering challenge questions.

Remember: Your federal student aid account information is valuable. Only the owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account; and you should never share your FSA ID.

For more information about the FSA ID, please visit StudentAid.gov/fsaid.

Source: Jordan, April. Homeroom, The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education
Post Date: May 11, 2015

"Get Transcript Online" suspended

The IRS as of now has shut down the Get Transcript Online process in response to a cyber attack in May. While we wait for further guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, students and parents are still able to link their tax information to their FAFSA using the IRS DRT function.

In the meantime if a student or parent needs to request a tax transcript, they may still request the IRS Tax Return Transcript by mail by selecting the Get Transcript link. The transcript will be mailed within five to ten business days.

Click for more information about the IRS Statement on "Get Transcripts."

Source: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Post Date: June 02, 2015

Types of Financial Aid

The most important process in applying for financial aid is filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for federal, state, local, and institutional scholarships, grants, and loans. Remember, you must have a Financial Student Aid (FSA) ID first. Visit FSAID.ed.gov to obtain your FSA ID.

File Early - You can file your FAFSA for the following school year as early as January 1. Submitting your FAFSA application early ensures that you will be considered for the maximum amount of aid for which you may be eligible, since many funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Search for SCHOLARSHIPS - Institutional and privately donated funds offered by La Sierra University and other entities, awarded on the basis of a student's merit and academic achievement. These funds do not have to be repaid!

GRANTS - Federal, state and institutional funds awarded on the basis of financial need (usually measured by information from the FAFSA). Unlike loans, grants do not have to be repaid. These include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Federal TEACH Grants, State Grants, and Institutional Grants.

LOANS are a form of financial aid that must be repaid. Most types of education loans do not require repayment until the student has graduated or ceased to be enrolled at least half-time. Both need-based loans, which are interest-free while the student is in school, and non-need-based loans, which accrue interest while the student is enrolled, are available. Most student loans have low interest rates during the repayment period. Payments may be deferred or forgiven based on certain conditions by the federal government.

FEDERAL WORK STUDY - A program where the federal government contributes funds toward a student's wages. These funds enable students to work part time while going to school.

International Students

Financial Guarantee Form (FGF)

International students must obtain the proper signatures on the Financial Guarantee Form and file it with the Office of Admissions before clearance can be given for the issuance of an I-20 form.

All international students must furnish evidence of additional resources to finance the expenses of the planned education. Because international students do not qualify for loans and grants listed under financial aid, parents or sponsors are responsible for making payment arrangements each quarter at registration.