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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.


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Tuesday: 8:30 AM-11:00 AM & 12:00 PM-4:30 PM

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The most important process in applying for financial aid is filing the FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) application. REMEMBER, you must have a PIN first. You can obtain your PIN through this website.


Available - Beginning of December each year. You may also pick up the form at any university or college financial aid office, high school, or public library. FAFSA forms will not be accepted before January 1.

GRANTS - Federal, state and institutional funds awarded on the basis of financial need (usually measured by information from the FAFSA). Like loans, they do not have to be repaid. These include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Federal SMART Grant, 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 is enrolled. 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 Scholarship

Anees A. Haddad Scholarship

The recipients of this scholarship are international students who for financial reasons might not benefit from the Christian educational environment at La Sierra University. The scholarship is named for Anees A. Haddad, a long-time La Sierra Professor of Sociology and Family Studies, former Director of the Division of Behavioral Sciences and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Haddad’s career of excellence as teacher, scholar and academic administrator represents the best of La Sierra’s cross-cultural tradition which has enriched the lives of all individuals in the La Sierra community.

Nellie Nehme Haddad Memorial Scholarship

Nellie Nehme Haddad, born in a picturesque mountain village in Southern Lebanon, soon moved with her family to Beirut. While attending Middle East College, she met and married Anees A. Haddad.  A few years after the birth of a son and twin daughters, Nellie began experiencing heart problems related to her childhood rheumatic fever. Through her husband’s determination, the family came to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where Nellie was the first patient to receive a double valve replacement. Although she endured many additional surgeries, Nellie’s attitude of courage and optimism, love of family and grandchildren and artistic talent did not leave room for complaints in her life. Her family and friends established this endowment in memory of Nellie and her attitude of always helping others.

Lam Family Scholarhsip

The Lam Family Endowment has been established by Harry, Fred and Charles Lam to aid Chinese students from Hong Kong, China, Singapore and other Asian countries. The Lam brothers desire to encourage students toward academic excellence. They especially want to help students who have been serving the church and wish to further their studies and return to serve their homeland.

Tracy Teele Memorial Scholarship

Tracy Teele shaped much of what La Sierra University is today. Except for a $15 gift, he earned his entire way through academy and college without loans or scholarships, and on graduation day married Marilyn Manuel. He immediately became dean of men at Monterey Bay Academy, then dean of men at La Sierra at the young age of 26, and later served as vice president for student affairs. Tracy instituted the first Seventh-day Adventist resident assistant program; helped design Sierra Towers; initiated student counseling centers and freshman/parent orientation weekends; and marketed La Sierra to international students. After helping feed 300 Vietnamese refugees, Tracy adopted and educated three of them. He earned a master’s of education from Boston University and completed course work for his doctorate in student personnel administration in higher education from the University of Denver. Tracy died at the apex of his career at age 49. This memorial scholarship was created to aid worthy students in financial need.

Missing Financial Paperwork? - Steps on how to look at your missing financial paper work:

  1. Log in to your Self-Service account.
  2. Click on “Financial Aid.” The second tab on the top left side of the web page under Self Service.
  3. Click on “Eligibility.”
  4. Click on “Student Requirements.”
  5. “Select Aid Year” which is for this upcoming year, then click on “Submit.”
  6. Under the “Unsatisfied Requirements” or “Outstanding Requirements” is the paper work that is still missing. If there is nothing but “Satisfied Requirements” then all the financial paperwork has been turned in.

***Please turn in your paper work to the office of Student Financial Services as soon as possible. ***

You MUST be logged in to your LSU or gmail account to schedule an appointment. If you are not logged in, please do so now before proceeding. If you don't have a LSU gmail account or you are a parent, please call 951-785-2175 to make the appointment. Please Note: during our peak times such as periods of registrations, appointment slots are available on a limited basis. Walk-ins are always welcome, but please expect delays.

Important Deadlines

If you are applying for federal financial aid, it’s very important that you follow these step-by-step instructions starting the January before the Fall term you plan to attend. Please note these instructions are not relevant for international students.


  • Submit the FAFSA form no earlier than January, but in time to meet the priority deadline of March 2. Undergraduates: Be certain to include the GPA verification form.
  • If there are any special family circumstances for us to consider, send a letter of explanation and documentation to the Office of Student Financial Services.


  • If you have not submitted the FAFSA, do so now online. Recommended mailing deadline is February 15. The FAFSA must be received at the federal processor by March 2 to be considered for all types of campus-based funds.
  • Cal Grant recipients: By February 25, submit the following to the Registrar’s Office:
    — your Cal Grant GPA verification form if you’re an undergraduate student
    — your test scores if you’re a graduate student
  • You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor four to six weeks after submitting the FAFSA. Check the SAR carefully.


  • California residents—new applicants only: Meet the March 2 FAFSA postmark deadline for the Cal Grant and graduate fellowships.
  • Complete your financial aid file by submitting all requested documents.


  • Notify the Office of Student Financial Services of any external scholarships you have been awarded. This information is important for finalizing your financial aid package.
  • If you haven’t done so already, complete your financial aid file by submitting all requested documents.
  • Watch for your official Award Letter from La Sierra if your FAFSA is on file, your financial aid file is complete, and you’ve been admitted.


  • Register online for your Fall classes.
  • Make financial payment or arrangements.
  • Clear your finances after registration and complete the tuition payment plan form. To avoid deletion of your classes, you must make your payment arrangements before September 15.
  • If awarded Federal Work Study (FWS), obtain the FWS Authorization Form from the Office of Human Resources and begin looking for a work study job.



  • If you haven’t done so already, complete the registration process by making your Fall financial clearance payment by September 15.
  • If you are on the tuition payment plan, your first tuition payment will be due by September 15. Call or email Student Financial Services at sfs@lasierra.edu for further information.
  • Secure a work study or other student employment position with the Human Resource Department.
  • New Students: If you are receiving a Federal Direct Loan, complete you master promissory note online.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at:

951.785.2175 (phone)
951.785.2942 (fax)

La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515

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