Financial Aid / Student Financial Services

Scholarships and Awards - 2014-15

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Program/Name Type of Aid Program Details Amount
La Sierra 4-Year Renewable Scholarship Renewable Scholarship This is a renewable award for students working on an undergraduate degree. Award amounts will be adjusted on an annual basis based on updated GPA information. Students who are eligible for the National Merit Award or the La Sierra Achievement Award will not get both awards; they will get the higher of the two. Not available to off-campus programs (such as Criminal Justice or Digital Learning) or reduced tuition programs (such as ACCESS and ESL/ELC).

 

  • First-time international students without high school GPA information will be awarded at the 3.25 GPA level.
  • First-time freshmen without GPA information (i.e. GED, CHSPE) will be awarded at the 2.75 GPA level
 
 
Cum. GPA: Scholarship 4-Yr Total
2.50-2.74: $2,060 $8,240
2.75-2.99: $3,090 $12,360
3.00-3.24: $4,120 $16,480
3.25-3.49: $5,150 $20,600
3.50-3.74: $6,180 $24,720
3.75-4.00: $7,725 $30,900

 

La Sierra National Merit Award Renewable Award for up to four years

This award is for students who demonstrate superior scholastic ability through a nationally established testing process. This award is renewable for up to four years (12 quarters). Evaluation of a student’s continued eligibility will be made each year after the completion of the Spring Quarter. Students who drop below 12 units per quarter for more than one quarter will be withdrawn from the program.

Requirements:

  • Take the PSAT during Junior year and SAT during Senior year
  • Maintain 3.5 GPA
  • Pass two-thirds of the units attempted each year
 

1. Finalist 100% of tuition and standard fees (renewable)

2. Semi-Finalist 50% of tuition and standard fees (renewable)

3. Commended 20% of tuition and standard fees (renewable)

 

Students will get the higher of the National Merit or La Sierra 4-Year Renewable Scholarship, not both.

La Sierra Need Grant Renewable Award This is a need-based award for students working on an undergraduate degree. Students must have an official EFC to qualify. Not available to off-campus programs (such as Crimi- nal Justice or Digital Learning) or reduced tuition programs (such as ACCESS and ESL/ELC) $2,060 if the Official EFC is between 0 and 12,000.

La Sierra Academic Achievement Award

Scholarship, 1st year only This award is for first-year students who demonstrate superior scholastic ability through a nationally established testing process, but who did not qualify for a National Merit Award. Students who score at or above 1900 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT will qualify for this award in their first (freshmen) year. Students cannot receive both the La Sierra 4-Year Renewable Scholarship and this award in the same year $10,000
SDA Membership Award Tuition Discount, Renewable Students who are members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church or non-SDA students who graduate from an SDA academy will receive a tuition discount based on enrollment. This award does not apply to reduced-tuition programs. $1,500
Leadership and Volunteering Scholarship Scholarship, 1st year only This award is for students who fulfill the administrative responsibilities of an elected or appointed office, during high school years. Enrollment Services may award to non-freshman students up to the maximum. Up to $2,100
Family Discount Tuition Discount, Renewable A discount is available when two or more members of a student’s immediate family (from the same household—living at home or in the residence halls) are enrolled in a paying, non-tuition-discounted, program at La Sierra University. The award is coordinated with each student’s financial aid package and is prorated for less than full-time enrollment. $300 discount per quarter for each paying family member that is enrolled full-time.
Student Missionary/Task Force Scholarship Scholarship, one time only Given to students who have given nine to twelve months of “mission” service or an adjusted amount for shorter terms of service prior to their enrollment or re-enrollment at the univer- sity. Up to $2,000
Music Scholarship Departmental Scholarship Music: The Music Department recommends students for this award. Students are required to audition to receive this scholarship. All awards are subject to approval by Enrollment Services. Up to $3,000 for Music
Honors Scholarship Departmental Scholarship The Honors Department recommends students from the honors program for this award.

1st Year $350

2nd Year $700

3rd or 4th Year $1,050

(not doing Honors Project)

4th Year $1,400

(doing Honors Project)

Sports Scholarships Departmental Scholarship The Athletics Department recommends students for this award. Students are required to participate on their designated sports’ team to receive this scholarship. All awards are subject to approval by Enrollment Services.

Men’s Sports Women’s Sports

Baseball Basketball

Basketball Softball

Soccer Volleyball

Presidential Scholar Renewable Award for up to 4 years. This scholarship covers all tuition and fees at La Sierra University for one year and is granted to one high-achieving freshman annually. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 and demonstrate outstanding citizenship by improving the world around them through missions, voluntarism, and leadership, and have applied to La Sierra as an incoming freshman.

Full tuition and fees per year.

La Sierra University Grant Renewable Award This is a renewable award for undergraduate students who file a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application and do not qualify for the 4-year renewable scholarship.

$1,000

EFC = $0-12,000

GPA = 2 - 2.49

Church Matching Scholarship Renewable Scholarship La Sierra University will match contributions from students’ congregations or conferences. The contribution check (cash will not be matched) must be accompanied with a signed contract, stating that the funds were processed in accordance with IRS regulations. This scholarship program is available to students who have an unmet need after all other student aid programs have been awarded and may help to reduce the students’ loans. The external funds and the University’s matching portion will pay over three quarters. Educational Allowance recipients are not eligible for the matching funds. Up to $1,000
SDA Summer Camp Earning’s Match Renewable Scholarship La Sierra University will give a matching scholarship to students who work for the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a summer camp personnel during the summer prior to their Fall enrollment. The University will match students’ certified summer earnings that are applied to their Fall term accounts. Matching funds are not available for reduced-tuition or off-campus programs. Any exceptions must be approved by Enrollment Services.

Pacific Union: 100% up to $2,000

non-Pacific Union: 50% up to $1,500

Literature Evangelist Earnings’ Match Renewable Scholarship La Sierra University will give a matching scholarship to students who work for the Sev- enth-day Adventist Church as literature evangelists during the summer prior to their Fall enrollment. The University will match 100% (literature evangelist) of students’ certified summer earnings that are applied to their Fall term accounts. Literature evangelist earnings made during the school year are entitled to be matched, up to an additional $3,000. Matching funds are not available for reduced-tuition or off-campus programs. Any excep- tions must be approved by Enrollment Services.

100% up to $3,000 for the summer.

100% up to an additional $3,000

during school year.

Payment-in-Advance Discount Tuition Discount, Renewable There are two discounts available to students who pay their balance up-front. These dis- counts are calculated on charges less all aid (including loans). These discounts do not ap- ply to already discounted (i.e. summer undergrad, Divinity School graduate programs, ESL/ ELC) or off-campus programs (Digital Learning, PMBA, CJ). A 7% discount is available to students who pay the year-in-advance at Fall quarter registration. This discount is pro-rated over all three terms in the regular school year (Fall, Winter, & Spring). This discount can ap- ply to the off-campus Criminal Justice (CJ) program. A 2% discount is available to students who pay the quarter-in-advance at each term’s registration (not for CJ).

7% off for year-in-advance payment
2% off for quarter-in-advance payment

Policy for Institutional Aid Programs:

Unless stated otherwise, institutional aid awards are only available for on-campus, full-tuition programs. Institutional aid does no cover charges for trips and tours or other off-campus expenses.

Unless stated otherwise, total institutional awards, including endowed scholarships and La Sierra University employee benefits, may not exceed tuition and comprehensive fees.

Financial Aid Time-line/Check List

January

  • Complete the FAFSA for the coming school year at www.fafsa.ed.gov (use estimated income if taxes not finished).
  • La Sierra’s FAFSA code is 001215.
  • La Sierra’s early admissions acceptance begins.

February

  • Submit Cal Grant GPA verification (due March 2).
  • Reserve a spot in the summer Freshmen Orientation program.
  • Apply for scholarships.
  • Current students only: apply for Endowed Scholarship(s) through the Advancement Office.

March

  • File taxes as early as possible. Recommend e-filing.
  • Track your Cal Grant application status at www.calgrants.org.
  • Schedule an appointment for a financial estimate with a La Sierra University Enrollment Counselor.

April

  • Go into the FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update the financial information after taxes are filed.

May

  • Watch for your La Sierra award notification letter from the Office of Student Financial Services.
  • Turn in all documents requested by La Sierra’s
    Student Financial Services to complete your financial aid file by May 15.

June-August

  • Complete any paperwork necessary for your student loans to be processed.
  • Finalize your payment plan with La Sierra’s Student Financial Services.

September

  • Make your first payment by September 10.
  • Buy your books before classes begin.

Useful websites:

Useful Phone Numbers:

  • FASFA: 1-800-4-FED-AID
  • Cal Grant: 1-888-CA-GRANT
  • IRS Transcript: 1-800-908-9946
  • La Sierra Enrollment Services: 951-785-2000
  • La Sierra Student Financial Services: 951-785-2175
  • La Sierra Bookstore: 951-785-2196
  • La Sierra Student Life: 951-785-2100

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UNDERGRADUATE

SCHOLARSHIPS


 

La Sierra 4-Year Renewable Scholarship

This is a renewable award for students working on an undergraduate degree. Award amounts will be adjusted on an annual basis based on updated GPA information.


Cumulative GPA

2.00-2.49

2.50-2.74

2.75-2.99

3.00-3.24

3.25-3.49

3.50-3.74

3.75-4.00

Scholarship $1,000 $1,500 $2,500 $3,500 $4,500 $5,500 $7,000
4-Year Total $4,000 $6,000 $10,000 $14,000 $18,000 $22,000 $28,000

*First-time international students without high school GPA information will be awarded at the 3.25 GPA level.    *First-time freshmen without GPA information (i.e. GED, CHSPE) will be awarded at the 2.75 GPA level.

Students cannot receive both the National Merit Award or La Sierra Achievement award and this award in the same year.

 


La Sierra Need Grant

This is a need-based award for students working on an on-campus undergraduate degree. Students must have an official Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from FAFSA to qualify.

Official EFC (0-12,000) --- $2,000

 


RECRUITMENT SCHOLARSHIPS


National Merit Award

This award is for students who demonstrate superior scholastic ability through a nationally established testing process. This is renewable for up to four years (12 quarters). Evaluation of a student's continued eligibility will be made each year after the completion of the Spring Quarter. Students who drop below 12 units per quarter for more than one quarter will be withdrawn from the program.

Requirement:

  • Take the PSAT during junior year and SAT during senior year
  • Maintain 3.5 GPA
  • Pass two-thirds of the units attempted each year

Awards:

  1. Finalist -- 100% of tuition and standard fees
  2. Semi-Finalist --50% of tuition and standard fees
  3. Commended -- 20% of tuition and standard fees

**Students will get the higher of the National Merit or La Sierra 4-Year Renewable Scholarship, not both.

 


Presidential Scholars

This scholarship covers all tuition and fees at La Sierra University for one year and is granted to one high-achieving freshman annually. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 and demonstrate outstanding citizenship by improving the world around them through missions, volunteerism, and leadership, and have applied to La Sierra as an incoming freshman.

(renewable) (click here for application guidelines/deadlines)

 


 

La Sierra Academic Achievement Award -- $10,000

This award is for first-year students who demonstrate superior scholastic ability through a nationally established testing process, but who did not qualify for a National Merit Award. Students who score at or above 1900 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT will qualify for this award in their first (freshmen) year.

Students cannot receive both the La Sierra 4-Year Renewable Scholarship and this award in the same year.

 


Leadership Scholarship

This award is for students who fulfill the administrative responsibilities of an elected or appointed office, during high school years.  A maximum scholarship of $2,100 is allowed in this area.  Enrollment Services may award to freshmen students up to the maximum.

 


 

Alvord Educational Foundation Scholarship

There are up to three new awards from this scholarship given each year to students graduating from a high school in the Alvord Unified School District. Students turn in applications to the Alvord Educational Foundation, who forwards them to La Sierra for review and selection of recipients.  This award is renewable for up to 4-years if the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress.

$1,000/Year

 


Community Scholars

Granted to students transferring from Riverside Community College who were designated Community Scholars while at RCC (up to 10 students selected each year).  This award is available for up to two years while attending La Sierra University.  In order to qualify, students need to apply to the Community Foundation when first enrolling at RCC, indicating their intention of transferring to La Sierra after two years.  They must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

$2,500/Year

 


 

Dollars for Scholars

Dollars for Scholars is designed to motivate and prepare students to achieve their potential as postsecondary students and productive members of society.  As a Collegiate Partner and Matching Partner with Scholarship America and the Dollars for Scholars program, La Sierra will award $2,500 to students who qualify as a Dollars for Scholars Collegiate Partner recipient.  La Sierra will match up to $1,000 per student (not to exceed $10,000/year) of any Dollars for Scholars awards and up to $500 per student (not to exceed $5,000/year) of any Scholarship America-managed scholarships.

 


Church Matching Scholarship

La Sierra University will match up to $1,000 for contributions from students’ congregations or conference. The contribution check (cash will not be matched) must be accompanied with a signed contract, stating that the funds were processed in accordance with IRS regulations.  This scholarship program is available to students who have an unmet need after all other student aid programs have been awarded and may help to reduce the students’ loans.  The external funds and the University’s matching portion will pay over three quarters.  Educational Allowance recipients are not eligible for the matching funds.

Matching funds are not available for reduced-tuition or off-campus programs.

 


Student Missionary/Task Force Scholarship

La Sierra University will give a $2,000 scholarship to students who have given nine to twelve months of “mission” service or an adjusted amount for shorter terms of service prior to their enrollment or re-enrollment at the university

 


Literature Evangelist and Summer Camp Earning's Match

La Sierra University will give a matching scholarship to students who work either as summer camp personnel or literature evangelists during the summer prior to their Fall enrollment. The University will match 50% up to $1,500 (camp) or 100% up to $3,000 (literature evangelist) of students' certified summer earnings that are applied to their Fall term accounts.  Literature evangelist earnings made during the school year are entitled to be matched, up to an additional $3,000.

Matching funds are not available for reduced-tuition or off-campus programs.

 


Performing Arts Scholarship

Music: The Music Department recommends students for this award.  Students are required to audition to receive this scholarship.

Drama & Debate: The Department of English and Communications recommends students from their drama and debate programs for this award.

 


Honors Scholarship

Honors Scholarship and The Honors Department recommends students from the honors program for this award according to the following schedule.

  • 1st Year - $350
  • 2nd Year- $700
  • 3rd & 4th Year (no Honors Project) - $1,050
  • 3rd & 4th Year (Honors Project) - $1,400

Transfer students from a junior college, if the University has an articulation agreement with the junior college (Honors Transfer Council of California), would start at the third year level, even if it were their first year in La Sierra’s Honors Program.  Students transferring from Honors Programs at other SDA institutions would also start at the level of their academic year instead of as the first year in the program.

All awards are subject to approval by Enrollment Services.

 


Athletics Scholarship

The Athletics Department recommends students for this award.  Students are required to participate on their designated sports team to receive this scholarship. All awards are subject to approval by Enrollment Services.

  • Men's Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Men's soccer
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Softball
  • Women's Volleyball

 


University Housing Grant

Enrollment Services is offering graduating seniors from La Sierra Academy a scholarship to be applied to residence hall room charges for their first year at the University.

Up to $4,410

 


Orientation Scholarship

New students for the Fall term, who attend an orientation in the summer prior to enrolling may receive an orientation scholarship that ranges from $50 to $200. To qualify, students must attend the entire orientation, complete placement testing, register, and turn-in all paperwork required by Admissions, Health Services, and Student Financial Services no later than the published deadline.  See the current orientation brochure or website for complete details.

 


DISCOUNTS AND WAIVERS


SDA Membership Award -- $1,230

Students who are members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church or non-SDA students who graduate from an SDA academy will receive a tuition discount  based on enrollment.

Quarter     
Annual 
Quarter-Time none none
Half-Time $205 $615
Three-Quarter Time    
$308 $924
Full-Time $410 $1,230

This award does not apply to reduced-tuition programs such as ACCESS, ESL/ELC or School of Religion graduate programs, or to off-campus cohort programs.

(undergraduate & graduate)

 


Family Discount

A discount is available when two or more members of a student’s immediate family (from the same household—living at home or in the residence halls) are enrolled in a paying, non-tuition-discounted, program at La Sierra University. Each paying member of the family will receive a $300 discount for each quarter that they are enrolled full-time (include both family members’ names on estimate). The award is coordinated with each student’s financial aid package and is prorated for less than full-time enrollment.

(undergraduate & graduate)

 


Resident Assistant (RA) Room Waiver -- $4,410

In addition to a payroll stipend, resident assistants (RAs) receive scholarship that applies toward residence hall room charges. Resident assistants are chosen by the residence hall deans, and approved through Student Life.  Angwin and Towers have up to 6 RAs each; Calkins has up to 4 RAs; South (honors) has 2 RAs.  Additional RA Waiver funds are available for RAs working in the summer.

(undergraduate and graduate)

 


Payment-in-Advance Discounts

 

There are two discounts available to students who pay their balance up-front.  These discounts are calculated on charges less all aid (including loans).

  • A 7% discount is available to students who pay the year-in-advance at Fall quarter registration.  This discount is pro-rated over all three terms in the regular school year (Fall, Winter, & Spring).  This discount can apply to the off-campus Criminal Justice program.
  • A 2% discount is available to students who pay the quarter-in-advance at each term’s registration.

These discounts do not apply to already discounted (i.e. summer undergrad, School of Religion grad, ESL/ELC) or off-campus programs (Digital Learning, PMBA, CJ).

 


Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

La Sierra University has chosen to participate in the Veteran Administration’s Yellow Ribbon Program which is part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

  • The University will waive, through the use of institutional scholarships, up to 50% of qualifying veterans’ tuition expenses that exceed the $17,500 that is covered by the VA Ch.33 tuition and fee benefits.  The VA will match this amount (maximum $7,090/year).  The Yellow Ribbon program combined with the veterans Ch. 33 educational benefit can add up to a 100% discount on tuition and fees.
  • Students enrolled under this program will not be eligible for other institutional aid funds.
  • This discount program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be available for up to 25 qualifying veterans per year.
  • This program is renewable for all subsequent years in which the eligible student maintains satisfactory academic progress, conduct, and attendance, for as long as the University participates in the program.

 


Contact Us

If you have questions about scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid Office at:

Email: sfs@lasierra.edu
Phone: 951.785.2175
Fax: 951.785.2942

Address
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La Sierra University
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