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Tuition & Costs

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

Scholarships

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

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.

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.

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 PIN first. You can obtain your PIN through this website.

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.

FAFSA Website

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.

Financial Aid Workshops

Attend a Financial Aid Workshop in your area hosted by a professional La Sierra University Enrollment Counselor to learn about the financial aid process from start to finish, including ins-and-outs of the FAFSA, scholarship applications, and more.

January 8 7:00 pm

Loma Linda Area
Loma Linda Academy
10656 Anderson Street,
Loma Linda, California 92354-2104

Click for directions

January 12 6:30 pm

Calimesa Area
Mesa Grande Academy
975 Fremont Street,
Calimesa, California 92320-1439

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January 13 7:00 pm

Los Angeles area
Los Angeles Adventist Academy
846 East El Segundo Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90059 

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January 13 6:30 pm

Ventura County Area
Newbury Park Adventist Academy
180 Academy Drive
Newbury Park, California 91320-1199

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January 13 7:00 pm

Redlands Area
Redlands Adventist Academy
130 Tennessee St.,
Redlands, CA 92373

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January 15 7:00 pm

Orange County Area
Orangewood Academy
13732 Clinton Street,
Garden Grove, California 92843-4113

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January 15 6:30 pm

San Diego Area
San Diego Academy
2800 East 4th St.,
National City, CA 91950

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January 15 7:00 pm

San Fernando Area
San Fernando Valley Academy
17601 Lassen Street,
Northridge, CA 91325

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January 20 6:30 pm

Calexico/Imperial Valley Area
Calexico Mission Academy
601 E. 1st Street. Calexico,
California 92231-3022

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January 21 7:00 pm

San Diego County Area
Escondido Adventist Academy
1301 Deodar Road,
Escondido, California 92026-2210

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January 22 7:00 pm

Glendale Area
Glendale Adventist Academy
700 Kimlin Drive,
Glendale, California 91206-1641

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January 26 7:00 pm

Los Angeles Area
San Gabriel Academy
8827 E. Broadway,
San Gabriel, CA 91776

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January 27 6:30 pm

Riverside Area
La Sierra Academy
4900 Golden Avenue,
Riverside, California 92505-3225

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February 1 6:00 pm

Riverside Area
La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Pkwy.
Riverside, CA 92505

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Northern California Workshops Hosted by Pacific Union College

Financial Aid Workshops will also be held in Northern California locations. PUC financial aid professionals will explain how to finance an Adventist college education like La Sierra University’s.

Docs & Forms

Download and print forms necessary for financial services.

Contact Info

sfs@lasierra.edu
951-785-2175
951-785-2942 (Fax)

Office Location

Administration Building #101

Financial Counselors

John Sheldon Hadley
A - E
Financial Counselor
jhadley@lasierra.edu
Jackie Isenmann
F - L
Financial Counselor
jisenman@lasierra.edu
Letty Fonseca
M - R
Financial Counselor
slfonseca@lasierra.edu
Julain Gunn-Clarke
S - Z
Financial Counselor
jgunncla@lasierra.edu

Other Staff

Elina Bascom
Director
Esther Kinzer
Sr. Associate Director
Denyu Miller
Associate Director
Audrey Gaspard
Assistant Director Awarding Manager
Ingrid Murphy
Data Load Manager

Frequently Asked Questions About Financial Aid

How do I apply for financial aid?

You can apply for aid online at FAFSA on the web.

What is the La Sierra University school code?

The La Sierra University school code is: 001215

How long does the process take?

The FAFSA application process itself can take as little as 20 minutes when you have all of the information necessary readily available. Always remember to apply as early as possible (January 1 through March 2, prior to the following fall term) because some program funds are limited and awarded on a "first-come-first-served" basis. From the time that you submit your FAFSA online, it usually takes 3-5 business days for our school to receive your FAFSA.

How will I know how much aid I qualify for?

An award letter stating the type of aid, amount and conditions of your award will be mailed to you. You must review your award letter and if you find any discrepancies with your estimate, please contact the Student Financial Services office as soon as possible.

What happens if I decide to attend part-time?

Your aid may be reduced or canceled in some cases in order to comply with regulations or eligibility requirements.

What is an estimate, and how do I get one?

La Sierra University Enrollment Services (Recruitment) will provide all new students with a preliminary estimate of the financial aid awards that they may receive. Estimates are based upon information supplied to the enrollment services staff by the student or student's family. Verification of the student's information may modify the actual amounts provided in the student's official aid offer from La Sierra University Student Financial Services.

I was awarded a federal direct loan, but I want to reduce the amount. how can I do that?

Contact your financial aid counselor in the office of Student Financial Services.

What if I need to take some or all of my classes at another school?

You can only receive financial aid from the school in which you are accepted and enrolled in a program. As long as you are seeking a degree at La Sierra University and the classes will be credited toward your La Sierra University degree, you may be eligible to receive assistance. Contact the La Sierra University Student Financial Services office to see which forms you must complete and for which programs you may qualify.

What if I completely withdraw from classes? will I have to repay my financial aid?

Yes, if you withdraw before 60% of the term is completed, you will be required to repay a percentage of the aid you received since the funds were awarded to meet educational expenses for the entire quarter.

How will my fees be paid and what happens to the money that exceeds my fees?

Approximately three weeks (five weeks for first-time borrowers) after school starts your aid will be applied to your tuition. Any remaining credit will be mailed by the bursar's office to your local address on file at the registrar's office, or deposited directly into your bank account if you have submitted the Direct Deposit form to the bursar's office. Direct Deposit is the preferred method of delivery since it expedites the process and gets you your refund sooner.

What happens if I have been awarded a loan, but never complete the paperwork for it?

If you are a first-time borrower at La Sierra University, you will need to complete the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct Loans at www.studentloans.gov. If you have been awarded a Federal Perkins Loan, you must complete the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note in person at the Department of Accounts and Loans, Administration Building room 107. Loans will not pay onto your student account until the paperwork requirements have been completed. 

How can I get information about my award?

You can call, email, or come to the Student Financial Services office to get the information.

Do I need to be admitted before I can apply for financial aid?

No, but you must be admitted before you can receive your award letter or financial aid.

How do I know which offices to deal with for financial planning?

The office of Student Financial Services is responsible for advising applicants about financial aid; collecting all required paperwork; determining estimated family contributions; and awarding all financial aid except leadership/merit type scholarships (which are awarded by the office of Enrollment Services). The office of Student Financial Services is the central processing office for the FAFSA, and all financial aid, including government grants and loans, outside resources, and La Sierra University aid.

The office of Student Financial Services establishes your total payment package. After you have received all the financial aid, grants, and scholarships available from the Financial Aid and Enrollment Services offices, you will receive financial clearance and Student Financial Services can guide you in setting up a payment plan.

are deadlines important?

Yes! Deadlines are critical. March 2 is the priority deadline. For example: a qualifying California resident will lose the Cal Grant (over $9,000!) if they miss this deadline. There may still be other money available later, but many funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to maximize your aid offer, apply early!

My family income has changed since I filed my fafsa. What should I do?

Submit a request for professional judgment to a counselor at the Student Financial Services office. You will be asked to submit written documentation of the change. After a review of your request, you may be awarded additional assistance.

What is considered in calculating how much my family can afford to contribute?

It's a complex calculation which takes into account a variety of factors including family income and size, total assets, parents' age (and their need to save for retirement) and the number of family members in college.

If the information on the FAFSA does not accurately reflect your ability to pay for college, or your family has extenuating financial circumstances, you should contact your student financial services counselor if you have any questions.

The FAFSA asks for information about my parents, but I do not receive any support from them. What do I do?

Federal regulations require your eligibility to be based on your income and that of your parents unless you are 24 years old; married, or have legal dependents other than a spouse; are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces; an orphan or ward of the court (or you were until age 18); or will be working on a degree beyond a bachelor's. If you think that you have exceptional circumstances contact your La Sierra University financial counselor about a possible dependency override.

What determines how much I'll be offered, and whether I'll get loans, grants, or work?

The amount of your award is determined by the amount of your financial need and available funding. The greater your need, the more aid we can offer you. The kind of aid you are awarded depends on your eligibility for the various aid programs. Each has its own requirements. Most students are offered a combination of gift assistance (grants and scholarships which don't have to be repaid) and "self-help" aid (loans and/or work opportunities).