Policy and Deadlines

In response to input we have received from many students and their families—requesting that financial expectations be predictable, consistent, and clearly communicated—La Sierra University has updated the financial clearance process and established standard deadlines for payment.

Every student whose balance is not completely covered by financial aid must make a payment of at least one-third of the balance due by the published deadline before each quarter.

There will continue to be three standard payment options available.

 Year Amount Due: Pay the full year’s charges—minus confirmed aid—by the published deadline for Fall and receive a 7% commitment scholarship. **

Quarter Amount Due: Pay each quarter’s charges—minus confirmed aid—by the published deadline for that quarter and receive a 2% commitment scholarship.

Monthly Payment: Pay in three monthly installments for each quarter, with the first payment due by that quarter’s published deadline. A $30 fee applies for each quarter that this option is chosen.

**The commitment scholarship is not available on discounted or off-campus programs, except for the Criminal Justice off-campus program.

To help students select the best payment option, an electronic copy of their invoice for the quarter will be sent to their university email account when they register or change their registration. The invoice will show the balance due for the current quarter, including any prior balance, and less any confirmed aid. It will show the minimum amount due for financial clearance, which is the first monthly installment amount.

Students are encouraged to register early and to make their financial obligations known to their account payers in a timely manner. Students who delay their registration until after the published deadline, or who fail to make payment by the published deadline, will be charged a $250 late payment processing fee.

Criminal Justice students must be financially cleared before registration. Please visit our office prior to registration.

The Financial Clearance deadlines are as follows:

FallSeptember 10
WinterDecember 10
SpringMarch 10

We hope that this information will make the financial clearance process easier to follow and more predictable for families. If you should have any questions, the Student Financial Services office will be happy to provide additional clarification.

Steps for accepting your loans and other financial aid:

  • Log in to your Self-Service account.
  • Click on “Financial Aid.” The second tab on the top left side of the web page under Self Service.
  • Click on “Award.”
  • Click on “Award By Aid Year.”
  • “Select Aid Year” then click on “Submit.”
  • Click on “Accept Award Offer.”
  • Any awards that are offered to you that have not been accepted would be under column “Accept Award.” Under this column there should be two options for you for each award: Accept or Decline. If you accept the award under “Accept Partial Amount” there is an option to put in a partial amount if you do not want the full amount.
  • In order for your changes to be recorded you will need to click on “Submit Decision” button.
  • After accepting your awards if there is any aid you know of that is not listed please make a note of it in the “Comment” box below.

***Please note that your aid will not pay if there are Outstanding Requirements listed on this page***

Steps on how to look at your missing financial paper work:

  • Log in to your Portal.
  • Click on the “My Checklist” tab.
  • Under “Student Financial Services, Part I”, all missing paperwork will be listed.
  • If there is a green check mark next to “Student Financial Services, Part I”, then all of the financial paperwork required as of that moment, has been turned in.

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

Steps on how to look at your revised award letter:

  • Log in to your Self-Service account.
  • Click on “Financial Aid.” The second tab on the top left side of the web page under Self Service.
  • Click on “Award.”
  • Click on “Award By Aid Year.”
  • “Select Aid Year” then click on “Submit.”
  • Click on “Award Overview.”
  • Scroll down to “Financial Aid Award” there should be a list of your aid. Any changes of your aid will be seen on this section of the web page.


Schedule an appointment with a financial counselor.

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