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.

January

  • Complete the FAFSA application online as soon as possible after January 1 to meet the priority deadline of March 2.
  • 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.

February

  • If you have not submitted the FAFSA, do so now online. 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) by e-mail within 1 week after submitting the FAFSA. Check the SAR carefully.

March

  • California residents: Meet the March 2 FAFSA submission deadline for the Cal Grant.
  • Complete your financial aid file by submitting all requested documents.
  • Financial Clearance deadline for Spring Quarter is on the 10th.

April/May/June

  • 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.

July

  • 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 10.
  • 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.

August

September

  • If you haven’t done so already, complete the Fall Quarter registration process by making your Fall financial clearance payment by the September 10 deadline.
  • If you are on the tuition payment plan, your first tuition payment will be due by September 10. 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 Resources department.
  • New Students: If you are receiving a Federal Direct Loan, complete you master promissory note online at www.studentloans.gov

October/November/December

  • Register for Winter Quarter
  • Financial Clearance deadline for Winter Quarter is December 10.
     

Appointments

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.