Keeping quality Christian education affordable is important to us, and at La Sierra University we are committed to helping students achieve their educational goals with help from the various financial aid programs we offer.

Browse all of the different possibilities to find the right scholarships for you!


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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.

Undergraduate Scholarships

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.

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, which forwards them to La Sierra for review and selection of recipients.  This award is renewable for up to four years if the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress.

  • $1,000/Year

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 is designed to motivate and prepare students to achieve their potential as post secondary 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.

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

Graduate Scholarships

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.

La Sierra University has a limited number of scholarships for students who have graduated from a North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (NAD) college or university and who enroll in one of the university’s graduate programs. Qualifying students are chosen by each graduate program, and receive a 25% discount on tuition (tuition less SDA). Students must be enrolled in at least eight units (six units for SE) each quarter to qualify. The award is renewable for a total of eight quarters (including summers) not to exceed 48 units.

  • School of Business has up to 10 new awards per year.
  • Department of English has three new awards per year.
  • School of Education has five new awards per year.
  • H.M.S. Richards Divinity School no longer participates in the program since their students receive a discounted tuition rate.

All awards are subject to approval by Enrollment Services.

Discounts and Waivers General

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 he or she is 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.

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 $20,235.02 that is covered by the VA Ch.33 tuition and fee benefits. The VA will match this amount (maximum $8,969/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 50 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.

Discounts and Waivers Graduate

A scholarship of up to 12 units per academic year is available to certain teachers in the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. This award is for teachers who take courses through the School of Education at the credential or masters level to meet professional development criteria (see Tuition Waiver Authorization form for more information).

Qualified teachers must provide a Tuition Waiver Authorization form signed by their local conference’s superintendent of education in order to receive this discount.

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 residence halls have up to six RAs each; Calkins Hall has up to four RAs; South Hall (honors) has two RAs. Additional RA waiver funds are available for RAs working during the summer.

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.



Three-Quarter Time$375$1,125

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

A scholarship of $1,300 per quarter is available to full-time international graduate-level students who are members of the Seventh-day Adventist church or who have graduated or transferred from a Seventh-day Adventist college, or university. The award will be prorated for students who are enrolled less than full time. The student may need to submit an application for the International Student SDA Transfer Scholarship to Admissions to be approved.

This award does not apply to reduced-tuition programs such as Distance Learning, ESL/ELC or Divinity School graduate programs, or to off-campus or cohort programs.

A tuition discount of $312/unit is available to all students admitted to a graduate program in the Divinity School. The discount will post immediately when the student registers. This discount and the M.Div. Tuition Scholarship, awarded by the Divinity School, are the only institutional aid awards available to graduate students in the Divinity School.

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.


FSA ID, your electronic passport for Financial Aid

All students, parents, or borrowers using and logging into a U.S. Department of Education (ED) website –, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®),,, and Agreement to Serve (ATS) – will be asked to create a new log-in credential known as the FSA ID. Anyone who formerly had a FAFSA PIN will no longer be able to use that.

Four major FSA ID benefits

  1. It removes your personally identifiable information (like your Social Security number) from your log-in credentials.
  2. It creates a more secure and efficient way to verify your information when you log in to access your financial aid information.
  3. It gives you the ability to easily update your personal information (like your name, phone number, and e-mail address).
  4. It allows you to retrieve your username and password by requesting a secure code to be sent to your e-mail address or by answering challenge questions.

Remember: Your federal student aid account information is valuable. Only the owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account; and you should never share your FSA ID.

For more information about the FSA ID, please visit

Source: Jordan, April. Homeroom, The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education
Post Date: May 11, 2015

"Get Transcript Online" suspended

The IRS as of now has shut down the Get Transcript Online process in response to a cyber attack in May. While we wait for further guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, students and parents are still able to link their tax information to their FAFSA using the IRS DRT function.

In the meantime if a student or parent needs to request a tax transcript, they may still request the IRS Tax Return Transcript by mail by selecting the Get Transcript link. The transcript will be mailed within five to ten business days.

Click for more information about the IRS Statement on "Get Transcripts."

Source: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Post Date: June 02, 2015

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 Financial Student Aid (FSA) ID first. Visit to obtain your FSA ID.

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.

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.

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.