This section describes programs specifically for students with disabilities who need financial assistance to help pay for college expenses. In addition to resources in this chapter, students may apply for general aid programs open to the entire student body through La Sierra University Admissions Office, the Federal government, the State of California, university, colleges and departments, and private organizations.
State Aid - Awards to part-time Students with Disabilities
- The Bureau of Student Financial Assistance has outlined the financial assistance policy for part-time accommodations of students with disabilities as it related to specific authority.
Most graduate students, regardless of disability, pay for their education with scholarships, employment, loans, savings, assistantships, and family contributions. Graduate students should apply for assistance through their major department and through the Student Financial Services Office.
- Students who are unable to enroll in a 12-hour course load due to their disabilities, may qualify for financial assistance with part-time enrollment at a prorated award amount.
Students with disabilities frequently have expenses not incurred by other students and, when applying for financial aid through Student Financial Services Office, may qualify for an increase in their educational budgets. Costs of special equipment, fees for special services such as readers, interpreters, note takers, or personal care attendants, and medical costs related to the disability are all considered disability-related expenses. The Dean of Students Office will help determine disability-related expenses. When these expenses have been identified, students should submit a Financial Aid Adjustment Request Form to the Student Financial Services Office documenting any such expenses not paid for or provided by another agency.
Schedule an appointment with a financial counselor.
Institutional and privately donated funds offered by La Sierra University and other entities.
Undergraduate, graduate, and other academic and summer programs tuition and costs.
Instructions for FAFSA application
Start by completing the FAFSA on the Web.
- Take your time filling out the FAFSA. Read the directions and call us if you have any questions. Have your parents carefully fill out their sections, if applicable. (The FAFSA instructions will determine whether your parents must complete the form and will indicate where to fill in their information.) It is best if you and your parents complete your Federal Income Tax Returns before completing the FAFSA so you can use exact tax information, if you can meet the March 2 Cal Grant deadline. If not, estimate the income and tax information on the FAFSA. If your application is selected for Verification you must submit copies of your own as well as your parents' IRS Tax Return Transcripts and W-2 forms (if their information is included on the FAFSA).
- The FAFSA application process is FREE. Make sure you submit your application on the government's website: WWW.FAFSA.GOV, and not on any other websites ending in .ORG or .COM.
- Make or print out a copy of your completed FAFSA and submit electronically. The FAFSA will calculate your family's ability to pay for college, using standard methodology required by the Federal government, and forward your information electronically to La Sierra University. When this report and other required forms and documents are received and you have been admitted to La Sierra, your application will be processed.
Be sure to read your e-mail. After submitting your FAFSA, you will get an e-mail confirming when your FAFSA is processed. Approximately 3-5 business days after your FAFSA is processed, La Sierra University will receive it. Contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 951.785.2175 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions.
As early as March, Student Financial Services begins to mail out Award Letters to students, with completed aid applications, who have been admitted to La Sierra. The letter will describe the financial aid package you are being offered for the next academic year. It also will give you information about how financial aid is disbursed at the beginning of school and how to remain eligible throughout the year.
- Financial aid awards are made for one year at a time. Remember to reapply each year, before the annual March 2 priority funding date.
- FAFSA applications may be completed between January 1 and June 30 for Federal Pell and Federal Direct loan consideration.
- FAFSA data must be received by the March 2 priority deadline. Funds are limited for many programs, and are awarded on a first-come, first-awarded basis. La Sierra does not guarantee that all students that apply through the FAFSA by March 2 will receive these funds.
- FAFSA applications received after this date will be considered on a funds available basis only. Income estimations are acceptable on the FAFSA and any necessary corrections can be made further down the line using the Data Retrieval Tool. Contact your Financial Aid Counselor before making any correction.
In order to be eligible for any form of federal or state, and certain institutional financial aid, you must fulfill the following requirements:
- You must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- You must have a valid social security number.
- You must be admitted into a degree-seeking program. (You may apply for aid before you are admitted but you must be admitted before aid can be disbursed to you.)
- If you are a male of at least 18 years of age, you must be registered with Selective Service System.
- To retain eligibility you must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- To receive most types of aid at La Sierra, you must be at least a half-time student. If you plan to drop credits, you must contact your financial aid counselor, since your aid may be subject to reduction or cancellation.
Checklist Before You Begin
Make Sure You Have The Following Items
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) see #1 and 2 below (submit to Federal processor)
- Additional documents may be requested:
|Your Social Security card and Driver's License|
|Parent Information Form (PLUS Loan applicants only)|
|Verification Worksheets and Federal IRS Tax Transcripts and W-2 forms|
|Non-taxable Income Verification|
|Resident Alien Card or other evidence of citizenship|
|W-2 forms or other records of income earned in previous year|
|Your (and your spouse's, if married) Federal Income Tax Transcript for previous year . Use estimates if tax returns not yet filed.|
|Your parent's (if you are a dependent student) Federal Income Tax Transcript for previous year . Use estimates if tax returns not yet filed.|
|Records of other untaxed income received in previous year such as SNAP benefits, social security benefits, AFDC or ADC, veteran's benefits, military or clergy allowances, or tax deferred annuity (W-2 form).|
|Current bank statements|
|Business or farm records, if you or your parent(s) own a business or farm|
|Records of stocks, bonds, and other investments|
Renewal FAFSA Application
Your FAFSA conveniently saves your demographic and personal information so that you do not need to re-enter it every year. Go to the FAFSA Website to begin your renewal FAFSA.
|Within 1 week after you submit your FAFSA, you should receive a Student Aid Report, (SAR) . The SAR is e-mailed to the e-mail address you provided on your FAFSA.|
If all your data is complete and correct your SAR will include an EFC. Your EFC is calculated based on a formula established by Congress. This is the index that is used to establish your eligibility for many types of need based aid (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, etc.).
Every educational institution is responsible for establishing a basic Cost of Attendance (COA), which may include tuition and fees, housing, food, books and supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. Budgets at La Sierra are not individualized for each student, but are assigned according to the residency and class level (i.e. on campus, off campus). Costs such as tuition and fees are established based on the assessed rate of 12 units per quarter. Other costs, such as housing, food, transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses, are established based on the average reasonable costs for those areas. Your individual costs may be more or less depending on the number of credits you register for, your area of study, and the lifestyle that you choose to establish.
|Cost of Attendance||2015-2016|
Your eligibility for need based aid is calculated by subtracting your EFC along with any outside resources (i.e. Veteran benefits, scholarships, tuition waivers, fellowships, etc) from your COA. This gives the financial aid office your financial need at La Sierra.
COA - EFC - other resources = FINANCIAL NEED
APPLY EARLY - OTHERWISE YOU MAY FIND THAT THE ONLY FUNDS AVAILABLE ARE FROM LOAN PROGRAMS.
If your EFC and other resources are less than the COA, then you may have financial need, and every effort is made to meet that need with a package that may include grants, work-study, and loans.
Federal Need-Based aid programs include: the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, and the Federal Subsidized Direct Loan.
Summer Office Hours
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Summer hours apply from June 15 to September 11.
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8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
All service offices close on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for University Worship.
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