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Timeline and Tools

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.


  • Submit the FAFSA form no earlier than January, but in time to meet the priority deadline of March 2. Undergraduates: Be certain to include the GPA verification form.
  • 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.


  • If you have not submitted the FAFSA, do so now online. Recommended mailing deadline is February 15. 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) from the federal processor four to six weeks after submitting the FAFSA. Check the SAR carefully.


  • California residents—new applicants only: Meet the March 2 FAFSA postmark deadline for the Cal Grant and graduate fellowships.
  • Complete your financial aid file by submitting all requested documents.


  • 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.


  • 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 15.
  • 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.



  • If you haven’t done so already, complete the registration process by making your Fall financial clearance payment by September 15.
  • If you are on the tuition payment plan, your first tuition payment will be due by September 15. 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 Resource Department.
  • New Students: If you are receiving a Federal Direct Loan, complete you master promissory note online.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at:

951.785.2175 (phone)
951.785.2942 (fax)

La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515

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