Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition Fees for 2017–2018

Program Cost     Audit Fee
Credential $592 per unit     $60 per unit
Master's Programs $592 per unit     $60 per unit

Other Program Fees

In addition to the tuition costs above, there may be additional fee costs depending on your program of study.  Some of these include:
  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  • California Basic Skills Examination for Teachers (CBEST)
  • California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)
  • Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
  • US Constitution Exam (offered through the School of Education)
  • Certificate of Clearance / Livescan
  • California Teaching Performance Assessments (embedded in coursework, see Multiple or Single Subject Credential pages)
  • Course & travel fees (for some classes; see course descriptions in Biola Catalog)

Financial Support for Credential and Master's Programs

For general financial aid information visit the graduate Financial Aid Office or call (562) 903-4742. To apply for financial aid, follow these steps:

Step #1: Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
This is the starting point for determining all financial aid. The FAFSA is available in December of each year and should be submitted as early as possible after January 1. Completing the FAFSA does not obligate you to take out a loan. Priority deadline to file is March 1. Biola University and the school code (001122) should be included on the appropriate sections.

Note: Graduate students who are planning to enroll in only the Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential programs (and not enrolled simultaneously in the MAT) will automatically be given 5th year senior status for financial aid purposes according to the Federal Department of Education, although they are graduate status at Biola University.  It is recommended by our Financial Aid Office that these students complete their FAFSA as follows:
  • In "Student Eligibility" section:
    • Mark "5th Year / Other Undergrad” for “Grade Level”
    • Mark “Teaching Credential Program” for “Degree or Certificate”
  • In "Dependency Status" section:
    • Mark "No” for “Grad or Professional?”

Step #2: Complete and submit your admissions application
Once you complete your admissions process and are accepted into the program, you will receive an Estimated Aid Award from our Financial Aid Office based on the information you submitted on the FAFSA (You will only receive this Estimated Aid Award after you complete your FAFSA and your admissions application.

If your overall goal is to receive a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, along with a Multiple or Single Subject Credential, consider this sheet for program advice. Contact Todd Johnson, SOE's Graduate Admissions Counselor, as you have questions about this. 

Step #3: Explore your eligibility in the options listed below
Note: The below information is an outline of financial aid options.  For current information and further instructions, please visit the Financial Aid website.


Master's Program Funding

Graduate Grant

  • Up to $2,750
  • Based on student need

Direct Stafford Loan

  • Up to $20,500 Unsubsidized ($8,500 Base Loan; $12,000 upon request)
  • Based on student need

Church Matching Scholarship

  • Biola will match up to $750
  • Biola University will match the first check received by the application deadline

Teach Grant

  • Up to $4,000 per year for a maximum of two years
  • Recipients are required to a 4-year teaching commitment afterwards at schools receiving Title 1 Funds and must teach in high need fields (in CA: bilingual programs, English Language Learners, math / science, reading specialists, special education)

James Samuel Gutshall Scholarship

  • Up to $6,500 per year for one year only
  • Recipients must demonstrate financial need and have a commitment to special education


Teaching Credential Funding

Church Matching Scholarship

  • Biola will match up to $750 per school year
  • Biola University will match the first check received by the application deadline

Direct Stafford Loan

  • Up to $5,500 Subsidized
  • Up to $7,000 Unsubsidized (Only independent students eligible) 
  • Based on student need

Teaching Credential Grant

  • Contact Biola University's Financial Aid Department at (562) 903-4742
  • Up to $2,750 per year
  • Based on student need

Pell Grant

  • Apply with the undergraduate form, considered 5th year
  • Up to $5,774
  • Based on student need

Cal Grant

  • If you received the Cal Grant as an undergrad, it can be extended one more year
  • Same benefit/amount as undergrad
  • Must apply for 5th year funding
  • Access forms and more information at
  • Can only use for initial teaching credential, not M.A.Ed. coursework

James Samuel Gutshall Scholarship

  • Awards $6,500 per student
  • Recipients are required to demonstrate financial need and must have a commitment to special education

APLE Forgiveness Loan

  • The APLE Forgiveness Loan program has been eliminated from the California state budget for the foreseable future.


Step #4: Complete our Graduate Financial Assistance Application
The School of Education awards over $60,000 to accepted new and continuing students every year.  To apply for privately awarded scholarships from the School of Education, complete your admissions application file by the early action deadline and Graduate Financial Assistance Application by the following deadlines:

Fall Applicants:  May 1
Spring Applicants:  October 1


Step #5: Consider External Financial Aid Sources
As you consider further higher education, you may need to get creative to seek out external scholarships.  Search the internet for scholarships in the field of education and talk to others in the field.   Biola University's Financial Aid Office has a partial list of some of those scholarships.  Click here to search their Outside Scholarship Search database.

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