Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded based on student’s financial need as determined by a federal formula. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree or reached their 600% lifetime eligibility limit. For the 2023-24 award year (June 30, 2023 to June 30, 2024), the maximum award will be $7,395. The amount you receive will depend on
- your financial need,
- your cost of attendance,
- your enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student, and
- your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.
Check with the Office of Financial Aid to see if you qualify for a Pell Grant.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
Federal SEOG is offered to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need, with priority given to Pell Grant recipients. Currently the maximum award is $500 per enrollment period. Unlike Pell Grants there is no guarantee every eligible student will receive an award. In addition, funds are limited. This grant does not need to be paid back.
The Cal Grant Program is a state-funded grant program to assist students in paying for a college education. It provides grant funds to help pay tuition/fees for California residents at qualifying institutions. If you did not receive an Entitlement Cal Grant award you can apply for a competitive award using the 2023-2024 FAFSA and a GPA verification form (found at 2023-2024 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form) The deadline to submit both the FAFSA (including any corrections) and GPA verification form is March 2, 2023.
To be eligible for a Cal Grant you must:
- Be a US citizen or resident alien
- Have met U.S. Selective Service requirements
- Have a valid Social Security Number
- Be a California resident for 1 year
- Not have a prior bachelor's degree and be in an undergraduate program leading to a degree or certificate
- Be enrolled at least half time
- Not have family income and assets above the income and asset ceilings (See charts below)
|2023-24 Cal Grant Income Ceilings
|Cal Grants A & C
|Cal Grant B
|Dependent and independent students with dependents*
|Six or more
|Single, no dependents
|2023-24 Cal Grant Asset Ceilings
|Dependent and independent students with dependents*
* Applies to independent students with dependents other than a spouse.
Cal Grant funding is limited to 4 academic years.* In order to graduate in 4 years, you must be enrolled in at least 12 units per quarter or 36 units per academic year.
PLEASE NOTE: If you were awarded and received any Cal Grant funding prior to attending LLU, you will have less than four years of eligibility remaining. Please visit WebGrants4Students at https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp to confirm your remaining eligibility.
*Specific qualified Undergraduate Nursing programs may be eligible for a 5th year.
Grant Assistance from Other States
Almost every state education agency has at least one grant or scholarship available to residents, and many have a long list of student aid programs. Eligibility is usually restricted to state residents attending a college in-state, but that's not always the case. There are annual deadlines for most programs (if you miss a deadline, be sure to try again next year). Check out State Financial Aid Programs to find out what financial aid programs may be available to you through your state education agency. Also check out state and regional tuition exchanges and keep in mind that other state-sponsored aid may available through non-profit organizations in your area.
National Medical Fellowship (NMF)
To qualify, an applicant must be a US citizen from one of the following underrepresented minority groups as defined by NMF: American Black, Mexican American, American Indian, and mainland Puerto Rican. NMF is a nonprofit organization that provides grants-in-aid for first- and second-year students judged by NMF to be in need of financial assistance. An application may be obtained on line at https://nmfonline.org/ from the National Medical Fellowships Inc., 347 Fifth Avenue, Suite 510, New York, NY 10016 Phone (212) 483-8880 email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Health Service Corps Scholarships
The federal government sponsors the National Health Service Corps Scholarships. These very competitive awards carry a service commitment after a medical residency in an underserved area in the United States. The award covers full tuition, fees, books, and supplies plus a stipend for living expenses. Early submission is recommended.
Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarships
These scholarships are available to a limited number of applicants. The scholarship provides full payment of direct (tuition, fees, books, etc.,) educational costs, and a stipend for living expenses. Each carries a service commitment. Students interested in applying for these programs are encouraged to discuss options at the Office of Financial Aid before making a commitment. You may obtain descriptive brochures and applications for these programs by contacting the respective armed forces recruiter.
North American Division (NAD) Scholarships
The North American Division offers scholarships to assist with financial aid for students at various levels. Click on the link to the scholarship application for additional information and to apply.
NAD Regional Scholarship - Must be a full time graduate student, US Citizen and a Seventh-day Adventist member of a North American Division Conference
NAD Graduate Hispanic Scholarship - Must be a full time graduate student, Hispanic, US Citizen or permanent resident and a Seventh-day Adventist member of a North American Division Conference
NAD Women's Ministries Scholarship - Scholarship awards based on academic achievement, financial need and community outreach.
Free scholarship search web sites
CollegeBoard.com--Paying for college
Finaid--The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
FastWeb--free scholarship searches
ScholarshipGuidance.com - Scholarship for College Students
Scholarships.com--free scholarship searches
Student Aid on the Web Scholarship Search
Tuition Funding Sources - Scholarship database