When to Apply
You will first apply for financial assistance during your senior year in high school and continue to re-apply every year you are in college. Most Adventist colleges request your first financial application be submitted by March or April of your senior year in high school. Be sure to ask each school you are considering what their deadlines are.
The Application Process
January - February
March - July
Submitting the FAFSA
A key component of the financial application is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, available in your public library, in the school counselor's office, or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov . The FAFSA will determine if you qualify for any government grants or low-interest loans. Most schools will also use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for certain school grants and scholarships.
Much of the information requested on the FAFSA comes directly from your federal tax return. (Unless you are an independent student, which very few first-time college students qualify for, you will also be using one or both of your parent's tax information to complete the FAFSA.) So if at all possible, you should complete your tax return and encourage your parents to complete theirs before the financial application deadlines. If this isn't possible, you should estimate the data requested on the FAFSA in order to meet application deadlines.
When you complete the FAFSA you will need to enter the school code for schools you wish to have your information sent to. Here is a list of school codes for the Adventist colleges and universities.
|School Name||FAFSA Code|
|Adventist University of Health Sciences, Fla.||031155|
|Andrews University, Mich.||002238|
|Canadian University College, BC, Canada||G33354|
|Kettering College, Ohio||007035|
|La Sierra University, Calif.||001215|
|Loma Linda University, Calif.||001218 (N/A for first-time college students.) 4|
|Oakwood University, Ala.||001033|
|Pacific Union College, Calif.||001258|
|Southern Adventist University, Tenn.||003518|
|Southwestern Adventist University, Texas||003619|
|Union College, Neb.||002563|
|Walla Walla University, Wash.||002067|
|Washington Adventist University, Md.||003799|
4 Students who attend Loma Linda University must complete prerequisites at another college before transferring. Students are encouraged to complete those prerequisites at an Adventist college or university.
What Do Packages Include?
After you apply for financial grants, loans and scholarships, colleges calculate your financial package using a predetermined formula to evaluate your family's financial situation. The basic financial package starts with awards based solely on need. Some colleges also give merit-based awards that recognize student achievement and are not dependent on financial need.
Financial award packages may include the following:
Ask for more information about financial award packages from each school you are considering.