Spring 2014, Issue #4

Mar 10, 2014

Greeting

Affordability of a Biola education is of paramount importance to the leadership, faculty and staff of the university. We spend countless hours investigating the best ways to allocate limited university resources for maximum student support without diminishing the quality of the education students receive.  We engage with students to better understand their individual circumstances and needs. We help them avail themselves of the resources, both on and off campus that will help them meet their semester expenses. We seek out new resources through fundraising other efforts to connect our students with as many opportunities as possible to decrease their debt load. Even now a multimillion dollar fund raising effort for Biola student scholarships is underway.

As part of the financial aid process, we also make sure that Biola students have the opportunity to be considered for as much federal and state funding as possible. One of the most significant resources many Biola students rely on is the Cal Grant, a state grant California awards to its residents. While this grant is not awarded to everyone, its availability to over 800 Biola students allows the university to stretch its own limited resources even further, which helps everyone.

Unfortunately, this spring, the legislature of California has plans to cut the assistance new Cal Grant recipients would get by over $1000 if those students choose to attend a private university like Biola. This cut could have a devastating impact on many families who, like you, seek a biblically based, Christ centered learning experience for their student. In an effort to encourage reconsideration of this cut, Biola is reaching out to legislators to make our students’ needs known. This week, two student representatives, along with a Biola staff member, will be going up to Sacramento to speak directly with the government officials who will be making these decisions. President Corey and other university leaders are writing letters to state officials as well to let them know the significant impact this decision will have on our community. I would like to invite you to help us in this effort to communicate the importance of these resources to hundreds of Biola students.

Our university is partnering with other private California colleges and universities in this effort by gathering voices of students, parents, staff and faculty via an online petition which will be read by the very legislators making these decisions. Consider adding your voice to the conversation. To learn more, and to help our students, click here. Remember to sign the petition while you are there—every voice counts!

Jonathan Seruyange
Associate Director of Financial Aid

Parent to Parent Campaign

We still need a few more parent volunteers willing to share their Biola experience with 10 parents of students considering Biola in their college decision!

Would you be willing to contact 10 parents of prospective Biola students? We are asking that volunteers call or email families, sharing about your Biola experience and help answer questions they may have. We will do our best to match you with families in your area, but you may be asked to call parents in other states or regions. If you are interested, you will be provided with all the necessary information, including a sample script, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and information about financial aid and tuition.

To participate, please reply by Tuesday at 3 pm PST toparent.relations@biola.edu with your name, your phone number, city and state, and your student's name. If you have already sent in this information, thank you! You do not need to re-submit your information. Assignments and instructions will be sent this week.

Current Care Package Offerings

"LUCKY CHARM" CARE PACKAGE ..... $ 35.00   Price Includes Tax and Delivery

Order deadline is March 12. Orders will not be accepted after this date. 

"TOAD-ALLY AWESOME" CARE PACKAGE ..... $ 28.00  Price Includes Tax and Delivery

Order deadline is March 12. Orders will not be accepted after this date. 

 "UNDER THE WEATHER" GET WELL CARE PACKAGE ..... $ 45.00  Price Includes Tax and Delivery

Order must be placed 4 days before anticipated delivery.

"BIRTHDAY BASH" HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARE PACKAGE..... $ 45.00  Price Includes Tax and Delivery

Order must be placed 4 days before anticipated delivery.

Learn more about the packages and view a description of the contents of each item here. 

If you have questions or would like to order a package, email attiamobiscotti@cox.net or by telephone at (949) 874-7437.  Be sure to leave yourname and telephone numner in your email or telephone message.  You will receive a call back promptly to confirm your order, to get your student's information, and to accept your payment with a credit card over the telephone.

Housing for Fall 2014

If your student missed the Housing Selection Meeting, please encourage them to watch the video to have their questions answered. The presentation from the meeting is also available as a PDF. New this year: Current commuters and study abroad students will be eligible to take place in Housing Selection.

Important Housing Dates:

  • Housing application available: March 4-19
  • Roommate match: March 4-26

Housing lottery dates will be posted on your student's MyHousing portal.

Grandparents Day 2014

Registration for Grandparents Day closes on March 28!

 

View the complete schedule and register for the Luncheon with the President.

Please note that Grandparents Day is a special day for students and their grandparents. Additional guests will be accepted if grandparents require mobility assistance. We are unable to provide wheelchairs for guests. Please bring your own wheelchair or motor scooter if you require mobility assistance.

 

Parents, please ask grandparents to discuss their plans for the day with your student before making final arrangements!

Important Dates

March 12-14
Missions Conference

March 21
Last day to withdraw from classes; last day to receive a partial refund when dropping a class

March 31-April 11
Academic Advising for Fall 2014

April 4
Grandparents Day

April 14-May 15
Registration for Summer 2014

April 14-May 23
Registration for Fall 2014

April 18
Good Friday Holiday (University closed)

April 18-27
Easter break

May 19-23
Final exam week (undergraduate)

May 23
Spring Commencement (graduate 10 a.m., undergraduate 7 p.m.)

May 24
Students must move out of their dorms by 2 p.m.

August 23
Returning students may move in

August 27
Fall 2014 semester begins

October 15-17
Torrey Conference 2014

October 24-25
Biola Weekend

November 26-30
Thanksgiving Break

December 15-19
Final exam week

December 19
Fall Commencement

View the Academic Calendar

Chapel

Monday, March 10
Introduction to Missions Conference 2014

Tuesday, March 11 
Talbot Chapel
Robert L. Saucy

Wednesday, March 12- Friday, March 14
Missions Conference
View the schedule  

Sunday, March 16
Singspiration

Monday, March 17
The Man Not Chosen
Kent Edwards

Tuesday, March 18
Talbot Chapel
Robert L. Saucy

Wednesday, March 19
2 Days with... 
Ron Hansen and Bo Caldwell

Thursday, March 20
2 Days with... 
Ron Hansen and Bo Caldwell

Friday, March 21
Dwelling

Saturday, March 22
Sabbathing

Sunday, March 23
Singspiration

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