Students at SCU have many financial assistance opportunities available to them in order to cover their educational expenses. It is the policy of the Financial Aid Office to assist our students as much as possible to afford their education. Basically, there are three different types of aid available:
Financial Services staff is here to assist you with all of your education-related financial needs. We are happy to help identify financial resources to achieve your educational goals!
Let us help you calculate the cost and explore your financial options.
Talk with a financial counselor by calling (562) 947-8755 ext 766
All on-campus student employment is coordinated by the University’s Financial Aid Office. Students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher are eligible to apply for positions.
The FWS Program is federally and institutionally funded and is designed to provide SCU students with additional support to meet the costs associated with their education. Students are compensated with regularly scheduled paychecks.
The Financial Aid Office has a list of current Federal Work-Study openings around campus.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) mandated a number of significant changes to provide a significant amount of additional information to families who choose to utilize private educational loans. Title X of the HEOA, which originally began as the Private Student Loan Transparency and Improvement Act of 2007 change the disclosure requirements for the Truth In Lending Act (“TILA”) for private education loans made expressly for post-secondary education expenses.
These regulations went into effect on February 14, 2010.
Application and Solicitation Disclosure – the lender must provide a general range of rates and fees so that borrowers can make informed decisions when choosing a private loan lender.
Loan Approval Disclosure – When an applicant is conditionally approved for a loan, the lender must send this disclosure with borrower-specific rates and fees.
Final Disclosure – This is sent to the borrower after the loan terms are accepted and the school has certified the student’s eligibility for the loan. The Final Disclosure gives the borrower a three-business-day right to cancel period.
In addition to these disclosures, a lender must obtain a signed and completed Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification form from the borrower.
Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) seeks to support our students in any way within our reach. To demonstrate this commitment, SCU offers scholarships and assistance to students with high academic standards and/or financial needs. Please review the scholarships and assistance opportunities below. To apply for one or multiple scholarships, please fill out our Student Scholarship Application. For our financial assistance opportunities, please contact your Admissions Advisor to inquire and apply.
Please note: Several scholarships require a unique essay pertaining to the criteria of the scholarships that you will be applying for. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that for these unique scholarship opportunities that you submit a supplemental essay statement. In this case, you can email this statement directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The institutional-based Financial Assistance Award for Canadian Students was created to provide Canadian students with their transition to the United States. Students must exhibit good moral and ethical standards. Applicants must have a cumulative 2.75 GPA in all undergraduate courses prior to matriculation at SCU. Eligible recipients must be pursuing a Chiropractic or Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree and attending full-time. The award will be $500 per term.
The Relocation Assistance Program was developed to help students who are relocating to SCU from areas within the U.S. more than 250 miles away from the SCU campus. A student applying for this program must demonstrate financial need. Funding is limited and will be awarded until exhausted.
An eligible student pursuing a degree or certificate can receive a scholarship in the name of the SCU alumni who referred the student. Applicants for the Alumni Relations Referral Assistance Program at the entrance with SCU must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all their undergraduate coursework and demonstrate participation in community service or outreach at their prior institution. Interested applicants must notify the Office of Admissions of the referring alumni’s contact information (full name, email, and phone number) for verification by emailing email@example.com and notifying their Admissions Advisor.
Legacy Scholarship has been designed to acknowledge and recognize the children and grandchildren of SCU alumni who have also chosen to pursue a career in complementary and alternative health care. Students who are awarded the Legacy Scholarship will receive a 5% discount on tuition for each of their 10 terms at SCU provided they maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA. The applicant for this scholarship must provide appropriate documentation of their relationship with the alumnus.
The Goodrich Deane family has created a scholarship to honor SCU alum, the late Dana Goodrich Deane (DC, 1992). The Dana Goodrich Deane Memorial scholarship provides an opportunity to financially assist Chiropractic students with demonstrated financial need, in their 4th trimester or beyond, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, with demonstrated community service, and who have expressed an interest in lifestyle medicine (mind-body medicine, food as medicine, yoga,) in achieving their education goals. This scholarship is typically awarded every 2 years to 2 chiropractic students each scholarship year. Each student can receive up to $15,000.00 per year eligible for 2 years, or $5,000 per trimester if fewer than 2 years remain in the program. This scholarship is funded in partnership with the Nutri-West company in memoriam of Dr. Paul White.
The Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Alice Kwan Care and Love Scholarship is a merit and need-based academic scholarship available to candidates for admission to our Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) graduate program at SCU. The scholarship award amount covers 50% of the DACM program tuition each term the student remains eligible. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to integrative healthcare, must have demonstrated financial need, and must have an entering grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or higher. In addition to the SCU Scholarship application, 3 letters of recommendation from supervisors and/or previous or current faculty of courses taken must be submitted as well. These letters can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon notification of scholarship selection, scholarship recipients must also agree to other terms as indicated by the donors.*
The Presidential Scholarship was established by Dr. John Scaringe at the time of his inauguration as President of the Southern California University of Health Sciences to recognize and acknowledge outstanding students at SCU who exhibit leadership in evidence-based, integrative healthcare. The Presidential Scholarship will be awarded once a year. The recipient must be an SCU student in the 6th term or above enrolled in SCU College of Eastern Medicine or Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. Applicants for the Presidential Scholarship must: have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better, demonstrate a history of leadership in evidence-based, integrative health care during their time at SCU, and submit a 500-600 word defining evidence-based practice and integrative medicine. If selected, the award is a one-time $2500 upon notification of selection.
This application allows you to apply for the Standard Scholarship. The whole food philosophy of Standard Process was developed in 1929 by the company’s founder, Dr. Royal Lee, who believed “the best sources of vitamins and minerals are found in whole foods.” This scholarship was created by Standard Process to assist 2 Chiropractic Students and 1 Acupuncture student per year with educational expenses, such as tuition and fees. The deadline to submit all application materials is May 22, 2020.**NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE**
SCU’s Health Equity Scholarship was created to encourage and support students in their pursuit of professional graduate programs in Integrative Health with a commitment to promoting health equity. SCU recognizes the historic underrepresentation of communities in the fields of physician assistant, acupuncture, and chiropractic and is committed to supporting students from all backgrounds. This competitive scholarship will benefit students entering SCU’s professional graduate programs and promote a new generation of Integrative Health leaders. The number of scholarships and award amounts vary year to year but may cover up to 50 percent of tuition. The scholarship application period for Academic Year 2021–2022 opens in May 2021. Students admitted to the Doctor of Chiropractic, Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, or Master of Science: Physician Assistant programs in Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 are eligible for consideration at this time. For additional details view the Health Equity Scholarship PDF.
Fixed Rate Tuition is the tuition program for students entering degree programs at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). The tuition rate a student pays will stay the same as long as a student maintains continuous full-time enrollment in a degree program. Continuous full-time enrollment means that the student stays enrolled and graduates either on time or with one additional term, and the student does not take a leave of absence of more than one term. Fixed Rate Tuition rates are higher than traditional rates because they are based on the projected average of flat rate tuition over the duration of the academic program. As with traditional tuition, the Fixed Rate Tuition amount will vary depending on the program the student is enrolled.
How does Fixed Rate Tuition work?
The Fixed Rate Tuition program works by locking in the tuition rate at enrollment for the duration of your enrollment in your academic program1.
How does this benefit me?
It means that you don’t have to worry about any unexpected increases in your tuition costs. From day one you will know exactly how much your tuition is going to cost for the duration of your academic program1 so you can plan your finances with confidence.
I am transferring to SCU from another institution. Will I qualify for Fixed Rate Tuition?
Yes! The tuition rate you start with when you enroll at SCU will be fixed for the duration of your academic program1.
What happens if I take longer to graduate than the planned duration of my program?
If you take one additional term more than the planned duration of your program, your tuition rate for that additional term will be the same as the rate that you paid for all other terms. If you take more than one additional term than the planned duration of your program, the rate for extra terms will be based on the then-current rate for new full-time students.
Tuition Rate Coverage
The Fixed Rate Tuition rate defined above includes tuition only. Fees and other charges are not fixed and are subject to change. Fees and other charges associated with attendance at the University include (but are not limited to): student fees, lab fees, room and board, textbooks, supplies, fines, transcript fees, late registration fees, drop/add fees, examination/testing fees, and other voluntary fees.
The Fine Print
The Fixed Rate Tuition Program covers only tuition charges as defined, from time to time, by the University and in no way limits the University’s rights in respect of matters, including University charges, not covered hereby. The benefits of this Agreement are not assignable to any other student. The student will make payments in accordance with the University payment policy.
If the enrollment of the student is canceled for any reason (including withdrawal, suspension, or expulsion), the amount of the refund shall be in accordance with the general refund policy of the University. The University reserves the right to offset any amounts refundable hereunder against any amounts owed by the student.
1 Rate is fixed as long as you graduate on time, or on time plus one additional term.
The Net Price Calculator is an easy-to-use tool that gives an undergraduate student a sense of how much federal, state, and institutional financial aid they may qualify for — based on your unique background and academic history. In less than 5 minutes, you can get a personalized estimate of your actual cost of attending SCU.
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