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.
Click here to download the Institutional Student Loan Code of Conduct (pdf)
Private Education Loan Applicant Self Certification Form, You can download the form for either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF
Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) offers a variety of institutional scholarships. The eligibility requirements of each scholarship are listed below. Scholarships are available to incoming undergraduate and graduate students as well as continuing and returning undergraduate and graduate students to SCU.
Complete and submit this application by no later than the published deadline of December 6, 2022. Only those applications received by the published deadline will be considered. Applications received after the published deadline will not be considered. To be eligible for any SCU Scholarship, candidates must be matriculated in a minimum of half-time enrollment status per term for each of the three terms of the academic year (fall, spring, and summer).
Applicants are responsible for verifying that all required documentation is complete and submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
SCU’s Canadian Scholarship is for F-1 Visa Canadian students who are enrolled in the Doctor of Chiropractic program and provides a maximum of a 20% discount on tuition. Students must be continuously enrolled full-time, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, remain in good academic and conduct standing, and adhere to all student rights and responsibilities as outlined in the University Catalog. This scholarship is automatically provided to those who qualify with no application required and is subject to modification based on quarterly reviews by the university.
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.
Make the transfer to SCU an easy one by participating in the BSHS Transfer Scholarship saving $100 on every credit hour taken. Students participating in the BSHS Transfer Scholarship are afforded the following services/benefits. A reduction of $100/credit hour for all courses taken as part of the BSHS degree and guaranteed admission to the SCU BSHS program provided the student meets all requirements. BSHS transfer students are eligible to transfer to SCU once they complete 57 credit hours of approved coursework with some transferable coursework from a Partner College. Partner Colleges currently include Rio Hondo College and Santa Monica College. SCU is continuing to grow the number of Partner Colleges, if your school is not on the list, please contact admissions for assistance.
The Standard Process Scholarship was established to recognize academic excellence and the integration of chiropractic, acupuncture study and nutrition. It was made possible by a generous donation from Standard Process. The scholarship will be $2,000 awarded to three students and distributed for the spring 2023 only. Applications must be received by SCU by December 6, 2022.
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 covers 50% of the DACM program tuition each term the student remains eligible. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to integrative healthcare, demonstrate financial need, and have an entering grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or higher. In addition to the SCU Scholarship application, three 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.
The SCU Alumni Association Scholarship Program was initiated in 1984 to provide financial assistance to outstanding students who exhibit great potential for service and leadership to the University. In line with The Alumni Association’s purpose to foster connection and communication between alumni, the University, and current students, this scholarship is intended to support the recipients’ academic journeys. Scholarships are awarded to up to five (5) individuals attending any of the university’s degree and certificate programs. Consideration will be given to all colleges and programs, but the strength of the application will determine the recipients. The scholarship award amount is $1000, to be awarded over two terms (Fall and Spring).
Fixed Rate Tuition is the tuition program for students entering 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.
This calculator provides Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate students with early financial planning. This calculator will provide an estimate of your cost to attend SCU as well as the federal, state, and institutional financial aid you may qualify for. In just a few minutes you can estimate your potential costs and awards.
Has Your Financial Circumstance Changed?
At SCU, we understand that there may be circumstances that affect your ability to pay for college. These changes may not be included in your initial financial aid information. The Financial Aid team is authorized to use professional judgment (PJ) to adjust, on a case-by-case basis, the cost of attendance or the values of the items used in determining the Expected Family Contribution to reflect a student’s special circumstance.
To apply for a professional judgement, please fill out the digital form to the best of your ability and include supporting documentation. If you have any questions, please contact the financial aid office at email@example.com.
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