University description (as per official university website)
The roots of Dongguk University Los Angeles reach back to 1976, when Dr. Harvart R. Hongo began teaching the fundamentals of acupuncture and Oriental medicine at his Sei Shin Acupuncture Clinic. Encouraged by his patients, who wished to learn more about this wonderful healing art, Dr. Hongo took the initial steps toward his goal of combining research and educational pursuits, along with providing charitable health services to the surrounding community. Dr. Hongo's goal materialized in 1979 with the founding of Royal University of America, consisting of three faculty and eleven students.
In January of 1997, Dongguk (translates as "East Country") University, one of South Korea's oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning, especially known for its outstanding College of Oriental Medicine, joined to manage Royal University of America, renaming it Dongguk University Los Angeles (DULA). Collectively, these two institutions, on either side of the Pacific, have been educating students for over a century.
DULA offers financial assistance to those students who meet certain federally designated guidelines and requirements. DULA participates in the following financial aid programs:
Federal Pell Grant
Available to dependent and independent undergraduate students who exhibit financial need.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Available to dependent and independent undergraduate students who exhibit exceptional financial need.
Available to dependent and independent undergraduate students, as well as graduate students who exhibit financial need.
Federal Stafford Subsidized Loan
Available to dependent and independent undergraduate, as well as graduate students. This is a variable, low interest rate loan awarded on the basis of financial need. No interest is charged as long as the student is attending school on at least a half time basis, or during authorized periods of deferment.
Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan
Available to independent undergraduate and graduate students. This is a variable, low interest rate loan awarded regardless of financial need. Interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Students have the option of paying the interest as it accumulates or allow it to be added to the principal loan amount (this is called capitalization).
Federal PLUS Loan (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students)
Available to the parents of dependent undergraduate students. This is a variable, low interest rate loan awarded regardless of financial need, but the parent(s) must have a good credit history and the student must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis.
Dongguk Royal University Scholarships
DULA offers scholarships throughout the year based on academic achievement and/or financial need.
DULA is approved to provide aid to qualified veterans.