University description (as per official university website)
Loma Linda University, also known as LLU, was founded in 1905. Located in Southern California, it is a Christian, coeducational, private university. The university enrolls over 4,000 students per year. Comprised of several schools, LLU offers over 100 degree programs and certificates in diverse areas of study. In addition to various degrees and certificate programs, LLU also offers distance learning opportunitites through online courses. Loma Linda University is organized into the following Schools:
* School of Allied Health Professions
* School of Dentistry
* School of Medicine
* School of Nursing
* School of Pharmacy
* School of Public Health
* School of Religion
* School of Science and Technology
LLU has an active student administration to promote the development of the students. It organizes a variety of events providing spiritual guidance.
Loma Linda University mission statement
Loma Linda University, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian health sciences institution, seeks to further the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ "to make man whole" by:
Educating ethical and proficient Christian health professionals and scholars through instruction, example, and the pursuit of truth;
Expanding knowledge through research in the biological, behavioral, physical, and environmental sciences and applying this knowledge to health and disease;
Providing comprehensive, competent, and compassionate health care for the whole person through faculty, students, and alumni.
In harmony with our heritage and global mission:
We encourage personal and professional growth through integrated development of the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of each member of the university community and those we serve.
We promote an environment that reflects and builds respect for the diversity of humanity as ordained by God.
We seek to serve a worldwide community by promoting healthful living, caring for the sick, and sharing the good news of a loving God.
To achieve our mission we are committed to:
Our primary responsibility is the education of students, who come from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, enabling them to acquire the foundation of knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and behaviors appropriate for their chosen academic or health-care ministry. We nurture their intellectual curiosity. We facilitate their development into active, independent learners. We provide continuing educational opportunities for our alumni and professional peers. We encourage a personal Christian faith that permeates the lives of those we educate.
Our Faculty, Staff, and Administration
We respect our faculty, staff, and administration who through education, research, and service create a stimulating learning environment for our students. They contribute to the development of new understandings in their chosen fields. They demonstrate both Christian values and competence in their scholarship and professions.
Our Patients and Others We Serve
We provide humanitarian service through people, programs, and facilities. We promote healthful living and respond to the therapeutic and rehabilitative needs of people. We seek to enhance the quality of life for individuals in local, regional, national, and world communities.
Our God and Our Church
We believe all persons are called to friendship with a loving God both now and throughout eternity. We support the global mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church by responding to the need for skilled Christian health professionals and scholars. We seek to honor God and to uphold the values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its commitment to awakening inquiry. We are drawn by love to share the good news of God expressed through the life and gospel of Jesus Christ and to hasten His return.
The office of financial aid offers students a financial program that seeks to impact the students' decision making process before, during, and even after they have graduated from Loma Linda University. We strive to assist students in finding and understanding the financial resources available and how these resources will impact their lives.
We use the latest technology to enhance our students' experience and increase their financial knowledge. Students benefit from online forms, web-based financial aid processing, real-time requirement tracking, and the additional services and resources available via the web.
How eligibility is determined
At Loma Linda University, we use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This needs analysis system, created by Congress, will determine what a student's and their spouse's contribution should be based on their income and assets for the previous tax year. The Office of Financial Aid does not calculate this amount; it is calculated by the Department of Education.
Once a contribution amount is established, the Office of Financial Aid can determine how much assistance will come from each category. All need-based loans require that a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be completed.
Students applying for loans at LLU
Federal regulations require ALL borrowers to read and sign a loan counseling session called an "Entrance Interview." The purpose of the counseling is to acquaint you with your rights, responsibilities, and obligations under the loan programs.
All students are encouraged to make an appointment once in school with an advisor to further discuss financial aid issues/needs.
It is mandated that students apply for need-based loans first. Need-based loans have the best terms available. If you do not qualify for these loans or for the full amount you requested, you may then apply for non need-based loans to supplement your budget needs.
Students should be aware that financial aid funds are disbursed on a quarterly basis in equal installments and will be credited to their student account. Any credit balance remaining after tuition and required fees are paid may be withdrawn. An origination fee is deducted from the loan amount at each disbursement if required by the lender.*
Independence is recognized when applying for subsidized/unsubsidized Stafford and private loans. However, the Office of Financial Aid requires parental information for LLU institutional funds and some other external government programs. Students should include parental information on the FAFSA and provide parents' signed 2009 US federal income taxes along with student's and spouse's (if applicable) signed 2009 US federal income taxes.