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Division of Continuing Studies

4-Step Application Process


  1. Mail completed and signed:
    • DCS Application packet (PDF)
    • Check or money order payable to La Sierra University for a non-refundable application fee of $30.00

      to: Division of Continuing Studies
      La Sierra University
      4500 Riverwalk Parkway
      Riverside, CA 92515-8247
  2. Request official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended.  Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution attended to

    Division of Continuing Studies
    La Sierra University
    4500 Riverwalk Parkway
    Riverside, CA 92515-8247

    If transferring less than 88 units, you will also be asked to provide your official high school transcript or GED verification.

    (A hand-carried transcript, even if mailed to you in a sealed and stamped/embossed envelope that displays the school’s official logo, is not considered official.)

  3. Request two co-workers, supervisors, clergy, teachers, etc., to complete and sign a Recommendation Form.  Two recommendations are required.  Forms are included in the downloadable DCS Application packet in step 1.  Family members or friends should not be asked, as these are professional rather than personal recomendations.   Forms are to be mailed directly to:

    Division of Continuing Studies
    La Sierra University
    4500 Riverwalk Parkway
    Riverside, CA 92515-8247
  4. Complete the Student Health Services Record form. The Physical Exam portion is to be completed by your physician, or you can schedule a physical with Health Services at 951-785-2200.  (This form does not have to be submitted with your application, but must be received prior to registration for classes.)

Please Note:

If you plan to use federal or state financial aid, you must be admitted into the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) with a declared major before financial aid funds can be credited to your account.

If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment for academic advisement, please call the DCS office directly at 951-785-2300; you may also call the University toll-free at 800-874-5587 and ask for extension 2300.


Financial Aid

Students are required to make financial plans and complete financial arrangements with the office of Student Financial Services before school begins.  For an appointment, contact them at 951-785-2175 or sfs@lasierra.edu.

Division of Continuing Studies' students may qualify for financial aid. Obtaining financial aid can take as much as 4-5 weeks, so please plan ahead.  To be considered for all possible grants and scholarships, your FAFSA should be filed as soon as your tax forms are completed.  Apply early or you may miss out on grants, scholarships, and other free money for education.  However, do not be hesitant to apply for admission and financial aid in the weeks just before a term starts. We will expedite your application if possible.

The amount of financial aid offered is determined by your personal financial situation and the total units taken: 12 units or more, full-time; 9-11 units, 3/4-time; 6-8 units, 1/2-time.  Financial aid is not available for students registered for fewer than 6 units (less than 1/2-time).  To receive financial aid a student must:

  • Apply for University Admission
  • Apply for a Federal Student Aid personal identification number (PIN) so you can electronically sign your FAFSA for faster processing.  Apply at www.pin.ed.gov
  • Submit your completed FAFSA application.  Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or pick up a copy of the form from DCS or Student Financial Services.  Other websites may charge to process your FAFSA, so be sure to use the authorized FAFSA site.  You will be asked to enter your school code, La Sierra University's code is 001215.
  • Submit all paperwork required by Student Financial Services
  • Be accepted by the University

Note: Financial aid funds are applied to a student's account only after the student is accepted into a degree program.


Academic Advisement

Academic advisement is completed in the office of the Division of Continuing Studies.  An appointment is not necessary but is highly recommended.  The Course Schedule is available approximately 6 weeks before the beginning of each term, and advisement can take place after the schedule is published.

Tuition for DCS students for the 2013-2014 academic year is $389/unit.


DCS Academic Calendar

La Sierra University and the Division of Continuing Studies operate on the Quarter system.

Listed below are the dates when quarters begin:

  • Summer 2013-2014
    June 17, 2013 (beginning & ending dates for courses vary)
  • Fall 2013-2014
    September 23, 2013
  • Winter 2013-2014
    January 6, 2014
  • Spring 2013-2014
    March 31, 2014

View the DCS Academic Calendar here.


Contact Us

Division of Continuing Studies
La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Parkway 
Riverside, CA 92515


800.874.5587 x2300
951.785.2301 fax


Office Location:

11498 Pierce Street, Suite DD
Riverside, CA 92505

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday 
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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