The mission of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office is to contribute to the co-curricular environment of the University by providing monetary assistance through the administration of various federal, state, institutional, and privately funded programs to students who can benefit from further education, but who cannot do so without such support.

Financial aid staff are concerned about and committed to the principles of educational access, choice, diversity, and retention for all students. A special emphasis is placed on the equitable distribution of limited financial aid resources to enable students to attend the University. 

Equally important, the role of a financial aid administrator is to support the efforts of the faculty and administration to collectively ensure the academic success of students.

Online and distance courses

Online and distance learning at BIOP offers a new way of combining innovative learning and teaching techniques with interaction with your tutor and fellow students from around the world. By enrolling on one of our online courses you will enjoy the convenience of studying from anywhere and at any time over the Internet.

For more information on available courses, how to apply, resources and an online short course demonstration, visit Online Learning on the Department for Continuing Education .

What you'll need

It's a good idea to have everything prepared before you start your application so you're not trying to track down information at the last minute. Here's what you'll need:

  • Transcripts. You want to ensure the information you enter is accurate.
  • Test scores. If you're a freshman or sophomore applicant, you'll have to include your scores from the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. (If you're applying for fall, be sure to complete these tests by December.) All applicants should report scores for any SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, TOEFL or IELTS exams they have taken. 
  • Annual income for 2011 and 2012 (your parents' if you're a dependent; yours if you're independent.) This is optional unless you're applying for a fee waiver or for the Educational Opportunity Program.
  • Social Security number, if you have one. We use this to match your application to things like your test score report, final transcript and, if you're applying for financial aid, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Citizenship status. You must enter your country of citizenship (or "No Selection"). If your country of citizenship is outside the United States, you'll need to provide your immigration status and your visa type.
  • Statewide Student ID (optional). Each K-12 student public schools is assigned an ID number. If it's not printed on your transcript, ask your counselor or registrar.
  • Credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, you can Email your payment.