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Financial Aid - FAFSA Help Center


"...God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work..." 2 Corinthians 9:8

At SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary, we understand that finances can be very difficult and that the financial aid process can be intimidating. This is why SUM is committed to providing students with information regarding financial aid resources.

These resources will enable you to fulfill your educational and professional goals. Our vision is to provide our students with the best education at the lowest possible cost. Students are asked to apply for Pell Grant or loan assistance with FAFSA online at Here are the steps to begin the financial aid process.

1. Create FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID): Your FSA ID lets you apply, "sign" your online FAFSA, make corrections to your application information, and more - all online. Go to to create your FSA ID.



3. Complete FAFSA: The 2016-17 FAFSA can be completed between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Apply as soon as possible after January 1st to meet school and state aid deadlines. Log onto It's fast and easy. For 2017-18, the FAFSA can be completed beginning October 1, 2016 using 2015 tax information. Please note that if your 2016 taxes better reflect your financial circumstances, you can wait and file the FAFSA after 2016 taxes are filed.

Documents that may be required for FAFSA: You will need the following documents to apply for financial aid:

  • Social Security Number
  • Your Drivers License (if any)
  • Your previous W-2 Forms and other records of money earned
  • Your (and spouse if married) Previous year's Federal Tax Information (if you filed)
  • Your Parents Previous year Federal Tax Information (if you're a dependent student)
  • Untaxed Income Records (e.g. veterans non-education benefit records, child support, worker's compensation)
  • Investment Records (for business, mortgage, stock, etc.)
  • Alien registration or permanent resident card (if not a U.S. citizen)

Official SUM Federal School Code: 037524

Additional Resources

Note: You also might be able to get financial aid from your state government, high school or private scholarship. Some scholarship websites can be found on the SUM Student Portal. Be sure to always meet all application deadlines. Research non-federal aid early (ideally, start in the Spring of your Junior year of High School).

If you have questions or need assistance you may contact the Financial Aid Office at (510) 567-6174 ext #105 or #106 or A student's personal private information, such as grades, class schedules, the student’s account, financial aid awards or disciplinary action may not be released without express consent from the student (even if you are the student's parent). A FERPA Release Form must be on file with the SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary prior to SUM being able to discuss student records.

Remember that God is able and if He is calling you He WILL provide for you.