Customer Success Stories – Four-Year Private Institutions

Biola University

Facts:

  • La Mirada, California
  • Four Year Private University
  • Enrollment: 6,500
  • Number of Funds: 105
  • AcademicWorks Customer Since 2014

 

Problem: Limited Applicants, Limited Staff, and a Difficult Verification Process

Biola University’s scholarship applications were created using an online form, but the information provided by applicants could not be verified through the student information system. Since a single individual managed the entire scholarship process, verifying application information and matching students with available funds was excruciatingly time consuming. Consequently, Biola was unable to advertise their scholarships for fear of receiving too many applications to make award decisions on schedule. However, not advertising created another problem. “Because of our small applicant pool, we were having trouble finding the right students for the available scholarships,” said Rachael Mitchell, Biola University’s Financial Aid Scholarship Coordinator.

AcademicWorks Improves the Scholarship Process

The AcademicWorks Platform reduced the manual labor required to process applications because student data is imported directly from the student information system. Students are now automatically matched to available scholarships and are prequalified using up-to-date information. “Before we implemented AcademicWorks, we had about 85 unique funding opportunities, now we have over 100,” said Mitchell. Since the system automatically does what once required manual labor, Mitchell says, “We’ve been able to expand our applicant pool because we don’t have to worry as much about having too many applicants now.” Biola University’s awards have increased from $380 thousand to over $850 thousand in just two cycles.

The AcademicWorks platform also helps direct students to other funding sources. “We’ve been able to publicize outside scholarship opportunities for our students,” said Mitchell. Currently, over 500 external scholarships are listed on their site for students to pursue. “We add three or four a week,” she said. Because university and external scholarships are available from a single website, scholarship opportunities are more visible to all students on campus.

Simplify Scholarship Management

AcademicWorks improved the way Biola University manages their scholarships. Please contact us to see how we can assist your campus.

Biola University Testimonial from AcademicWorks on Vimeo.