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Grants and scholarships are gift aid, meaning they don't need to be repaid.

Bethel Military Scholarship

Up to $1,200 per year ($400 per semester) for students who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

Amount

Up to $400 per semester ($1,200 maximum per year)

Renewal

Students must apply every year.

Eligibility

New, regularly admitted, degree-seeking students who are serving, or have served, in the U.S. armed forces (includes reserves and National Guard). Recipients must be enrolled at least half time for the term. Recipients do not need to demonstrate need, and are not eligible for other Bethel-funded grants or scholarships. Students already receiving gift assistance from any source (including military benefits) that fully meets tuition are not eligible for this scholarship.

How to apply

Submit the Bethel Military Scholarship Application.

From Fall 2018 through Summer 2019: 2018-2019 form (pdf).

From Fall 2019 through Summer 2020: 2019-2020 form (pdf).


Business Partnership Scholarship

Up to $1,200 per year for students who are employed by a Bethel University Business Partner.This scholarship was formerly called the Corporate Partnership Scholarship.

Amount

Up to $400 per semester (maximum $1,200 per year)

Renewal

Students must apply every year.

Eligibility

Degree-seeking students who are employed by a Bethel University Business Partner and are enrolled at least half time for the semester. Recipients do not need to demonstrate need and are not eligible for other Bethel-funded grants or scholarships. Students already receiving gift assistance from any source (including military benefits and employer tuition reimbursement) that fully meets tuition are not eligible for this scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship are not eligible for other Bethel-funded grants or scholarships.

How to apply

If your employer is a Business Partner, you may apply for the Business Partnership Scholarship. Download, complete, and submit the Business Partnership application to the financial aid office prior to the start of class. See a list of our business partners.

From Fall 2018 through Summer 2019: 2018-2019 Business Scholarship Application (pdf).

From Fall 2019 through Summer 2020: 2019-2020 Business Scholarship Application (pdf).


Federal Pell Grant

Various amounts for students with high need.

Amount

Up to $5,920 per year in 2017-2018, and up to $6,095 for 2018-2019.

Renewal

Eligibility is calculated each year based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Eligibility

Awarded to students with high need. Students are not eligible after completing their first baccalaureate degree.

Academic requirements

Must be a student in good standing.

How to apply

Complete the FAFSA.

Frogtown/Summit-University Grant

Various amounts for students living in the Frogtown/Summit-University area.

Amount

Up to $1,700 per semester or $5,100 per year.

Renewal

Students must apply every year.

Eligibility

Provides financial aid assistance to students living in the Frogtown/Summit-University area. Students must take at least 6 credits per semester, demonstrate financial need, and not already have a bachelor’s degree. Recipients of this grant are not eligible for other Bethel-funded grants or scholarships.

How to apply

For 2018-2019, complete the 2018-2019 Frogtown/Summit-University agreement (pdf).

For 2019-2020, complete the 2019-2020 Frogtown/Summit-University agreement (pdf).

 


Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

For Minnesota residents who are one-fourth or more Indian ancestry.

Amount

Up to $4,000 per year.

Renewal

Renewable each year for up to 5 years of undergraduate study. Students must apply every year.

Eligibility

Need-based scholarship for Minnesota residents who are one-fourth or more Indian ancestry. Awarded by state of Minnesota on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to apply

  1. Learn more about the Minnesota Indian Scholarship and complete a separate application through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
  2. Complete the FAFSA.

Minnesota State Grant

Various amounts for Minnesota residents who demonstrate need.

Amount

$100-$12,330 in 2018-2019 and estimated to be $100-$12,275 for 2019-2020 as well.

Renewal

Each year a student’s eligibility for a Minnesota State Grant is calculated based on the results of the FAFSA. After attempting 4 years of full-time postsecondary education, students are no longer eligible.

Eligibility

Minnesota residents with demonstrated need. For complete eligibility requirements, see the Office of Higher Education.

Academic requirements

Student must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress. 

The amount of Minnesota State Grant varies depending on how many credits you take each semester. The maximum award is offered to those taking at least 15 credits per semester.

For CAS students: When you are initially awarded financial aid it will be based on you taking 15 credits per semester. Three weeks after the start of the semester, the Minnesota State Grant will be revised based on your current semester enrollment. If you are not enrolled in at least 15 credits, your grant will be reduced based on your actual enrollment.

Credits taken during interim can count toward the fall and spring semester, being first applied to spring. After the 10th day of spring semester, the Financial Aid office reviews actual enrollment on the census date. Credits may count towards fall and be retroactively applied to your financial aid award, as illustrated in the following chart:

Enrollment Credits Credits Used in MN State Grant Calculation
Fall Interim Spring Fall MN State Grant Credits Spring MN State Grant Credits
12 3 12 12 fall + 0 interim = 12 3 interim + 12 spring = 15
13 3 14 13 fall + 2 interim = 15 1 interim + 14 spring = 15
14 0 16 14 fall + 0 interim = 14 0 interim + 16 spring = 16

Credits from fall semester cannot be applied toward a spring semester Minnesota State Grant (or vice versa). Only interim credits can "migrate" to either fall or spring semester.

How to apply

Your FAFSA must be received by the federal application processing center no later than 30 calendar days after the start of the term per the University calendar. If you miss this deadline, you must wait until the next term to receive a Minnesota State Grant.


Returning Student Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships are available to current students in the College of Adults and Professional Studies pursuing a Bachelor Degree.

Amount

Varies

Renewal

Non-renewable

Eligibility

Students enrolled at least half time (6 credits per semester) in a Bachelor degree. It can be either B.A. or B.S.

Academic requirements

Must be enrolled at least half time, making Satisfactory Academic Progress and working towards a Bachelor's degree.

Deadline

April 15, 2018.

How to apply

The April 15th deadline is past and the application is closed.

More information

Completed applications will be collected after the deadline. Recipients will be notified in May or June.


Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)

Up to $4,000 per year for students enrolled in teaching programs and commit to serving low-income students in a high-need field.

Amount

Eligible full-time students may receive up to $2,000 per term. This amount will be adjusted for less than full-time enrollment. The maximum total for undergraduate students is $16,000 and $8,000 for graduate students. (Due to federal sequestration, TEACH awards first disbursed after March 1, 2013, are subject to change.)

Renewal

Students must apply each year.

Eligibility

Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens completing the coursework required to become a teacher. Recipients of a TEACH Grant must serve as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students for a minimum of 4 years within 8 years of graduation.

This grant reverts to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan (with interest accrued from the date of each grant disbursement) if students don’t complete teaching requirements.

Please note that students who have a felony conviction may not be successful in obtaining a teaching position and therefore would not be able to fulfill the required teaching service.

Academic requirements

Eligible students must be enrolled in one of the following approved education programs:

Undergraduate majors:

  • All education majors
  • Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish 

Undergrad students must score above the 75th percentile on an admissions entrance test (e.g., ACT, SAT) or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 GPA (high school GPA for first-year undergrads, college GPA for continuing and transfer students).

Graduate programs:

  • M.A. in Education K-12
  • M.A. in Literacy Education (No longer enrolling new students)
  • M.A. in Special Education
  • M.A. in Teaching

Graduate students must be pursuing a master’s degree to be eligible (licensure-only students are not eligible). Graduate students who are not current teachers must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 from their most recent schooling; however, students who are current teachers or who are retiring and have expertise in a subject in which there is a shortage of teachers have no GPA requirement.

How to apply

Apply for aid through Bethel by completing your FAFSA. Then complete the TEACH Grant Counseling and the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) online.

More information

If you don’t complete the required teaching service or other requirements, your grant will convert to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The loan must be repaid in full, with interest (accrued from the date of each grant disbursement), to the Department of Education. Once a TEACH Grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant. From disbursement on, TEACH Grants are all serviced by the same servicer, FedLoan Servicing. For TEACH customer service and service obligation questions, please vist MyFedLoan.org/TEACH.

After graduating or withdrawing from school, students must complete online TEACH Exit Counseling through the U.S. Department of Education on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).


Yellow Ribbon Program

Students who receive 100% VA Chapter 33 are automatically considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Amount

Amounts vary each year depending on the set tuition and fee costs. The Yellow Ribbon Program covers all tuition and fees not covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Renewal

The Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) determines your eligibility. If your eligibility changes, you must submit a new CoE.

Eligibility

Students must receive 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Students cannot be on active duty. Students who will no longer be on active duty at the start of the term are eligible for Yellow Ribbon.

Students receiving Yellow Ribbon ARE NOT eligible for any other Bethel Gift Aid unique to their school, i.e. the Royal Merit Scholarship for College of Arts and Sciences students, etc. Students can receive federal and state grants if eligible.

How to apply

Complete the Military Benefits Verification form. Submit your CoE to the Bethel Financial Aid Office.

More information

Visit Yellow Ribbon for more information.