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You can apply for financial aid while you’re applying for admission to the Graduate School, but your aid eligibility won’t be determined until after you’re accepted into your program. Applying for aid is a process you’ll go through each year you’re a student here.

1. Complete your FAFSA.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal grants. It's also required of students interested in government education loans. Here's what you should do:

The FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year is available beginning October 1, 2019 and requires information from your 2018 Federal Income Tax Return. The FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year is available beginning October 1, 2020 and requires information from your 2019 Federal Tax Return.

If you have never completed a FAFSA before, you will be required to create an FSA ID. Students are required to use a FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. Please create your FSA ID before you start the FAFSA.

Once you have an FSA ID you can complete and submit your FAFSA. Please make sure to select the right school year for your application. 

2020-2021 School Year is from August 17, 2020 - August 15, 2021

2021-2022 School Year is from August 16, 2021 - August 14, 2022

We recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval process when completing your FAFSA to minimize the chance that your application is selected for verification. To use IRS Data Retrieval click on the button "LINK TO IRS" in the student financial information section. Be sure to include Bethel University (code #002338) on the list of schools to receive your FAFSA information.

If you want to be considered for Direct Federal Loans, you will need to complete the FAFSA. Opting not to complete the FAFSA means you will not be considered for Direct Federal Loans such as Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct Graduate PLUS Loans. Please tell us if you choose to opt out of completing a FAFSA.

2. Review your financial aid offer.

We start mailing out financial aid offers in March for the coming fall. You should receive your offer letter within 2-3 weeks of submitting all required application materials. You can also access your financial aid offer through your Financial Aid Requirements channel in MyBethel. Click Financial Aid offer and select the appropriate year from the dropdown list.