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Grants and scholarships offer the best kind of financial support because they don’t need to be repaid. Explore your options and eligibilty for grants and scholarships.

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: 2015-2016 form (pdf).


Corporate Partnership Scholarship

Up to $1,200 per year for students who are employed by a Bethel University Corporate Partner.

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 Corporate 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 Corporate Partner, you may apply for the Corporate Partnership Scholarship. Download, complete, and submit the 2015-2016 scholarship application (pdf) to the financial aid office prior to the start of class. See a list of our corporate partners.


Minnesota GI Bill Program

Up to $1,000 per term for veterans.

Amount

Up to $1,000 per term for full-time students. Up to $500 per term for part-time students.

Renewal

Student must apply every year. Lifetime maximum of $10,000.

Eligibility

You must be a Minnesota resident who is a:

  • Veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time; or
  • Non-veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after September 11, 2001; or
  • Spouse of a person who has served in the military at any time who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service. (Student must also be eligible to receive federal veterans education benefits as a spouse or dependent.)

Academic requirements

Must be a student in good standing.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online MN GI Bill Application.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  3. Complete the Bethel Military Worksheet (pdf).

Learn more about the MN GI Bill


Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

$6,000 need-based scholarship for Minnesota residents who are one-fourth or more Indian ancestry.

Amount

Up to $6,000 per year

Renewal

Students must apply every year.

Eligibility

Minnesota residents who are one-fourth or more Indian ancestry and demonstrate financial need. Awarded by state of Minnesota on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients must be enrolled at least 3/4 time and be Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible.

How to apply

  1. Fill out a separate application through the Minnesota Office of Education.
  2. Complete the FAFSA.

More information

Learn more about the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program.


Post 9/11 GI Bill Program

Up to $1,000 for students who served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Amount

Up to $1,000 for books and supplies; payment for tuition and fees is determined by aggregate period of active duty service. To determine how much you will receive visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Renewal

Student must apply every year.

Eligibility

You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001.

Note: Children of a member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, may be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits under the Marine Gunnery John David Fry Scholarship Program.

Academic requirements

Must be a student in good standing.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Complete the Bethel Military Worksheet

Learn more about the Post 9/11 GI Bill


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
  • 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.

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).