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You can apply for financial aid while you're applying for admission to the Seminary, but your aid eligibility won't be determined until you're accepted into a 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 government education loans. Here's what you should do:

The FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year is available beginning October 1, 2017 and requires information from your 2016 Federal Income 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.

2017-2018 School Year is from August 28, 2017 - August 17, 2018

2018-2019 School Year is from September 4, 2018 - August 15, 2019

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.

2. Review your financial aid award.

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