After receiving your financial aid award you have a few more steps to complete the process and ensure that all financial aid materials are completed. If you have any questions about your next steps please contact your financial aid counselor.
You can view your award on Blink [Student Services tab > Financial Aid Awards channel > select the appropriate academic year from the dropdown list].
1. View your estimated bill
View your estimated bill after you have been awarded financial aid for the school year. You can view your estimated bill on Blink [Student Services tab>My Bethel Account>View Estimated Bill]. Reviewing your bill will help you know how much your costs will be at Bethel each semester.
2. Accept or Decline Your Loans
If you need to borrow loans, compare your options. This will help you find the best loan for you.
When you know which loan(s) you'd like to borrow, you will need to accept or decline your offered loans through Blink [Student Services>Financial Aid Awards channel>Financial Aid Awards].
Select the appropriate academic year from the drop down list.
Click the Accept Award Offer tab. Decide how much of your Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan or PLUS/Private Loan Eligibility you want to borrow for the full year, and follow the instructions.
Click Submit Decision.
a. If you accept your Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan and you're a new Bethel borrower, you must complete both loan entrance counseling and a master promissory note (MPN). Be sure to select “Complete Loan Agreement” to complete the MPN and “Complete Loan Counseling” to access the counseling session. These are two distinct separate steps on the website. Select Minnesota as the School State when completing these requirements. You will need reference information for two people with different U.S. addresses.
b. If you accept the PLUS/Private Loan Eligibility this indicates to the Financial Aid Office that either your parent will be applying for a PLUS loan or the student will be applying for a Private Loan. There is a separate application process for these loans. Applications are available after April 1st.
3. Complete Verification
About 1 out of 4 FAFSA filers must provide additional information to verify the accuracy of their income, family size, and other FAFSA data. This process is called Financial Aid Verification. Check to see if you need to provide additional information by looking at your financial aid requirements in Blink (see step #8 below).
4. Report Other Assistance
Let us know about any assistance you are receiving from outside of Bethel that is not listed on your award letter.
To report private grants, scholarships or employer reimbursement go to Blink [Student Services tab>Financial Aid Awards channel>select the appropriate academic year from the dropdown list].
Once you're in your award information, click the Resources/Additional Information tab and follow the instructions.
To report military benefits please complete the Military Benefits Verification form.
5. Notify Financial Aid of Changes in Enrollment Assumptions
Enrollment and housing assumptions were used to prepare your financial aid award and were listed on the top of your financial aid award letter. If you enroll in less than the number of credits listed on your award, your aid will be reviewed and some adjustments may be necessary. Use the online update form to notify the financial aid office of changes in your anticipated enrollment.
6. Sign up for a payment plan
You may enroll in a monthly payment plan to help you pay month by month. Payment plans are available for Fall semester after July 1st.
7. Find a campus job
If you're a new student who has "Student Employment" dollars listed on your award letter, the Human Resources Office will help place you in an on-campus job for fall semester if you submit a student employment application by May 10 (application should be available in early February).
If you're a returning student, or you missed the May 10 deadline or you weren't awarded work study, you can still find a job on campus--watch for job listings.
8. Check Your Status
View the status of your documents and requirements through your financial aid checklist in Blink. Items marked with a red flag need to be completed. Click on the link provided to complete an item.
9. Sign up for Proxy
While privacy laws prohibit us from sharing financial aid award information with your parents, spouse, or other third party, we have provided a way for you to authorize others to view such information in your student account: proxy access.