After receiving your financial aid award you will need to accept or decline your loans, report private scholarships, notify the financial aid office of any changes in your enrollment assumptions, and ensure that all loan applications or supplemental financial aid materials are completed.
You can view your award on Blink [Student Services tab > Financial Aid Awards channel > select the appropriate academic year from the dropdown list].
1. Estimate your school bill
Use the payment planner (pdf) to help determine your school bill. By subtracting your gift aid from your estimated school bill, you can start planning for how you'll pay the balance (cash, monthly payment plan, or loans).
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 "CompleteMaster Promissory Note" and "Complete Entrance Counseling." Please note--completing the "Financial Awareness Counseling" does not satisfy the loan entrance counseling requirements.
You'll need to log in to complete entrance counseling and sign your MPN. Select Minnesota as the School State when completing these requirements.
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.
3. Report Private Scholarships
Let us know about any private scholarships through 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.
4. Notify Financial Aid of Changes in Enrollment Assumptions
Enrollment and housing assumptions used to prepare your financial aid award are listed on the bottom of the paper financial aid award letter. Use the online update form to notify the financial aid office of changes in your anticipated enrollment.
5. Sign up for a payment plan
You may enroll in a monthly payment plan to help you pay month by month.
6. Find a campus job
If you're a new student who has been awarded work study, we'll help place you in an on-campus job for fall semester if you submit a student employment application by May 10.
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.
7. 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.
You'll need your Bethel Community Account to access your financial aid information online.
Still need to set up an account? Go to Blink and click Set up my Bethel Community Account.
8. 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.