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2017-2018 Financial Aid Overview

Are you planning on attending Bethel for the 2017-2018 school year? Here's what you need to know:

Before you Apply - Use our Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of your award and learn more about what to do before you apply for aid.

Apply for Aid - Complete your 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.gov. 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. Be sure to include Bethel University (school code #002338) on the list of schools to receive your FAFSA information.

After you're Awarded - You should receive your award within 2-3 weeks of submitting all required application materials (please note that for the 1718 school year: if you are a new student we will begin awarding in early December 2016, for returning students we begin awarding in March 2017). You can also view your financial aid award online through Blink [Student Services tab > Financial Aid Awards channel > select the appropriate academic year from the dropdown list].

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.

1. Estimate your school 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]

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 tab > Financial Aid Awards channel > select the appropriate academic year from the dropdown 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 you (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].

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 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. This is not available until after July 1st.

6. Check Your Status

View the status of your documents and requirements through your financial aid checklist in Blink [Student Services tab>Financial Aid Requirements]. Items marked with a red flag need to be completed.

7. 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.

Do you have an Estimated Award?

Complete the verification process to get an updated award.

Special Circumstances

Sometimes situations limit what you can handle financially. We call these special circumstances, which could include unusually high medical expenses or a job loss. These special circumstances aren't factored in when you apply for aid, so there is an appeal process to have your need-based aid reviewed.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Please note our important dates and deadlines for the 2017-2018 school year.