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Applying for aid is a process you'll go through each year you’re here.

We give priority consideration to new students who apply by April 15. Later applicants are offered financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. The priority deadline for returning students is May 10.

1. Complete your FAFSA.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for need-based federal, state, and Bethel grants. It's also required of students and parents interested in government education loans and work study. Here’s what you should do:

The FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year is available beginning October 1, 2019 and requires information from your 2018 Federal Income Tax Return. The FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year is available beginning October 1, 2020 and requires information from your 2019 Federal Income Tax Return.

If you have never completed a FAFSA before, you will be required to create an FSA ID. Students, parents and borrowers 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.

2020-2021 School Year is from August 2020 - May 2021

2021-2022 School Year is from August 2021 - May 2022

Be sure to include Bethel University (code #002338) on the list of schools to receive your FAFSA information. Also, we advise that you use the Data Retrieval tool when completing your FAFSA to electronically link your tax information from the IRS into your FAFSA.

If you want to be considered for all types of aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA. Opting not to complete the FAFSA means you will not be considered for any state, federal or need based institutional aid which includes: MSG, Pell Grant, Bethel Grant/Bethel Opportunity Grant, federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans, nor can you apply for a direct Parent PLUS loan. Please tell us if you are choosing to opt out of completing the FAFSA.

2. Apply for additional aid.

Some scholarships and grants aren’t awarded through the FAFSA. Check your eligibility and apply for additional gift aid.  

Returning students are eligible to apply for Departmental Scholarships, which are awarded upon the recommendation of Bethel professors and staff. The application process for Departmental Scholarships is only available between December 1 and February 10.

Don't forget to research private or community-based scholarships.

3. Review your financial aid offer.

We start mailing out financial aid offers in January 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 offer through your Financial Aid Requirements channel in MyBethel. Click Financial Aid Award and select the appropriate academic year from the dropdown list.