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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 awarded 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:

    First, complete your income tax return.

    Although it's not required, we recommend that you and your parents complete your federal income tax returns before submitting your FAFSA. Otherwise you’ll need to update your FAFSA after your taxes are complete, prompting a review, and possible revision, of your award before any aid is paid to your student account. Note: The FAFSA for the 2016-2017 academic year is available beginning January 2016 and requires information from your 2015 Federal Income Tax Return.

    Then, complete and submit your FAFSA.

    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. The IRS Data Retrieval process is available approximately 2 weeks after you electronically submit your federal income tax return (6-8 weeks after mailing a paper federal tax return). Be sure to include Bethel University (code #002338) on the list of schools to receive your FAFSA information.

  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 award.

    We start mailing out financial aid awards in March for the coming fall. You should receive your award within 2-3 weeks of submitting all required application materials. 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].