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2021-2022 Financial Aid Overview - BUILD

Will you be starting the BUILD program at Bethel for the 2021-2022 school year? Here's what you need to know:

Understanding your Financial Options - Financial aid is normally restricted to students seeking a degree (B.A., B.S., A.A.). Since BUILD students are seeking a certificate and not a degree, financial aid is limited to the programs listed below.

Apply for Aid -

FAFSA - This form will determine eligibility for BUILD Scholarships, Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant and Minnesota ID Grant. Complete your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. We recommend completing the FAFSA by December 1st but no later than April 15th. Be sure to include Bethel University (school code #002338) on the list of schools to receive your FAFSA information.

BUILD Resources/Benefits Verification Form - Required for all BUILD Students to complete. It communicates to the Financial Aid Office the benefits you expect to receive from third party sources.


Offers - Once you submit the appropriate documents, the Financial Aid Office, along with BUILD personnel will review the information and prepare your personal financial aid offer. After receiving your offer letter, there will be additional steps to complete.

Initial offers are normally sent out around April 1st through U.S. mail. Revised offers are sent out by email directly to the student. You can also access your financial aid offer through your Financial Aid Requirements channel in MyBethel. Click Financial Aid Award/Offer and select the appropriate academic year from the dropdown list.

After You're Offered - After receiving your financial aid offer you should complete the following steps:

1. Sign up for Proxy

While privacy laws prohibit us from sharing financial aid offer 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. Signing up for proxy gives permission for the Financial Aid Office to communicate with parents. Routine updates are sent via email to you, we encourage you to share these emails with parents when appropriate.

2. Finalize your third party funding

i.e. Voc Rehab, Medicaid, Private Scholarships, etc. Please report any additional third party scholarships or changes to Voc Rehab and Medicaid benefits to the Financial Aid Office. This can be done by submitting a new or revised BUILD Resources/Benefits Verfication Form.

 3. Accept/Decline Aid and View your estimated school bill

If you have been selected for a scholarship, you will need to accept that scholarship and complete a thank you note. This can be completed through your Financial Aid Requirements channel in MyBethel. Once you accept gift aid, you will need to accept Financial Aid Terms and Conditions and a thank you note requirement will be generated. The thank you note will also need to be completed in order to fully accept your aid. You can view estimated billing through the My Statements and Finances channel in MyBethel. Viewing the estimated bill will help you to determine if you need a payment plan, private parent loans or a combination of the two.

4. Sign up for a Payment Plan and/or Apply for a Private Parent Loan

You may enroll in a monthly payment plan to help you pay month by month. This is not available until after July 10th.

Your parents may wish to borrow a Private Parent Loan on your behalf. They can review information, as well as apply for a private loan through FASTChoice. Please be aware that the College Ave Student loan for Parents is the only loan available to parents of BUILD students at this time. Apply by July 1st.

 5. Complete your Enrollment Checklist

View your Enrollment Checklist in MyBethel.  Under the Home tab you'll find the section titled Enrollment Checklist. Items marked with a red X need to be completed.

Do you have an estimated offer?

Complete the verification process to get an updated award.

Financial Breakdown

Visit this link* to learn more about the cost associated with the BUILD program.

Think College

Visit Think College for additional information in exploring avenues for funding the cost of a college program as a student with an intelletual disability.