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Grants are a form of gift aid, meaning you don’t need to repay them. Most grants are based on your level of financial need determined by the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Bethel Grant

Based on financial need.

Amount

Up to $8,000 per year.

Renewal

Renewable each year. Amount may vary based on FAFSA results.

Eligibility

Need-based

Academic requirements

Must be a full-time student in good standing and be working toward first bachelor's degree.

How to apply

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Bethel Opportunity Grant

Based on financial need.

Amount

Up to $8,000 per year.

Renewal

Renewable each year. Amount may vary based on FAFSA results.

Eligibility

Need-based

Academic requirements

Must be a full-time student in good standing and be working toward first bachelor’s degree.

How to apply

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Pell Grant

Various amounts for students with high need.

Amount

Up to $5,815 per year (in 2016-2017)

Renewal

Eligibility is calculated each year based on results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Eligibility

Awarded to students with the highest financial need.

Academic requirements

Must be a student in good standing and working toward first bachelor's or associate's degree.

How to apply

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Various amounts for students who qualify for a Pell Grant.

Amount

$100-$4,000

Renewal

Renewable if Pell eligible.

Eligibility

Must qualify for a Pell Grant.

Academic requirements

Must be a student in good standing.

How to apply

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

International Student Grant

For citizens of countries other than the U.S. or Canada.

Amount

Up to $3,000 per year.

Renewal

Renewable each year.

Eligibility

Citizens of countries other than the U.S. or Canada who have support to cover most, but not all, of their Bethel expenses.

Academic requirements

Must be a full-time student in good standing and be working toward first bachelor’s degree.

How to apply

Considered with the information provided on the Certificate of Finances form during the admissions process for international students.

Minnesota State Grant

Various amounts for Minnesota residents who demonstrate need.

Amount

$100-$11,334 in 2015-2016. Awards are subject to change if the state adjusts the state grant formula.

Renewal

Each year a student’s eligibility for a Minnesota State Grant is calculated based on the results of the FAFSA. After attempting 4 years of full-time postsecondary education, students are no longer eligible.

Eligibility

Minnesota residents with demonstrated need. For complete eligibility requirements, see the Office of Higher Education.

Academic requirements

Student must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress. 

The amount of Minnesota State Grant varies depending on how many credits you take each semester. The maximum award is offered to those taking at least 15 credits per semester.

For CAS students: When you are initially awarded financial aid it will be based on you taking 15 credits per semester. Three weeks after the start of the semester, the Minnesota State Grant will be revised based on your current semester enrollment. If you are not enrolled in at least 15 credits, your grant will be reduced based on your actual enrollment.

Credits taken during interim can count toward the fall and spring semester, being first applied to spring. After the 10th day of spring semester, the Financial Aid office reviews actual enrollment on the census date. Credits may count towards fall and be retroactively applied to your financial aid award, as illustrated in the following chart:

Enrollment Credits Credits Used in MN State Grant Calculation
Fall Interim Spring Fall MN State Grant Credits Spring MN State Grant Credits
12 3 12 12 fall + 0 interim = 12 3 interim + 12 spring = 15
13 3 14 13 fall + 2 interim = 15 1 interim + 14 spring = 15
14 0 16 14 fall + 0 interim = 14 0 interim + 16 spring = 16

Credits from fall semester cannot be applied toward a spring semester Minnesota State Grant (or vice versa). Only interim credits can "migrate" to either fall or spring semester.

How to apply

Your FAFSA must be received by the federal application processing center no later than 30 calendar days after the start of the term per the University calendar. If you miss this deadline, you must wait until the next term to receive a Minnesota State Grant.


Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)

Up to $4,000 per year for students enrolled in teaching programs and commit to serving low-income students in a high-need field.

Amount

Eligible full-time students may receive up to $2,000 per term. This amount will be adjusted for less than full-time enrollment. The maximum total for undergraduate students is $16,000 and $8,000 for graduate students. (Due to federal sequestration, TEACH awards first disbursed after March 1, 2013, are subject to change.)

Renewal

Students must apply each year.

Eligibility

Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens completing the coursework required to become a teacher. Recipients of a TEACH Grant must serve as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students for a minimum of 4 years within 8 years of graduation.

This grant reverts to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan (with interest accrued from the date of each grant disbursement) if students don’t complete teaching requirements.

Please note that students who have a felony conviction may not be successful in obtaining a teaching position and therefore would not be able to fulfill the required teaching service.

Academic requirements

Eligible students must be enrolled in one of the following approved education programs:

Undergraduate majors:

  • All education majors
  • Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish 

Undergrad students must score above the 75th percentile on an admissions entrance test (e.g., ACT, SAT) or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 GPA (high school GPA for first-year undergrads, college GPA for continuing and transfer students).

Graduate programs:

  • M.A. in Education K-12
  • M.A. in Literacy Education
  • M.A. in Special Education
  • M.A. in Teaching

Graduate students must be pursuing a master’s degree to be eligible (licensure-only students are not eligible). Graduate students who are not current teachers must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 from their most recent schooling; however, students who are current teachers or who are retiring and have expertise in a subject in which there is a shortage of teachers have no GPA requirement.

How to apply

Apply for aid through Bethel by completing your FAFSA. Then complete the TEACH Grant Counseling and the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) online.

More information

If you don’t complete the required teaching service or other requirements, your grant will convert to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The loan must be repaid in full, with interest (accrued from the date of each grant disbursement), to the Department of Education. Once a TEACH Grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant. From disbursement on, TEACH Grants are all serviced by the same servicer, FedLoan Servicing. For TEACH customer service and service obligation questions, please vist MyFedLoan.org/TEACH.

After graduating or withdrawing from school, students must complete online TEACH Exit Counseling through the U.S. Department of Education on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).