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Steps for Financial Aid

Step 1

Go and review the information provided by the U.S. Department of Education at or phone 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). This information is for applying for federal, state student grants, work-study, and loans.

Step 2

Get a Federal Student Aid PIN (a personal identification number). A PIN lets you apply, “sign” your online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), make corrections to your application information, and more- so keep it safe. Go to

Step 3

You will need to collect your income tax returns, W-2 forms, and any other records of income. A full list of what you need is at If your tax return is not completed at the time you apply estimate the tax information and correct the information later.

Step 4

Complete the FAFSA application. The fastest and easiest way is to apply online at If you don’t already have your PIN, you can get it when complete the online FAFSA. (You will need the Bethel College School Code 041538 as you complete the application.)

Step 5

After completing and submitting your FAFSA the Department of Education (ED) will review your application and provide a decision in about 3 to 5 days. ED will send you your Student Aid Report (SAR) which is the results of your FAFSA. Review your SAR and, if necessary, make changes or corrections and submit your SAR for reprocessing. Your complete, correct SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) - the number used to determine your federal student aid eligibility.

Step 6

Bethel College does have some limited school financial aid. If you want to apply for this additional financial assistance, complete the application found at under Federal Aid Tab listed as Financial Aid Application.

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