Scholarships & Aid

Many of our students find creative ways to make a Baylor education fit their family’s budget. Our financial aid counselors will help you explore these options.

OPTION 1: ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Your class rank and test scores determine your eligibility for a Baylor academic scholarship. No additional application is required. We will review your application file for eligibility when you apply. Use our Scholarship and Cost Estimator.

PRO TIP: You can continue submitting new test scores up until the first day of class to increase your award.

OPTION 2: FEDERAL & STATE AID

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application you must submit each year to determine your eligibility for need-based aid from the government. Do not assume that you will or will not qualify for need-based aid based on your family income alone. Plan to complete the FAFSA beginning October 1 at fafsa.ed.gov.

We will also use the results of your FAFSA to consider you for Baylor need-based scholarships. The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for these programs:

GRANTS

Includes Pell, Supplemental Educational Opportunity and Tuition Equalization grants

EDUCATIONAL LOANS

Includes Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Direct Parent PLUS Loans and Alternative Loans

FEDERAL WORK STUDY (FWS)

Eligible students have priority the first 3 weeks of the fall semester to find a campus job. Students who do not qualify for FWS can apply for jobs after this priority period.

OPTION 3: SPECIALTY BAYLOR AWARDS

Baylor offers a variety of “specialty” scholarships for students who meet specific qualifications. Be sure to explore these opportunities:

LEADERSHIP
ACADEMIC
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
DENOMINATION

There are many scholarships available for students who are active in a Baptist church, pursuing a career in the church or whose parent is a Baptist minister or missionary. 

LEGACY STATUS

Baylor awards sibling scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each on a first-come, first serve basis to undergraduate students who have one or more dependent siblings concurrently enrolled at Baylor (at least one must be an incoming freshman). Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1 and demonstrate financial need. Each sibling must be admitted and subsequently enroll at Baylor. For consideration, please email scholarships@baylor.edu. Use "Sibling Scholarship" in the email subject line and include each sibling's name and Baylor student ID number (send one email per family). Renewal of this scholarship is contingent on the siblings maintaining financial need, full-time undergraduate enrollment, and a minimum 2.5 cumulative Baylor GPA. Renewal eligibility ends when fewer than two siblings are enrolled as undergraduates at Baylor.

ATHLETICS

The various team coaches in Baylor Athletics award athletic scholarships in accordance to NCAA guidelines. Students interested in seeking an athletic scholarship should contact Baylor Athletics at (254) 710-1234 for the name of the contact person for each sport.

MILITARY

Baylor will also help you process VA Education Benefits and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

 

HOUSING CHOICE

The Student Engagement Scholarship reduces the cost of attending Baylor and supports enriching opportunities for students to develop, build friendships, and learn outside the classroom. Most students who receive a living-learning scholarship want to keep receiving it for a full eight semesters, but no longer prefer to live in a living-learning center after one or two years. The Office of Student Learning & Engagement developed the Student Engagement scholarship to help students maintain their scholarship, as well honor their commitment to co-curricular engagement at Baylor, even if they do not live on campus. For more information about the Student Engagement scholarship, click here.

OPTION 4: OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS

We recommend you apply for as many outside/private scholarships as possible, offered by local businesses or service/religious organizations. Your high school counselor should be able to assist you in determining what is available in your community.

OPTION 5: INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLANS

Baylor offers an installment plan that allows you to pay your out-of-pocket cost each semester in five monthly payments.