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Applying for Financial Aid

Federal, State, and Baylor Need-based Aid Programs

To be considered for federal, state, and Baylor need-based financial aid including federal loans, federal and state grants, and need-based Baylor scholarships, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is no fee to file the FAFSA.

The 2014-2015 application is now available to complete online at www.fafsa.gov. Aid for the 2014 summer term is based on the 2013-2014 FAFSA. Aid for the 2013-2014 academic year (2013 fall, 2014 spring, 2014 summer) is based on the 2013-2014 FAFSA.

If possible, use completed tax return information on your FAFSA; otherwise, provide your best estimates. Allow 5 to 7 business days for your FAFSA results to be received at Baylor.

March 1, 2014, is the priority date for receipt of your 2014-2015 FAFSA results. FAFSAs received prior to March 1, 2014, will be given priority consideration for financial aid. FAFSAs received after this date will be considered for aid based on the availability of funds.

Currently enrolled students will start receiving their 2014-2015 financial aid offers in early April.

Avoid Scholarship Scams

The financial aid application process is free. There is no need to pay to find scholarships or pay to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please be aware that fafsa.com is a commercial website, and charges a fee to file your FAFSA.

As families struggle to obtain the funds they need to pay for a college education, it is easy to fall prey to scholarship scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advises caution when you see the following lines:

"The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
"You can't get this information anywhere else."
"I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
"We'll do all the work."
"The scholarship will cost some money."
"You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship" or
"You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered.

For information about scholarship scams:
1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams
www.studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/lsa.jsp

To report a scam:
1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
or go here to fill out a complaint form online.

To check on complaints against a company:
www.bbb.com

For a free scholarship search go to:
www.fastweb.com

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) go to:
www.fafsa.gov.

To get help completing the FAFSA:
1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243);
TTY: 1-800-730-8913
www.studentaid.ed.gov/completefafsa

For information on student aid for college:
1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243);
TTY: 1-800-730-8913
www.studentaid.ed.gov

We are here to help you through the financial aid process. Baylor financial aid counselors are available by phone at 254-710-2611 or 800-BAYLOR-U, Option 8, Option 2, by email at Financial_Aid@Baylor.edu, or in person at Clifton Robinson Tower.