Scholarships & Aid

There are many ways to make a Baylor education fit your family's budget. Very few students pay the full tuition "sticker price" and are able to fund their education through various scholarships, financial aid, loans and payment plans. Our financial aid counselors will help you explore these options. 

OPTION 1: ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

Your academic record determines your eligibility for a Baylor academic scholarship. No additional application is required. All applicants are considered for academic scholarships when they apply, including students who apply as test optional.
 

OPTION 2: FINANCIAL AID

To be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid, you must submit both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile.* Both applications open on October 1 and should be submitted by the priority date to be considered for the most available funds. More than 90% of Baylor students receive financial aid, so it's definitely in your best interest to apply! 

Priority Dates:

  • Early Decision 1* and Early Action: November 2
  • Early Decision 2* and Regular Admission: February 1

If you miss this priority date, please submit the applications as soon as possible and you will be reviewed for eligibility on any funds that are available. 

The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for these programs:

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.

GRANTS

Includes Pell, Supplemental Educational Opportunity and Tuition Equalization grants

*Both the CSS Profile and FAFSA are required for Early Decision 1 and 2 applicants.

OPTION 3: SPECIALTY BAYLOR AWARDS

Baylor offers a variety of “specialty” scholarships for students who meet specific qualifications.

Be sure to explore these opportunities:

ACADEMIC
ATHLETICS

The various team coaches in Baylor Athletics award athletic scholarships in accordance with 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.

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. 

DEPARTMENTAL

Many department scholarships are only available to upperclassman, however there are a few departments that do have scholarships for incoming freshman. Even if your department doesn’t have incoming freshman scholarships, we encourage you to explore what is available and start planning early for all 4 years of your Baylor education.

SCHOLARSHIP EVENTS
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
HOUSING CHOICE
LEADERSHIP
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) and CSS Profile 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.

MILITARY
TRANSFER

McLennan Community College Transfer Student Engagement Scholarship

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

*Those with an asterisk denote scholarships that are for incoming freshmen only. Living-Learning Center scholarships are transferred to Student Engagement awards after the student's first year at Baylor. 

OPTION 4: OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS

We recommend you apply for as many outside/private scholarships as possible. These are usually offered by local businesses and 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.