College Can Be Affordable
We know cost is a major factor when selecting an institution of higher learning. That’s why we strive to keep our tuition rates and fees affordable and competitive. It’s also why we offer many need-based financial aid options.
98% of undergrad Belhaven University students receive some type of aid. This aid ranges from federal grants or loans to institutional scholarships and work-study programs. We’re committed to building a customized financial aid package that lets you enjoy your time as a Blazer.
Determining Your Expected Personal Contribution & Merit-Based Aid
To calculate the amount of your financial aid package, we begin with the difference between our total cost and the amount you can contribute. Our formula looks like this:
Belhaven Total Cost (—) Expected Personal Contribution = Your Need
We determine your contribution amount using data from your most recent tax return. If you’re a dependent on someone else’s tax return, we use their information, although we also consider any income you may have.
Additionally, we consider assets (other than homes and retirement accounts), the size of your family, and the number of family members who are enrolled in college.
As part of the application process, we may award you merit-based aid, including institutional grants and scholarships. Those awards are applied at this step.
Determining Your Need-Based Aid
If the cost of attending Belhaven exceeds your expected personal contribution and merit-based aid, you may be eligible for need-based aid from the U.S. Department of Education.
This federal aid ranges from grants that don’t have to be repaid to low-interest loans. Your eligibility for this aid is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal and State Aid
Belhaven participates in many federal need-based financial assistance programs, including:
- Federal Pell Grant: Available to undergraduate students. Unlike a loan, Pell Grants generally don’t have to be repaid. Eligibility and amount of award determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant: (SEOG): Available to undergraduate students based on financial need. Like a Pell Grant, it doesn’t have to be repaid.
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant:
- Federal Work Study Program: Average 10-12 hours of work a week on campus at minimum wage for undergrad students. Download the Work Study Policy.
Federal loans, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, are common tools for funding the investment that is a university education. They do have to be paid back, so borrow carefully. Here are the basic categories to begin your research on the options available to you:
- Direct Subsidized Loans: Undergraduate students with financial need.
- Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of income.
- Direct PLUS Loans: Graduate students and parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid.
- Federal Perkins Student Loans: 5 percent interest; payment begins nine months after leaving school.
- Federal Wm. D. Ford Direct Student Loans: Varying interest rates; repayment begins six months after leaving school.
- Federal Parent Loan: Varying interest rates; parent is the borrower.
Verse of the Year
God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.