Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Central to the financial aid process is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be located and completed online. This federal form determines a student's eligibility for state and federal funds by analyzing income and asset data. All recipients of Baker-funded aid must be enrolled full time.

The Office of Financial Aid uses the FAFSA to calculate the funds that can be expected from a family to meet educational costs at any college in the United States. This expected family contribution is subtracted from an established budget at Baker to determine financial need. Federal and state regulations prohibit students from receiving need-based aid in excess of their calculated financial need. Recipients of federal or state grants, loans, or campus work must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens.

Independent & Dependent Students

Independent/dependent student status is determined on the FAFSA. To be independent by age, the student must be 23 by Jan. 1 of the FAFSA year, a veteran, a ward of the court or an orphan, married prior to the completion of the FAFSA, in graduate school, or supporting a child or dependent parent.

Financial Aid Disbursement

Financial aid is disbursed to your account at Baker University. If excess funds exist after all tuition and fees are paid, a credit balance will be available.