Applying for Financial Aid
Financial aid, simply defined, is money which helps students pay for their educational costs. Aid may be in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, employment opportunities, or a combination of all of these. More than $30 million in such aid is awarded to HBU students annually.
Although the primary responsibility for meeting postsecondary educational expense rests with students and their families, many families have limited resources and are unable to meet these costs. For this reason, several financial aid programs have been established to assist students who can establish need.
To apply for financial aid:
- All Financial Aid Applicants must apply to Houston Baptist University by using the “Online Admissions Application” found on the Admissions Webpage.
- April 1st is the preferred annual deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor. List the HBU school code number 003576 on your FAFSA. Electronic FAFSA filers must either print, sign, and mail the FAFSA signature page to the processor or acquire a FSA ID to sign the application electronically. You may acquire a FSA ID by going to the Federal Student Aid FSA ID Application and completing the online application.
- Submit all requested documents to the Financial Aid Office to complete your aid application. Documents must be received by the Financial Aid Office by April 1st to receive priority funding. The FAFSA will have significant changes for the 2017-18 academic year. Students may begin to complete their FAFSA after October 1st for the 2017-18 academic year and will use the 2015 IRS tax income information. Additional information about the FAFSA changes can be found at Federal Student Aid. You will be notified of the documents that are needed to complete your aid application.
Financial aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis as funding permits. The amount of the student’s award is based on financial need and annual limits as specified by program limits. Financial need is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid annually.