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Private college can be affordable.

All Bethel College students receive scholarships to help make it affordable. Scholarships are only part of how you Build Your Award. A Bethel College financial aid award typically includes Bethel scholarships, grants, loans, and outside scholarships. Bethel College awards are very competitive! 

Build your award

Bethel Scholarships: All students are offered an academic scholarship based on your cumulative high school GPA.  Other Bethel scholarships may include: athletics, departmental,  music (vocal and instrumental), forensics, theater, art  and a full-tuition Founders Scholarship.

Grants: These are awarded based on the FAFSA. Grants are gifts and do not need to be repaid! 

Bethel College Employment Experience:  Grants are awarded and earned by fulfilling an employment experience placement with the Office of Employment

Loans: Direct Stafford Loans are government loans that are awarded based on a student’s FAFSA application. These federal loans will be awarded and will show up on your official financial aid notice. Later in the financial billing process, you will be able to decline them or accept them to be processed on your student account. Alternative education loans and the federal Parent PLUS loan are additional loan financing options that may be used to help cover costs.

Outside Scholarships: We recommend that you look locally first (community foundations, church scholarships, employer scholarships, etc). Talk to your high school counselor who may know of local scholarships you should apply for. 

If you need help finding scholarships, you can consider searching the following national scholarship databases: and

Ready to invest in your future?

Complete your application to start the scholarship awarding process.

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the 2024-25 FAFSA application opens Dec. 2023).

Bethel’s FAFSA code is 001905.

Schedule an appointment with Clark Oswald, financial aid director

Use the Build Your Award (recommended) or Net Price Calculator to get an idea of your available aid.

Mission Statement

Bethel College prepares students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.