Benedictine College administers federal and state programs, and commits a generous part of college funds to assist students who could not otherwise meet college expenses.
The Financial Aid Office will make every effort to meet the financial needs of its students. Benedictine College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin.
APPLICATION FOR AID
Application for aid involves the following steps:
A rolling admission policy is used. Early admission is advisable; students are encouraged to apply at least six months prior to enrollment. Official consideration of aid requests is not made until a student has been admitted to the college. Final official financial aid offers are based upon date of acceptance to the college. Aid such as work study, FSEOG and Perkins will be awarded on a first come, first served basis and to the neediest students. An early estimated package may change based upon the date of acceptance, FAFSA or verification.
Application for Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be received before April 1 for full consideration. This is an online application that can be accessed at www.fafsa.gov.
Demonstration of Need
All families desiring aid consideration are recommended to submit a FAFSA.
Benedictine College attempts to meet the financial need of all students. A student’s ability to pay is determined by the objective analysis of student and parent resources as calculated by the FAFSA. The college coordinates resources of federal, state and institutional aid to meet this need.
Awarding and Acceptance
After the student has been admitted and the college has received the results of the FAFSA, the student will receive notification of the award. Indication of acceptance is made by returning a signed copy of the award letter and the $250.00 enrollment fee (if not already forwarded) by the required date.
For additional information on all financial aid programs offered by Benedictine College, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Renewal of Aid
Current students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each spring by April 1. The college will attempt to maintain a student aid package for a four-year period, providing requirements are met, the student maintains satisfactory academic progress, and the family need remains the same.
Part-Time Student Aid
All forms of federal financial aid are available to students taking at least six credit hours in a degree-seeking program. (See application procedures.) No institutional aid is available to part-time students.
Leave of Absence
Illness, military duty, or other unusual circumstances may prevent a student from completing the current semester. When this occurs, the Associate Dean should be contacted for a leave of absence application. The student will retain current academic and financial aid status, if this application is approved.
Scholarship and Financial Aid Programs
Benedictine College annually awards more than $3.8 million in institutional student aid. Many students receive awards in areas such as academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities. The awards are renewable for four years, five years for students pursuing a degree in an approved five-year program (e.g., Engineering).
Awards are made to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance. The award of $22,550 is a renewable four-year scholarship based on college involvement and academic performance. A student must have a minimum 27 ACT/1210 SAT, and a non-weighted 3.5 GPA to be eligible. A maximum of (10) ten scholarships will be awarded annually, based on a competitive Honors Committee selection process.
Awards are made to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance. The award of $16,912 is a renewable four-year scholarship based on college involvement and academic performance. A student must have a minimum 27 ACT/1210 SAT, and a non-weighted 3.5 GPA to be eligible. A maximum of (5) five scholarships will be awarded annually, based on a competitive Honors Committee selection process.
Gregorian Fellows Leadership Program
Each year, the Gregorian Fellows Leadership Program provides 25 exceptionally motivated students with unique educational and leadership opportunities intended to advance the Catholic culture on campus, in America, and in the world.
Each year, Benedictine College admits 24 exceptional students to enroll in the Honors Program. These Honors Scholars participate in a challenging curriculum that academically distinguishes them from their peers.
Awards are based on a student’s performance on the ACT or SAT exam, non-weighted grade point average, and class rank. The scholarships are renewable.
Awards are based on the student’s cumulative GPA from all college courses. Minimum GPA is 2.0. The scholarships are renewable.
Athletes should contact the athletic director or the appropriate coach for forms and information. Athletic awards are available for men in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, track and cross-country; and for women in volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, track, cross-country, and cheer/dance team. All athletic awards are made with the student's academic achievement being considered. Student-athlete awards will not be awarded in addition to academic awards, but rather as a combination of academics and athletics.
Music awards are available to students interested in instrumental band or vocal music. An audition, either in person or by recording, is recommended. Interested students should contact the chairperson of the Music Department. Students interested in theatre awards should contact the chairperson of the Theatre Arts Department for details.
U.S. Army/Air Force ROTC Scholarships
Two-, three-, and four-year scholarships are available each year to selected students who are enrolled or will enroll in the Army ROTC program. The scholarships provide payment of all tuition, fees, a monthly tax-free payment of $250–$400 for the duration of the scholarship, not to exceed ten months for each year of the scholarship, and a flat-rate book allowance of up to $450 each semester. Additionally, the Professor of Military Science awards fee waiver scholarships to selected students.
ROTC students are furnished free textbooks for military science courses. Students enrolled in the last two years of military science receive $250 or $400 per month during the school year, not to exceed ten months per year.
A limited number of tuition/fee waiver scholarships are awarded each semester to freshman and sophomore students who demonstrate the leadership ability to progress toward the advanced ROTC program. Interested students should see the Department Enrollment Officer for information.
STATE / FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL AID
All students applying for assistance from Benedictine College or federal or state sources must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is an online application, which can be accessed at www.fafsa.gov.
Kansas Comprehensive Grant
Only Kansas residents attending an in-state college are eligible for the Kansas Comprehensive Grant. Qualified Benedictine College students may receive up to $3,500 per year. The grant amount is determined by the packaging formula guidelines established by the Kansas Board of Regents based upon fund availability. It is important that you list Benedictine College as a school to receive the information on your FAFSA. Our school code is 010256. The FAFSA must have a processed date of April 1 or earlier to be eligible.
Federal Pell Grant
Gift aid up to $5,550 for the 2012 – 2013 academic period. Eligibility is based on need. The FAFSA is the only application required to apply for this aid.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Gift aid up to $4,000 for the 2012 – 2013 academic period. Eligibility is based on need with priority given to Pell eligible students. The FAFSA is the only application required to apply for this aid.
Federal Perkins Loan (formerly NDSL)
A five percent fixed interest loan up to $4,000 per year awarded to students exhibiting extreme need. Principal and interest charges are deferred while enrolled at least half-time. Repayment (up to ten years) begins nine months following graduation or reduced enrollment below half-time status. Eligibility is based upon need. The FAFSA and an MPN (Master Promissory Note signed when school begins) are the only applications required for this aid. Loan counseling is required and occurs when school begins.
Federal Subsidized Student Loan
This loan program allows freshmen to borrow up to $3,500; sophomores up to $4,500; juniors and seniors up to $5,500. These loans are available to students at a fixed annual interest rate of 6.8 percent for loans disbursed after July 1. Repayment (up to ten years) begins six months after graduation, or reduced enrollment below half-time status. The FAFSA and only one Master Promissory Note identifying Benedictine College as the designated school are the required applications for this aid. Loan counseling is required and can be accessed, along with the MPN, via the web at www.StudentLoans.gov. The principal may be deferred and the government pays the interest while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Eligibility is based on need.
Federal Unsubsidized Student Loan
Effective July 1, 2009, dependent and independent students are eligible for $2,000 unsubsidized Stafford loan as part of their initial base Stafford Loan eligibility. Circumstances may arise in which independent students may borrow the unsubsidized amount plus the following: freshmen and sophomores up to $4,000; juniors and seniors up to $5,000. While the student is enrolled at least half-time, the principal and interest (however interest is capitalized) may be deferred. Borrowers will be given option to make interest payments while enrolled at least half-time, or allow accrued interest to be capitalized. Eligibility is not based on need.
Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
This loan program to parents for dependent undergraduate students, offered through the Federal Direct Lending Program, offers a fixed interest rate capped at 7.9 percent. Parents may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other aid. For PLUS loans disbursed after July 1, 2012, principal repayments may be deferred to six (6) months following the student’s leaving school on a full-time basis. Interest will accrue and will require monthly/quarterly repayment while the student remains in school. This arrangement must be made between the borrower and the lender, not Benedictine College. Eligibility is not based on need. The PLUS loan application is the only application for this aid and can be accessed online at www.StudentLoans.gov.
College and Institutional Work Study Programs
Students who have demonstrated financial need may work several hours a week in college facilities, e.g., library, cafeteria, or in the assistance of administrative, faculty, or maintenance personnel.
Students may work part-time, typically five to twenty hours per week, to earn up to $1,000 per year. Students will be issued paychecks at intervals identified by the college’s payroll policy. If student wishes to have the funds applied to their student account, arrangements must be made with the Benedictine College Business Office. The Financial Aid Office coordinates the job placement. Eligibility is based on need. The FAFSA is the only application needed to apply for this aid.
ROTC — Army
Interested students should contact the Military Science Department at Missouri Western State College, 4525 Downs Drive, St.Joseph, Missouri 64507. (816) 271-4541 / (800)-647-2881.
ROTC — Air Force
Interested students should contact the AFROTC Detachment 280 at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045. (785) 864-4676.
Benedictine College is a proud supporter of our military men and women for their dedication and sacrifice. Benedictine College actively participates in the acceptance of VA benefits to assist in the progression toward completing one's desired degree program. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further assistance.
Each year, a limited number of Endowment Scholarship funds may become available for awarding purposes, as designated by the donors of each endowment fund. The availability of endowment scholarship funds varies from year to year based upon the fiscal performance of the fund management process. Awarded funds are provided on a one-time basis, with the possibility of renewal, provided there are funds available in subsequent years. The Financial Aid Office will award endowment scholarship funds based upon the criteria set forth by the donor, in conjunction with funds availability. Certain restrictions apply. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.
Periodically, donors will contribute monies annually to fund current scholarship awards with fewer awarding restrictions within the awarding criteria. These are usually awarded to students based upon availability, and are awarded as a one-time award. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.