How Do I Pay for Graduate School?

Financial Aid Process • Payment Plans

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We know that paying for your graduate degree is an important factor when choosing a school. Contact the Graduate Information Office to talk more about the key factors to consider – or, read on to learn about the different ways you can finance your graduate degree.

Financial Aid Process

Applying for Financial Aid

Complete all steps below to apply for financial aid. Note: The student loans available for this program are not based on financial need. Most students in the off-campus programs use financial aid to pay for the program. We recommend that you complete these steps as soon as possible to make sure that your payment arrangements are in order by the first night of class. For help, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (800) 960-5940 or studentaid@belhaven.edu

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Students beginning in Fall 2019 should submit the 2019-2020 form. You will need your 2017 Federal Tax Return. All students will need your FSA ID (https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm) and Belhaven University’s School Code (002397). Graduate students are considered independent for financial aid purposes.

2

Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy

You will receive this form 7-10 days after the FAFSA is submitted. If there are any errors on your SAR, log back into your FAFSA to make corrections.

3

You will receive your financial aid award letter by mail and by email.

This letter lists the financial aid that you are eligible to receive. You will have an opportunity to accept or decline all or a portion of the award. Be sure to contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions.

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Complete Loan Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note

Entrance Counseling is only required for first time Federal Direct Loan borrowers; all borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note. Both can be completed at www.studentloans.gov (you will need your FSA ID from Step 1).

Federal Loan Requirements

To be eligible to borrow funds under the Federal Direct Loan Program, you must:

  1. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  2. Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

  3. Not be in default on prior educational loans

  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress

Pay-As-You-Go Payment Plan

Belhaven University’s commitment to offering a quality, affordable Christian education is one reason the University strives to provide flexible payment options for each Belhaven student. We know that every student’s financial situation is different, so we provide multiple payment options in order to meet the needs of each individual and his or her family. Complete all steps below to enroll in a Pay-As-You-Go payment plan. These plans will allow you to make tuition payments over the course of the semester and break your tuition bill into more manageable payments.

Note: Your tuition will be due the first week of class. If you do not have financial aid in place, you may have to make payments until your student loans are fully processed.

Payment Options

Make a One-Time Payment:

1. Log in to Blazenet at https://blazenet.belhaven.edu
2. Under Self-Service, choose Financial Information, then choose Make a Payment
3. Select the fields and amounts to be paid
4. Select the method of payment

Automated Payment Plan:

  • https://payplan.officialpayments.com/PlanEnrollment/SelectPlan.aspx
  • Belhaven offers an automated payment plan service in partnership with Official Payments. Once enrolled, the plan allows your credit card, debit card, savings account or checking account to be automatically billed monthly according to your payment schedule.
  • Plans vary in length, and start throughout the term. All payment plans are term-based and complete within the term they are set for.
  • Before selecting your payment plan, check the status of your Belhaven student account by logging in to Blazenet; under the Self-Service menu, choose View Account.
  • Once you have checked your account, you will access https://payplan.officialpayments.com/PlanEnrollment/SelectPlan.aspx to select your payment plan. This automated process will draft your credit card/account each month.

Make sure you have signed your Master Promissory Note and completed your Entrance Counseling at http://studentloans.gov if you have not done so previously.

If at any time you need assistance, please contact one of our Answer Center Agents at 601-968-5933, and they can assist you or connect you with the appropriate staff member.

Questions? Contact the Student Accounts Office at (601) 968-5933.

If you and your school qualify, this program may provide loan forgiveness for eligible Federal Direct Loans. This is a separate program requiring separate forms and processes. The U.S. Department of Education will determine your eligibility for this program. Belhaven University is not responsible for verifying your eligibility for this or any other program. Please do not base your enrollment on this program as it can be difficult to ensure qualification for Government Programs, which are subject to reform and funding changes.

You must call 1-800-4-FED-AID to verify your eligibility or visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher for more information.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to students who plan to teach in certain high-need fields. In order to be eligible for a grant, a student must submit a FAFSA form and sign an Agreement to Serve as a full-time teacher at certain low-income schools and within certain high-need fields for at least four academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which the candidate received a grant.

For more information visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/teach-grant.pdf

Important Notes: 

  • We will work with students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employer. Contact the Student Accounts Office for details.
  • If you are using financial aid to pay for tuition, you must be admitted and enrolled to the program of your choice before your student loan funds can be released.
  • If you prefer not to use a payment plan, and would rather make a one-time payment, you may do so using your student portal or you may mail a check to Belhaven University, Adult and Graduate Admission, 4780 I-55 North, Suite 125, Jackson, MS 39211.