Scholarship Weekend

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Each spring students and parents from all across the country come to experience Faith firsthand at our annual Scholarship Weekend. This year's event will be March 19-21. This weekend is designed for Faith personnel to get to know potential students and their families while providing students the opportunity to interview for substantial scholarships. In addition you will

  • interview with faculty and staff
  • visit classes and chapel
  • enjoy a catered meal
  • get answers to your questions about Faith
  • meet your future classmates
  • have fun with other high schoolers and Faith students

The best part of all is the cost--it's free! We provide everything for you--food, activities, and lodging for students. (Discount rates available at local hotels for parents.)

You are eligible if you . . .

  • are a high school senior in the 2014-2015 school year or a transfer student,
  • plan to enroll as a full-time college student in fall 2015,
  • apply to Faith by March 15, 2015.

Online registration will be available. You must complete your FAFSA using Faith's school code 007121. To complete your FAFSA online go to fafsa.ed.gov. Click Here to learn more about the financial aid process.

We encourage parents to join us for the weekend, but students may also come alone. We will provide informative parent tracks on Friday, especially dealing with financial issues.

To be part of Scholarship Weekend, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today at 1.888.FAITH.4.U to reserve your spot.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday March 19, 2015
   Registration 6:30-7:30 p.m.
   Welcome 8:00 p.m.
   Dorm Devotions 10:30 p.m.
Friday March 20, 2015
   Breakfast 6:30-8:00 a.m.
   Classes 7:00-8:50 a.m.
   Chapel 9:00-9:40 a.m.
   Classes and Parent Track 10:00-11:50 a.m.
   Lunch 12:00 p.m.
   Interviews and activities 1:00-5:00 p.m.
   Banquet 5:30-6:45 p.m.
   Evening Activities 9:00 p.m.
Saturday March 21, 2015
   Interviews 9:30-11:30 a.m.
   Brunch 10:00-11:30  a.m.

Seminary Fees and Financial Aid

2014–2015 Seminary Charges

Regular Charges    
1-13 credit hours   $315 per credit hour
14-18 hours   $4,761 per semester
Technology Fee (first 8 hours)   $25 per credit hour/term
2014-2015 Module   $340 per credit hour
2014-2015 Online   $315 per credit hour
2014-2015 Conference Audit   $100
Student Benefit Fee (6 hours or more)   $244 per semester
Student Benefit Fee (fewer than 6 hours)   $118 per semester

Additional Charges
Check the seminary catalog for costs for additional items such as music lessons, vehicle fees, and health insurance.

Institutional Scholarships

Name  

 Amount

  Information/Requirements   When to Apply

Church Partnership Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

$1,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available to full- and part-time students with a 2.0 GPA who plan to enter full-time ministry. If a church gives $500, FBTS will match the amount, making a total of $1,000.

 

 

 

 

 

Anytime during the year

 

 

 

 

Dean's Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

Varies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awarded to full-time students in any program who show exceptional academic and ministerial potential. Financial need is also considered.

 

 

 

 

When applying for admission to FBTS

 

 

 

Faithful Servant Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50% tuition discount on first three two-credit hour courses

 

 

 

 

 

For pastors, assistant pastors, and missionaries who are new students. A new student is one who has never taken a class at FBTS or has not taken a seminary class for credit in the three years prior to applying for this scholarship. 

 

 

 

 

 

When applying for admission to FBTS

 

 

 

 

 

Institutional Scholarships  

Varies 

 

   Full-time students enrolled in any program. See the seminary catalog and the Financial Aid Handbook.  

 February 15

 

   

 

     

 

   

 

     

 

Other Scholarships  

 

     

 

   

 

     

 

Bellevue Heights Church Foundation

 

 

 

 

Varies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available to Master of Divinity students taking at least 9 credit hours a semester with a 2.3 GPA. Contact the seminary office for an application form.

 

 

 

 

Spring

 

 

 

 

 

Elmer O. and Ida Preston Trust Fund

 

 

 

 

 

Varies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available to full-time students who have been Iowa residents for 6 months and preparing for Christian ministry. Contact the seminary office for an application form. Usually a combination of grants and loans.

 

 

 

 

June 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Stafford Loan 

 

 

Varies

 

 

  A federally-insured unsubsidized loan. Student is responsible for thet interest while in school and during the grace period. Payment on principal may be deferred.  

 

   

 

     

 

   

 

     

 

Federal Aid
Complete your FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA will tell you what state and federal loans you qualify for. Have your FASFA information sent to Faith by entering Faith's code 007121 on your FAFSA form.

Further Information
Contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 515.964.0601, ext. 216, or the seminary office at 1.877.532.8748 for more detailed information about seminary scholarships.

Financial Aid Timeline

Our Financial Aid Timeline will guide you through the steps in the applying for financial aid. If you have any questions, please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 515.964.0601, ext. 202.

 

Step 1—Apply

Whether you are a new college student or you are transferring to Faith from another school, your first step is to complete the online application. You can pay the $50 application fee online or you can mail it to our Admissions Department. 

 

Step 2—FAFSA

The financial aid process begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must complete the FAFSA in order to qualify for any financial aid, including institutional, federal, or state. Complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible after January 1, using the previous year's tax information. Both student and parent will need to apply for a PIN at pin.ed.gov.

 

Enter school code 007121 in step 6 to have your information sent to Faith. Be sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to upload your tax information directly from the IRS to your FAFSA. This step simplifies the process if your FAFSA is selected for verification. Remember to respond promptly to any requests for documentation from the Faith Financial Aid Department. 

 

The FAFSA will calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your EFC is used to determine your state and federal grant eligibility as well as your federal loan eligibility.

 

All federal aid will be disbursed directly into the student's account each semester. If a credit balance is created by your financial aid, you can choose to have the amount refunded to you or leave it on your account for the next semester.

 

Step 3—Scholarship Weekend

Every year in March we hold a weekend just for those who have applied for the upcoming fall semester. Through this event we award thousands of dollars of scholarships, some renewable for up to four years.

 

Students and their parents come to campus, interact with faculty, staff, and students, and attend classes and chapel. You will stay in the dorms, eat with our students, and meet your future classmates! And the whole weekend is free to you.

 

Scholarship Weekend is a Do-Not-Miss event since all institutional scholarships for new students are awarded through this eventSo mark March 21-23, 2013 on your calendars. 

 

Step 4—Deposit

Once we have accepted your application, you can turn in a Housing Request Form with a $200 deposit. This deposit is not an additional fee but will be deducted from your total bill. When you send in this deposit, our Registrar's Office will confirm your enrollment and send you a tentative class schedule. This deposit is due by May 15.

 

Step 5—Down Payment

A $1,500 down payment is due on July 15 for all new students. This down payment is not an additional charge but will be deducted from your total bill.  

 

Step 6—Payment of Balance Due

You have two options for paying your account:

• Pay the balance due by the first day of class each semester. 

• Use an automatic monthly payment plan.

 

The staff in our Financial Aid Office will explain these options to you. Contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at 515.964.0601, ext. 202.

 

Financial Aid Links

The Student Guide

Published by the Department of Education, the Student Guide is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid.

FAFSA on the Web
Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid online.StudentCenterGroup

College.gov
College.gov was designed by students for students and features first-person accounts of students who overcame challenges to going to college such as peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers. It provides relevant, comprehensive information about why to go, how to go, and how to pay for college or other postsecondary education programs.

College Board
From the creators of the SAT, PSAT and ACT, CollegeBoard.com is the "inside source" to all that is involved with preparing for, choosing and financing college.

Iowa Student Loan College Access Network
Valuable information for students and parents on financing a college education.

Fastweb
An easy to use, comprehensive scholarship search engine to help you find a variety of scholarships and loans that best fit your needs.

Higher Education Tax Benefits
This fact sheet will help educate students and parents about the Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Tax Credits, as well as the Student Loan Interest and Tuition and Fees Tax Deductions that are available to taxpayers.

Employment

StudentWorkOn-Campus
A wide variety of on-campus employment opportunities are available to students in the bookstore, dining hall, library, maintenance, security, and gym. You may obtain a Student Employment Application from the Human Resources Office or you may download a copy by clicking here.

Off Campus
Several employers in the Ankeny and Greater Des Moines area come to Faith first when hiring because our students have a reputation as hard-working, dependable employees. Off-campus employment opportunities include clerical and data entry positions, package handling, retail, sales, warehousing, and many more. Click here for a list of employers in the area.

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