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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID PORTAL

 

Financial Aid recently introduced a new student portal that will allow you to have easy access to information related to your financial aid. Starting with the 2018- 2019 school year you will view your award information, accept student loans and review required information via the 'Student Financial Aid Portal.'

Before you begin, take a few minutes to review the questions and answers provided below for easier navigation of the portal.

Click the box to the right to access the Student Financial Aid Portal.

Note:  Baker College will begin to send 2020-2021 Financial Aid Offers, to returning and re-entry students, in February 2020.  Continue to monitor your Baker College email for updates.

Note: The preferred browser is Google Chrome.

 

FAQ

Click the question below to see the answer.

What information is on the home page?

  1. My Financial Aid - Under My Financial Aid you will see the types of Federal, State and Institutional aid that you have been awarded for the financial aid year.  See the section entitled "How do I accept my student loans?" for additional information.
  2. The red box with the message "Documents requiring attention" will appear if documents are needed.  Click the red box to view information needed for your financial aid to be processed.  You can also click the Documents > Forms and Files tab on the left to view the same information.
  3. Cost of Attendance - The cost of attendance that is displayed on the home page represents both direct (average tuition, books and fees) and indirect costs (living expenses such as housing, food and transportation).  The Cost of Attendance does not represent your actual charges.
  4. Total Offer - represents the total aid that has been awarded to you for the entire financial aid year.
  5. Total Accepted Aid - displays the total amount of grants and scholarships plus any loans that you have accepted.

 

 

How do I view and submit requested documents?

  1. Missing Documents - displays a listing of the information needed for your financial aid to be processed.
  2. Click the name of the document to view additional information about the missing document.
  3. After clicking the name of the document a box will appear listing additional instructions or to access forms that you will print, complete and return. Click the hyperlink within the text to view the document being requested.
  4. Upload - the upload feature allows you to upload a copy of your document. Note: The upload feature can only accept one file. If you are trying to upload multiple files, you would need to compress the multiple files into one zipped file before uploading to the portal. Note: The document upload feature is currently only available using Google Chrome.

    1. In addition to the Upload option, requested information can also be sent to Financial Aid by utilizing one of the following options (postal mail, fax). Be sure to write your name and student ID number on all documents before submitting. Note: Financial aid documents will be accepted via email, but it is the responsibility of the sender to secure any personally identifiable information (such as social security numbers) when using this method.

      1. Postal Mail
        Financial Aid Processing Center
        Baker College
        P.O. Box 77000
        Owosso, MI 48867-7700

      2. Fax
        989-729-3901

  5. Documents on File - When all requested documents have been received, they will show as Documents on File. The document being on file does not mean that your financial aid process is complete; continue to monitor your email and portal for updated statuses.

How do I accept my student loans?

  1. Select the appropriate award year from the drop down.
  2. Awards in yellow mean action is required. You only need to Accept, Decline or Request a Reduction on Federal Stafford loans. Click on the line to expand the details for the award and to take action.
  3. Click on the words ‘Accept, Decline or Reduce total award’ to begin the process of finalizing your awards. Note: After making your selection, click the purple box with a check mark to confirm your choice.
    1. Select 'Accepted' to accept the total amount of the Stafford Loan that is being offered to you.
    2. Select 'Declined to decline the total amount of the Stafford Loan that is being offered to you.
    3. Select 'Reduction Requested' to request a reduction on the Stafford Loan that is being offered to you. If this option is selected you will be prompted to key in the amount that you would like to request. The amount you select will be divided by the semesters included in the loan. The request will be submitted to the Financial Aid Office for review.
  4. Awards in green mean no action is required.

Borrowing conservatively will reduce the amount you must repay, and will help ensure you have loan funds available in future terms and academic years. Student loans that are received during fall and/or spring terms may affect your eligibility to receive loan funds for summer. If you are planning to attend summer term, and want to ensure you will have remaining loan funds available, you should borrow conservatively. Contact the OneStop Office for further details.

What is the College Financing Plan and how do I access it?

The College Financing Plan is a consumer tool that was developed by the U.S. Department of Education to give you additional details about your awards and college choice. Click on the appropriate financial aid year to view and/or download a copy.

 

 

What is a Touchpoint and what do they mean?

Touchpoints are used to provide additional information and messages to you. You should review your touchpoints screen often in case additional information is provided.

How do I determine my anticipated costs?

*All costs are based on average estimates from previous Baker College students for a traditional fall/spring enrollment.

The Cost of Attendance displayed on the home page does not represent your actual charges. Below are estimated figures that are provided to assist you with determining estimated Baker College charges. Additional information about tuition and fees is located on our Tuition and Fees page.

Undergraduate Studies

 

Full-time        

¾-time        

Half-Time        

Tuition & Fees

$12,350

$7,490

$5,060

Books

$1,300

$1000

$600

Total

$13,650

$8,490

$5,660

On-campus housing would be an additional $4,300/academic year.

Master’s Level Classes

 

Full-time        

¾-time        

Half-Time        

Tuition & Fees

$12,710

$11,320

$8,540

Books

$900

$800

$600

Total

$13,610

$12,120

$9,140


Doctoral Level Classes

 

Full-time     

¾-time     

Half-Time     

Tuition & Fees

$16,670 

$14,840 

$11,180

Books

$900

$800

$600

Total

$17,570

$15,640

$11,780

How do I apply for a Parent PLUS or Grad PLUS loan?

Graduate students and parents of dependent students may apply for PLUS Loans at studentloans.gov. This is a federal site that is used by many schools to initiate the application process. When completing this application process, it’s important that you select the main Baker College option (do not select one of our branch campuses).

The 2019/2020 PLUS Loan process will not be available on studentloans.gov until approximately April 8, 2019. Baker College will receive an electronic file with your application (this may take a few days) and will complete the PLUS Loan process. We will notify you of any additional steps required to complete the PLUS Loan.

Below are the steps you (or your parent) will take to begin the application process:

  1. To apply for a Grad PLUS or Parent PLUS Loan, the borrower will log in to the studentloans.gov website using their FSA ID (parents are the borrower on a Parent PLUS Loan).







  2. Select Apply for a Direct PLUS Loan





  3. Click START for the appropriate application
  4. Complete and submit the application
  5. Baker College will receive a file with the results (including credit check results) of the application and will notify you of the next steps.
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