financial aid opportunities
The Office of Financial Aid at Southwest Baptist University is dedicated to providing
you with the financial resources and advisement you need in order to pursue your goal
of a Christian higher education.
We will work with you to provide comprehensive financial assistance that will meet
your needs through a combination of university, federal, state and private aid resources.
Your admissions counselor is here to walk you through each step of the process, so don't hesitate to ask questions
and let us know how we can help! Also, be sure to check out the SBU Estimator to calculate your estimated scholarships and cost.
SBU was an ideal place to develop my academic interests, an affordable price for a
personalized education, and a Christian culture in which my faith was challenged and
Use the SBU Estimator, our net price calculator tool, to get an idea of what costs and financial aid you
can expect as an incoming student at SBU. This cost calculator will help you determine
for which scholarships and financial aid you may qualify. You can also send your results
to your admissions counselor and get follow-up communication to learn more about how we can partner with you to
make SBU a valuable investment.
Use the SBU Estimator
financial aid process
Once you have been admitted to SBU, your admissions counselor will work with you to determine for which scholarships and financial aid you qualify.
Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to receive state and federal
financial aid for which you are eligible. Upon receiving your FAFSA results, SBU will
work with you to compile a tailored financial aid package for you.
Once you are admitted to SBU, you will receive an SBU email address and access to
the MySBU Admitted Student Portal. You need to check your SBU email address often,
even before you arrive on campus, for important information, especially related to
the online process for approving and finalizing your financial aid award.
Submit your FAFSA
Scholarships and Aid
Loan Counseling and Promissory Note
Southwest Baptist University desires to resolve student grievances, complaints and
concerns in a timely, fair and efficient manner. Certain types of situations can be
resolved internally by simply contacting university personnel. If an issue cannot
be resolved internally, you may file a complaint with the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
Code of Conduct
- No action will be taken by financial aid staff that is for their personal benefit
or could be perceived to be a conflict of interest.
- Employees within the financial aid office will not award aid to themselves or their
immediate family members. Staff will reserve this task to an institutionally designated
person, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
- If a preferred lender list is provided, it will be compiled without prejudice and
for the sole benefit of the students attending the institution. The information included
about lenders and loan terms will be transparent, complete and accurate. The complete
process through which preferred lenders are selected will be fully and publicly disclosed.
Borrowers will not be auto-assigned to any particular lender.
- A borrower's choice of lender will not be denied, impeded or unnecessarily delayed
by the institution, even if that lender is not included on the institution's preferred
- No amount of cash, gift or benefit in excess of a de minimis amount shall be accepted
by a financial aid staff member from any financial aid applicant (or his/her family),
or from any entity doing business with or seeking to do business with the institution
(including service on advisory committees or boards beyond reimbursement for reasonable
expenses directly associated with such services).
- Information provided by the financial aid office is accurate, unbiased, and does not
reflect preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
- Institutional award notifications and/or other institutionally provided materials
shall include the following:
- A breakdown of individual components of the institution's Cost of Attendance, designating
all potential billable charges.
- Clear identification of each award, indicating type of aid, i.e. gift aid (grant,
scholarship), work, or loan.
- Standard terminology and definitions, using NASFAA's glossary of award letter terms.
- Renewal requirements for each award.
- All required consumer information is displayed in a prominent location on the institutional
web site(s) and in any printed materials, easily identified and found, and labeled
as "Consumer Information."
- Financial aid professionals will disclose to their institution any involvement, interest
in, or potential conflict of interest with any entity with which the institution has
a business relationship.