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The IRS Data Retrieval Tool automatically pulls your tax information from the IRS into your FAFSA. We highly recommend using the tool for a smoother financial aid process. 

Why should you use the tool?

  • Reduces the chance of conflicting data between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 aid years (see Changes to the...
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Financial Aid Office
D-155 ASB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4104
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Federal Pell Grants
Pell Grants
  • Free money that does not have to be repaid.
  • Generally awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a graduate degree and show financial need by completing the FAFSA.
  • Eligibility is limited to 12 semesters, or the equivalent (roughly six years).
  • Eligible classes must be...
Dates and Deadlines


  • For the 2015-2016 academic year (Fall 2015 through Summer 2016) - BYU must receive a valid and eligible FAFSA while you are still enrolled OR June, 30 2016, whichever comes first.
  • For the 2016-2017 academic year (Fall 2016 through Summer 2017) - BYU must receive a valid and...
Eligibility for Grants & Loans

To qualify for federal student aid (grants/loans), you have to meet certain requirements, which are: 

SpSu Aid
Spring & Summer Grants & Loans

Federal aid is available for spring/summer only if you have remaining eligibility from your annual Scheduled Pell Award or annual Direct Loan limits.  Check My Financial Center or call OneStop Student Services if you need assistance determining your eligibility.

There are three periods of enrollment during spring...

Federal Loans
Federal Loans

Federal loans are borrowed funds that you must repay with interest. A federal student loan allows students and their parents to borrow money to help pay for college through loan programs supported by the federal government. They have low interest rates and offer flexible repayment terms, benefits, and options....

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Disbursement = Money is applied to your student account

Refund = Excess financial aid sent to you

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The Veterans & Military Services office is the liaison between BYU and the VA. We provide information and a support system for student veterans, dependents of veterans, guard members, and reservists who have done all of the following:

  1. Satisfied all requirements for formal admission to BYU
  2. Been recognized by...
Amounts for Grants & Loans

Award amounts are based on a combination of your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) calculated from the FAFSA, and enrollment at the census date (semester add/drop deadline).  Your award is for the entire academic year (fall through summer). The actual amount received depends on the number of credits taken per enrollment. The...

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As a Bachelor of General Studies student, you may be eligible for federal financial aid for courses taken through Independent Study or courses taken on campus.

Independent Study

To determine your federal aid eligibility for Independent Study courses, you must:

  1. Be formally admitted to the BGS program,...
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Financial Aid FAQ

Alternative loans are not federal loans. They are private student loans offered by some banks and credit unions. Each lender sets its own interest rate and fees, typically higher than those of federal loans. In addition, the student must meet the lender's borrower criteria, and in some instances, may have to provide a cosigner....


Verification is a process in which the Financial Aid Office determines the accuracy of the information submitted on your FAFSA. If you are selected for verification, it is required that you complete the process in order for federal aid to be awarded (Pell Grant/Direct Loans). 

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On a limited basis, A More Excellent Way tuition grants are available through the BYU Salt Lake Center if you are registering for credit. The application is available through the BYU Salt Lake Center website or directly here. If you wish to apply for an award, you must do so by the following deadlines:

The funds...

Apply for Grants and Loans
Apply for Grants & Loans

If you wish to apply for federal grants and loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at

Before you begin you will need the following:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Financial documents for the applicable year (see chart below)
    • Federal income tax returns for you, parent...
Pell Grants
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Students in the Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) program may qualify for financial aid under limited circumstances. Please call 801-422-4104 to schedule an appointment with a OneStop Counselor to discuss your situation.

The following requirements will apply:

  1. You must provide documentation showing the required...

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Those students participating in a Study Abroad program, who have been officially admitted to BYU as regular degree-seeking students, may be eligible for federal financial aid.  Funds received from federal financial aid programs may be used to help cover Study Abroad costs. Please visit Eligibility for Federal Aid, Applying for...

Overawards & Adjustments for Grants & Loans

An overaward exists when your financial aid package exceeds the Cost of Attendance or need (cost of attendance minus EFC). If your aid package includes a loan, the loan may have to be reduced to resolve the overaward.  Financial aid packages that only include Pell Grants and scholarships may exceed the cost of attendance with...

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Students attending evening classes may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid if you meet all of the following:

  1. You have been admitted to a degree-seeking program as a regular day-continuing BYU student,
  2. You enroll in Evening Classes prior to your degree-seeking admission term, but during the same academic year,...
Visiting Students
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Visiting Students are not eligible for University scholarships or Federal Financial Aid. You must be admitted to and enrolled in a degree-seeking program in order to be eligible for this funding.

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BYU Independent Study courses can be taken at any time and applied toward graduation requirements. However, these courses are not eligible for federal financial aid under any circumstances. 

Please note that this does not apply to semester/term BYU Online courses (registered via MyMap), which qualify for federal aid...

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If you are selected for the verification process, you may be required to submit an official Tax Return Transcript from the IRS. Tax Returns (1040, 1040A/EZ) are not acceptable.