Missouri Baptist University 2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin 
    
    Sep 30, 2022  
Missouri Baptist University 2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Support Information



Federal Financial Aid

Graduate Federal Aid

Graduate students must apply first through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after January 1 for the following academic year. Federal aid available to MBU graduate students includes the TEACH Grant, the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Grad-PLUS loan.

In accordance with Title IV regulations, a student attending Missouri Baptist University is required to remain in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Academic progress shall be regarded as satisfactory for financial aid purposes if the student is maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A graduate student whose current semester grade point average is below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the end of the Spring semester may be placed on federal aid suspension. Written appeals may be addressed to the Financial Aid Committee for consideration.

Students who do not comply with current academic regulations are subject to review and possible termination of financial aid.

Students receiving federal assistance must certify Selective Service Registration status and that they are not in default on previous student loans or owe a repayment to the Federal Pell Grant program. This certification is done through the completion of the FAFSA.

Application for Federal Financial Aid

Missouri Baptist University requires all graduate students to follow the procedures outlined below when applying for student aid:

  1. Complete the admission process by submitting a degree seeking application, supplying all academic transcripts, along with appropriate test scores, and any other required admission materials.
  2. Complete the current award year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and request that the results be sent to Missouri Baptist University (Title IV School Code 007540).
  3. Students need to complete Entrance Counseling and a Loan Agreement for their loan(s) at https://studentloans.gov/. This site is also where a student completes the PLUS Request for the Graduate PLUS loan. Once the loan has been originated, an award notification will be sent detailing specific financial assistance. Revised award notifications may be issued if eligibility changes.
  4. Admission and financial aid files, including federal verification process if student is chosen, must be complete before any loans may be awarded.
  5. Federal aid is generally not available to students who fail to complete these items prior to ceasing enrollment.

Important Dates

UPCOMING YEAR - 2019-2020

October 1 Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming academic year.

CURRENT YEAR - 2018-2019

October 1 Deadline for completion of student financial aid files in order to receive institutional financial aid for Fall (current) semester.
February 1 Deadline for completion of student financial aid file in order to receive institutional financial aid for Spring (current) semester. Aid for students applying after this date will be considered as funds are available.
June 30 Deadline to file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year. (Please note: Direct Loans cannot be processed once the term has ended.)

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Eligibility

Missouri Baptist University completes Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) once a year at the end of the spring semester. Financial aid recipients must demonstrate through their scholastic records that they are making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their program(s) of study in order to maintain eligibility for enrolling in classes and receiving any form of federal financial assistance. Academic progress for financial aid is measured at the end of each year utilizing qualitative and quantitative standards.

Credit Definitions

Credits attempted are defined as all classes for which a student receives a passing grade (“C” or better), or an “F”, “XF”, “IP”, “IN”, “W”, “WF”. Credits earned are defined as all classes for which a student receives a passing grade (“C” or better). Repeated courses count as credits attempted during each term the student is enrolled in the course; however, the highest grade will be counted once as credits earned.

Qualitative Standards for Financial Aid Eligibility

At the end of the spring semester, ALL students who have an overall cumulative GPA below a 3.0 will be placed on Federal Aid Suspension for the next semester.

Quantitative Standards for Financial Aid Eligibility

This standard has two components: maximum time frame and course completion rate. The maximum time frame in which a student must complete an educational program of study cannot exceed 150 percent of the published program length measured in credit hours attempted. Example: A student pursuing an educational program that requires 36 hours would be allowed to attempt a maximum of 54 hours [36 x 150 percent (1.5) = 54]. The number of hours attempted includes any transfer hours accepted from other institutions that are applied to the student’s program of study. In conjunction with the maximum program length, students must successfully complete (measured as credit hours earned) at least 66.67 percent of all coursework attempted as they progress through their program of study. This is a cumulative process, illustrated as follows: A student has maintained satisfactory academic progress for the first year of enrollment. However, at the end of the second year, the student’s academic transcript indicates 45 hours attempted and 27 hours earned. The course completion rate is 60.0 percent (27 divided by 45). The student does not meet the required 66.67 percent standard and thus will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and the student will have to appeal to the Financial Aid Committee to receive federal aid for the next semester.

Financial Aid Suspension

Students on Financial Aid Suspension are not eligible for any form of federal financial assistance and remain ineligible until satisfactory academic progress standards are met or there has been an approved appeal or approved academic plan.

Appeal Process

Students who feel mitigating circumstances existed which adversely affected their ability to maintain satisfactory academic progress may submit a written appeal. This appeal should be directed to the Financial Services Office. The Financial Aid Committee will hold a hearing in a timely manner to consider the appeal. If a student’s appeal is approved by the Financial Aid Committee, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one term. After the Financial Aid Probation term students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or must successfully follow their academic plan. If the student’s appeal is not approved the student has no additional recourse.

Students placed on Federal Aid Suspension will remain on suspension unless an appeal is approved by the Financial Aid Committee or they reach satisfactory academic progress by taking courses without federal aid. The student will have two options.

  1. Option 1: Students submit an application to the Financial Aid Committee asking to extend their financial aid for one semester with an explanation of their prior grades and what they will do to achieve a 3.0 by the end of the next semester. They may be placed on probation for one semester (generally the fall) and must be maintaining SAP by the end of that semester. If not, they may be placed back on Federal Aid Suspension with no additional appeal process until they have once again achieved Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  2. Option 2: Students complete an appeal form and submit it to the Financial Aid Committee and also submit an Academic Plan. This Academic Plan must explain how they will attain SAP by a certain timeframe, not to exceed one academic year. At the end of the academic year, they must be maintaining SAP. In addition, each semester, they will be reviewed and must be making progress towards their plan.

Students who do not comply with current academic regulations are subject to review and possible termination of financial aid.

The SAP regulations of this section supersede all similar policies in previous catalogs and are effective for all students as of July 1, 2011.

Federal Financial Aid Consortium Agreement

A consortium agreement is a written agreement between two eligible schools which allows students to receive federal and/or state assistance at one (Home) institution for additional coursework completed at a separate (Host) institution. The Home Institution is the institution at which the students will be receiving their final Degree or Certificate. (Anyone enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking MBU student does not need to complete a Financial Aid Consortium Agreement.)

Federal Financial Aid Consortium Agreement forms are available online at https://www.mobap.edu/financial-aid/forms/ or by contacting the Financial Services Office. The forms may also be available at your Regional Learning Center.

Graduate Loans

Eligible loan disbursements will be made after the beginning of each semester. Credit refund checks will be mailed to students once eligibility is verified at disbursement, typically no sooner than the end of the 4th week of the term.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan Program

The amount varies up to $20,500 per year for graduate students. This is a government-insured loan. Students must first file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet all other federal eligibility requirements. Students must be enrolled for at least three credit hours each semester.

Student loan credit refund checks will be mailed to the address on file within 14 days of disbursement as mandated by federal law.

Federal Grad PLUS Loans

This is a credit-based loan available to graduate students. Applicants must complete the PLUS Request and Loan Agreement at https://studentloans.gov. The amount of loan is limited to the cost of education minus financial aid. Amount of loan may vary for each application, and students are encouraged to borrow the maximum amount available through the Stafford Loan Program each year before they may borrow a Grad PLUS Loan. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for information. Students must be enrolled for at least 3 credit hours each semester and meet all other federal eligibility requirements.

Military Benefits and Aid

Veterans Assistance (VA)

Information may be obtained from Kathie Pitts or Kathy Hammers, the VA Certifying Officials in the Records Office.

Post 911 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Program

Missouri Baptist University is pleased to offer a tuition-free education to students who qualify for full benefits under the Post 911 GI Bill. Veterans must have served more than 36 cumulative months of active duty since Sept. 10, 2001. To determine eligibility for Post 911 GI Benefits or to apply, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/. For information on MBU’s Yellow Ribbon Program, which will cover the balance of tuition after Post 911 benefits are applied, contact the VA Certifying Official in the Records Office or Student Financial Services Office. The MBU Yellow Ribbon match will automatically be awarded to students for whom the institution receives Post 911 GI Bill funds. Students must be eligible for 100% of the Post 911 GI Bill to qualify for Yellow Ribbon.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill predates the Post 911 GI Bill and is applicable to students who do not qualify, or are not eligible for full benefits, under the new GI Bill. Tuition benefits vary by type of educational program, length of service, military rank and applicable kickers. To determine eligibility for benefits or to apply, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Vocational Rehabilitation

The federal government provides numerous benefits through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Specific questions pertaining to benefit eligibility at Missouri Baptist University should be directed to Elizabeth Poeling, Associate Director of Student Financial Services/VA Certifying Official.

Graduate Institutional Financial Aid

Alumni Concession

All recipients of a Missouri Baptist University baccalaureate degree are eligible to receive a concession on future coursework of:

  1. One half of undergraduate tuition at the Main and Troy/Wentzville campuses
  2. $750 concession per semester of full-time (6+ hours/semester) Master’s enrollment at tuition rates equal to or exceeding Main Campus rates. This concession is only applicable to courses offered by Missouri Baptist University. Some restrictions do apply.

Faculty/Staff Graduate Concession

All full-time employees may be eligible to receive a 50% tuition concession on Masters and Education Specialist programs and 25% on Doctorate programs. The employee must complete one year of full-time service in order to be eligible for the concession.

Law Enforcement Grant

A grant of up to $500 per semester is available to full-time graduate students who are pursuing the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree and who are employed as law enforcement officers. To be eligible, students must submit a copy of their law enforcement identification card at the beginning of each academic year to the Financial Services Office.