Financial Aid Programs
The university will determine appropriate student awards and issue award letters identifying the financial aid offered, based on an individual’s application and eligibility. The university reserves the right to review and modify any award in response to changes in eligibility requirements or a student’s enrollment or financial status; unsatisfactory academic progress; limited governmental funding; or unforeseen events. The Financial Aid Office assists students in financing educational expenses, but the applicant is responsible for determining, prior to Registration, if personal resources and financial aid awards will be sufficient to meet expenses. Students failing to demonstrate financial responsibility may be denied registration or barred from further attendance during the semester.
Net Price Calculator
In accordance with the Sec. 111 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) and using both student-entered and institution-provided data, the Net Price Calculator allows prospective students to calculate an estimated net price at an institution using the following basic formula: Price of attendance minus grant aid. Based on the information entered by the student, an average net price of attendance is generated based on what similar students paid in previous year.
The estimates generated by the template do not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance or a final net price; they are ONLY ESTIMATES based on price of attendance and financial aid provided to students in a given year.
Click here to open the Net Price Calculator
(Eligible US Citizens and Legal Residents Only)
Federal Programs (Title IV Financial Aid)
Students enrolled in a degree program may be eligible for Title IV financial aid. Students should contact the Financial Aid Administrator for assistance in applying for federal financial aid.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant program awards funds to qualified students seeking their first bachelor’s degree. The program is based on need and other factors, with eligibility determined by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG program awards funds to qualified students seeking their first bachelor’s degree. The university identifies FSEOG recipients, with awards going to students with the greatest need, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)
In the FWS program, students with financial need, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education, work on campus or in community service.
Federal Stafford Student Loans
Loans, unlike grants or work-study, are borrowed money that must be repaid, with interest.
Subsidized Stafford Loans provide low interest rates and are available to students who demonstrate financial need based on income and other information provided on the FAFSA. A credit check is not required to receive these loans. The federal government pays the interest on these loans until six months after the student is no longer enrolled in school at least half-time.
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans provide low interest rates and are available to all students regardless of financial need. A credit check is not required to receive these loans. The student is responsible for the interest, which may be paid while the student is in school or accrued and then added to the principal balance when the student enters repayment. Loan repayment occurs six months after the student is no longer enrolled in school at least half-time.
The university provides financial aid in the form of academic, unfunded, and performance scholarships; work-study awards; and other designated awards. Financial aid is based on demonstrated need and funds availability. Eligible students must be enrolled for at least twelve semester hours and maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Special effort is made to offer financial aid for the first year of study; however, first-year students receiving aid should be prepared for a decrease in funding in subsequent years.
Presidential Scholarships. Presidential awards to outstanding students.
Work-study Programs. Performance-based work-study scholarships are awarded to qualified students. Students serve in various capacities at the university, including resident assistants, security team members, and in maintenance, dining, library, and office roles. Earnings are credited to the students account in payment of educational expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board, and books.
Hale-Moore Scholarships. The Hale-Moore Education Fund awards scholarships to eligible students who are active Christians (preferably Baptist), involved in a church and the community. A 3.0 GPA is required.
Hurley Scholarships. The Ed E. and Gladys Hurley Foundation awards scholarships of up to $1,000 per year to eligible students studying to become Protestant ministers, missionaries, or religious workers.
BGCT Ministerial Financial Assistance Program. The Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) provides financial assistance to Texas Baptist students who are preparing for church-related ministries and vocations.
Mary Hills Davis Ethnic/Minority Scholarship Program. The Mary Hill Davis Ethnic/Minority Scholarship Program provides grants to help worthy, capable young people from ethnic /minority cultures receive a Christian education.
Rehabilitation Assistance. The Texas Rehabilitation Commission may offer assistance for tuition and fees to handicapped students.
Veterans Assistance. Students eligible for veteran benefits may contact the Veterans Administration at 1-888-442-4551 or the Financial Aid Office for information and application forms.
Financial Assistance from Other Sources. Scholarships, grants, and loans are provided for students by other agencies and organizations. The university is not an agent for the donor, and, where noted, application is made to the source. Financial aid provided by donors is administered by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with donor specifications.
Church Matching Scholarship Program. BUA will match designated gifts from Christian churches to BUA students of up to $1,000 per academic year/$500 per semester, per student. Follow the link for more information.
Best of the Web Scholarship. The Best of the Web (BOTW) site is a very useful resource to find scholarships for tuition, housing and books. The scholarships are for all levels of learners: high school graduates to non-traditional students – all are encouraged to apply.
La Prensa Foundation Scholarship Page. Available to local graduating high school seniors and local college students, the La Prensa foundation scholarship is a wonderful resource for San Antonio students. Follow the link to check out the requirements.
San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame Scholarship. Available to all Bexar county women pursuing higher education. Follow the link to find the application and to see if you meet the necessary requirements.
The Convención Bautista Hispana de Texas Scholarship. Available to all members of a BGCT or CBHT affiliated church that are participating in a Hispanic-related ministry. Must be actively seeking a degree or plan to enroll in an accredited college or university by the Fall semester of 2015.
For More Information:
Baptist University of the Américas
Financial Aid Office
210. 924. 4338 Ext. 214