Scholarships & Aid
There are many ways to make a Baylor education fit your family's budget. Very few students pay the full tuition "sticker price" and are able to fund their education through various scholarships, financial aid, loans and payment plans. Our financial aid counselors will help you explore these options.
OPTION 1: MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
Your comprehensive academic record and a full review of your completed Baylor application file determine your eligibility for a Baylor merit-based scholarship. No additional application is required. All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships when they apply, including students who apply as test optional. Very few students pay the full cost-of-attendance “sticker price” and over 86% receive merit-based scholarships.
OPTION 2: NEED-BASED FINANCIAL AID
To be considered for the maximum amount of need-based financial aid, you must submit BOTH of the following applications:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Baylor's FAFSA code is 3545
- CSS Profile - Baylor's CSS Profile code is 6032
Both applications open annually on October 1 and should be submitted by the final deadline to be considered for the most available funds:
- Freshman Early Decision 1 and Early Action Priority Deadline: November 1
- Final Deadline to submit the CSS Profile for all Freshman Admission Plans: February 1
If you miss the final deadline, please submit an application as soon as possible to be considered for any remaining funds.
PLEASE NOTE: Once you submit the FAFSA and CSS Profile, it may not be reflected in your goBAYLOR account until late October as files are processed. You can check the status of your CSS Profile here, and as long as it is considered "Submitted," there is no further action for you to take. Likewise, you can check the status of your FAFSA here, and as long as it is considered "Processed Successfully," there is no further action for you to take. Upon acceptance to Baylor, if any information from either the FAFSA or CSS is still pending, there will be an update in your goBAYLOR account that will explain the pending information.
The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for these programs:
OPTION 3: SPECIALTY BAYLOR AWARDS
Baylor offers a variety of “specialty” scholarships for students who meet specific qualifications.
Be sure to explore these opportunities:
Baylor will also help you process VA Education Benefits and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
*Those with an asterisk denote scholarships that are for incoming freshmen only.
OPTION 4: OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS
We recommend you apply for as many outside/private scholarships as possible. These are usually offered by local businesses and service/religious organizations. Your high school counselor should be able to assist you in determining what is available in your community.
OPTION 5: INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLANS
Baylor offers an installment plan that allows you to pay your out-of-pocket cost each semester in five monthly payments.