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Scholarships, Grant Awards, & Financial Aid

Current students can view personal financial aid information on the student portal. You will need to enter your assigned username and then create your own password. On the portal, you will need to complete various steps depending on which loans you want including: apply for the loan, complete entrance counseling, and sign the master promissory note. Aid cannot be disbursed prior to the completion of the appropriate steps.

For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Department at 765-998-5358.

Merit-Based Scholarship

This scholarship is available to all students beginning with their second term with TU Online through the completion of their degrees. The scholarship will be based on the student’s GPA from the first semester with Taylor and is renewable each year based on the student’s cumulative GPA.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Registered for at least six credit hours in the previous semester
  • Earned a cumulative 3.5 GPA or above
  • Registering for at least six credit hours the following term

(NOTE: If the student takes one or more semesters off, he/she will not be eligible for the scholarship the semester he/she returns.)

The award is available to all students who meet this criteria and is renewable with a 3.5 cumulative Taylor GPA. Students are not required to file the FAFSA to receive the scholarship. Taylor employees and their dependents are not eligible for this scholarship.

The scholarship amount will be based on the number of hours a student is registering for in the term the scholarship will be applied, and is as follows:

Hours Registered Scholarship Amount
6–8 hours $250
9–11 hours $375
12 hours and above $500

Financial Aid

The first step to receive financial aid is to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Step six will ask for the school code of the institution the student attends; the Taylor University code is 001838.

Online students are eligible to receive federal aid including the Federal Direct Loan, and Federal Pell Grant. State aid is not available for online students.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant available to students who are enrolled at full-time, half-time, and less than half-time status. Up to $6,095 can be awarded. Need is determined by the FAFSA.

Note: A grant is money for college that does not have to be paid back.

Federal Direct Loan

The Federal Direct Loan is awarded to students who file the FAFSA. The loan is distributed in two forms: subsidized and unsubsidized. Students with financial need receive a subsidized loan whereas students who do not demonstrate need have the option of an unsubsidized loan. The difference between the two is who pays the interest on the loan while the student is in school and during the six month grace period after graduation or dropping below half-time status. During this time the federal government pays the interest on a subsidized loan, and the student pays the interest for an unsubsidized loan. For either loan, the student is responsible to pay the interest after the six month grace period.

Freshmen can receive up to $5,500, sophomores $6,500, and juniors/seniors up to $7,500. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the loan terms are as follows:

  • Direct Loan terms: 5.05% fixed rate for subsidized (need-based); 5.05% fixed rate for unsubsidized (non-need based); repayment begins 6 months after student graduates or drops below half time status

To apply for the Federal Direct Loan, please review the messages tab on the student portal. Students should apply for the full academic year as the loan will be disbursed in equal parts for the fall and spring semesters.

VA Benefits

Taylor University is proud to work with active duty serviceman and veterans. Taylor is approved to receive funds for eligible students through one of the VA sponsored programs listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. Our VA School Certification Officer, Janet Rogers (765-998-5330), is available to answer questions and will provide assistance throughout applying for benefits. Service persons receive a reduced tuition rate of $250 per credit hour, which is $150 off the regular rate.

*Note: This discount does not apply to professional writing courses taken in conjunction with the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild.