Information & Forms

Further detailed information regarding each subject and retrieval of PDFs forms are available by clicking each titled box.

Uploading Documents

Submit all documents to the Office of Financial Aid on this secure link. Please include your name and BenU ID on each page.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students should complete their FAFSA as soon as possible each year starting on October 1. This free application serves as a gateway for all federal, state, and Benedictine University need-based financial assistance. Include Benedictine University’s federal school code: 001767 so that the results of your FAFSA application will automatically be sent to BenU’s Office of Financial Aid.

FAFSA Application Instructions

Verification

The federal verification process acts as a quality control measure; the U.S. Department of Education (ED) approximately selects one out of every three FAFSA applications to complete this process. Students required to complete the verification process will not receive any federal funds until the requested documents have been submitted and reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid.

Verification Forms

2023 – 2024 Verification

Special Circumstance Information

Under Federal law, a student and their family are primarily responsible to cover the cost of attending their college of choice to the extent that they are able. However, the ED and Benedictine University’s Office of Financial Aid recognizes that the information collected by the FAFSA may not accurately reflect each student’s unique financial circumstances. If you feel that the information reported on your FAFSA does not accurately reflect how much you or your family can afford to contribute toward your degree, you may be eligible to appeal on the basis of special circumstances.

Only certain situations qualify for a special circumstance appeal. Some examples of special circumstances include loss of income due to job loss, medical expenses not covered by insurance, and divorce or separation, among others. You must follow up with a Financial Aid Counselor and provide documentation to verify the circumstances submitted in your appeal. It is best to gather as much written evidence of your situation as you can.

Special Circumstance Forms

2023 – 2024

Reconsideration Additional Financial Aid

Mission Fund will assist students who are on their way toward earning a degree but encounter a hardship during their time at Benedictine University. A family emergency or unexpected expense can derail a student and limit their educational opportunity. Click on the yellow box to open the application and submit the form to the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected].

Reconsideration For Additional Aid Appeal

Citizenship Requirement

Per federal regulations, prior to posting federal funds, some students may be required to submit a copy of their original citizenship document to the Office of Financial Aid.

U.S. Citizen Acceptable Documentation

  • Copy of student’s birth certificate showing U.S. birthplace
  • Copy of U.S. passport, current or expired, except limited passports (which are typically issued for short periods, such as a year, and which don’t receive as much scrutiny as a regular passport when applying)
  • Copy of U.S. passport card
  • Certificate of Citizenship, which is issued by Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to individuals who derive U.S. citizenship through a parent
  • Certificate of Naturalization, which is issued by USCIS (or, prior to 1991, a federal or state court) or through administrative naturalization after December 1990 to those who are individually naturalized
  • Certification of Birth Abroad, form FS-545, DS-1350 or FS-240, “Reported of Birth Abroad including an embossed seal indicating “United States of America” and “State Department”
  • Unexpired Permanent Resident Card or Resident Alien Card (Form I-551)
  • Foreign passport including a Machine Readable Immigrant Visa (MRIV). The MRIV must appear in the holder’s unexpired passport and must be endorsed with an admission stamp and the statement “Upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year”
  • I-94 Arrival-Departure Record, which must be stamped “Processed for I-551” with expiration date or “Temporary Form I-551 with appropriate information filled in
  • U.S. Travel Document, containing the Reentry Permit, Form I-327 and the Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)

Non-U.S. Citizens Qualify for Federal Student Aid

An eligible noncitizen is someone who qualifies for federal student aid, but is not a citizen of the United States. These students must meet some specific criteria. Eligible noncitizens complete the FAFSA just like citizens of the U.S.

To qualify as an eligible noncitizen, you must be a: permanent resident with a “green card,” also known as a Permanent Resident Card. Before you apply, make sure your status has not expired and renew if you need to.

See more information regarding Non-U.S. citizens.

U.S. Citizen Requirements – Request for Citizenship Documentation

Your Student Aid Report (SAR) may indicate you must submit proof of your citizenship status to the Office of Financial Aid. In order to expedite the processing of your financial aid, please forward a copy (front and back) of your citizenship documentation to the Office of Financial Aid. Prior to the disbursement of financial aid, you must present the original document to a financial aid counselor in person at your earliest convenience.

If you are not able to provide the document in person, please complete the Certification of True, Exact, and complete Copy of the Original Documents form.

Veteran

The student must first apply for benefits directly with U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Once you have completed your Veterans educational benefit application, the Veteran Affairs will send you a Certificate of Eligibility. The Office of Financial Aid will certify your enrollment at Benedictine University with the Veteran Affairs.

Veteran Forms

Please submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility and a copy of your DD214 along with our BU VA Educational Benefits Form to the Office of Financial Aid.

VA Benefits Certification Request Form

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Recipients

Federal regulations require Benedictine University to establish standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for students receiving federal and state financial aid. Financial aid recipients at Benedictine University are expected to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). The SAP criteria contained in the policy are applied annually to all students. Minimum standards of academic progress are established to encourage students to successfully complete coursework within a timeframe and make successful progress towards a degree.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form

Consortium Agreements

A Consortium Agreement is a contract between two colleges or universities recognizing the student’s registration at each site for financial aid purposes. The consortium agreement also certifies that the home university will administer Title IV financial aid for the student.

Consortium Agreement Checklist & Forms

Other Assistance Programs

Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet.

You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.

Affordable Connectivity Program Website

Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides supplemental income for purchasing food for low-income households. An eligible person or family receives an Illinois Link Card or an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which is used like any other debit card at the grocery store. The card uses money from a SNAP account set up for the eligible person or family to pay for food items. Students attending an institution of higher education, like a college, university, trade school, or technical school more than half-time (6 or more credit hours at Benedictine University) are eligible for SNAP if they meet an exemption and meet all other SNAP eligibility requirements. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, a law was passed that made more students temporarily eligible for SNAP. As of July 1, 2023, the temporary student exemptions are no longer available to students applying or recertifying for SNAP. Some students may no longer be eligible for SNAP or may need to provide additional information when they recertify to continue their SNAP benefits.

More Information

Online Application

Arizona Nutrition Assistance Program

Nutrition Assistance (formerly the Food Stamp Program) is Arizona’s program for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Nutrition Assistance provides eligible households with monthly benefits they can use to purchase nutritious food. By helping families fight food insecurity and meet one of their fundamental needs, they can focus on overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency.

More Information

Online Application.

Contact Us

For further questions, or to set up an appointment with the Office of Financial Aid, please contact us at [email protected] or (630) 829-6100. Our office is located on the 2nd Floor of Goodwin Hall.