Financial Assistance

Due to COVID-19, many families across the country have experienced financial difficulties, and emergency funds have been made available to DBU to help students who have been financially impacted by the pandemic.

In order to apply for these funds, which may include help for tuition, food, and housing, students fill out the Financial Hardship Application.

Financial Aid FAQs

DBU encourages you to make a phone appointment with a financial aid counselor. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact our office at 214-333-5363 or email finaid@dbu.edu. Unless the University campus closes, our office will also remain open during normal business hours.

Our counselors can evaluate your circumstances and increase your Cost of Education budget to cover illness-related expenses. Please contact our office to request a budget increase evaluation. Please note that documentation of the extra expenses will be required.

For the 2019/2020 Academic Year

Our financial aid counselors can reassess your family’s ability to help with your educational expenses if their employment is affected by an illness and their income this year will be significantly less than the income reported on your FAFSA (2017 income was reported on the FAFSA for 19/20). You can find the required forms below:

Parent Request

19-20 Change in Circumstances: Parent Request

19-20 Income Verification Worksheet: Dependent Student

Independent Student Request

19-20 Change in Circumstances: Independent Student Request

19-20 Income Verification Worksheet: Independent Student

 

For the 2020/2021 Academic Year

Our financial aid counselors can reassess your family’s ability to help with your educational expenses if their employment is affected by an illness and their income this year will be significantly less than the income reported on your FAFSA (2018 income was reported on the FAFSA for 20/21). You can find the required forms below:

20/21 Parent Request

20-21 Change in Circumstances: Parent Request

20-21 Income Verification Worksheet: Dependent Student

20/21 Independent Student Request

20-21 Income Verification Worksheet: Independent Student

20-21 Change in Circumstances: Independent Student Request

 

For the 2021/2022 Academic Year

Our financial aid counselors can reassess your family’s ability to help with your educational expenses if their employment is affected by an illness and their income this year will be significantly less than the income reported on your FAFSA (2019 income was reported on the FAFSA for 21/22). You can find the required forms below:

Parent Request

21-22 Change in Circumstances: Parent Request

21-22 Income Verification Worksheet: Dependent Student

Independent Student Request

21-22 Change in Circumstances: Parent Request

21-22 Change in Circumstances: Independent Student Request

Our financial aid counselor may have the ability to adjust financial aid eligibility based on your special circumstances, including for recently unemployed individuals who may not know that their changed circumstances could make them eligible for Federal Pell Grants and other need-based student aid. You may use documentation of unemployment—including, but not limited to, receipt of unemployment benefits—to aid in assisting our counselors with reducing or adjusting  income earned from work for a student and/or parent as well as make corresponding adjustments to Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on the FAFSA application.

The U.S. Department of Education does not have the authority to relax compliance requirements related to unit requirements. Financial aid eligibility is verified based on the hours you are enrolled in at the end of 02/03/2020. You must be enrolled half time (4.5 hours for graduate students, 6 hours for undergraduate students) to remain eligible for financial aid. Most undergraduate grant programs require full time enrollment and your eligibility will be reduced, if you are enrolled in less than 12 hours at census.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Education does not have the authority to relax compliance requirements related to withdrawals. If you withdraw (officially or unofficially), the Office of Financial Aid is required to perform a calculation to determine how much of the financial aid you received for the term needs to be returned. The later in the term you withdraw, the more of your financial aid will be considered “earned” and the impact on your financial aid will be smaller. You can find additional information by reviewing the What is DBU’s Refund Policy guidance.

If you do not enroll, you will not receive financial aid for that semester. However, your eligibility for future semesters will not be affected. We recommend that you see your academic advisor any time your enrollment plans change to make sure that you are still on track to graduation.

We will be working through the impacts for those relying on work-study.

DBU’s Global Studies staff and Financial Aid staff are in constant communication, and we are made aware of any programs that have been suspended.

No.  Emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code.  This grant is not includible in your gross income.
No.  Because the emergency financial aid grant is not includible in your gross income, you cannot claim any deduction or credit for expenses paid with the grant including the tuition and fees deduction, the American Opportunity Credit, or the Lifetime Learning Credit. See section 139(h) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Enrolled students that meet Title IV guidelines that have completed the 19/20 FAFSA application at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa must complete the financial hardship application at https://dbu.presence.io/form/financial-hardship-application to be considered by the committee.
Students will receive an email notification to the primary email address on file with the university concerning the committee decision once their hardship application has been reviewed.

Section 484 of the HEA states that Title IV eligible students must: 

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan
  • File "as part of the original financial aid application process" a certification that includes
    • A statement of educational purpose
    • Student's SSN
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently
  • Have Selective Service registration verified
  • Have Social Security Number verified
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations

Financial Aid COVID Information

DBU signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
2,442 Title IV Eligible DBU Students out 4,014 Enrolled Students for Spring 2020
To date (8/6/20), DBU has received $1,099,339.00 to be distributed.
To date (8/6/20), DBU has distributed $1,099,339.00 to 414 students.
The total amount still available for distribution is $0.00.  Request for funds is currently closed.
 
To date (7/15/20), DBU has received $1,099,339.00 to be distributed.
To date (7/15/20), DBU has distributed $1,074,800.32 to 394 students.
The total amount still available for distribution is $24,538.68. DBU is continuing to evaluate requests on a daily basis and distribute funds.
 
To date (7/2/20), DBU has received $1,099,339.00 to be distributed.
To date (7/2/20), DBU has distributed $1,002,326.06 to 373 students.
The total amount still available for distribution is $97,012.94. DBU is continuing to evaluate requests on a daily basis and distribute funds.
 
To date (6/22/20), DBU has received $1,099,339.00 to be distributed.
To date (6/22/20), DBU has distributed $936,829.23 to 353 students.
The total amount still available for distribution is $162,509.77. DBU is continuing to evaluate requests on a daily basis and distribute funds.
 
To date (6/4/20), DBU has received $1,099,339.00 to be distributed.
To date (6/4/20), DBU has distributed $716,417.40 to 261 students.
The total amount still available for distribution is $382,921.60. DBU is continuing to evaluate requests on a daily basis and distribute funds.
 
To date (5/14/20), DBU has received $1,099,339.00 to be distributed.
To date (5/14/20), DBU has distributed $663,465.15 to 155 students.
The total amount still available for distribution is $435,873.85. DBU is continuing to evaluate requests on a daily basis and distribute funds.
 
Fill out the DBU Hardship Application to see if you are eligible to receive these funds.
Please click here to see how much DBU received under CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion.

To date (04/10/21), DBU has received $1,099,339.00 to be distributed.
To date (04/10/21), DBU has distributed $558,307.17 to 145 students.
The total amount still available for distribution is $541031.83. DBU is continuing to evaluate requests on a daily basis and distribute funds.

To date (07/10/21), DBU has received $1,099,339.00 to be distributed.
To date (07/10/21), DBU has distributed $1,029,309.50 to 259 students.
The total amount still available for distribution is $70,029.50. DBU is continuing to evaluate requests on a daily basis and distribute funds.

Please click here to see the quarter-ending June 30, 2021, reporting form for HEERF II (a)(1) Institutional Portion.

 Students are considered for emergency financial aid grants by the following methods:

Quarterly Reporting

Dallas Baptist University is required to provide regular reporting to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on the use of funds authorized by the CARES Act. Funds received by Dallas Baptist University under the CARES Act were authorized by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020. The following are federal quarterly reports for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act (CRRSA Act), and the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Acknowledgements:

DBU signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the HEERF grants:

The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive HEERF grants and how much they would receive:

Method 1: The student was awarded the amount requested that was supported by documentation or up to the Pell grant limit during the time of awarding. Exceptions could be made to award of the Pell grant limit for extenuating circumstances.

Method 2: Student was awarded the amount equal to the missed payment on the student DBU account or up to the Pell grant limit at the time of awarding. Exceptions could be made to award of the Pell grant limit for extenuating circumstances.

Method 1: The student was awarded the amount requested that was supported by documentation or up to the Pell grant limit during the time of awarding. Exceptions could be made to award of the Pell grant limit for extenuating circumstances.

Method 2: Student was awarded the amount equal to the missed payment on the student DBU account or up to the Pell grant limit at the time of awarding. Exceptions could be made to award of the Pell grant limit for extenuating circumstances.

Distribution of Funds to Students Reporting:

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from ED: $2,198,678.00

The total amount of HEERF grants distributed to students: $1,637,774.32

The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive HEERF grants: 3,952

The total number of students who have received an HEERF grant: 464

The total amount still available for distribution: $560,903.68

The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from ED: $5,555,367.00

The total amount of HEERF grants distributed to students: $2,152,514.85

The estimated total number of students at the institution that are eligible to receive HEERF grants: 1,768

The total number of students who have received an HEERF grant: 550

The total amount still available for distribution: $3,402,852.15