FINANCIAL AID

We want every student to find their maximum amount of potential aid, whatever their background or circumstances. Whether you qualify for academic scholarship, government grant, or other outside assistance, we will work with you to tailor a program that makes Bacone possible — and makes sense for the long term.

Native American students receive a $10,000 scholarship and we offer one-on-one assistance with outside aid and Tribal scholarships. More than 60 percent of students are also Pell Grant eligible.

Please address questions to [email protected].

Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information 

 

Common FAFSA Questions

What is the financial aid process?

Before the academic year begins:

  • Apply to Bacone College and submit high school diplomas, high school transcripts, GED certificates, or college transcripts as required
  • Complete a FAFSA
  • Submit any required verification, tax, or other documents *
  • Sign and date an estimate for your financial aid

During each semester:

  • Attend all courses in which you are enrolled
  • Maintain a satisfactory GPA of 2.0 or better

Between semesters:

  • Contact the financial aid office if there will be significant changes to your schedule (i.e. changing from 12 hours to 3 hours)

* Please note that changes to a FAFSA during an academic year can result in extra documentation requirements.  

Which FAFSA should I complete?

The 2022-2023 FAFSA will cover the fall 2022 semester, the spring 2023 semester, and the summer 2023 semester.

Where can I request a tax transcript?

Tax transcripts and letters of non-filing can be requested from the IRS website.

The FAFSA looks back two tax years, so a 2020 tax transcript would be appropriate for the 2022-2023 FAFSA.

Where do I complete a FAFSA?

A FAFSA may be completed through the StudentAid.gov website.

Where can I get a Verification form?

If your FAFSA has been selected for verification, the financial aid office will contact you at the email address on your FAFSA to offer you the correct form.  If your form was lost, a replacement may be requested at [email protected].

Where can I get a FERPA form?

A blank FERPA release may be downloaded here.

Common Federal Aid Questions

What is the lifetime limit for Pell Grants?

Pell awards are limited to the equivalent of six full-time academic years, which is equal to twelve full-time semesters.

More information is available at the StudentAid.gov website.

What should I do when I graduate?

Students who have been graduated and have received federal student loans at any point in the past, at any college or university, are required to complete Student Loan Exit Counseling.

The exit counseling process will help guarantee that students receive the best possible service while in repayment.

Please also see our exit counseling page.

 

Do students have to return federal aid when they withdraw?

Yes, that can happen.  Federal grants and loans may need to be returned if a student withdraws during a semester.  Bacone recommends that students do their best to finish each semester.  More information can be found here.

Where can I get a financial aid appeal form?

The financial aid office will reach out to you with the correct form if an appeal is needed.  If your form was lost, a replacement may be downloaded here.

What is the lifetime limit for federal direct loans?

For dependent students, there is a combined lifetime limit of $31,000 on federal direct student loans.  For independent students, there is a combined lifetime limit of $57,500 on federal direct student loans.

In addition, there are annual and other limitations.

More information is available at the StudentAid.gov website.

Students who receive federal direct loans have many rights and responsibilities. You can learn more about these at the links below:

How do I apply for federal student loans?

If you believe you will need student loans to cover your educational expenses, please start with the following forms on the StudentAid.gov website:

Remember to keep copies of these legal documents for your records. 

After both of these have been received, Bacone can review your documents, calculate your eligibility, and update your financial aid estimate. 

Students are encouraged to also complete an Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement in order to have the most accurate information about their financial aid.

What happens if I need to take a year off from school?

Students who will take an extended absence and have received federal student loans at any point in the past, at any college or university, are required to complete Student Loan Exit Counseling.

The exit counseling process will help guarantee that students receive the best possible service while in repayment.

 

Please also see our exit counseling page.

Where can I find more information about federal financial aid?

The Department of Education maintains information for the public at StudentAid.gov

Popular references include:

 

Common Oklahoma Aid Questions

How do I apply for Oklahoma Grants and Scholarships?

The FAFSAs from Oklahoma residents are reviewed each semester for eligibility in the OTAG, OTEG, and Oklahoma’s Promise awards.

When will Oklahoma awards be added to my account?

The schedules and attendance of potentially eligible students are reviewed at the end of our add-drop period to ensure that the requests submitted to the state are accurate.

Student accounts are updated after a confirmation is received from the State of Oklahoma for each award type.

Common Scholarship Questions

What kinds of scholarships does Bacone offer?

The most common scholarships offered to Bacone students are as follows:

Alexander Posey (American Indian) Scholarships – up to $10,000 per academic year to documented American Indian students enrolled as full-time main campus students

Athletic Scholarships – from $7,000 to $10,000 per year for full-time residential students in good standing and from $2,000 to $5,000 per year for full-time commuter students in good standing

Descendant Grant- A grant for the direct blood descendants of the following contributors to Bacone College:

  • Samuel Richard, Walter Starr, William McCombs, and Benjamin Wacoche

Qualifications include: Must provide proof of their heritage (birth certificates and bloodline from tribe). Must apply for Federal Financial Aid with Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Resident Students – This grant applies to Total Cost (excluding books and fees) with Federal Aid (excluding loans) and outside scholarships and grants being applied to room and board first. Any remaining cash-based funds will be applied to tuition. This grant will be used to make up the difference and can be reduced as other funds are applied.

Commuter students – This grant will cover any remaining tuition cost after Federal Aid (excluding loans) and outside scholarships and grants are applied. If the student does not qualify for any Federal Aid except for loans, and no outside resources, the grant will cover tuition only.

Success Scholarships – up to $7,000 per academic year for full-time main-campus students in good academic standing and up to $2,700 for full-time commuter students in good academic standing. 

What are the limitations on Bacone scholarships?

Bacone College is only able to offer one insitutional award per student, per academic year.

Awards are only offered for fall and spring semesters and have GPA reqiurements.

Awards may be reduced for non-attendance, for disciplinary reasons, and for academic reasons.

Awards are offered on an up-to basis and will not create a credit balance.

Can I receive more than one Bacone scholarship?

No.  Bacone College is only able to offer one institutional award per student, per academic year.

Bacone scholarships are only available for fall and spring semesters.

 

Where can I find information about other scholarships?

Bacone College has a page dedicated to outside scholarships, including links to tribal aid, search tools, and curated lists here.

Common Student Account Questions

How can I apply for financial aid?

The first steps in requesting aid are:

  • contact the admissions office to apply for admission as a student
  • complete a FAFSA for the current academic year

Each of these will lead to additional steps as you are admitted, assigned to an advisor, and enrolled in classes.  Your financial aid eligibility can be calculated after your account has been updated with a class schedule. 

How are funds released to students?

If the total of financial aid and other payments for a student exceed the charges on that student’s account, the resulting credit balance will be paid by check.  The business office will contact the student to provide notice that a check is available and provide the option of delivery by mail or in-person pickup.  Direct deposit is not available at this time.

Work study funds are released to students once each pay period, also by check.

When will my financial aid be applied to my account?

Financial aid is applied to a student’s account when:

  • all of the appropriate paperwork has been completed, submitted and reviewed for that student
  • attendance has been reported for that student

Some aid can only be added after the end of the add-drop period of each term.

How can students pay a balance?

Payments are accepted by the Student Accounts office.  Students are encouraged to plan ahead and establish a payment plan each semester.

General Information

Estimated Charges fall 2022 – spring 2023

Full-time Tuition: $12,000
Administrative Fees: $2,700
Athletic Fees: $1,000
Library Fees: $120
Technology Fees: $240
Room and Board (multi-occupancy): $8,600

Total charges for a full-time, main-campus student athlete: $24,660

not shown above: transportation costs, personal expenses

Admission Requirements

2.0 GPA- High School or Transfer
18 ACT/860 SAT
Top 50% of graduating class

Contact Information

Office: 918-781-7225
Fax: 918-517-3039
email: [email protected]
Mailing address:

Bacone College
Financial Aid
2299 Old Bacone Rd
Muskogee, OK 74403

Additional Pages

Basic Advice

  • Apply for grants and scholarships before the semster begins
  • Look into work study and other local employment opportunities.
  • Ask about payment plans
  • If you must borrow, borrow as little as possible, and read your counseling documents carefully.