Step 3: Required Documentation

ATTENTION APPLICANTS: In order to implement an easier-to-use application system, ABF is temporarily pausing all application submissions beginning April 1, 2020. Our new system will reopen on April 15. If you've started an application already, you must complete and submit it by March 31, or fill out a new application starting April 15. More info

All required documentation must be submitted electronically as attachments to your online application.


NOTICE: These are the attachments that you will be required to submit:

  1. Self Certification Document (Attachment)
  2. Co-Borrower Form – filled out by the co-borrower; not applicant (Online)
  3. Financials/Tax Return (Attachment)
  4. Most Recent Transcript (Attachment)
  5. Tuition Confirmation (Attachment)
  6. CS Reference Form – – filled out by the reference; not applicant (Online)

Please name each file with your full name followed by the “Document Name.”
For example, if John Smith has uploaded a transcript, file should be named: John Smith Transcript.
Acceptable file formats are: pdf, doc, docx, img, png, jpeg, and gif.

1. Self-Certification Form [SCF]

We understand that federal paperwork can be confusing, but this document merely forces you to calculate your financial gap. In filling out the document, Section 2 often raises questions so the following is a breakdown of how to complete it:

  • 2a: The total of your tuition, books, and accommodation.
  • 2b: The estimated total of any financial assistance you will be receiving.
  • 2c: The remainder is your total financial gap.


  1. Download and save the Self-Certification Form (SCF): Self-Certification Form (PDF format), Self-Certification Form (Word format), or Self-Certification Form Fill-In.
  2. Complete, and sign form. E-signatures accepted.
  3. Upload form to the online application “Required Documents” section.
  4. Document Name: SCF

2. Co-Borrower Form: Financially Dependent Applicants

A Co-Borrower is a trusted family member or friend who can co-sign on any loan you may be offered by The Albert Baker Fund. Co-Borrowers are required for all applicants who are not financially independent and they are only called to pay off a loan in the event that the Borrower refuses to communicate and/or pay ABF.

Co-Borrowers qualifications:

  1. They must be a fiscally responsible adult citizen of The United States or Canada.
  2. They must have an annual income of at least $45,000.
  3. They must not be your spouse.


  1. Create and save your online application before you contact your Co-Borrower.
  2. It is your responsibility to send this link and the email address you are using for your online application to the Co-Borrower:
  3. NOTE: the Co-borrower must submit their most recent completed 1040 as an attachment on the Co-borrower form.  Click the “Choose File” button at the bottom of the page near the “Submit” button in order to attach a copy of the 1040.  Otherwise the form is incomplete, and the application cannot be processed.
  4. You and your Co-Borrower will automatically receive a notification email when a completed form has been submitted to ABF Staff.

3. Tax Return: Financially Independent Applicants

Financially Independent means that you have an annual income no lower than $30,000.  If you do not meet this requirement, then you must find a Co-Borrower.  See Section 2 above.

Tax Return

Americans: First page only of the most recent 1040 Tax Return.
Canadians: the page showing total annual income of the most recent T1 Tax Return.


  1. Scan the first page only of the tax return for the most recent year.
  2. Upload the document to the online application “Required Documents” section.
  3. Document Name: Year Tax Return (Example: “2015 Tax Return”)

4. Most Recent Transcript

You must provide us with a copy of your most recent transcript, confirming that your GPA is 2.5 or above.
We do not require official copies of your transcript. We will not accept any transcript via post/mail, fax, or email.
Principia College Students – do not request a transcript from the office, please use your online transcript access to retrieve your most recent transcript.

Exception: If it has been more than five years since you last attended school, you are not required to submit a transcript.


  1. Acquire a copy of your latest transcripts and save in a PDF, Word, or image format.
  2. Upload document to the online application “Required Documents” section.
  3. Document Name: Transcript

5. Tuition Confirmation

Provide some form of documentation or published information from the university or vocational school confirming the tuition fees for the academic term for which you are applying.

Example Sources: Institution’s website, institution’s course catalog, or a letter from the registrar stating costs.


  1. Save document as PDF or Word format.
  2. Upload document to the online application “Required Documents” section.
  3. Document Name: Tuition Confirmation

6. Christian Science Reference

Referral Form

Your Christian Science reference is an adult, non-family member, who can verify that you are an active student of Christian Science.

  1. Provide the name and contact information of your reference in the CS Reference section of the application.
  2. Send this link to your reference for them to submit on your behalf:
  3. Ensure that your reference submits a Referral Form on your behalf.  See instructions below
  4. You will automatically receive a notification email when your reference has submitted their Referral Form.

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