Step 3: Required Documentation

 

NOTICE: this page provides details for required documents that will need to be attached to your application, and additional information that you will be required to submit:

  1. Self Certification Document (Attachment)
  2. Tuition Confirmation (Attachment)
  3. Most Recent Transcript (Attachment)
  4. Financials/Tax Return (Attachment)
  5. Co-Borrower – Name and contact Information
  6. CS Reference – Name and contact information

Acceptable file format: pdf

1. Self-Certification Form

We understand that federal paperwork can be confusing, but this document merely helps to identify 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.

Instructions:

2. 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.

Instructions:

  1. Save document as pdf.
  2. Upload the document using the attachment buttons on the final page of your application.

3. Tax Return: Financially Independent Applicants

There is a question on the application form that asks if you earned at least $30,000 in the most recent taxable year.  If your response is YES, then you will be required to attach your most recently completed tax return as verification.  Details for how to prepare that document are just below.  If your response is NO, then you will need to identify a Co-Borrower.  See Section 5 below.

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.

Instructions:

  1. Scan the first page only of the tax return for the most recent year, and save as pdf.
  2. Upload the document to the online application using the attachment buttons on the final page.

4. Most Recent Transcript

We do not require your “official” transcript. Your are welcome to submit the most recent copy of your transcript, confirming that your GPA is 2.5 or above.

Exception: There is a question on the application form asking if more than five years have passed since you last attended school.  If your response is YES, then you will not be required to submit a transcript.

Instructions:

  1. Acquire a copy of your latest transcripts and save in a pdf format.
  2. Upload the document to the online application using the attachment buttons on the final page.

5. 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 (defined as earning $30,000/year), and they are only called in the event that the Borrower refuses or is unable 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.

Exception: There is a question on the application form asking if you are able to identify a Co-borrower.  If your response is NO, then you can submit your application, and ABF staff will review it in light of those circumstances.

Instructions:

  1. While filling out the online application, you will be able to enter the name and email of your Co-borrower.
  2. Once your application has been submitted, your Co-borrower will automatically receive an email from ABF informing them that you have selected them to serve as your Co-borrower.  It will also link them to a Co-borrower form they are required to complete before your application can be reviewed.
  3. You and your Co-Borrower will automatically receive a notification email when a completed form has been submitted to ABF Staff.

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.

Instructions:

  1. While filling out the online application, you will be able to enter the name and email of your CS Reference.
  2. Once your application has been submitted, your CS Reference will automatically receive an email from ABF informing them that you have selected them to serve as your CS Reference.  It will also link them to a CS Reference form they are required to complete before your application can be reviewed.
  3. You and your CS Reference will automatically receive a notification email when a completed form has been submitted to ABF Staff Referral Form.

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