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What is financial aid?

Financial aid is any form of monetary assistance that students receive to help pay for college.

When people talk about financial aid, they usually mean need-based federal financial aid (or student aid from either the federal or state government.)  Because most financial aid comes from the government, it’s best to focus on filing the FAFSA first when seeking financial aid.
 
However, financial aid can also come in the form of scholarships from clubs or organizations, stipends from employers, or private loans from banks.  When seeking aid, leave no stone unturned!

Nearly everyone can qualify for financial aid!
 
Nearly everyone who applies can qualify for some type of aid.  Each year over 1,800 students receive an average award of $5,000 to attend BCC.    
 
Day, evening, and online students who are either full- or part-time students are eligible to receive financial aid consideration.  Because eligibility requirements vary depending on the type of financial aid, BCC encourages every student to apply for financial aid.
 
To receive financial aid, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
  • Be registered with Selective Service - www.sss.gov - (unless female or born before 1960)
  • Be accepted into a degree or certificate program
  • Have a GED or high school diploma from an accredited high school
  • Have financial need (except for certain student loans)

If you attended college previously, you must also meet these requirements:

  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not be in default on any student loan
  • Not owe a refund on any grant or loan, and not have borrowed in excess of loan limits