If you plan to come to BCC, you need to know about 2 changes to the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA is the form that every U.S. college student needs to fill out in order to
be eligible for any need-based financial aid which includes federal grants, loans,
and work-study jobs as well as scholarships and grants from the state and BCC.
You can now submit the 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as October 1, rather than January 1. The FAFSA-filing deadline for Massachusetts
residents will remain May 1, but it’s best to get the form in early because most aid
is awarded on a first-come, first- served basis.
The FAFSA asks for financial information reported on your/your parents’ federal tax
return(s). Now you can base your answers on your return from the previous year. This
new policy is referred to as “prior-prior year.” You’ll be able to use your 2015 federal tax returns this year, and you won’t have
to go back and update your form next spring when you file taxes again.
Don't Miss Out!
These changes aim to make the whole financial aid process a bit easier by allowing
you to report known income and tax information instead of estimating (fewer mistakes!)
and by informing you about your awards earlier which will give you more time to plan
for college costs.
You could miss out on getting the most money if you wait to apply!
Steps & FAQs
Where do I start?
Go to fafsa.ed.gov. If this is your first time filling out the form, you’ll have to create an FSA ID.
This basically acts as your user name and password for each year you apply — so don’t
What documents will I need?
Yours and your parents’ Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses, federal tax returns,
W-2 forms, and current bank and investment statements.
Does applying cost any money?
No, it’s free. Don’t get duped into paying for a service that helps you fill out the
My family is middle class. Should I still apply?
Yes. There’s no income cap. And if you don’t apply, you won’t be able to get any financial
aid including loans and many scholarships.
What is the deadline?
BCC goes by the FAFSA-filing deadline for Massachusetts residents which is May 1,
I filled out the FAFSA last year. Do I have to do it again?
Yes. You have to resubmit the FAFSA with updated financial information each year you’re
going to college.
My parents are divorced. Do I list both of their incomes?
No. The parent you live with the most is the one you’ll report financial information
about. If that parent is remarried, you must include his or her income, too.
When do I find out how much money I’ll get?
Your financial aid award notice will be sent to you from the college.
Sign up for a FAFSA Workshop, call, email, or stop by our Financial Aid office.
Financial Aid Office
1350 West Street
Pittsfield MA 01201
Phone: (413) 236-1644