As a U.S. veteran or military personnel (active duty, reserve or guard) or a family member, you have additional steps to follow when applying for financial aid. That’s because you may be entitled to federal and state financial aid, including grants, as well as veterans benefits.
Tracy L. Somerlad.
Director, Student Financial Resources
Direct Phone Number: 910-755-7422
Fax Number: 910-755-9609
50 College Rd. NE
Bolivia, NC 28422
BCC federal school code: 015285
Financial Aid for Military & Veteran Students: Step by Step
Applying for financial aid can take a little time, but it’s definitely worth it. You’ll have several opportunities to get the money you need to help pay for your education.
The steps listed below are for all students applying to college for the first time, whether you plan to go full-time or part-time. By following these steps, you’ll get through the process as quickly and easily as possible.
If you need help, feel free to contact BCC’s Student Financial Resources Office at 910.755.7322 or email us.
Apply for your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
You will need this unique number for several important financial aid-related tasks. APPLY for your FSA ID
Complete your FAFSA
The best way to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is online. (This is where you’ll need your FSA ID from Step 1.) If you don’t have access to a computer, visit the Student Financial Resources office, where you can use a BCC computer and get all the help you need.
We recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to complete your FAFSA. This online tool pulls information from your federal tax return and ensures your application is filled out accurately.
Changes to the FAFSA® Process for 2017–18: Submit a FAFSA Earlier
Students will be able to submit a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. Here’s a summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA depending on when you plan to go to school:
U.S. Department of Education Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid Website
Apply for your Veterans Benefits
Applying for your veterans’ benefits can be a long process. Please stop by the Student Financial Resource Office as early as possible to start your paperwork. This helps to ensure that the processing of your benefits is complete well before the start of each semester.
NOTE: As a VA benefits recipient, you’ll receive the maximum amounts for allowances and/or stipends if you’re a full-time student at 12 or more credits per semester. You can also receive your VA educational benefits at a part-time rate. While you won’t receive the same amounts as a full-time student, you’re not using your benefits up as quickly either.
Submit VA Class Schedule
Respond to Requests for Additional Information
After your FAFSA is processed, BCC will receive your information electronically. (If you file online, we’ll receive it within a week. If you complete a paper FAFSA, it will take four to eight weeks.)
If there is an error in or a verification issue with your FAFSA, the BCC Student Financial Resources Office will contact you via your BCC email address, by email on your FAFSA and/or by mail at your permanent address on file with the Admissions Office. We may need additional information to correct these problems before your financial aid can be finalized and applied to your account. So, please check your email every day.
Receive Notification and Check your Aid
Congratulations! You’ve completed all the necessary financial aid paperwork. When you receive your notice about your financial aid status from BCC, any grants for which you’re eligible will be accepted on your behalf and credited toward your tuition and book charges automatically.
Want to check your aid?
Check your FAFSA status. You will need your FSA ID; if you have forgotten or misplaced it, you can request a new one at the Federal Student Aid web page.
Check your WebAdvisor to any offered financial aid awards. You will need your BCC Student ID number and BCC PIN.