If you’re returning to BCC, you’ve probably applied for financial aid before. But in case it’s been a while, we’ve made it a little easier to get through the financial aid process by breaking it into individual steps.
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Financial Aid for Returning 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
Review your SAR
After your FAFSA is processed, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) either by email or through the mail, depending on whether you filed an electronic or paper application.
The SAR uses your FAFSA information to determine your estimated family contribution (EFC). Your EFC is the money your family can contribute to help you pay for college. BCC subtracts your EFC from the cost of attendance to figure out your financial need.
Be sure to review your SAR for accuracy. You can make corrections at https://fafsa.ed.gov. If you received your SAR by mail, make the corrections on your paper SAR, then sign and return it to the address on your SAR.
Once the corrections are processed, you’ll receive a revised SAR. Be sure to keep a copy of your SAR for your records.
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.