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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Brunswick Community College (BCC) is committed to helping you plan and pay for college and encourage students to complete an annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid, even if you think you may not qualify.  If you need assistance in applying for a grant or scholarship stop by BCC’s OneStop Center or contact us at OneStop@Brunswickcc.edu.

How to Apply:

You will need the following information to complete your FAFSA:

  • Tax return(s), W-2 forms and/ or Schedule C for the appropriate year.  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.  For 2021/2022 FAFSA, you will need 2019 tax information.
  • Current bank statements
  • Records of other savings and investments
  • BCC’s School Code: 015285
  • Continuously check your BCC email account from the Office of Financial Aid office that may be requesting additional information to complete the processing of your Financial Aid Application.
  • Review your Financial Aid status and award by logging into your Self Service account, and selecting the “Finance Aid” Tab.

Types of Aid:

  • Federal and State Grants: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), NC Community College Grant, NC Education Lottery Scholarship
  • BCC Foundation Scholarships: Over 100 different BCC Foundation Scholarship opportunities are offered.
  • Local Scholarships:  Brunswick Guarantee Scholarship and Longleaf Commitment Grant are dedicated to assisting high school graduates and/or BCC GED®/Adult High School diploma recipients complete a 2-year degree program.
  • Federal Work-Study:  Provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses.  The program encourages community service and work related to the student’s course of study.  When you complete your FAFSA, identify that you are interested in the Federal Work-Study program.  2021-2022 Federal Work Study application.
  • Veteran Benefits:  BCC certifies VA Educational Programs:  Post GI Bill®, Reserve and Guard Montgomery GI Bill®, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Programs.    https://www.brunswickcc.edu/bcc-admissions/financial-aid/veteran-benefits/
  • Private Loan Programs:  BCC does not offer federal student loans.  However, the College will provide confirmation of enrollment for a student seeking to obtain private loans from various third-party banks and lenders.
  • BCC Payment Plan:  BCC offers a Payment Plan that will allow you to pay your tuition/fees in monthly installments.  Although this is not a form of financial aid, it is an alternative for those students who are not eligible for federal and state grants or scholarships.

Scholarships and Grant Opportunities:

Longleaf Commitment (North Carolina)

The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for 2020 and 2021 North Carolina High School Graduates who will attend one of our state’s “Great 58” community colleges starting in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters. High school graduates may be eligible to receive this grant – not a loan – to cover tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit. Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per academic year, for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. The Longleaf Commitment Grant ends at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate from a North Carolina high school (public, private, home school, GED®, or Adult High School) in 2021
  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Be a first-time college student (Career & College Promise [CCP] and Early College High School [ECHS] students are eligible)
  • Enroll in a curriculum program that begins in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22 and renew FAFSA in October 2022 for academic year 2022-23
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 – $15,000 (“EFC” is based upon a student’s FAFSA determination)
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the college

How to get Started

For additional assistance, contact the Office of Financial Aid, bccfinancialaid@brunswickcc.edu.

HEERF III (American Rescue Plan)

Grant Available 

Brunswick Community College has received $1,398,296 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) to directly support students who have demonstrated need and are facing financial challenges due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency aid grant is not a loan, but rather a one-time financial award to help defray the cost of attending college (tuition/fees, food, housing, health care (including mental), and childcare, etc.).

Distribution of this grant began at the start of the Fall 2021 semester and grants will continue to be awarded until all funds have been expended:

  • Total number of Brunswick Community College students who have received a HEERF III Grant as of September 15, 2021: 654
  • The estimated total number of students who are or could be eligible to participate as of September 15, 2021: 1,670
  • Total amount of HEERF III Grant funding that has been distributed to Brunswick Community College Students as of September 15, 2021: $622,500

According to the U.S. Department of Education, to be eligible:

  • Students must be currently enrolled at the College;
  • Students must demonstrate an exceptional financial need; students who receive Pell Grants are to be prioritized.

Who will receive ARP Emergency Aid Funds?

The College will review the cost of attendance for all students who submit a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) who also met the U.S. Department of Education rules and guidelines. Awards will be granted based on hours of enrollment and demonstrated financial need by the results of their 2021-22 FAFSA. Students who affirm a financial need as a result of COVID 19 will be considered for emergency aid. Students eligible for the grant will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid to authorize distribution of the grant prior to the start of the Fall semester.

How to get Started

For additional assistance, contact the Office of Financial Aid, bccfinancialaid@brunswickcc.edu.

HEERF II (CRRSA)

Grant Available

Brunswick Community College received $397,670 from the Department of Education through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) to provide emergency aid grants to students who incurred a financial hardship due to COVID-19. This emergency aid grant is not a loan, but rather a one-time financial award to help defray the cost of attending college (tuition/fees, food, housing, health care (including mental), and childcare, etc.).

As of September 14, 2021:

  • The total amount of funds that the College will receive or has received from the Department of Education pursuant to our Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students: $397,670
  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants drawn down and disbursed to students: $350,712
  • The estimated total number of students who are or could be eligible to participate: 623
  • Total number of students who have received an Emergency Aid Grant: 344

According to the U.S. Department of Education, to be eligible:

  • Students must be currently enrolled at the College;
  • Students must be U.S. citizens, or eligible U.S. non-citizens; and
  • Students must demonstrate an exceptional financial need; students who receive Pell Grants are to be prioritized.

Who will receive CRRSA Emergency Aid Funds?

The College identified students who submitted a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) who met all the U.S. Department of Education rules and guidelines, issued a financial award based upon students enrollment and demonstrated financial need identified by their submitted 2020-21 FAFSA. Students affirmed need was incurred as a result of COVID 19 prior to accepting and expending emergency aid. One-time financial awards were based on the student’s hours of enrollment during Spring 2021 and/or Summer 2021 semester:

Curriculum Students:

Credit Hours Student Aid Payment

1-5     $450

6-8    $750

9-11   $950

12+    $1,200

Continuing Education Students:

Level Student Aid Payment

1        $276.75

2        $229.32

3        $190.56

What if I didn’t receive CRRSA Emergency Relief Funds? Can I Still Apply?

The College identified students who met all U.S. Department of Education rules and guidelines as of May 17, 2021, based upon available information on-file with the institution. If you did not complete a FAFSA (2020-2021) and/or request your FAFSA to be shared with the College, your eligibility, in accordance with U.S. Department of Education rules and guidelines, could not be determined. The College will continue to review information received until funds have been exhausted or the end of the Summer 2021 semester. At the end of the Summer semester, any unspent allocations will roll into HEERF III Emergency Aid Grants.

For additional assistance, contact the Office of Financial Aid, bccfinancialaid@brunswickcc.edu.

HEERF I (Cares)

Grant No Longer Available – All Funds Expended as of 10/28/2020

Brunswick Community College (BCC) received a Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) grant created under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support students and institutional expenses related to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The student funding portion of this grant is for the sole purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.

      • BCC signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement dated April 30, 2020 assuring that the College has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent (50%) of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to our students. As of October 28, 2020, the College has drawn down and disbursed to students $397,670 of the total funds allocated.
      • The total amount of funds that the College will receive or has received from the Department of Education pursuant to our Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students is $397,670.
      • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission is $399,500.
      • The estimated total number of students who are or could be eligible to participate: 530
      • Total number of students who have received an Emergency Aid Grant: 231

Are you eligible?

To be eligible at this time, a student must have met all of the following:

  • completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA;
  • enrolled in a Title IV eligible program;
  • as of March 13, 2020 you were attending at least one face-to-face class that transitioned online (full-term or second eight weeks);
  • you remained enrolled throughout the Spring 2020 semester;
  • as of the end of the Spring 2020 semester, you continued to meet satisfactory academic progress towards completing an academic credential; and
  • you enrolled in Summer/Fall 2020 classes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What are CARES Act Funds?
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided $6 billion to colleges nationwide for emergency student financial aid to be distributed to enrolled students who submit a FAFSA and have expenses related to campus disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES allocation will help BCC students with financial burdens caused by the COVID-19 crisis and assist with the costs of attending college. BCC will distribute $397,670, the amount designated to BCC for Student Emergency Grant, awarding a one-time grant to eligible students.

Who is eligible?
The CARES Act Emergency Aid Fund provides emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. If you have such COVID-19 related expenses, were enrolled in a seated, face-to-face class of March 13, 2020, that transitioned to online, you filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA, and met federal financial aid eligibility requirements, you may be eligible.

How did BCC decide the award amounts for CARES Act Emergency Grants?
The college uses a formula approach based on the number of students who transitioned to online courses and the credit hours students were enrolled.

How do I apply?
BCC is working hard to contact all eligible students by email. If you are eligible for a CARES Act Emergency Grant, you will receive an email from BCC’s Financial Aid office in the month of June with additional instructions.

In order to receive funding, you must timely return the application and any other required documentation to the Financial Aid office. Priority for awarding funds will be to those students already eligible.

In the meantime, verify your contact information by logging on to your Self-Service account to assure BCC has your current phone number and mailing address.

Do I have to complete a FAFSA to receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant?
Yes.

Can I still complete a FAFSA if I have not already done so?
Yes. Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible so you may be considered for a CARES Act Emergency Grant and other aid. For the summer 2020 enrollment, you need to complete the 2019-20 FAFSA no later than June 30. For the fall 2020 enrollment, complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA. If you need assistance completing your FAFSA, contact a financial aid counselor at bccfinancialaid@brunswickcc.edu

How much money can I get?
BCC awards will be one-time awards based on the student’s hours of enrollment during Spring 2020:

Credit Hours Student Aid Payment

1-5 $ 500

6-8 $1,000

9-11 $1,500

12+ $2,000

How do I receive my money?
Funds will be released directly to you via a check and will not be used to pay any amount owed to BCC.

How can I use my CARES Act Emergency Grant?
How you use your CARES Act Emergency Grant is your choice. Consider using these funds to pay for your expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (including expenses related to your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care). BCC will notrequire you to submit receipts or other documentation on how you spend your funds.

What if I owe a balance to BCC for tuition or other expenses?
You can still be eligible to receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant if you owe a balance to BCC. The college will not deduct any fees from your CARES Act Emergency Grant. However, any outstanding balances on your account must be paid prior to enrolling in future courses.

Will a CARES Act emergency grant negatively affect my financial aid for this year or next year?
No. This grant will not be used in calculating your current or future financial aid awards.

What if I have other questions?
Contact a financial aid counselor at bccfinancialaid@brunswickcc.edu.

Brunswick Guarantee Scholarship

Scholarship Available (Year-Round)

Annual Renewal Required

Brunswick County high school students who graduate with a 2.3 GPA and BCC GED/Adult High School diploma recipients may be eligible to pursue a degree, diploma or certificate at Brunswick Community College at no cost.  Free tuition, books and no fees!*

What college costs are covered by the Brunswick Guarantee?

This scholarship covers all in-state tuition, fees, and books (up to $750) not covered by financial aid or other scholarship programs.*

Who is eligible for the Brunswick Guarantee?

Scholarship recipients must:

  • be a resident of Brunswick County
  • be a United States citizen or documented lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • have been enrolled in a Brunswick County public, private, or home school in Brunswick County for the duration of their high school education, earning at least a 2.3 unweighted GPA in high school
  • have attended a Brunswick County School, maintained Brunswick County residency, and received a GED/Adult High School diploma from Brunswick Community College, receiving a passing score on the GED®, HiSET® exam
  • enroll at Brunswick Community College (BCC) within four semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall) of graduating a Brunswick County high school or receiving a BCC GED/Adult High School Diploma
  • complete a BCC Scholarship application and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • enroll in a curriculum (for credit) program (certificate, diploma, or degree)

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the admissions process.
  2. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov (available October 1st).
    The FAFSA is required each year a student wishes to be considered for the Brunswick Guarantee Scholarship.
  3. Complete BCC’s Scholarship Application.
    Students are required to complete a new application each year (available March 1st).

    Click Here to Complete the Scholarship Application

The Universal Scholarship application currently includes the Brunswick Guarantee.
  1. After graduation, new applicants must provide final high school transcripts to BCC. Returning BCC Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for the
    scholarship.
  2. Complete all applications and submit requested documentation by the priority date of June 15th.
    The completion of all requirements by the priority date ensures that eligible students will be awarded before the fall semester begins and tuition bills are due.

BCC Foundation Scholarships

Apply Annually March 1st – May 31st

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BCC Foundation Scholarships are established through gifts to the Foundation from donors. The Foundation’s committee awards scholarships to students based on the criteria specified by the donor and in conjunction with Foundation policies.

All students must complete the FAFSA prior to completing the universal scholarship application.

The universal scholarship application period begins March 1, and ends at midnight on May 31.

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