How to Apply for Financial Aid

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You can afford college. We are here to help you apply and understand options available to you. The first step is to apply.

Step 1: Fill Out an Application

Fill out either a Fee Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application.

Step 2: Check InsideBC for additional requirements.

  • Login to InsideBC.
    • Your user ID is @00xxxxx and if it is your first time logging in, your password is your six-digit birthday (MMDDYY).
  • Select Financial Aid.
  • Select Financial Aid Status.
  • Select the Award Year from the drop-down menu and Submit.
  • Review your Academic Progress standing and Unsatisfied Requirements
    • Complete all required items four weeks or more before the start of the semester to avoid delays. If you were selected for verification, get more information on the verification process.

Step 3: Select a Refund Preference with BankMobile Disbursements

For information on selecting a refund preference with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc., visit : BankMoblile Disbursements Refund Choices.

Step 4: Monitor your BC student email and InsideBC

Look for:

  • Award notifications
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress status
  • Requests for additional documents
  • Refund notifications
  • Workshop announcements
  • Other important updates

Contact Financial Aid

We are here to help you.
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed
  • Don't Forget Your Photo ID!
Online via Zoom
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00AM - 11:45 AM
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed
  • BC ID number required
  • All responses via your BC Assigned email
  • Response time within 24-48 working hours of receipt

Federal School Code: 001118

Phone: (661) 395-4428 | Fax: (661) 395-4688 | Email:

Bakersfield College
Office of Financial Aid
1801 Panorama Dr.
Bakersfield, CA 93305