You Can Afford BC

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Don’t let finances get in the way of your goals. Get help paying for college costs like tuition, books, or sometimes even the rent with a variety of financial aid options to help you reach your educational and career goals.

Get the Money You Need to Pay for the Education You Deserve

Money shouldn’t stand in the way of your educational goals. Bakersfield Colleges has a wide range of financial aid options to help pay for your education.

Aid that you DO NOT have to repay

You automatically get considered for federal grants when you submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). U.S. citizens fill out the FAFSA, while undocumented students must submit the CADAA.

Aid that you DO NOT have to repay

Nearly 300 unique scholarship and award opportunities totaling around $500,000 is available for BC students. You may already qualify for a scholarship and not even know it. Applying is easy and completely online.

Aid that you earn and DO NOT have to repay

Federal work-study programs offer part-time employment to enrolled students. Jobs might be on-campus or in the community, and participants earn at least the federal minimum wage. Contact Student Employment to explore your opportunities.

Aid that you DO have to repay

Student loans can help you pay for college, but they need to get paid back in full plus interest. Therefore, make sure that you investigate every other financial aid opportunity before taking on student loan debt.

Need Help Paying for College?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid year-round. No matter your financial situation, it's always free to apply and it opens the door to most types of financial aid.

Submit FAFSA

Undocumented students can receive aid by submitting a California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

Undocumented students will not need to submit a FAFSA and should instead complete a California Dream Act Application to apply for free financial aid to help pay for your community college education.

Submit CADAA


Now that you've filled out your FAFSA or CADAA, you can see what types of financial aid are available. Free money for college could be waiting for you.

Apply for Scholarships

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Student Success

Support Services

Bakersfield College offers a wide array of student support services and programs to help you stay enrolled and complete your college goals. Your success is our success.

The Renegade Nexus Pantry provides a wide variety of supplemental food options, personal and professional clothing, gender-affirming clothing, hygiene assistance, and personal care to BC students. Each student has 12 points that reset at the beginning of each week.

The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) is open to all enrolled students on the main campus and through a virtual environment. SHWC services include low-cost basic medical assistance and mental health support services.

GET Bus and Kern Transit provide free rides through June 2024.

BC offers several programs for students that have children to care for.

NextUp provides current and former foster youth students with counseling/advising, book support, meal support, transportation assistance, emergency housing assistance, employment assistance, and other direct support.

Bakersfield College honors and supports the sacrifices of those who have served in our Nation's military and is approved as an institution of higher learning for the training of veterans and dependents of veterans who are entitled to educational assistance.

Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) offers several programs that provide additional assistance for Bakersfield College students to succeed in college.

The Student Assistance Nexus has many more resources available to support you. If you need support to achieve your academic goals, we are here to help you.

Financial Aid

Explore all of the programs and options for Financial Aid at Bakersfield College. We have professionals to help you fill out applications and help you understand the many programs that can make getting an education at Bakersfield College affordable.

Office of Financial Aid