Welcome to Bakersfield College (BC) Financial Aid!
BIG NEWS: Financial Aid Fest is Coming!
NOTICE: Students who are in the process of completing their financial aid will not be dropped for the Fall Semester. It is important to check your insideBC regularly for updates and complete all document requirements as soon as possible to avoid delays.
Bring your photo ID to the Financial Aid office to get answers to specific questions about your account.
Pell grant payments are disbursed in 3 payments per semester. Unsure about how your payment is calculated? Read important information about Pell Grant Calculations.
Financial Aid Book Advances are granted for your educational purposes only and are available to qualifying students during the first few weeks of the semester. All Book Advances will be deducted from your Pell grant disbursement. Book Advance applications will only be accepted January 3 - February 8 and can only be used one time from January 3 - February 11. Review the eligibility requirements and download the Spring 2019 Book Advance Program application.
Consortium Agreements allow students enrolled at more than one school in a given semester to receive the maximum amount of federal aid for which they are eligible considering enrollment at both schools. A student may receive federal financial aid from only one school during any given semester. If a student is enrolled at more than one school, a Consortium Agreement between BC (the home institution) and Taft College (the host institution) will allow a student to count classes from both schools during one semester and receive the maximum amount of financial aid for which the student is eligible. If either school chooses not to enter into a Consortium Agreement, a student’s financial aid will be based solely upon his/her enrollment at only one of the schools. The BC Financial Aid Office and any other institution reserve the right to deny consortium agreement requests.
Before requesting a Consortium Agreement, with BC acting as the home institution, a student must meet the following criteria:
Please note that while a Consortium Agreement allows a student to receive full eligibility for Title IV Aid (Pell Grants, CAL grant and any other additional free aid) The Consortium Agreement does not honor those applying for a student loan. You will still need to be enrolled in 6 degree applicable units with BC to be eligible.
After any Title IV aid has been disbursed, no increases in financial aid can be made due to enrollment level changes. If units are added after aid has been disbursed, no adjustments can be made to the student's financial aid package.
Students are advised to request a Consortium Agreement at least four (4) weeks prior to the beginning of the semester so proper eligibility can be determined.
Disbursement of aid cannot take place until your enrollment can be certified at both institutions.
A Consortium Agreement must be completed for each semester a student wishes to take classes simultaneously and receive financial aid. Students must contact the BC Financial Aid Office prior to each semester.
It may be difficult to obtain an in-school deferment for prior loan payments when a student is enrolled at two institutions. Contact your lender or servicer for details on obtaining an in-school deferment while simultaneously enrolled. .
All other federal regulations and BC policies and procedures are applicable while a Consortium Agreement is in place. For questions regarding the Consortium Agreement procedures, please call the Office of Financial Aid at (661) 395-4428.
Student records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, state law and Kern Community College District Board Policy from access by casual or unauthorized persons. Access to records is provided to the student, appropriate college staff members, persons having written consent of the student, or by court order or subpoena.
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If a student wishes to allow a written consent for authorized party, they must go through the following steps:
The FERPA form is only good for the Award Year it was filed for. This will need to be completed every new Award Year.