Due to technical difficulties, some students experienced inaccurate financial account balances. The most common error was accounts missing the BOG waiver causing higher out of pocket expenses. We have identified the issue and are working diligently to resolve the problem. Students who are BOG ineligible and have unidentified issues are at risk of being dropped. Please check your InsideBC message boards for any updates.
Bakersfield College strives to deliver the best quality service to our students. Please be patient with us while we improve our software to increase the accuracy of your account balance. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to serving you soon.
Book Advances are available to qualifying students during the first 3 weeks of the semester. Application period begins January 8th and the deadline to submit an application is February 2nd. Book Advances can only be used once between January 8th and February 9th at the Bakersfield College Bookstore. Click the link to access the eligibility requirements and application. Return the completed application to the Office of Financial Aid.
Students have informed the Financial Aid Office about two rumors circulating about the recent tax bill passed by Congress. Please note the following:
The Office of Financial Aid is excited to move into the 2017-2018 school year. The office would like to encourage all students to refer to their InsideBC for any required documentation. In order to receive your financial aid funds faster, please complete the fillable PDF forms online, print, and submit to the financial aid office. All documents must be physically signed and dated for processing. Completed documents can be submitted in office, via email, or via fax to:
Bakersfield College Financial Aid Office
1801 Panorama Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93305
The Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver (BOGW) is a state funded program available for eligible California residents and eligible AB540 students attending California community colleges. The BOGW waives the $46 per unit enrollment fees for an eligible student. To apply for a BOGW, students must either complete a FAFSA application or California Dream Act application or complete a paper application and bring it to the Office of Financial Aid for review. Students who paid for classes prior to receiving a BOGW will receive a refund if found eligible for BOGW. The BOGFW program is not a cash award. BOGW eligible students will be responsible for
To apply for 2017-18 (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018) complete the application.
Don't default on your federal student loan! There are options that may help you avoid default. Bakersfield College has teamed up with E.C.M.C. Solutions, Student loan repayment and financial literacy services, to provide student loan borrowers a resource to help you manage your educational loans. This service is FREE of charge and you can contact them regarding loan repayment advice, repayment plan options, forbearances and deferments, and loan forgiveness. Contact E.C.M.C. Solutions by phone at 1-877-331-3262 or visit the E.C.M.C. Solutions website to connect through email or web chat with one of their counselors.
The Office of Financial Aid is available to answer general questions. In order to protect your identity and information, any inquiries regarding your financial aid will require a photo ID.
F.S.A. I.D. has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN number. This will be your new way to log in to your account. Please see the attached link for STEPS on how to update your new F.S.A. I.D. Steps for F.S.A. I.D.
Additional helpful links for Help with F.S.A. I.D.
Want to know your status? See our FAQs on how to check your insideBC account for your 2017-18 Financial Aid Status. Verify if there is any additional paperwork that you will need to submit for the coming year. If it does not give you an option to check your 2017-18 status, please verify that your 2017-18 FAFSA was processed through www.fafsa.ed.gov. Remember: It is your responsibility to be sure you have submitted all required documentation in a timely manner!
If you are required to submit an IRS transcript of your 2015 tax returns, you can order Tax RETURN Transcripts online or call 1-800-908-9946. A free copy will be mailed to you. It may take 5-10 days to receive them in the mail.
Can't locate your copy of your W-2? You can order Income and Wage transcripts online.
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.
If a student wishes to allow a written consent for authorized party, they must go through the following steps:
The FERPA is only good for the Award Year it was filed for. This will need to be completed every new Award Year.