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Financial Aid

Welcome to Bakersfield College (BC) Financial Aid!

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The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is OPEN virtually!

Have Questions?

Visit the Virtual Lobby!

Summer hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Friday Closed

Be sure to have your BC student ID number ready

PRIORITY deadline for 2023-2024 FAFSA & CADAA is March 2, 2023.  Beat the Clock, Get the Money! 

FAFSA and Dream Act priority filing deadline is March 2nd for 2023-2024 Cal Grant consideration. Need assistance? Visit us in one of our workshops or the Financial Aid virtual lobby! Be sure to have your 2021 tax return or income information available. 

Final deadline to apply for 2023-2024 is June 30, 2024.  Final deadline to apply for 2022-2023 is June 30, 2023.  

No Adjustments to Summer 2023 Awards After 05/23/23 and Fall 2023 Awards After 09/05/23

Late start classes that were registered after 05/23/23 for Summer 2023 and 09/05/23 for Fall 2023, will not be included in a continuously enrolled student's1 total enrollment for financial aid purposes. Therefore, if you make changes to your course load after this date, you will not see an increase/decrease to your total financial aid for the term.

Note new students2 who have just registered for a late start course (who were not attending any courses at the start of the term) can still be awarded Pell, the Promise Grant (BOG) Fee Waiver and potentially more if they enroll now.

Visit our Virtual Lobby if you feel that changes to your course load were a result of an extenuating circumstance.

How will adjusting my course load after the freeze date affect my financial aid?
New Student2 Continuously Enrolled Student1
California Promise Grant (BOG) will be awarded to the student (if eligible) to cover tuition costs California Promise Grant (BOG) will be awarded to the student (if eligible) to cover tuition costs
Pell Grant can be included up to eligibility Pell Grant will not be adjusted after 05/23/23 for Summer 2023 and 09/05/23 for Fall 2023

1 Continuously Enrolled Student: A student that was currently attending courses at the start of the term and has added courses after 05/23/23 for Summer 2023 and 09/05/23 for Fall 2023.

2 New Student: A newly enrolled student that was not attending courses at the start of the term.

**Completion of the FAFSA/Dream Act Application will check student eligibility for multiple awards and should be completed by all students ASAP

Contact BC Financial Aid Staff


Located in the Welcome Center

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: Closed

Online - Virtual Lobby

Visit the Virtual Lobby.

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday: Closed

Email - General Questions

Contact a Financial Aid Professional

For questions specific to your financial aid account, contact your technician directly.

For efficient service, remember to include your BC ID number (if you have one) in the body of the email, not in the subject line.

Email Specific to Your Questions

For specific questions regarding your financial aid status, contact the Financial Aid Technician responsible for the alpha-section based on your LAST NAME.

Emails MUST include your BC Student ID, in the body of the email, not in the subject line. All responses will be handled within 24-48 working hours of receipt.

Alpha Section (BY LAST NAME) BC Staff Learning & Career Pathway Email
T, U V, W, X, Y, Z Eli Morales Public Safety Contact a Financial Aid Professional
R, B Connie Cortez Business & Education Contact a Financial Aid Professional
G, H Guy Chidgey Agriculture, Nutrition, & Culinary Arts, Foster Youth & Homeless Youth Contact a Financial Aid Professional
S, P Heather Skibinski Social & Behavioral Sciences, & Industrial Tech & Transportation Contact a Financial Aid Professional
K, M, N Dolores Velasquez Personal and Career Exploration Contact a Financial Aid Professional
C, L Jessica Nunez STEM Contact a Financial Aid Professional
D, E, F, O Vanessa De La Cruz Arts, Communication, & Humanities Contact a Financial Aid Professional
A, I, J, Q Camilla Smith Health Sciences Contact a Financial Aid Professional

Need Help Understanding Your SAP Status?

See Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students are notified by email of their status and can also check it by logging into InsideBC and checking the Financial Aid tab.

How to Apply:
Steps to Financial Aid at BC

Step 1: Fill out a FAFSA or Dream Act Application

Step 2: Check InsideBC for additional requirements.

  • Log in 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 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

Latest News & Updates

NOTICE: Students in the process of completing financial aid will not be dropped for the Fall Semester. Check your insideBC regularly for updates. Avoid delays, complete all document requirements as soon as possible.

Faculty & Staff: Financial Aid Presentations

Presentation Request Form

Financial aid is happy to speak to your students on a variety of topics, such as:

  • FAFSA Completion
  • Verification
  • Types of Aid (Grants, scholarships, etc.)
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • And more!

Financial Aid 101


Helpful Information

Don't Forget Your ID!

Bring your photo ID to the Financial Aid office to get answers to specific questions about your account.

Dates to Remember

  • October 1: FAFSA, Dream Act, and BC Scholarship applications available for upcoming year
  • February 1: BC Scholarship Deadline
  • March 2: Cal Grant Deadline
  • May 1: Priority Document Deadline
  • July: Award notifications go out

Financial Aid Important Links

Payment Schedules

2022-23 Payment Schedule

Pell Grant Disbursements

Pell grant payments are disbursed in 2 payments per semester. Unsure about how your payment is calculated? Read important information about Pell Grant Calculations.

The following information shows how Pell grant amounts are pro-rated based on the number of units in which you are enrolled:

  • 12 or more units, which means you are full-time and there is no pro-rating of the award
  • 9 - 11.5 units, which is 3/4 time and the adjustment = Semester Award x .75
  • 6 - 8.5 units, which is half-time and the adjustment = Semester Award x .50
  • .5 - 5.5 units, which is less than half-time = [Contact a Financial Aid Technician, as this can vary depending on the student's Pell grant amount]

Consortium Agreements

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.

Schools BC does Consortium Agreements with:

Taft College

Before requesting a Consortium Agreement, with BC acting as the home institution, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Admitted as degree-seeking and actively pursuing a degree from BC and only receiving financial aid with BC.
  • BC is home school
  • Enrolled at BC; and
  • Concurrently enrolled or planning to enroll at Taft College. The units you are taking with Taft College must be transferable to BC and be necessary for the degree you are pursuing at BC.

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.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list BC (code: 001118) as a school to receive the information and respond to all requests for additional information. The student's Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) will be processed and an award letter will be sent to the student with estimated financial aid eligibility amounts based on total enrollment/tuition for that semester. The student's cost of attendance will reflect actual tuition/fees assessed by the host and home institutions. The remaining cost of books, supplies, room and board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses will be based upon BC’s standard cost of attendance. Adjustments will be made at the time of disbursement if enrollment changes or original estimates of expenses differ from actual expenses.
  2. Determine enrollment level and make any desired changes before any federal financial aid is disbursed. Aid eligibility cannot be changed, for any reason, after funds are disbursed.
  3. Request a Consortium Agreement form by emailing Ruthie Welborn, Assistant Director. A formal institutional Consortium Agreement will then be submitted by the Financial Aid Office to the other school for enrollment certification. Note: Some institutions cannot certify enrollment until after 30 days of class; therefore, it is the student's responsibility to make whatever arrangements are necessary for fee payment and books at each school. Financial aid cannot be disbursed until the Consortium Agreement has been certified and returned to the BC Financial Aid Office.
  4. The Business Services office will apply all available funds to any outstanding college charges. Excess financial aid will automatically be forwarded to the student via check. It is the student's responsibility to make fee payment arrangements at both the home and host institutions.
  5. Request an official academic transcript be sent to the BC Admissions & Records Office at the end of the Consortium Agreement semester for determination of satisfactory academic progress. This must be completed before the student can receive financial aid for the next period of enrollment.

Financial Aid and FERPA

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.

Watch this video answer to Can the college give out my personal information to my parents or friends?

Steps for Giving Consent to an Authorized Party

If a student wishes to allow a written consent for authorized party, they must go through the following steps:

  1. Student must to come in the Financial Aid office and fill out the year specific FERPA form. (A FERPA form allows authorized person to call or come in on the behalf of that student if that student isn’t present.) The student cannot send a form remotely (i.e. email, fax) because the student's identity must be verified in-person.
  2. Student must supply their student ID to be copied by a Financial Aid staff member to be placed with their FERPA form.
  3. Their FERPA is then added to the students file. The FERPA form will posted the student’s tracking requirements with the authorized person(s) name.

The FERPA form is only good for the award year it was filed. A new FERPA form will need to be completed every award year.