The Bakersfield College campuses are closed, but our staff are still available for you! We are working remotely during regular office hours. If you need assistance with general questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions specific to your financial aid account, contact your technician directly. For efficient service, please remember to include your BC ID number, if you have one.
Prefer face-to-face? Financial Aid now has a Virtual Lobby! Visit us Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm using the Zoom link below to speak with financial aid staff "in-person".
Voicemails will not be returned at this time. Please communicate with us via email. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and flexibility during this time.
Complete your 2019-2020 financial aid verification by Friday, September 4th, 2020. After this deadline, no further verification documents can be accepted for your 2019-2020 FAFSA or Dream Act application. Visit your InsideBC account to access the Verification Connection and upload all missing documents before the 9/4 deadline.
Late start classes that were registered on or after 09/09/20, will not be included in a continuously enrolled student’s* 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 Fall 2020 term. Please note that new students* 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. However, we do encourage that you visit our Virtual Lobby should you feel that changes to your course load were a result of an extenuating circumstance.
|How will adjusting my course load on or after 09/09/20 affect my financial aid?|
|New Student*||Continuously Enrolled Student*|
|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 on/after 09/09/2020|
*New Student: A newly enrolled student that was not currently attending courses at the start of the Fall 2020 term.
*Continuously Enrolled Student: A student that was currently attending courses at the start of the Fall 2020 term and has added courses on/after 09/09/20.
**Completion of the FAFSA/Dream Act Application will check student eligibility for multiple awards and should be completed by all students ASAP
For specific questions regarding your financial aid status, please contact the Financial Aid Technician responsible for the alpha-section based on your LAST NAME. Emails MUST include your BC Student ID. Furthermore, please note that all responses will be handled within 24-48 working hours of receipt and that our hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 5 pm PST.
|Alpha Section (BY LAST NAME)||BC Staff|
|K, T, X||Lysander Ramosemail@example.com|
|L, P, Z||Heather Skibinskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|M, N, Q||Gina Hunteremail@example.com|
|R, I, U||N/Afirstname.lastname@example.org|
|S,O,Y||Vanesa De La Madridemail@example.com|
Beginning with Summer 2020 & Fall 2020, if you request an Excused Withdrawal (EW), Business Services will NOT issue refunds. If you have or plan to withdrawal, contact Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or your assigned technician for an individual assessment of your situation and how it will affect your financial aid.
To request an EW, contact Admissions & Records directly at email@example.com.
At the end of each term, after grades are posted, a process is run to determine what your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status is. Students are notified by email of their status and can also check it by logging into InsideBC and checking the Financial Aid tab.
Below is a simple chart to help you understand what your status means for your financial aid
|Status||Effect on Financial Aid|
|Satisfactory Progress||None. You will still be eligible to receive aid if you continue to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, complete at least 67% of units you attempt overall, and have below 90 attempted units.|
|Warning or Warning Not Enrolled||None. You will still be eligible to receive aid if you continue to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, complete at least 67% of units you attempt overall, and have below 90 attempted units.|
|Approaching Maximum||None. You will still be eligible to receive aid if you continue to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, complete at least 67% of units you attempt overall, and have below 90 attempted units.|
|Suspended or Max Units for Program||You can continue to receive the CA College Promise Grant (or BOG waiver) and some scholarships. You are ineligible for all other forms of State or Federal Aid. If you have extenuating circumstances you may file an appeal.|
|Special Event (Federal Mandate)||The Office of Financial Aid will be automatically updating this status. Please contact our office with questions.|
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.
Financial aid is happy to speak to your students on a variety of topics, such as:
Bring your photo ID to the Financial Aid office to get answers to specific questions about your account.
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:
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.