Bakersfield College

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Alert

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 with unidentified issues will be dropped August 16, 2017. 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.

Any questions regarding the amount of your bill please call us at 661-395-4428, or email us.

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Do you have financial aid requirements to fulfill? 

Don't delay, check your insideBC portal today!

Log in to insideBC, click on Financial Aid link at the top of the page.

Click on Financial Aid Status and select aid year 2017-18

If you have unsatisfied requirements to fulfill, be sure to complete the forms and submit them to the Office of Financial Aid right away!

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Fall 2017 Book Advance

The Financial Aid Book Advance Program is available for the Fall 2017 for students who have a financial aid application on file and have submitted all required documents, but their eligiblity is being reviewed and will not have a check the first disbursement.  To qualify you must be enrolled in at least 3 units at BC, be in good academic standing, and Pell grant eligible.  Applications will only be accepted between August 1-August 21. 


Financial Aid News

2017-18 Forms

The Office of Financial Aid is excited to move into the 2017-2018 school year. In order to promote a “green and efficient” environment, 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
Fax: 661-395-4688


2017-18 Payment Schedule

Pell Grant Disbursements

Pell grant payments are disbursed in 3 payments per semester. Unsure about how your payment is calculated? Read important information about Pell Grant Calculations.

2017-18 Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW)

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

  • Student Health Fee
  • Student Rep Fee
  • Student Center Fee
  • Material Fees

To apply for 2017-18 (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018) complete the application.


Loan Default Prevention

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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.

Photo I.D. Required

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. (Federal Student Aid 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.

Financial Aid Status

Want to know your status? See our FAQs on how to check your insideBC account for your 2016-17 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 2016-17 status, please verify that your 2016-17 FAFSA was processed through Remember: It is your responsibility to be sure you have submitted all required documentation in a timely manner!

FAFSA/Dream Act Application

The first step in the financial aid process is to apply! Start by submitting your financial aid FAFSA / Dream Act application online.

Tax Return Transcript

If you are required to submit an IRStranscript of your 2015 tax returns, you can order Tax RETURN Transcripts onlineor 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.


BOGW Fee Waiver Applications

Verification forms for Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018

Verificationforms for Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017

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