Bakersfield College

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About Financial Aid

What is Financial Aid



Financial aid consists of funds awarded to students to help meet their educational expenses. It can also provide students with the opportunity to earn money to help cover their expenses.

There are several types of aid offered at Bakersfield College, which are funded from federal and state agencies and private organizations. The major categories are:

Awards based on scholastic achievement and other criteria.
These awards do not require repayment.
Awards based upon financial need. They do not require repayment.
Awards which must be repaid, usually after leaving school or after falling below half-time enrollment.
Most loans have low interest rates and can vary each academic year.
Work Study
Opportunity to earn money for school through part-time employment.

How to Apply for Financial Aid




Apply for FAFSA

There are many opportunities for funding your education. You are eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) if you are a US Citizen, or eligible non-citizen per the FAFSA definition.  


California Dream Act Application



Apply for the Dream Act

The California Dream Act Application allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions and enrolled in eligible California Colleges, Universities, and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid.  Dream Act Application and background information for parents and students is available .

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