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Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

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Financial Aid FAQs

How do I check my status and complete my financial aid file?

  1. Log in to your InsideBC account
  2. Click Financial Aid tab
  3. Click Financial Aid Status
  4. Choose the Aid Year and Submit
  5. Review your Academic Progress standing and Unsatisfied Requirements

When will I know if I qualify for financial aid?

Students are awarded in the order that they complete their file. Once your financial aid file is completely processed and reviewed for awarding, you will be notified of your eligibility through your Bakersfield College e-mail. It may take several weeks to receive your e-mail due to the volume of applications so START EARLY!

What is the school code for Bakersfield College?

The Federal School Code for Bakersfield College is 001118.

How do I sign up for an F.S.A. ID?

Federal Student Aid (F.S.A.) I.D. has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN number. This will be your new way to log in to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) account. See How to create an FSA ID for steps on how to update your new F.S.A. I.D.

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How is the amount of Federal Pell Grant I receive determined?

Your eligibility for a Pell Grant is based on your expected family contribution (EFC). The EFC is calculated by the federal processor from information submitted in your Student Aid Report (SAR). Your EFC and the number of units you’re enrolled in at the time of disbursement will determine your Pell grant amount.

Will financial aid pay for all of my school expenses?

Financial aid is there to supplement, not replace, your efforts to pay for educational costs. Apply early and complete all requirements on time to avoid delays in receiving funding.

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How is financial aid disbursed?

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

Bakersfield College has partnered with BankMobile Disbursements to deliver your financial aid refunds faster. You will be mailed a bright green Refund Selection Kit containing a personal code. Visit Refund Selection and enter your personal code to select from one of three options for receiving your refund:

  • Direct deposit into an existing account (1-2 business days)
  • Direct deposit into a BankMobile Vibe checking account (same business day)
  • Mailing of a paper check (5-7 business days)

Are there any deadlines for financial aid?

Yes, there are deadlines you need to keep in mind.

Academic year 2018-19 Financial Aid Deadlines

  • March 2, 2018 - The state of California deadline for Cal-Grant application for FAFSA and Dream Act applicants
  • March 2, 2018 - Priority deadline for FAFSA application
  • September 2, 2018 - There is a second deadline for Cal-Grant filing for FAFSA applicants only

Do I have to be enrolled in a certain number of units to receive financial aid?

Each financial aid program has its own unit requirement. You must be enrolled in at least six units (half-time) to receive Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS), Cal-Grant, and Direct Loan funds. You may be eligible to receive a Pell Grant if you are a less-than-half-time student. There is no minimum unit requirement for the California Promise Grant (aka BOGFW).

I am taking classes at BC and another college at the same time. Can I get financial aid from both schools?

No. You can only receive federal financial aid from one school at a time. If you are enrolled in two or more schools during the semester, you must decide which school will be the most beneficial for your financial aid needs and notify all schools of your decision. However, you are eligible for the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGFW) at more than one California community college during the same semester. If you are attending Taft College and read more information about Consortium Agreements.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid?

Yes, You must reapply for financial aid each year. The FAFSA application is available October 1st of each year. Academic year 2018-2019 includes: Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019.

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Will dropping classes affect my financial aid?

Probably so. If you think you will need to drop classes and are receiving financial aid you need to speak with financial aid before doing so to see what the consequences might be for your situation specifically.

If I drop a course or withdraw, what will happen to my financial aid? video answer