Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College student

Important Information

Here you will be able to locate information on the following topics:


  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at
  • Be a U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • NEW! For AB540 students: complete the confidential California Dream Act Application. Additional information is available at:
  • Register with Selective Service, if required (males 18 to 25). If you are over the age of 26 and never registered, you will have to mail a Request for Status Information Letter to the Selective Service Agency to evaluate your information
  • Be enrolled or accepted as a regular student into a degree-granting or eligible certificate program
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward your college educational goal
    • Maintain a 2.00 Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • Maintain the required unit completion rate according to the Terms of Agreement Satisfactory Academic Progress Regulations for financial aid eligibility.
    • Federal regulations require colleges to establish a maximum time frame during which students are eligible to receive financial aid. Bakersfield College has established a maximum time frame of 90 attempted units. Students are no longer maintaining satisfactory academic progress for financial aid after attempting 90 or more units whether or not financial aid was received.
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan or owe money on a federal student grant
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • Show you’re qualified to obtain a college education by:


You may be denied financial aid for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Failure to meet the High Diploma or equivalent requirement
  • Your resources meet or exceed allowable expenses
  • Ineligible immigration status
  • You did not complete satisfactory progress requirements and failed warning
  • Funding allotted to eligible aid program has been exhausted
  • Financial need falls below minimum aid levels in available aid
  • You have earned an associate degree or higher and have exhausted available aid
  • Loan in default or other repayment required
  • You have not provided sufficient documentation to determine eligibility.
  • You have failed to register with Selective Service (if required)

Tuition & Fees

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Net Cost Calculator

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Your Rights and Responsibilities

Please note: Your award was determined in accordance with the laws, regulations, and appropriations of the U.S. Congress and Bakersfield College, and is subject to adjustment or cancellation in the event of changes to these laws or your eligibility.

Your Rights

You have the right to privacy. All records and information submitted with your application for financial aid are confidential, and subject to legal requirements concerning disclosure of such information.
You have the right to request a reduction or cancellation of your student loan. Remember that a student loan is a debt that must be repaid; borrow only what you need
You have the right to know specific consumer information such as campus crime statistics and athletic information.
You have the right to know what financial aid programs are available to you, including information on all federal, state and university financial aid programs.
You have the right to know the application procedures and deadlines for each of the available programs.
You have the right to know how financial aid is distributed and the basis for these decisions.
You have the right to know how and when financial aid is disbursed.
You have the right to know how your financial aid eligibility was determined.This includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, and personal and miscellaneous expenses were determined in your estimated cost of attendance. It also includes what resources were considered in the calculation of your financial aid eligibility (such as parental contribution and other financial aid or personal assets).
You have the right to know the interest rate of your loan, the total amount to be repaid (or not to be repaid), repayment procedures, when repayment begins, and the length of the repayment period.
You have the right to know how Bakersfield College determines whether you are making satisfactory academic progress, and what happens if you are not.

Your Responsibilities

You must regularly check your student email account for information from Bakersfield College and Financial Aid Services.
If you are a dependent student, you must keep your parents or guardians informed of all financial aid requirements and deadlines.
You must complete all application forms accurately and submit them on time to the correct location. You must read and understand all forms you are asked to sign and keep a copy of each. You are also responsible for knowing the financial aid reapplication deadlines.
You must provide correct information at all times. Reporting false information is a violation of the law and may be considered a criminal offense.
You must submit, by the deadline indicated, all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested by either the Financial Aid Office or the agencies to which you submitted applications. Some examples include: federal tax transcripts, verification forms, loan entrance counseling, loan promissory notes, and loan exit counseling prior to leaving school.
You must notify us in writing if the information reported on your financial aid applications has changed.
You must notify Bakersfield College Admissions Office and any lenders if there are changes in your name, permanent mailing address, anticipated graduation date, or enrollment status.
You must notify us in writing if you receive any scholarships or other awards that do not appear on your award letter. Some examples include scholarships, tuition waivers, and veterans or rehabilitation benefits.
You must accept responsibility for all agreements that you sign.
You must perform the work agreed upon if you accept a Federal Work-Study job, and notify your employer if the amount of your award changes.
You must know and comply with the refund procedures of Bakersfield College.
You must show Satisfactory Academic Progress according to established policies and standards of Bakersfield College.
You must notify us in writing if you are receiving financial aid for attendance at another institution while attending Bakersfield College.
If you are a recipient of a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, you must notify the lender should any of the following occur before the loan is repaid:
  • You change your address and/or phone number
  • You graduate
  • You withdraw from school or are enrolled less than half time
  • You change your name (e.g., maiden to married name)
  • You transfer to another university
You must maintain satisfactory status on student loans. You may be required by your lender to complete deferment forms for loans that were previously in repayment. Students who default on their student loans or owe refunds on federal grants are not eligible for any financial aid.

Return of Title IV Policy

The Return of Title IV Policy addresses federal financial aid recipients who withdraw from the college and are subject to a Return of Title IV (R2T4) calculation. For the purpose of R2T4 calculation requirements, a recipient is a student who has actually received federal financial aid funds or has met the conditions that entitled the student to a late disbursement of federal financial aid funds. The college is required to review the amount of federal loan and grant aid a student received for the payment period, to determine what percentage of federal financial aid the student earned prior to withdrawal. The percentage of federal financial aid determined to be unearned for the payment period must be returned to the appropriate federal financial aid program(s).

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