- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
- 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: http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp.
- 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)
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.
|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.
|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.
Student Terms of Agreement
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By accepting Financial Aid funds, you are stating that you have read, understand and will comply with the following Financial Aid Terms of Agreement and Satisfactory Academic Progress policies.
Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress or comply with the Terms of Agreement listed below, will result in cancellation of financial aid payments.
Please select from the following for more information:
Terms of Agreement
- I am not in default on any Title IV educational loans made to attend any college and do not owe an overpayment on any Title IV grant to any college.
- I cannot receive financial aid payment at more than one (1) post-secondary institution for the same period of enrollment. Further, I cannot receive financial aid payment that exceeds the maximum annual award.
- I must be enrolled in an eligible program leading to a degree (A.A. /A.S.), transfer or certificate to be eligible for financial aid.
- I must have a high school diploma or a GED.
- My financial aid payments will be adjusted based on my enrollment status at the time each payment is processed.
- I understand that if my enrollment drops below six (6) units after receiving my first Pell Grant payment, I may owe all or a portion of my first Pell Grant payment back to the institution and/or to the U.S. Department of Education.
- I understand that there will be no payment adjustments after the final payment has been processed for each semester. Dates are as follows: October 13, 2014 for Fall 2014 and March 9, 2015 for Spring 2015.
- I must be enrolled in eligible classes by August 18, 2014 to receive the August 22, 2014 payment. I must be enrolled in eligible classes by January 12, 2015 to receive the January 16, 2015 payment.
- I must be enrolled in semester length courses to be eligible for payment.
- I cannot receive financial aid payment for any units completed as a result of Credit by Examination. I cannot receive financial aid payment for any courses taken for Audit.
- I can only receive financial aid payment once for repeating a previously taken course.
- I understand I cannot receive payment for a Waitlist course until I am officially enrolled in the course.
- I understand that correspondence from the Office of Financial Aid will be emailed to my college assigned email address or mailed to the mailing address on file with the Admissions and Records Office. All changes in name and/or address must be reported directly to the Admissions and Records Office.
- I understand that the amount of financial aid I receive is directly related to the cost of attending college and that my financial aid funds must be used FIRST to pay charges for expenses incurred. I understand that I have the option to request my Cal Grant be excluded from payment of these charges, and to do so, I must contact the Office of Financial Aid. I further understand that I am responsible for all outstanding charges.
- I understand that if I completely withdraw from classes, I may be subject to repayment of funds received from all Title IV programs. I further understand that I will lose eligibility for future financial aid if I do not repay the funds.
- I understand that if I fail to receive a passing grade for at least one course during a semester that I officially attended, I may owe funds back to the college and/or U.S. Department of Education.
- In the event of financial aid overpayment, regardless of the cause, I must repay the funds. This includes students who received financial aid funds and are later determined to be ineligible.
- I understand The Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to revise my Financial Aid award during any time of the year if there are changes to my financial aid eligibility.
- Effective July 1, 2012, new federal regulations limits the receipt of a Federal Pell Grant to a lifetime limit of up to 6 years or12 full-time semesters (600%) or until a Bachelor’s Degree is earned, whichever comes first. I understand when I have reached 600% in Federal Pell Grant funds, I will no longer be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. I understand this limit will be monitored by the U.S. Department of Education and I can check my status by logging into: www.nslds.ed.gov.
- I understand it is my responsibility to visit my college website for financial aid announcements, updates, and to check the status of my financial aid.
- I understand to obtain my financial aid funds I must activate my U.S. Bank OneCard and select my method of disbursement.
- I understand the Financial Aid Terms of Agreement and Satisfactory Academic Progress Policies may change any time during the semester. In the event of changes, I will comply with all the new policies. I also understand changes will be posted on the college website.
- I understand it is my responsibility to complete a designated program of study within the maximum time frame as specified in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Regulations.
- I have read and understand the Satisfactory Academic Progress polices listed below. I further understand that failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may result in termination of future financial aid.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policies
NOTE: All units attempted in the Kern Community College District (Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso College and Porterville College) will be used to determine satisfactory academic progress. All units from other institutions that are accepted for credit by KCCD will be used to determine satisfactory academic progress.
- LENGTH OF ELIGIBILITY: Federal regulations require colleges to establish a maximum time frame during which students are eligible to receive financial aid. KCCD has established a maximum time frame of 90 attempted units. After exceeding the maximum time frame, students are no longer maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Therefore students are not eligible for financial aid whether or not financial aid was received.
- GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND UNIT COMPLETION REQUIREMENT(GPA): To maintain satisfactory academic progress and remain eligible for financial aid, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00. KCCD will review each student’s academic progress at the time of determining eligibility and after each payment period. To maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must complete a total of 67% of the cumulative units attempted with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better.
- WARNING: Students who fail to meet the unit and/or grade point average requirement will be placed on financial aid warning.
- Students on warning who fail to bring their cumulative units and /or GPA up to satisfactory academic progress will be placed on financial aid suspension.
- Students who have attempted 24 or more units and fail to complete at least 50% of the cumulative units attempted at any time during the academic year will be terminated from financial aid.
- Students who have less than a 2.0 GPA after two academic years of attendance, regardless of the student’s enrollment status, will be terminated from financial aid. (Two academic years are defined as four semesters. Summer sessions are not included in this definition.)
- Students who fail to meet the conditions of financial aid warning will be terminated from financial aid.
- REINSTATEMENT: Students who have not maintained satisfactory academic progress and have been terminated from financial aid may re-establish eligibility by successfully completing the unit completion requirement and/or raising the cumulative grade point average to a 2.00 during a semester or semesters without aid.
- EXCEPTIONS: Students who have extenuating circumstances may appeal for an exception to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Regulations. Appeals must be submitted in writing by the date indicated on the Appeal Form and must be accompanied by a counselor approved Student Educational Plan and documentation of the extenuating circumstances. Only one (1) appeal will be accepted per semester. Students granted an exception will be placed on probation, must meet satisfactory academic progress standards each term, and abide by the conditions determined by the Appeal Committee during the probationary semester. Not meeting the conditions of an approved appeal will result in suspension in the next term and probable denial of future appeals.
- GRADE INTERPRETATION: Students successfully complete a course by receiving a grade of A, B, C, D or P (Pass). A grade of F, NP (No Pass), I (Incomplete), W (Withdrawal) or RD (Report Delayed) does not count as a successfully completed course.