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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Timeline

Notification and Award Decisions

Awards Disbursements






To receive financial aid at BCCC, a student must:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible program.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be making satisfactory progress in the course of study.
  • Not be in default on an educational loan or owe a refund on a federal grant.
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (if required).

To be considered for all need-based aid, including institutionally administered scholarships, students must complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid.  Because of the time involved in processing applications, a student must have a completed student aid file in the Financial Aid Office by June 1 to be assured of receiving financial aid by the beginning of Fall Semester. Awards for students starting in the spring, require a completed file by November 1.

Students must reapply for financial aid each academic year.  Applications for next year may be completed beginning January 1.

Students may apply for federal student aid by completing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the internet.

Financial Aid Application Timeline


Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible using FAFSA on the Web. Make sure BCCC is listed as one of your school choices on this form (school code: 008558). If you need to make corrections after submission, contact the BCCC Office of Student Financial Aid.

One to 4 Weeks Later Depending on your method of application (paper or web), you should receive the results of your application from the U.S. Department of Education. Review the information for accuracy.
MARCH BCCC Office of Student Financial Aid will begin to correspond with you if you need to provide additional information to complete your financial aid record. Please respond as quickly as possible.
APRIL BCCC Office of Student Financial Aid will begin to mail financial aid award letters to students who have complete records.
JUNE Fall Semester registration. Students should contact an advisor to develop a class schedule and complete the registration process.

Notification of Award Decisions

Students are notified of award decisions for the academic year in the spring (usually April).  Your award letter is based on full-time enrollment, but the actual award will be reduced proportionately if you attend less than full-time.  Actual award amounts are based on the number of credit hours in which you are enrolled that are applicable to your program of study.  Students may not be paid for courses completed through credit by exam.

The requirement for full-time eligibility for Federal Financial Aid is 12 or more credit hours; 9, 10, or 11 credit hours is considered 3/4-time, 6, 7, or 8 credit hours is considered 1/2-time, and 5 or less credit hours is referred to as less-than-1/2-time status. Students enrolling for classes with irregular start dates will be able to use Pell Grant to pay for these classes; however, they will not receive the balance of their Pell Grant for that class until the class has begun and they are actively enrolled.

Students should retain their award letter and keep it with their important records for future reference.

Tuition Payment and Text Book Purchases After you have registered for classes, your Federal Pell Grant and/or NC Community College Grants and NC Education Lottery Scholarship should appear on the Beaufort County Community College Cashier's Office computer records. Tuition, fees, and bookstore charges will be deducted from your student aid account.

Required books and supplies may be purchased from the campus bookstore before the first day of class.  If purchasing books from an alternative source is more convenient, the College offers a service allowing students to buy books and supplies with grant money at off-campus locations.  However, the student is limited to one vendor each semester.

The student must notify the Financial Aid Office in writing one week prior to the first day of class if grant monies are to be used at an off-campus location.

The student must provide the Financial Aid Office with an invoice from the off-campus vendor allowing payment within the seven-day period after the first day of the semester. 

Award Disbursements

After tuition/fees and bookstore purchases, award balances will be disbursed to students on the following dates:

Semester 16 Week Courses 8 Week Courses
Fall Sep. 29, 2015 Nov. 20, 2015
Spring Feb. 20, 2016 Apr. 15, 2016
Summer June 21, 2016  

 NOTE:  Any delay in the receipt of award letters or of financial aid checks to students because of an incorrect address is not the responsibility of the Financial Aid Office.  The student is responsible for completing the Change of Address form with the Office of Admissions.


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