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To be considered for all need-based aid, including institutionally administered scholarships, students must complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid. Completed student aid files should be in the Financial Aid Office by June 1 for start in the Fall Semester and November 1 for start in the Spring semester.

Financial Aid

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).

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.

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.