Financial Aid Question & Answer

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From what sources is financial aid available?

Financial Aid is availabe through the institution in the form of Federal and State Grants, federal student loans, Federal work-study, veteran's benefits, and BRCC Education Foundation Scholarships.

When should I fill out a financial aid application?

Students must apply for financial aid yearly. The application is available online at www.fafsa.gov. Once the government processes the FAFSA, the results are sent to the college. It takes that college approximately 2-3 weeks to process the results. Depending on the time of the year it may take longer.

Should I apply for financial aid before applying to the college?

No, All Admissions applications and admission requirements must be completed first.

Will Financial Aid pay Continuing Education classes?

No. However, BRCC does offer some financial assistance for certain continuing education classes. Students should check with the Continuing Education Office for scholarship information. Veterans should contact the college's VA certifying official regarding eligibility for the BLET and CNA programs.

Can I use Pell Grant to pay for course in two different programs?

No. Pell Grant recipients may only use Pell Grant funds to pay for courses in the students primary program of study or prerequisites for those courses. Students must complete their program of study in a time frame not to excede 150 percent of the total credit hours required for the program. All credit hours attempted will be counted even if the student changes programs.

Are there academic requirements in order for a student to retain Financial Aid?

Yes. A student must maintain a Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher while completing a minimum of 67% of all attempted hours, and not exceed 150% of the number of credit hours required for the program. (GPA=Grade Point Average) (Cumulative GPA=grade average for all courses taken at BRCC)

What happens if I register for a course in which I have already taken and completed with a passing grade?

If a student wants to retake a course, in which they received a grade that is considered passing, in order to improve their grade it is possible to do so. However, financial aid will not pay for it and it counts toward the 150% credit hours for the program. It is best to consult the Financial Aid Office before retaking any course.

Can I use financial aid to pay to take a class a second time, if I failed the class the first time?

Yes. Financial aid will pay to repeat a failed class, as long as the student meets all of the other financial aid requirements, such as a 2.0 GPA. Financial aid will not pay for a repeat course the third time. There is a 30 credit hour limit on taking developmental courses and receiving financial aid.

How does dropping a course affect financial aid?

Dropped courses count as attempted hours, but not earned hours. The credit hours of courses dropped will be counted as part of the rule for the 150% of credit hours required for the program.