Student Financial Resources Help and Info
Email email@example.com, or call 360-752-8351.
Student Financial Resources is located in the College Services (CS) building, Room 101.
View your financial aid status and awards 24/7.
Notice: All policies are subject to change without advance notice if required by federal or state law, Board of Regents, or the Financial Aid Office.
BTC Financial Aid Portal Information: Username is Social Security Number. Global Pin (password) is 6-Digit Date of Birth (MMDDYY).
CARES Act Funds
Bellingham Technical College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education and assures that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Determination of eligibility and award amounts
BTC staff award and disburse emergency funds to students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants, students submit an electronic application available at www.btc.edu/EmergencyFunding. The application requires a personal statement in which the student addresses their need for funding, how circumstances impact their ability to continue enrollment and the on the ongoing nature of the circumstances. Additionally, students specify whether they are requesting funds from the CARES Act to assist with expenses related to the disruption in campus operations due to COVID-19. The Emergency Funding Committee reviews all applications and student record to determine whether the student meets eligibility criteria for CARES Act. Emergency Financial Aid Grants are awarded to eligible students to assist with expenses such as housing, food, technology, books and supplies, health care, child care. Guidelines for award maximums were established and documented in an internal policy and procedure document. Students are generally awarded between $500-$2,500 per academic year depending on the expense or circumstance detailed by the student in their application. Increased amounts may be awarded on a case-by-case basis.
Guidance provided to students regarding Emergency Financial Aid Grants
Students are informed of the availability of Emergency Financial Aid Grants funds through targeted mass email, communication from faculty and staff, printed publications, webpages and posts on a social media platform. The initial email was sent to a population of students whose quarterly credit load was reduced due to a delay in some course offerings as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Mass emails continue to be sent on a periodic basis until funds are exhausted. Emails inform students of the availability of funds, method of applying, and timeframe for receiving funds. As BTC students are closely connected to their faculty and advisors, internal communication strategies were developed. All BTC faculty and staff are informed of the availability of funds in email correspondence, “Notable News” and in various meetings. A printed publication, “What’s Happening at BTC” featured the availability of funding for students facing unanticipated expenses due to campus disruption related to COVID-19. These communication efforts are intended to reach all eligible students who may experience financial challenges.
Additional Instructions, directions or guidance is provided to students by email, on the Emergency Funding webpage and in virtual lobbies led by various student services staff.
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BTC's FY17 Cohort Default Rate for federal student loans is 15.5 percent
Notification of Title IV Student Complaint Process
The Higher Education Act (HEA) prohibits an institution of higher education from engaging in a “substantial misrepresentation of the nature of its educational program, its financial charges, or the employability of its graduates.” 20 U.S.C. §1094(c)(3)(A). Further, each state must have “a process to review and appropriately act on complaints concerning the institution including enforcing applicable state laws.” 34 C.F.R. § 600.9.
Please note that any official complaints must first go through the BTC Grievance process.
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) maintains a process to investigate complaints of this nature brought by community and technical college students in the state of Washington. For information, contact SBCTC Student Services, PO Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504-2495, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-704-4315 or visit www.sbctc.edu.
Consumer Protection Title IV Student Complaint Form (PDF | Word)