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Once you’ve been admitted to BTC, you can start applying for financial aid.

Here’s how it works:

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    Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.

It’s easy, and should take only about 30 minutes to complete online.

You’ll need:

  • A FSA ID from the Department of Education site. This helps them identify you when accessing your information, and acts as your electronic signature. If you are a dependent of your parent or guardian, they will need their own FSA ID. Get your FSA ID here.
  • Income records, such as W2s, copies of federal tax returns, and SSI benefits for the previous year. Dependent students will need their parents’ or guardians’ income records.
  • BTC College Code 016227.

You’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) form the Department of Education. This is a summary of the information you provided. Review the SAR carefully. Make any necessary corrections online or contact Financial Aid for help.

Learn everything you need to know about Federal Student Aid and the FAFSA.

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    BTC will receive your FAFSA information.

After about a week, BTC will receive your FAFSA information. You’ll also be notified by email. You will need to complete a BTC Financial Aid Data Sheet to let us know which quarters you will be attending. You may also have additional paperwork to complete, which you can do through the Financial Aid Portal.

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    BTC reviews your application

BTC reviews your application and worksheets. This process takes six to eight weeks. (That’s why it’s important to apply early!)

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    Award process

The Award process usually takes about three to four weeks:

  • You’ll receive your award email, and can view your financial aid awards (grants, work study, and loans for which you qualify) through the Financial Aid Portal.
  • Grants, scholarships and any agency funds you are receiving will automatically be applied to your tuition and fees.
  • If you need loans to cover any other expenses, complete entrance counseling and the Master Promissory Note (MPN) here. Then complete the BTC Direct Loan Application. Note: loan funds for new students are not available until 30 days after first quarter begins.

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    Check your Awards

Go to the Financial Aid Portal to check on awards left after tuition and fees are paid. Awards will be released to you after the quarter has begun.

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Here are some of the most-requested Financial Aid forms:

2020-2021

  • Data Sheet (PDF)
  • Authorization to Release Information (PDF)
  • Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (PDF)
  • Student Financial Aid Handbook (PDF)
  • Selective Service Verification (PDF)
  • V1 Dependent - Verification Worksheet.pdf (PDF)
  • V1 Independent - Verification Worksheet.pdf (PDF)
  • V4 Dependent - Verification Worksheet.pdf (PDF)
  • V4 Independent - Verification Worksheet.pdf (PDF)
  • V5 Dependent - Verification Worksheet (PDF)
  • V5 Independent - Verification Worksheet.pdf (PDF)
  • Direct Loan Request (PDF)
  • Direct Loan Revision.pdf (PDF)
  • Petition for Special Circumstance (PDF)
  • Enrollment Revision (PDF)
  • Appeal for Reinstatement of Aid (PDF)
  • Cost of Attendance Adjustment (PDF)

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Financial Aid Tips

  • Don’t delay! Apply as soon as you can.
  • Pay attention to award deadlines.
  • Please be sure to activate your BTC email. BTC Financial Aid correspondence will be sent to the email address that you listed on the FAFSA.
  • Don’t fall for scams sites that ask you to pay a fee to submit your application. Make sure you are on the official federal financial aid site: www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Important Websites

 

MONEY$MARTS

Money$marts is a financial peer-led mentorship program designed to provide students with FREE one-on-one assistance with financial management, including:

  • Finding scholarships and grants to offset college expenses
  • Understanding Financial Aid
  • Creating a manageable budget
  • Building or repairing credit
  • Reducing debt
  • Basic banking; and
  • Super savvy savings tips
Questions? Email moneysmarts@btc.edu

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Good to Know about Financial Aid

  • Financial aid is available to eligible students who enroll in certificate and degree programs; but not all programs are eligible.
  • Apply early and meet priority dates to have the best likelihood of being eligible for maximum funding each year.
  • You must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for most assistance. Financial aid is designed to cover the gap between your own financial resources (savings, income, help from parents or guardians, etc.) and school expenses.
  • Financial Aid can be grants, scholarships, low-interest loans, and student employment.
  • Apply between October 1 and May 15 each year that you are enrolled at BTC.

Priority Application Deadlines

We recommend you begin the process at least two months before the following deadlines:
  • Fall Quarter: July 1
  • Winter Quarter: November 1
  • Spring Quarter: February 1
  • Summer Quarter: May 1

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Student Financial Resources Help and Info

Email finaid@btc.edu, 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.

BankMobile

Bellingham Technical College has partnered with BankMobile to deliver your financial aid refund. For more information about BankMobile, visit this link: https://bankmobiledisbursements.com/how-it-works/.

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Default rate

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, ballinder@sbctc.edu, 360-704-4315 or visit www.sbctc.edu.

Consumer Protection Title IV Student Complaint Form (PDF | Word)