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Explore 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. Please be sure to activate your BTC email. BTC Student Financial Resources correspondence will be sent to the email address that you listed on the FAFSA.

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How to Apply

To receive most types of financial aid, you will need to complete the following steps.  You are encouraged to begin these steps approximately two months before you plan on attending.

1. Submit your application for financial aid (FAFSA/WASFA)

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) IF ONE of the following applies to you (the student):

  • U.S. Citizen
  • U.S.permanent resident with a Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as a "Green Card")
  • Conditional permanent resident (I-551C)
  • Eligible non-citizen with I-94

Complete a Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) IF ONE of the following applies to you (the student):

  • Graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED and lived in Washington for three calendar years.
  • Deferred Action of Child Arrival (DACA) status and lived in Washington state for at least one year prior to enrollment in college.


Be aware that there may be two FAFSA/WASFA applications open at the same time. The following shows which application to complete based on the quarter you will attend.

If you plan to attend Summer 2020 through Spring 2021, complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA or WASFA
If you plan to attend Summer 2021 through Spring 2022, complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA or WASFA


2. Check your Financial Aid Portal & submit documents

  • About one week after submitting your financial aid application, log into your Financial Aid Portal to view your financial aid status and to review documents that are required.  You will also receive an email to notify you when documents are required. 

  • Items listed under "Information We Need From You" must be submitted before your financial aid will be determined.  Use the link in the portal to access required forms.

  • Financial aid awarded to you will be listed under "My Awards".


3. Set up your refund preference

  • BTC partners with BankMobile to provide you with a refund of financial aid after all charges are paid. To receive a refund in a timely manner, you must select your refund preference using the information mailed to you.

  • Your refund can be used for educational expenses such as books, supplies, housing, food and transportation. Contact the Student Financial Resources office if you did not receive refund information by mail.

  • For more information visit BankMobile


4. Maintain your eligibility

  • Financial aid is generally awarded based on full-time enrollment level (12+ credits).  If you plan to enroll for fewer than 12 credits, notify our office by submitting an email to finaid@btc.edu.  Adjustments are made through the 10th day of each quarter.

  • Your academic progress is monitored quarterly.  To remain eligible for financial aid, you must meet the requirements outlined in the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

  • If you decide to withdraw from one or more credits, you may owe a repayment of some or all of the financial aid you received.

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Financial Aid Programs

Learn more about a variety of ways to finance college through grants, scholarships, and FAFSA by activating your free ionTuition account!

Federal Pell Grant

Pell Grants are awarded to help with educational expenses. Like all grants, Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.

Federal SEOG Grant

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded to high-need, Pell Grant-eligible students who apply early, as funds are limited. It does not have to be repaid.

Washington College Grant

Available for Washington residents only, eligibility for this grant is determined by FAFSA or WASFA information and is adjusted for less than full-time enrollment. It will not exceed tuition and fees for each quarter, and does not have to be repaid.

Scholarships

Scholarships are provided by Bellingham Technical College Foundation, and other organizations and donors, based on certain criteria.

Work Study

Washington residents who are enrolled at least half time can pay for education-related expenses through the Work Study program. On-campus, part-time positions are available through the Student Financial Resources office finaid@btc.edu. Call 360.752.8351 for details.

Student Loans

Money students may borrow to finance their education. Loans accrue interest and must be paid back. Students begin to pay back their loans after graduation or after reducing their enrollment to fewer than six credits. There are flexible repayment options available.

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Scholarships

Scholarships are another source of free money to help pay for school. They are provided by Bellingham Technical College Foundation, and other organizations and donors, based on certain criteria. The BTC Foundation receives donations from generous individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the year to give as scholarships just for BTC students.

Beware of Scholarship Scams

Did you know that every year, hundreds of thousands of students and parents lose hundreds of millions of dollars to scholarship scam sites?

  • Scam sites use official-sounding names like "Federal", "National", and "Administration" to sound legitimate.
  • Be wary of scholarships that ask you to pay an application fee. Legitimate scholarship foundations do not charge application fees.
  • Beware of any scholarship service that "guarantees" success. No one can guarantee you’ll win a scholarship.
  • Avoid sales pitches disguised as financial aid seminars.
  • Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! 
  • Learn more about scholarship scams and how to protect yourself.
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Forms & Resources

  • How to Submit Forms

    How to Submit Forms

    Many forms submitted from your BTC email account will be accepted without a handwritten signature. Review information near the signature line on each form you are submitting to determine whether a handwritten signature is required. Forms that are not considered as signed will not be processed.

    Option 1: Submit from your BTC email account

    1. Open the required form on your computer and fill it out completely.
    2. Save the completed form to your computer (on your desktop or to a folder on your computer). You must save your form before attaching it to your email to ensure the information you have entered is saved.
    3. Open your BTC email account and create a new email addressed to finaid@btc.edu.
    4. Attach your completed, saved form to the email, and send.

    Visit the Student Links page for details on how to create and manage your BTC email account.

     

    Option 2: Submit from a non-BTC email account, in person or by mail

    1. Open the required form on your computer and fill it out completely. You may also print the form and fill it out using blue or black ink.
    2. Print the form and sign on the signature line.
    3. If emailing your form, scan your form and attach to an email addressed to finaid@btc.edu.
    4. If submitting your form in person, leave forms in the black drop box on the outside of the College Services building.
    5. If mailing forms, the address is located at the top of the form you wish to submit.

     

  • 2020-21 Financial Aid Forms

    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)
    V1 Independent - Verification Worksheet (PDF)
    V4 Dependent - Verification Worksheet (PDF)
    V4 Independent - Verification Worksheet (PDF)
    V5 Dependent - Verification Worksheet (PDF)
    V5 Independent - Verification Worksheet (PDF)
    Direct Loan Request (PDF)
    Direct Loan Revision (PDF)
    Petition for Special Circumstance (PDF)
    Enrollment Revision (PDF)
    Appeal for Reinstatement of Aid (PDF)
    Cost of Attendance Adjustment (PDF)

  • Important Websites

    www.fafsa.gov - To complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    www.sss.gov - Selective Service System
    www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa - For DREAMers to complete the WASFA
    www.thewashboard.org - Find scholarships from the Washington Scholarship Coalition
    www.irs.gov - Order your Tax Return Transcripts
    www.studentloans.gov - Complete entrance/exit counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note

  • 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
  • BankMobile

    Bellingham Technical College has partnered with BankMobile to deliver your financial aid refund. For more information, please visit BankMobile.   BankMobile contract outlines the client contract.

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Consumer Information

  • 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.

    CARES Act Funds Reports

    Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) - SIP & Institutional Aid Reports

  • 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)

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Hours & Contacts

Regular Hours

BTC is operating remotely - email and calls only
M to Th: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
F: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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