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The official FAFSA form may be found at www.fafsa.gov – not at a .com website. If you go to a .com site, you will probably be asked to pay to submit the FAFSA. Remember, the first F in "FAFSA" stands for "free" – so use the official government site to submit your application.
Once you have completed the FAFSA, you can apply for
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed in order to apply for financial aid available through Butler County Community College. Students are able to complete the FAFSA beginning January 1 of each year. We recommend that the application is completed as soon after January 1 as possible and prior to April 15. The FAFSA can be obtained from high school guidance counselors or from the BC3 Financial Aid Office. Complete you FAFSA online or request a paper FAFSA be mailed to you. (e-mail to financial firstname.lastname@example.org)
Available financial aid at BC3 includes grant, loan, and employment programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Pennsylvania State Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Stafford Loan, and Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). In addition, a college-administered scholarship program is also available. Financial aid may be offered in some combination (package) depending on the level of need and eligibility requirements. Here is more information regarding programs BC3 offers.
Students qualify for most financial aid based on their financial need. A family's or student's financial need is based on the following formula:
Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution equals Financial Need
Cost of Attendance: An average cost of attendance is calculated for each student based on their program of study, enrollment, and their residency status. The cost of attendance consists of costs for tuition, fees, books, room and board, transportation, and other associated educational costs.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC): The EFC is calculated through the completion of the FAFSA. The EFC reflects the federal estimate of what a family and/or student can afford to contribute toward the cost of college on a yearly basis.
Students who choose to borrow through the Stafford Loan Program will need to complete a student loan application. A separate loan application is required for parents borrowing through the PLUS Loan Program. Go to the AES Homepage for information on the Stafford and PLUS Loan Programs. In addition, a BC3 Institutional Information Sheet must be completed by all applicants. (Link to Forms and Pubs Page)
If you completely withdrawal from school (either officially or unofficially) before completing 60% of the semester you will owe money to BC3 and/or the Department of Education. Follow this link for information regarding the withdrawal policy.
In order to continue receiving financial aid, a student must be "progressing" towards a degree. Our office must monitor a students progression by establishing a Progress Policy. Follow this link for more information on the BC3 progress policy.
Please feel free to contact the BC3 Financial Aid Office by phone: 724.284-8509 or by e-mail at FinancialAid@bc3.edu. Our Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8-4.
Federal programs.The first disbursement of financial aid refunds for federal programs is after the drop/add period. (i.e. Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Stafford Loan) Federal programs will be processed in the order in which the information was received. In order for financial aid to be processed and ready for the first disbursement, complete documentation must be received by July 15th for the fall semester, and November 15th for the spring semester. Processing will continue on a first come first serve basis thereafter, but you must be prepared to pay upfront for expenses such as books and supplies.
State programs. PHEAA State Grant programs will be processed and disbursed by the semester midt-term. PHEAA Special Programs will be processed and disbursed according to the regulations of each program.
Third-Party Programs. The disbursement dates for third-party programs such as OVR, Career Track, Veterans Benefits, and Americorps are regulated by each program.
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Federal School Code: 003240
Financial Aid Office
Butler County Community College
107 College Drive
Butler PA 16003
Monday thru Friday
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