The Financial Aid Office is located under the Student Services Department in the Beaver Painted Lodge Building. The primary purpose of the Financial Aid Office at Blackfeet Community College is to provide advice and access to financial aid to students who would be unable to pursue their education without such help. Financial aid consists of federal, state, and local assistance provided to eligible students through the Office of Student Financial Aid in the form of grants, part-time work, and scholarships to help pay the cost of attending college.
Step 1: Create a New FSA ID
An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.
Misrepresentation of your identity to the federal government could result in criminal or civil penalties.
To create your own personal FSA ID, click here, create FSA ID.
Frequently Asked Questions on the FSA ID, click here: FAQ’s FSA ID
Step 2: File for a FAFSA
All applicants for financial assistance must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), this is a year to year application.
Students who will be applying for financial aid are urged to complete the necessary applications by March 1 each year. It is very important that timelines for applications are followed in order for a student to receive financial aid in a timely manner. Applications received after the priority date, which is, the end of the second week of the second semester, will be processed and funded in the same order they are received. Students who do not have a complete file in the Financial Aid Office by the end of the second week of the second semester will not be processed for payment on the first Pell disbursement. Return the completed application for Federal Student Aid to the Financial Aid Office.
The Financial Aid Office will process applications electronically from the Department of Education. Each student aid applicant must also complete an educatioinal planner time of Registration with his/her advisor. Additional forms are available at the Financial Aid Office. These required forms need to be returned to the Financial Aid Department by the student.
Must be completed and submitted to the financial aid office before any aid will be processed, including Pell Award, Scholarships, etc.
When beginning any journey, it is always a good idea to have a map or, better yet, a GPS! The same applies to a student’s educational journey; we strongly encourage students to work with their faculty advisor to create an educational plan. Essentially, in writing an educational plan, students are writing their specific goals for the coursework they want to accomplish and when they want to accomplish them. Research confirms when someone writes their goals, they are much more likely to accomplish them. The educational plan guides a student and increases their chances of successfully completing a degree or course of study Blackfeet Community College.
An educational plan is a semester by semester map of the courses needed to complete an associate’s degree.
IRS TAX TRANSCRIPT: As part of the verification process, students and parents may be required to submit their federal income tax return data to the financial aid office. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows users to transfer tax information directly from the IRS to the FAFSA. This information is then forwarded to the schools listed on the FAFSA, which in turn satisfies the requirement to provide tax data.Note: If after using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool a family alters any of the income data, the data will be invalidated and a tax transcript will be required in its place.Not everyone is able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The alternate way of providing the required data is to submit an IRS tax return transcript.For Information on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, refer to the IRS Data Retrieval/Return Transcript Instructions video on YouTube.
Other documentation may be required to substantiate information provided on the application. When necessary, the Financial Aid Office will request the following information plus the appropriate form(s) from the student:
Once all requested information is received, at least two weeks is required for application processing.
If the verification process changes the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the Financial Aid Office will notify the student in writing and mail the student a new award letter within two weeks of receiving all information for verification. Blackfeet Community College must request a financial aid transcript from the previous school(s) attended.
Approximately 30% of all students that submit a FAFSA are selected for a process known as verification (*). Selection is made by the US Department of Education (ED) and can occur in multiple years if an applicant meets the Dept of Ed’s criteria. If selected, a student will need to provide more documentation to the financial aid office before their application can go through the final review process or before aid can be disbursed. For more information on Verification, click here: Verification Video
Total financial aid the student may receive from federal student aid programs and other sources, when added to the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), may not exceed the student’s cost of attendance. Exceptions are IHS scholarship recipients, who may sometimes exceed the cost of attendance, but the recipients are not awarded any Campus-Based funds. A Pell Grant is considered an entitlement program.
The Pell Grant is a federal program designed to provide undergraduate students who have not yet received and are not yet eligible to receive a bachelor’s degree, a foundation of financial aid. To determine if you are eligible, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information you report when you apply. The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) contains this number and will tell you if you are eligible. In order for students to be eligible for a Pell Grant they must meet the following criteria.
Students are expected to maintain certain academic standards and make satisfactory progress toward a degree objective, SAP is checked after each semester. This requires the Financial Aid Office to determine that all applicants are eligible for financial assistance based on their prior academic records, whether or not they ever received financial aid.
In accordance with Federal policy, Blackfeet Community College has established a policy to define and administer standards of academic progress for all students. The explanation of financial aid satisfactory progress standards, are located in the BCC academic catalog under the FINANCIAL AID SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS SECTION.
The quantitative measurement will be a completion rate of two-thirds of all (cumulative) attempted credit hours. Better referred to as the 67% rule. Students must successfully complete 67% of the hours attempted (registered for) to meet the minimum requirements. Successful completion is defined as receiving a grad of A, B, C, or D.
The maximum time frame allowable will be 150% of the required credit hours in the recipient’s current academic program. For example, if a program of study requires 64 credit hours to complete a degree, the student may attempt a maximum of 96 hours before the student exceeds his or her eligibility for financial aid (i.e. 64 X 1.5 = 96). Up to 30 credit hours of required remedial course work will not be a part of the attempted hour count. Students that reach the maximum time frame will automatically be placed on Financial Aid Suspension.
If the student fails to meet the minimum GPA or the 67% completion ratio he/she will receive a letter from the financial aid office indicating the student is on probation. The letter will also include information on what the student must do to get back in good academic standing, including completing a sap progress report after mid-terms. Students on probation are eligible for financial aid, but awarding will be after mid-term week and will be disbursed based on the progress report, in which the student must be making minimum SAP. The satisfactory academic progress report is the responsibility of the student they must complete and submit before they will be added to the Pell roster.
A student who has not met the academic good standing GPA requirements for two consecutive semesters will be academically suspended, and will be suspended from receiving financial aid. A student that has been academically suspended must stop out for on full semester before he/she may reapply for admission back into BCC. A student will be re-admitted on probation and will be eligible to be considered for financial aid, if they have successfully applied for an appeal to be reinstated for financial aid. A student that has not met the minimum grade point average requirements for two, four or six consecutive semesters will be academically suspended from the college and ineligible for any financial aid.
All credit hours ever attempted are to be considered in computing Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards, including the 67% Rule, 150% completion of credits, and 600% Lifetime Eligiblity Used (LEU) all during periods when the student was not an aid recipient.
Please review the BCC Student Handbook, the BCC Catalog, or see the Financial Aid Office for answers.