How to Apply for Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Blue Mountain Community College Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are considered for the following student financial aid programs:

  • Federal, State and College Grants
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Federal Loans
  • Scholarships

The 3-Step Process

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA on the Web
Step 2: Confirm Your FAFSA Information
Step 3: Review and Respond to your Award Notification

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA on the Web

The FAFSA serves as the single application for all types of student financial aid – federal, state and College programs. To apply for student financial aid at BMCC you must complete the FAFSA and be enrolled in at least 1 credit in a degree program.Please complete the following steps to ensure smooth processing of the FAFSA.

Before you complete the FAFSA on the Web, if you have not already done so, request a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. Two to three days after you request a PIN, you will receive an e-mail message that your assigned PIN is available on a designated secure Web site.

  • If parent information is included on your FAFSA, your parent will also need to request a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov.
  • Your PIN serves as an electronic identifier as it is necessary for you and your parent (if applicable) to electronically sign the FAFSA on the Web.
  • Because your PIN provides access to personal records, guard it as you would your ATM number.

Complete the FAFSA on the Web at the Department of Education’s secure site, www.fafsa.ed.gov, as soon after January 1 as possible, however we will accept applications right up until June 1, 2008. We recommend that you submit the FAFSA by March 1 for maximum consideration of all student financial aid programs offered by BMCC.

Applying online is fast, easy, secure, and less error-prone than applying on paper. The federal processor is able to process your electronic application two to three weeks faster than a paper application.

As you complete the FAFSA on the Web, read and follow the online instructions carefully and be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your social security number
  • Individual student information (e.g., marital status, veteran status, etc.)
  • 2006 Federal income tax information for you and/or your parents/spouse.
    • Adjusted gross income (AGI) and benefits
    • Non-taxable income and benefits
    • Assets

Note: If necessary, use estimated tax information to complete the FAFSA by the recommended date.

Review the information you have entered on the FAFSA and make sure it is correct before you press the “submit” button. A complete and accurate FAFSA is an important step in the smooth processing of your student financial aid application.

Blue Mountain Community College’s federal school code is 003186. Use this code when completing the FAFSA to ensure BMCC’s receives your FAFSA information.

After you submit your FAFSA on the Web, you will be prompted to sign the application electronically using the PIN you previously requested. If you included parent information on the FAFSA, your parent will need to sign electronically using a PIN as well.

Keep important papers, such as a printed copy of your FAFSA, tax information, and letters that you receive in a student financial aid folder.

Step 2: Confirm Your FAFSA Information

In order to successfully begin your term at BMCC, you must complete the following steps:

  • Review your processed FAFSA information. Make sure you have updated your and/or your parent’s tax filing status from “Will file” to “Completed”, AGI, taxes paid, etc. once you have completed your 2006 Federal Tax Return.
  • It is important that you update this information as your file will not be processed and awarded until this information has been updated. You can update this information by going to the www.fafsa.ed.gov Web site using your PIN number.
  • Read all communications received from the Financial Aid Office and provide all documentation requested. NOTE: THE FILE REVIEW PROCESS MAY TAKE 2 – 4 WEEKS.

Step 3: Review and Respond toYour Award Notification

Once BMCC Student Financial Assistance staff receiv your application from the Federal Department of Education, you can expect to receive:

  • A Financial Aid Information Request (FAIR) which will let you know that we have received your file and will be reviewing it.
  • Possible communications asking for more information and/or documentation, and notifying you of changes you may need to make on your application. (No further action will be taken on your file until you have responded to the requests in this notification).
  • An initial award letter in which we inform you of what you have been awarded.
  • Additional award letters anytime your award changes for any reason.

Be sure to read the Financial Aid Notification Guide. It will answer many questions you may have about your award.

In general, students are awarded at Full-time (12 or more credits) for Fall, Winter and Spring term. If you plan on taking less than 12 credits during any given term please make sure to notify our office as soon as possible. Changes in enrollment status will, in most cases, affect the amount of aid you are eligible for and may cause a delay in the disbursement of aid to you should loan funds need to be adjusted.

If you are interested in applying for a Federal Stafford Loan or Student Employment please read the “steps to applying” section in your Financial Aid Notification Guide.