Applying for Financial Assistance

There are financial resources available to both full and part-time BMCC students through federal, state, institutional, and private entities. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to gaining access to many of these opportunities.  Go to "Types" from the Financial Assistance menu to see what other resources may be available.

Estimate Your Aid:

Federal Financial Aid Estimator

Oregon Opportunity Grant Estimator

The US Department of Education and the Oregon Student Access Commission both provide calculators to help you estimate the kinds and amounts of aid you may receive from them. Actual aid awarded will depend on available funds.

 

Complete the FAFSA NOW! The process can take up to 10 weeks or more.  It's important to plan ahead.  Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get your finances in order before classes start. See Dates and Deadlines.

Each year, beginning on January 1st, the FAFSA is available on-line for application for the following academic year. If, for some reason, you are unable to complete the FAFSA on-line, you may request a hard copy from the BMCC Service Center. However, the paper process will take much longer.

Step 1 – You, and your parent if you are a dependent student (under 24 years of age), will need to request a personal identification number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. You will use these to "sign" your electronic application.

Step 2 - Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. BMCC's federal school code is 003186.

About 48 hours after you submit your FAFSA electronically, we will receive your FAFSA data and:

Step 3 - We will send you an *e-mail notification prompting you to log into your Student Wolfweb account.  There, you will be able to see what documents are required to complete your financial aid file.

  • 2013/2014 - Initial *e-mail notifications for the 2013/2014 year will be sent out as soon as we receive your FAFSA from the Dept of Education
  • 2014/2015 - Initial *e-mail notifications for the 2014/2015 year will be sent out starting around March, 1, 2014

The initial review of a file can take up to 2-3 weeks (8-10 during peak times such as the start of a new academic year). Once we have completed the initial review, we will either move your file on for final review and awarding or we will send you an *e-mail notifying you that there are additional documents required.

When all the required items are returned to our office, your file will move into the final review process. This can take an additional 2-3 weeks.  Upon final review, we will send you an *e-mail prompting you to access your WolfWeb account to review your award information.

Aside from peak processing times, the single most important factor in how quickly we can offer you a financial aid award, is how quickly you respond to our requests for information or documentation.

Monitor your financial aid file status by regularly accessing BOTH your *e-mail account and your Student WolfWeb account.  Whenever you receive a request from the financial aid office, be sure to return the requested documents as quickly as possible.

*As a financial aid applicant, BMCC’s Financial Aid Office will communicate with you primarily via e-mail. In order to access mail from us in a timely manner, you must:

 

  • Keep your contact information updated with BMCC.
    • Log into your Student WolfWeb account, and change your “Personal Information”.
    • The unique e-mail address you listed on your FAFSA may be used if a BMCC e-mail account has not yet been assigned to you.
  • Check your e-mail often for correspondence from finaid@bluecc.edu with “Financial Aid Mail” in the subject line.
  • Read all mail thoroughly then carefully respond to any request, as appropriate.

 

Return completed paperwork to:

Financial Assistance Office
Blue Mountain Community College
PO Box 100
Pendleton, OR 97801
 

Phone: 541-278-5759
Fax: 541-278-5889

E-mail: finaid@bluecc.edu