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6 Steps to Financial Aid
GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Note: Only if you were enrolled in college prior to July 1, 2012, you may show you're qualified to obtain a higher education by
STEP 1. Apply for Financial Aid
Step 2. Missing Information
Step 3. Verification
About one-third of financial aid applications are selected for a federal process called Verification. Such applications are marked by an asterisk (*) next to the EFC on the SAR. Students must submit a Verification Worksheet and utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, or submit an official IRS tax return transcript from the previous year, for the student and/or parents, or for the student and/or spouse. Students are also notified through the Missing Information email letter that verification items are required.
It is possible that the verification process can lead to further requests for additional information and may result in a change to the EFC and financial aid offer. Please respond to all requests as quickly as possible.
Review Step 2 for guidelines on how to follow through on requested information.
Step 4. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
At the end of each semester and at the end of the summer, all files are reviewed for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Financial aid students must be making progress toward a degree, certificate of achievement, or transfer objective by maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 and by completing the units for which they are paid. For additional information on SAP policy, click on Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Step 5. Financial Aid Notification
Butte College email is the official means of communication at Butte College. Students should check their Butte College email on a regular basis. Once your financial aid file is complete, you will receive a Financial Award Notification by email. The email will direct you to MyBC to view your actual award. Awards are calculated according to your need (determined by EFC), and estimated based on full-time enrollment (12 units per semester). Financial aid dollar amounts will be adjusted if your EFC changes or you are enrolled in less than full-time.
Students who are ineligible for grants will not have any funds listed but may be eligible for a loan. After receipt of the Financial Aid Notification Email, a student may submit a separate application for a Federal Direct Loan. Please note: Loan application packets are available only at the Financial Aid Office and are not online. Loan applications will be discarded for students who have not yet been notified that their file is complete. Loans are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be denied, reduced or cancelled. Satisfactory Academic Progress and earning a minimum of 6 units per term is a requirement for all borrowers.
Step 6. Disbursement of Funds
Butte College partners with Higher One, a financial services company, to provide students with a Higher One account and the option to choose how to receive financial aid disbursements. Students eligible for a financial aid disbursement, called a “refund,” can opt for the payment type of their choice – (1) an “Easy Refund” with a debit card (called the BC Access Card) for fastest receipt of funds, (2) an ACH transfer (direct deposit) into another bank account, or (3) a paper check sent from Higher One.
New students, who are enrolled and have a FAFSA on file with Butte College, will receive a card from Higher One in a bright green envelope mailed to their address of record. It is important to activate your account immediately and to select one of the above options as soon as you receive it. Go to www.butte.edu/financialaid and click on How to Activate your BC Access Card. You can select demonstration videos to provide information and to help you through the process.
The Financial Aid Notification Email lists the four main disbursement dates for the year. Awards are disbursed after your file is complete and you have cleared all holds. Your financial aid will be automatically applied toward any outstanding balance and the remainder will be refunded to you.
If your file is not completed in time for the first disbursement of the semester, eligible students may receive funds at an intermediate disbursement date. All grants are estimated based on full-time enrollment (12 units). Students enrolled in less than full-time will have their aid adjusted.
The first financial aid disbursement for the fall semester will be made to students on the Thursday before classes begin. Students who apply late or complete their files late, will receive their funds about two to four weeks after they receive their Financial Aid Notification Email from Butte College. Students who opt for Mobile Alerts from Higher One will receive a text when the funds are available in their account.
Students who failed to make Satisfactory Academic Progress may be ineligible for financial aid or have their refunds delayed. See Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients.