Applying For Aid

Applying For Aid

BCTC offers a wide range of financial aid programs. You must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine what types of financial aid you qualify for. Below are some steps that will help you complete the process with ease. You can also view our financial aid brochure.

Step 1: Gather Your Records Early

You will need your own and/or your parent's income tax return; W-2 forms or other records of income and benefits; social security numbers, and your driver's license number. Gathering this information early will make the application process run more smoothly and avoid delays.

TIP - Scholarship applications are generally available for the next academic year on November 1. You can complete and submit your scholarship application form before your FAFSA.

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA online. You do not have to pay to apply for federal student aid, this service is FREE. Your online application will be processed by the Department of Education within two or three business days.

TIP - You should file as early as possible (FAFSA is available October 1). You can estimate the financial data, and make corrections later to submit actual data (or use IRS data retrieval tool if applicable).

Step 3: Review your SAR

You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via the e-mail account you provided on the FAFSA stating your eligibility to receive financial aid. Please review your SAR carefully to check for errors and any additional instructions needed to complete your financial aid process

Step 4: Verification

If you are selected for verification your financial aid will not be awarded until the process is complete. If selected for verification you will need to complete a verification worksheet and may have to submit related documentation. Check your student self-service account to determine the specific documentation required for completion.

TIP - Verification takes up to two weeks to complete, even longer during peak processing times, so you should submit any requested documentation immediately to avoid delays.

Step 5: Reviewing and Accepting Your Awards

Once your file has been completed and processed, you will receive an Award Notice in your KCTCS email account. You can view your awards on your student self-service account. Some awards, like loans, may require additional steps, so be sure to view the Award Information page and prepare for these additional steps.

Step 6: Keeping Your Aid

Students receiving financial aid must maintain certain standards, read more about it here.