Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Returning Degree-seeking Students

Students matriculating in a degree or certificate program should follow these steps.

Apply for financial aid:

Financial aid consists of grants, scholarships, loans, and part time job opportunities for students who are enrolled in degree programs or certificate programs with 24 or more credits. 

Apply for financial aid by the BCC, State, and Federal priority deadlines dates each semester. 

Assistance is provided at the Enrollment Center in the Commonwealth College Center at the Fall River campus during walk-in hours and at other campuses and satellites throughout the year.  Call the Enrollment Center for further information.

  1. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which are available at a number of locations:
    • Bristol Community College Enrollment Center
    • Public libraries
    • Local high schools
    • The Educational Opportunity Center
    • Online at the Department of Education (link to FAFSA).
  2. Fill out the Bristol Community College Supplemental Financial Aid Application.

Visit the Financial Aid site for more detailed information.

Visit with your Advisor:

Academic advisors are available for all BCC students. Depending on academic status, and program of study a student may have an assigned advisor and may be required to meet with their advisor prior to registering for the next semester.  Students will receive information regarding setting an appointment with their advisor and steps necessary for registration.  Students can also obtain advisor information from their accessBCC  account under Student Information.  

Only students required to see an advisor will be assigned a registration term pin, an additional PIN used within accessBCC  to register for classes.  This Pin will be provided to students during their advisement session. Students who are not required to see an advisor may register online with no restriction provided their student account remains in good standing. 

The Advisement and Counseling Center is available to all students and is located on the second floor of the Commonwealth College Center in room G208.  Advisement services are also available at the New Bedford Campus and the Attleboro Center. 

Register for Classes:

Returning BCC students are eligible and encouraged to register online for classes using accessBCC, provided their student payment account is also in good standing. Visit Six Easy Steps for Online Registration for detailed steps on how to register online for your classes.  Students can visit the Enrollment Center in Fall River, the New Bedford Campus, Attleboro Center, or one of BCC’s satellite locations (during designated dates and times) to register for courses.  Additionally, a Registration Form can be mailed or faxed to the College at:

Enrollment Center
Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA  02720
Fax:  508-730-3255

Important Enrollment Information and Options:

Prerequisites:  Some courses require that students meet certain conditions prior to registering, known as prerequisites. Prerequisites may include completion of lower-level courses with a grade of C or higher, completion of Computerized Placement Tests (CPT’s), or admission to a specific program of study, or others. Information on prerequisites for each course offered by the College can be found in the Academic Catalog. Students who have completed previous college-level courses that are required prerequisites must submit an official transcript to the Enrollment Center for evaluation prior to registration. 

Auditing a Course:  Students who wish to audit a course must obtain written permission from the instructor.  Students may register one week prior to the start of class on a space available basis.  Students planning to audit a course are required to pay half of all tuition and fees plus the student support fee.  Students interested in auditing a course should visit the Enrollment Center to register.

Dropping or Adding a Course:  Students who need to adjust their schedules due to a change in program or other reason may do so during registration and the add/drop period as published in the Academic Calendar.  All students should be registered in courses by the end of the first week of classes.  No course changes will be permitted after that time, except with the approval of the instructor.  Course change forms are available in the Enrollment Center and in the Advisement and Counseling Center.   Returning students in good academic standing may utilize online services to add or drop a class during the add/drop period.  Students should log into their accessBCC account to make schedule adjustments.

Withdrawal from a Course or College:  A student may withdraw from a course at any time before the end of the tenth week of the semester and receive a grade of “W.”  Course and college withdrawals are not processed retroactively and students who withdraw from a course and/or the College are not entitled to a refund. To withdraw from a course and/or the College, a student must complete and submit the appropriate Course Withdrawal Form or College Withdrawal Form, to the Enrollment Center located on the first floor of the Commonwealth College Center.

Pay tuition and fees:

Bills for tuition and fees are mailed to your home and will be due prior to each semester.  You may pay in person or by mail with cash, check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover.  Log on to accessBCC  an you can securely pay online with a credit card or personal check. 

Bristol Community College has partnered with FACTS Management to offer convenient budget plan.  This is not a loan program and you have no debt and no interest or finance charges will be assessed.  The cost to budget your interest-free monthly payment plan is a $25 per semester non-refundable FACTS enrollment fee.

Visit the Student Accounts Office site for more detailed information including tuition and fees.