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How to Apply

Steps for All Financial Aid Applicants

Note that tax return information is needed to complete the FAFSA and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is the preferred method for providing that information. 

Four Steps for All Financial Aid Applicants

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    The federal government is strongly encouraging applicants to file the FAFSA on the Web. Electronic filing is faster, more economical, and reduces paper waste. 

    To sign your online application you can:

    • Use your PIN. This is the preferred and quickest method. If you’re dependent, one parent will also need their own PIN. If you (or your parent) don’t have a PIN, go to the Federal Student Aid PIN site.
    • Print a signature page at the end of your FAFSA application. Apply the requested signatures and mail the form to the address listed.

    If filing online is not an option for you, you can download a paper version of the FAFSA. The Department of Education is no longer providing schools with paper forms. Follow the directions indicated, complete the form, and mail to the address listed. 

    The BCC Financial Aid Office staff can help you complete the financial aid applications. 
    Workshops and walk-in assistance are available.

  2. Visit Forms to view the Financial Aid Application Checklist/Information Sheet and other forms.

  3. Verify the data on your Student Aid Report (SAR)
    About one to six weeks after submitting your FAFSA, you will receive a SAR from the U. S. Department of Education. If you provided an email address on your FAFSA, you will receive the SAR electronically. Otherwise, you will receive the SAR through the mail. 
    • Read the SAR carefully to check for accuracy.
    • Make sure BCC School Code 002176 is listed so we will receive your data.
    • If 002176 is not listed, contact the U.S. Department of Education at (800) 433-3243 or you can add the school code online with your PIN at 

  4. Respond to requests for information promptly.
    • You will be contacted by mail by the BCC Financial Aid Office if additional information is needed to complete your file.
    • Massachusetts residents may also be contacted by the Massachusetts Office of Student Assistance for additional information.
    • Rhode Island residents may also be contacted by the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority for additional information.

Send Your FAFSA Results to BCC

If you did not list BCC to receive a copy of your FAFSA results, you can add BCC after your FAFSA is processed. There are three ways to do this:

  • If you have a PIN, go to to make a correction and add another school. 
  • If you do not have a PIN, wait until you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) either by e-mail or postal mail (If you misplaced your SAR, call 1 800 433 3243 and request that a duplicate SAR be sent to you.) Look for the four-digit DRN on the first page of your SAR and then call 1.800.433 3243. Follow the prompts to add BCC to the list (BCC code is 002176). 
  • If you have your DRN, the BCC Financial Aid Office can add the school for you. Provide BCC Financial Aid Office with your DRN, social security number, full name, and date of birth.

File Complete, Now What? 

Once all requested documents have been received, the Financial Aid Office will review and you will be notified that either additional documentation is needed or that an award decision has been made. 

Your bill will show a pending payment and you will receive consideration for a book advance once ALL of the following conditions are met:

  • An award decision has been made by the BCC Financial Aid Office. 
  • No additional documents are needed.
  • Revised FAFSA results have been received by the Financial Aid Office (if corrections were needed). 
  • You are admitted and registered in an eligible program. 
  • You are enrolled at the level indicated on your award letter. 
  • You are making satisfactory academic progress. 
  • If a loan was offered, you have accepted the loan and then followed up with the entrance counseling and promissory note requirements.

Check your Financial Aid Status

You can check your application and award status through your accessBCC account. To check your financial aid application for missing documents, log into your account, then go to: My Quick Links > Financial Aid > My Eligibility > Student Requirements.

To check your award status, log in and then go to My Quick Links > Financial Aid > My Award 

Documentation sent to the Financial Aid Office is scanned and indexed through a document imaging system. During peak periods, it can take up to a week for information to appear as received. Please allow mailing and scanning time when checking your application status. The information you view through accessBCC is the same information viewable to the Enrollment Services staff. 

Helpful Links

Contact Details

Financial Aid Office
Fall River Campus
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 2515
Location: G120
M - F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Financial Aid Office
New Bedford Campus (800 Purchase St)
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 2515
Location: NH126b
M - F, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Financial Aid Office
Attleboro Campus
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 2515
Location: ATT143
M, T and Th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. W, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Financial Aid Office
BCC Taunton Center (Silver City Galleria)
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 2515
Location: 153
M, T and Th, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. W, 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Event Calendar

Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:45:00 GMT

Placement Testing-New Bedford-Thursday, June 29, 2017-Room NH402 (6/29/2017)


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Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Financial Aid Workshop - Fall River (6/30/2017)


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Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Campus Tour and Information Session - TA (6/30/2017)


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Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Financial Aid Workshop - Attleboro (7/4/2017)


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