Paying for College
There are several resources available to help you pay for your Bunker Hill Community College education, including: financial aid, transfer programs, scholarships, internships, and payment plans.
We recommend that each student applies for financial aid; use the checklist in the drop-down below titled “Steps for Financial Aid” to help you file your financial aid.
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Submitting the FAFSA is an easy way to discover federal aid you could potentially receive. 55% of enrolled students receive financial aid. Keep in mind, many other forms of aid—like scholarships and grants—might also request you to file the FAFSA for need evaluation. Use the checklist in the drop-down below titled “Steps for Financial Aid” to help you file your financial aid. BHCC’s School Code is 011210.
By starting at BHCC, you could lower the cost of your bachelor’s degree by as much as 49%. Programs such as MassTransfer and Commonwealth Commitment offer Massachusetts residents thousands of dollars in added savings towards a college education.
Additional funding may also be available through the City of Boston’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan (for Boston Public Schools’ graduates who qualify) or the MassGrant program for degree-seeking, full-time community college students.
BHCC awards nearly $500K in scholarships each year through endowments and other institutional scholarships.
Through the office of Internships and Career Development, BHCC students gain real-world experience through paid internships in their field. BHCC offers a variety of internship opportunities for students and supports students through their search, application, and interview process as well as during their internship experience.
Steps for Financial Aid
- Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete your FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov or studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Please be sure to include BHCC on the list of schools to receive your information. BHCC’s school code is 011210. It usually takes 3-5 business days for BHCC to receive your FAFSA information once you have submitted it online. Don’t forget that you need to complete a new FAFSA for every year you are in college.
- Complete your Financial Aid File at BHCC. Most students will need to provide some additional information to complete their financial aid file at BHCC. The information you need to provide will be viewable through your myBHCC Self-Service account as soon as BHCC receives your FAFSA information. We will also email you and mail information to your home address. Students are often asked to provide IRS tax transcripts and verification worksheets to complete their file. Once you give BHCC all of the documents on your list, you should receive your financial aid award information in 2-3 weeks.
- Review your Financial Aid Award. Once a counselor has reviewed your file, an email notifying you that your financial aid offer is ready will be sent to your BHCC email account. Log onto selfservice.bhcc.edu/Student/FinancialAid/Awards to view information about your financial aid eligibility. Your financial aid information is based on full-time enrollment. Please note that your financial aid will likely be adjusted if you enroll in fewer than 12 credits.
If you need to apply for additional financial aid in the form of student loans, please complete your Loan Entrance Counseling and Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) at studentaid.gov/entrance-counseling/. Then, submit your loan request amount t through
selfservice.bhcc.edu/Student/FinancialAid/LoanRequest by clicking on Request a Loan.
- Receive your Financial Aid. If you have a larger financial aid award than the amount of your bill, you can use a portion of your financial aid to pay for your books by bringing a photo ID and a copy of your schedule to the BHCC Bookstore before classes begin. Your actual financial aid dollars will be credited to your account during the middle of the semester after your enrollment level has been verified, book charges have been added to your account and all NA grades have been reported by your professors. This generally happens in mid-October for the fall semester and in mid-March for the spring semester.