Apply for Financial Aid
At Bunker Hill Community College, the Financial Aid Office is committed to assisting students and their families meet the costs of a college education. Bunker Hill Community College participates in a wide variety of federal, state, and private financial aid programs.
Steps to receive Financial Aid
Step One – Applying for Financial Aid
a. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) using BHCC’s school code of 011210 by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov
b. Within 5 business days, you will be notified in writing if you need to submit additional documents such as your IRS tax transcript. You can also check if you need to submit additional documents by logging on to https://selfservice.bhcc.edu/Student/ and clicking on the Financial Aid tab.
c. Turn all your required documents before the Priority Deadlines. You can upload your documents on the Financial Aid Form Upload page or in person in Student Central once the school reopens.
Step Two – Reviewing & Understanding your Financial Aid Award
a. Once your financial aid file is completed and a counselor reviews it, your will receive an email notifying you that your financial aid award letter is ready.
b. Log onto https://selfservice.bhcc.edu to view your financial aid award letter
c. Your financial aid is awarded based on full-time enrollment. Please note that if you enroll in less than 12 credits, your financial aid will likely be adjusted.
d. 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 www.studentloans.gov. Then, submit your loan request amount through https://selfservice.bhcc.edu.
Step Three – Receiving your Financial Aid
a. 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 late October for fall semester and in early April for the spring semester.
Step Four – Maintaining Financial Aid Eligibility
a. File a FAFSA every year. A FAFSA needs to be completed annually in order to continue to receive federal financial aid.
b. You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) on a yearly basis to continue to be eligible for financial aid. You can find SAP information on the Issues That May Affect Your Financial Aid page.
Financial Aid Dates to Remember for students taking classes in Summer 2021
Priority 1 Deadline: To receive notification of your financial aid award before the Summer 2021 bill due date, your 2020-2021 FAFSA and all follow up documents listed in your BHCC Self-Service account must be complete by April 30, 2021.
Priority 2 Deadline: To receive notification of your financial aid award before the first day of Summer classes, your 2020-2021 FAFSA and all follow up documents listed in your BHCC Self-Service account must be complete by May 28, 2021.
Final Deadline: All financial aid documents for the 2020-2021 year must be complete by June 18, 2021. Students submitting 2020-2021 documents after June 18, 2021, may not be eligible for aid.
Please be sure to complete BOTH the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The FAFSA website will lead you to the 2021-2022 FAFSA, but it is very important that you file the 2020-2021 application first! BHCC’s school code is 011210 and must be included on your FAFSA for our office to receive your information. It takes 3-5 business days for BHCC to receive your FAFSA information once you have filed. It can take up to three weeks for your financial aid file to be reviewed once your file is complete.
Financial Aid Dates to Remember for students taking classes in September 2021
Priority 1 Deadline: Your 2021-2022 FAFSA and all follow up documents listed in your BHCC Self-Service account should be complete by April 30, 2021, to meet the Massachusetts state grant deadline and prepare for on-time registration.
Remember that getting a financial aid award is a process that takes time!
Start by filling the 2021-2022 FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. BHCC’s school code is 011210 and must be included on your FAFSA for our office to receive your information. It takes 3-5 business days for BHCC to receive your FAFSA information once you have filed. It can take up to three weeks for your financial aid file to be reviewed once your file is complete.