University description (as per official university website)
Berkeley City College, also known as BCC, is located in downtown Berkeley, California, United States. It was originally established in 1974 as Vista Community College. Berkeley City College offers transfer and occupational training classes and associate degrees and certificate programs in diverse areas of study. The college also offers online education to students.
BCC's student body includes a large number of international students. There are several clubs that assist foreign students with admission into the college. The campus hosts several other student clubs and organizations including the Asian American Alliance, Business Club, Leadership Circle Club, and BCC Film Club.
Berkeley City College offers a wide variety of financial aid programs and services to help you meet your educational costs. The college participates in the Federal Pell Grant Program, the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant Program (SEOG), the Federal College-Work Study Program, and the Board of Governors Waiver Program (BOGEFW).
Financial Aid F.A.Qs
Why should I apply for financial aid?
Financial aid is made available to assist students and families in meeting the costs of a post secondary education. If you believe you will need assistance in meeting those costs, you should apply for financial aid. You can apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
If I am not a U.S. Citizen, am I still eligible to apply
for Financial Aid?
To be eligible for both federal and state aid, a student must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non citizen. For financial aid purpose, an eligible non citizen is one of the following:
* a U.S. permanent resident who has an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551)
* a conditional permanent resident (I-551C); or
* a non citizen with an Arrival-Departure record (I-94) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services with one of the following designations—“Refugee,” “Asylum Granted,” “Parole,” or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant.”
Students who are residing in the United States with an F-1 or F-2 student visa or a G series visa are not eligible for federal or state financial aid.
I probably don't qualify for aid because of family
finances. Should I submit a FAFSA anyway?
Yes. Even though you think you may not qualify for aid, you should at least complete the FAFSA. The application is free and the college uses it to assess your eligibility. You can apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
If I don't qualify for need-based aid, what options are available?
If you are not eligible for need-based financial aid, many options are still available. One option is to look for merit-based scholarships, which consider academic or other talents.
My neighbor got more grants than I did. Why?
A student's eligibility for financial aid is based on various factors, including the size of your family, how many members of the family are in college, how close your parents are to retirement, and, of course, family resources (income and assets). Even though your family's circumstances may appear to be very similar to your neighbor's, there may be substantial differences in the components used to calculate financial eligibility. One of the most common differences is meeting deadlines. Missing a deadline could substantially impact the amount of grant aid for which you may be eligible.
How do I get financial aid?
To receive financial aid you must apply for it. The biggest mistake students make is not to apply because they don't think they'll qualify. To apply for federal, state and college financial aid programs, you need to complete the FAFSA and for the Cal Grant program you must submit a GPA verification form by September 2 or March 2. You may also be requested to submit additional documents such as tax returns to complete your financial aid file. Please respond immediately to all requests made by the financial aid office.
Do I need to complete my income tax return before I complete the FAFSA?
While it is recommended that you complete your tax return prior to filling out your FAFSA, it is not essential. You can fill out the FAFSA using estimated information from your W-2. Any large discrepancies between your FAFSA and your tax return may have a large impact on any preliminary financial aid award you receive.
I filled out the FAFSA, how do I find out the results?
You can fill out and submit your application through FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov . After submitting your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The SAR will list all of the information you put on the FAFSA This information also is forwarded to the colleges you indicated to receive copies of the information. Once the colleges receive the information and verify it with any additional documents you submitted at their request, they will notify of your aid eligibility or send you a letter requesting additional information.
I completed the FAFSA over a month ago, but I haven't received anything back. What should I do?
If you haven't received a Student Aid Report, you can call the federal processor at 1-800-433-3243. You will need to provide your Social Security number and date of birth as verification.
When am I considered an independent student
In order to be considered as an independent student for financial aid p You can apply online aturposes, you must meet one of the following six criteria:
* Be over 24;
* Be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces;
* Be enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program;
* Be married
* Have legal dependents other than a spouse;
* Be an orphan or ward of the court, or have been a ward of the court until age 18.