What Financial Aid Pays For: Program of Study and Planning Your Classes

You must choose a Program of Study to receive financial aid. Your program of study is the degree or certificate program you plan to work on while attending Bellevue College. Please note the following:

  • You tell us on the BC Financial Aid Application which program of study you plan to work on.
    • You must receive approval from the Financial Aid Office if you wish to change your program of study.
    • Fill out the Program of Study Verification form and submit to our office.
  • Your program of study must be offered at Bellevue College, and must be at least 24 credits in length.
  • We report your program of study to the Department of Education (ED) each year.
  • You may work on one program of study at a time.
    • You may earn more than one degree or certificate, but funding is allowed for only one transfer (AAS – DTA), and one transfer Associate of Science.
  • You may only take classes that are required for your program, or are prerequisites needed before you can take required classes.
  • Under certain circumstances you may receive loan funds only to take classes that meet the admission requirements needed to transfer to another college or university.
  • We do not pay for the following classes:
    • ABE, GED, ESL, ADFIT and ELI classes
    • Continuing Education classes
    • Classes you wish to Audit (N Grade)
  • You may receive funding to repeat a class one time for a better grade if you completed the class, or received a grade of No Credit (NC), or a grade of HW).
    • If you officially withdrew from a class and received a grade of W, you may repeat and receive funding up to three times.
      • For selective admission programs, such as Nursing, or our bachelor degree programs, you must be fully admitted and accepted into the program. We cannot fund conditionally admitted students.
      • There are limits on the amount of aid you can receive, including loans.


      Plan with an advisor

      Planning your coursework carefully with the help of an academic advisor can really make a difference.  Advisors at Bellevue College are friendly and knowledgeable. They work closely with you to help you get the most out of your time here at Bellevue College.  You may even find ways that help you reach your academic goals more quickly. Use the links below to help you get started with advising.

Advising resources

Last Updated April 13, 2016