How we Determine your Eligibility

Blue pencil placing check marks in boxesTo receive financial aid you must meet the following conditions:

  • Be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen (does not apply to undocumented students completing the WASFA).
  • Possess a high school diploma, recognized equivalent such as a  General Education Development (GED) certificate OR meet Ability to Benefit criteria.
    • If you are interested in receiving Ability to Benefit financial aid, complete the FAFSA or WASFA and schedule an appointment to meet with a Basic and Transitional Studies (BATS) advisor.  For more information, contact BATS at 425-564-2342.
  • Be admitted to Bellevue College, and be working toward an eligible degree or certificate of 24 credits. You must declare your program on the BC Financial Aid Application. You may only work on one program at a time.
  • Possess a valid social security number. (Does not apply to undocumented students completing the WASFA).
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Prog­ress (SAP) towards completion of your program.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan and not owe a repayment on a federal student grant.
  • Use awarded financial aid for educational purposes only.

How financial need is determined

In addition to the requirements listed above, most financial aid programs require you to have Financial Need.

Financial Need is a calculation based the following:

  • Cost of Attendance (COA), based on where you live while attending college, and whether or not you are considered a Washington State resident for tuition purposes.
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC), based on income information you provided on the FAFSA or WASFA. You receive your EFC from the federal processor or the state after you submit your application.

Your COA minus your EFC, equals your Financial Need

For Example, if you are a resident student living with your parents…

COA:  $11,736, minus

EFC:   $3,200

Financial Need = $ 8536

In most cases, we are not permitted to award you financial aid that exceeds your COA. Additionally, most grant programs do not allow us to award aid that exceeds your Financial Need.

Learn more about eligibility requirements on the Federal Student Aid website

Last Updated October 16, 2019