Now get your financial aid electronically—have it deposited directly onto your BC OneCard. This new financial aid service is by far the quickest way to receive your money.  More about OneCard.

How to sign up

Know your options

Choose the disbursement preference that is best for you

Get your financial aid on your OneCard

Option 1- Get a basic account

Keep it simple with a basic account. With this option receive your money directly onto your OneCard and use your money anywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted, or withdraw funds for free at any U.S. Bank or MoneyPass ATM. Only Bellevue College is authorized to deposit money onto your card with this option, and a social security number is not required to sign up. Funds will appear within 24 hours from the time issued.

Option 2 –Get a deluxe account

Add some extra features to your basic account and go deluxe! Opting for a deluxe account means you’ll be able to load money onto your OneCard from other sources such as your other existing bank accounts, and you’re establishing a new bank account with US Bank in the process.  A social security number is required to sign up for a deluxe account. Funds will appear within 24 hours from the time issued

Get your financial aid by Direct Deposit (ACH)

If you like the idea of receiving your money electronically, but not on your OneCard, you may also choose Direct Deposit. To sign up for this option, you’ll still need to pick up your OneCard and register it. Direct Deposit will be presented as an option on the card registration website. Funds will appear within 3 to 5 business days.

Get your financial aid by check

You may continue to receive your financial aid by check via the U.S. mail however it may take 1-2 weeks to reach you. If this is your preference, you don’t need to take any action.  If you do not register your OneCard, we’ll automatically assume you prefer receiving a paper check.  Remember that a check can always become lost or stolen, which can delay the receipt of your financial aid. You can expect to receive your check in 1 to 2 weeks. (Keep in mind that U.S. Bank issues and mails checks which may add other delays than in the past.)


You may sign up for electronic financial aid disbursement any time.  If you’re expecting to receive your aid at the beginning of the quarter, you must have your disbursement method chosen at least one week prior to the first day of the quarter.

If you haven’t made a choice for electronic disbursement, you will automatically receive your money via paper check in the mail.

Benefits of receiving financial aid electronically

  • It’s fast and convenient No more waiting up to 2 weeks for the mail to deliver your check, then making the trip to a bank to deposit it, and waiting again for the bank to clear the deposited funds. You can receive your funds within 24 hours on your OneCard or 3 to 5 days if you choose direct deposit.
  • It’s much more secure – Receiving your financial aid electronically eliminates the risk of your check getting delayed, lost in the mail or stolen, preventing you from buying books or paying bills.
  • It saves you moneyIf you do not have a bank account and have had to use check-cashing services – which often charge hefty fees – to cash your financial aid check, receiving your funds onto your OneCard allows you to access them immediately, with no fees in almost all cases.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change my disbursement preference?

You can change the way you receive your financial aid disbursement (see options above) at any time by visiting the OneCard website and choosing “Manage your card.”

How do I get my OneCard if I’m in an online class?

You must visit campus in person to receive your OneCard, even if you’re enrolled in online courses.  OneCard requires photo identification which is why this is required.   If you cannot come to campus in person, you will continue to receive your financial aid disbursement as a paper check.

How do I update or verify my mailing address if I’m expecting to receive my check in the mail?

Change your address online or contact Bellevue College Enrollment Services at 425-564-2222.  The college will mail your check to this address if you’ve updated it prior to the financial aid check being mailed.

What should I do if my paper check is lost in the mail or stolen?

Paper checks are issued and mailed to you directly from U.S. bank. If you suspect your check is lost or stolen, report it by calling OneCard customer service at 1-877-788-5198.  Choose the option to discuss a disbursement.  An attempt will be made to place a stop payment on your check and the customer service representation will outline options available.

What should I do if my paper check was mailed to the wrong address?

If your financial aid check has already been mailed to the wrong address, call OneCard customer service at 1-877-788-5198 and choose the option to discuss a disbursement. You will be given options to change your disbursement preference or to have a replacement check mailed to the correct address.

My bank information was incorrectly provided when I signed up for direct deposit. What should I do?

You may update your direct deposit information by logging in to the card registration site.  You should expect to wait up to 5 business days to receive your disbursement after updating your bank account information.
More frequently asked questions about OneCard services.

Last Updated October 20, 2015