Financial Aid

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Although it is not required, we recommend applying for Financial Aid before you are accepted into the OLS program. Financial Aid is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and applying early can help you maximize the amount of aid you may qualify for. If you wait until you’re accepted to apply, you could miss out on Financial Aid.

For more detailed information regarding BC’s Financial Aid process and requirements, please visit the BC Financial Aid website. You may also contact the Financial Aid Office directly with your financial aid questions and inquiries.

Deadline for Fall Quarter 2023: June 1

Only students who apply for FAFSA AND submit all requested documentation to Financial Aid prior to the July 1 deadline will have their application considered complete in time for fall tuition assistance. If you miss the deadline, you must pay your own tuition, fees and books using your own funds; however, you may be reimbursed based on eligibility.

Don’t delay!

Don’t forget to check your application status regularly by accessing the BC Financial Aid Portal using your Social Security Number (SSN) and PIN (date of birth MMDDYY). The Financial Aid office often needs more information than simply the FAFSA form.

From Bellevue College Financial Aid:

We review your application based on the date your last required item or document was completed. Once registration begins for the quarter you plan to start taking classes, we prioritize the review of files for registered students first. To receive your aid on time, it’s important to meet the deadlines listed below and register for classes as soon as you can.

Once we begin the review process, we may ask you to submit additional documents or complete additional processes. If this happens, the date you originally completed the last item we asked for does not change. However, you must turn in the new information within two weeks. 

Important: You automatically miss the deadline if you submit the FAFSA/WASFA on the day of the deadline.

  • It takes time for us to receive your application.
  • You may need to submit other documents.
  • If you miss the deadline, you must pay your own tuition, fees and books using your own funds.
  • If you pay your own tuition and we are able to review your application before the end of the school year, you can still receive aid based on your eligibility.

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Apply for Bellevue College Admissions*

Admissions applications may take up to a week to process and will generate the required SID to apply for Bellevue College Financial Aid.

*Acceptance into Bellevue College does not guarantee admission to the OLS Program. The Bellevue College admission fee will be applied to your tuition in your first fall quarter. 


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Apply for FAFSA

When completing the FAFSA application, make sure to select Bellevue College (003769) as a college you are interested in.

  • 1-2 weeks after you submit the FAFSA you should receive a response from the federal processor, which includes a summary of your application. Review this carefully for accuracy. You can go back to your application and make corrections if needed.
  • Need help? Try the free Benefits Data Trust chatbot or watch Completing the FAFSA overview (video).

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Looking for more tuition assistance?

Bellevue College Workforce Education and other financial assistance may be available to you. Visit our Resources Page for direct links to scholarships and other helpful resources.


Frequently Asked Questions

Because Financial Aid is distributed on a first come, first served basis, all students interested in attending OLS and seeking tuition assistance should apply for Financial Aid as soon as possible, even if you have not applied to OLS or made a final decision to go to college. Follow the steps on this page to apply.

OLS students who qualify for Financial Aid may be awarded tuition assistance up to 50%. Additional tuition assistance may be available from the Bellevue College Workforce Education program and other resources.

Students who miss the Financial Aid application deadline are required to pay tuition upfront; however, you may be reimbursed based on eligibility.

Students must reapply for Financial Aid every year. FAFSA Applications for the following academic year become available to students in October. Yearly applications are good for fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Last Updated October 3, 2022