The Financial Aid Process

Students who wish to be considered for federal aid and other need-based aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA priority deadline for new students is March 15 and March 30 for returning students.

FAFSA Filing Changes

Beginning with 2017-18, the FAFSA cycle will begin October 1, 2016 instead of January 1, 2017. FAFSA income information will come from the “prior, prior year." 2017-18 FAFSA will collect tax year 2015 income data.

These changes are being made to allow students additional time to review, submit, and update FAFSA data. They will also reduce the use of estimated income and increase the use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

When a Student is Attending College When a Student Can Submit a FAFSA Which Year's Income Information is Required
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 2014
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 2015
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018 2015
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019 2016


Visit our Financial Aid FAQ for more information about the FAFSA.

Students who are Virginia residents must have their Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant application completed by July 31 to be guaranteed state funding. Students that received VTAG in the prior award year DO NOT need to complete a new application. The priority deadline for all other financial aid requirements is June 1. Please utilize your MyBC account to view the status of your financial aid, along with the documents needed to finalize your financial aid.

The video below provides an overview of the financial aid process. Note: Financial aid programs and requirements change periodically. Please consult with the financial aid office for latest information and updates.

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