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Students must be admitted to an eligible degree or certificate program of study in order to receive financial aid. To maintain eligibility, students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. Enrollment can affect aid amounts, and only classes that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as being required for degree completion will be used to calculate eligibility for Title IV funds.

Steps To Apply

Step 1 Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be filed beginning October 1st of each year at www.fafsa.gov. You must renew your FAFSA once every academic year. Submitting your FAFSA early can maximize the amount of aid you receive. Eligible students who apply early have a greater chance of receiving other need-based aid in addition to the Pell grant. We encourage all students to submit a FAFSA even if they think they will not be eligible for the Pell grant as you may be eligible for other types of Financial Aid such as scholarships and/or loans.

 

Tips:

  1. File your taxes as early as possible so that you can utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) when completing the FAFSA. This will greatly expedite the processing of your financial aid and minimize the chance of your being selected for verification. (The verification process requires that you submit copies of your tax documents etc. directly to your chosen college/university so they can verify that the income information and household size reported on your FAFSA is correct.) Note: you must use 2015 tax information on your 2017-2018 FAFSA, not 2016. Also, the IRS DRT is currently unavailable, and you will need to manually input your 2015 tax information.   

  2. Broward College's school code for the FAFSA is 001500 for all campus locations.  

  3. If you have already submitted a FAFSA for the previous academic year, select the FAFSA renewal option; This will pre-fill some of your new FAFSA application with information from your prior application.

  4. We invite you to visit one of our Financial Aid offices if you need assistance completing your FAFSA. It is our goal to ensure that your financial aid process is both pleasant and seamless.

Step 2 Review Your Electronic Student Aid Report (ESAR)

After completing your FAFSA, you will receive an Electronic Student Aid Report (ESAR) from the U.S. Department of Education summarizing all of the information you provided in the online application. Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be included in the ESAR.  In determining your eligibility, the College calculates your estimated Cost of Attendance (COA​). Your EFC is subtracted from your COA to determine your eligibility for need based aid. Please review your ESAR for accuracy and make any necessary corrections online at www.fafsa.gov

Step 3 Clear Red Flags and Monitor Your Aid Status

Before your financial aid can be processed, students must fulfill all outstanding requirements. These requirements are displayed as red flags on your MyBC account and should be resolved as soon as possible. Red flags mean that your financial aid will not be processed until all documents are received by the Financial Aid office.

Log in to MyBC and check the Financial Aid 'Application Status' page to review your red flags and how to resolve them. The 'Document Details' button will provide an explanation of what you are required to do in each case.

Once your financial aid is processed, you will be able to see your awards on your MyBC account under the 'Awards' page. Please note that awards can be adjusted based on changes in your enrollment.


Step 4 Register for Classes

Student aid is based on hours of enrollment: 1 to 5 credits (less than half time), 6 to 8 credits (half time), 9 to 11 credits (three-quarter time) or 12 credits or more (full-time). You should only enroll in classes necessary to complete your degree, and only enroll in the number of credits that you can successfully complete for the term. If you are uncertain about your desired major or classes, you should see a Broward College Career Counselor and your academic advisor, respectively. Failure to follow these guidelines could result in a loss of eligibility.    

Please Note:  Financial Aid is awarded each semester based on your enrollment status and is adjusted based on changes you make to your schedule before and after the term begins. For example, if you are awarded for 12 credits and then reduce your enrollment to 6 credits, your aid award changes. Once you are certain about the classes you want to take, you should enroll in all classes and sessions that you plan to attend, even session 3 and 4 classes that start later in the term. The PELL Grant calculator can be used to determine your award based on your enrollment.

 If you decide that you are no longer interested in attending a particular class or for a particular semester, you are responsible for dropping those class(es). Do not rely on being dropped automatically for non-payment or the instructor to drop you from your classes.
 
Step 5 Confirm Awards on MyBC

Tuition, Books and Supplies Charges
Log in to MyBC to review your awards and accept or decline your loans. Confirm that your tuition amount is fully covered by your award amount on your MyBC 'Awards' page. Any balance will need to be covered out of pocket or some other funding source by your due date for payment. If your semester award amount exceeds your semester tuition costs, you will have be able to use that left over amount in the bookstore. You must present your student ID when purchasing books.

*If you still have remaining funds after purchasing your books and supplies, you may be eligible for a refund.

 
Students can apply for financial aid before applying for adimission to Broward College. We offer a combination of aid programs including grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. Based on eligibility, students may qualify for funding from one or more of these programs.
 
If the information you put on your FAFSA does not accurately reflect your current circumstances, you may want to review the "Special Circumstances" tab on our 'Forms' page once you have completed and submitted your application. Please note that not all special circumstances justify a review of your eligibility, and any request for a review must be accompanied with the proper documentation. Reviews are done on a case-by-case basis and approval is not guaranteed.
 
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