Student Consumer Information

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a post-secondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies.

The Student Consumer Information provided on these pages will provide students, parents and the community with needed information about the College. We have organized the information into categories. By clicking on one of the categories you can get more information on that topic, including details on the privacy of student records, the College’s graduation and transfer rates, safety and security information, and much more.

Title Description
General Institutional Information
Privacy of Student Records- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) This page explains your rights under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) law.
Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities Students with disabilities will find that Butler County Community College can offer them many services. The college wants all students to achieve academic success, and is therefore interested in providing appropriate accommodations and support services for students with disabilities.
Student Diversity Information about student body diversity, including the number of enrolled students who are male, female, and self-identified as member of major racial or ethnic group.
Price of Attendance The cost of attendance, also known as the "Student Budget", includes most everything related to college expenses for one academic year.
Net Price Calculator BC3 offers this financial aid calculator for estimating costs and aid. There are many factors that determine your financial aid and this calculator is merely for estimating purposes.
Refund Policy Tuition refund policy and procedures
Requirements for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid Withdrawing may be in your best interest; however, you need to be aware of how withdrawing affects your financial aid.
Textbook information International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) and retail price information of required and recommended textbooks and supplemental materials to the extent the information is practical. Students can access this information through our online bookstore.
Educational Programs Information about the College's courses, programs, and/or degrees.

Credit Hours

  1. A credit hour is equated with a minimum of 55 minutes of classroom or direct faculty instruction regardless of the modality of instruction, and a minimum of 110 minutes of out-of-class student work per week for a semester (approximately 14 weeks).
  2. Laboratory hours may vary from two to four hours per meeting per week for a semester and will be equated as one credit hour. Clinical areas will be considered on an individual basis.
  3. Students in online courses can expect to spend a minimum of 55 minutes per credit reading and reviewing online content and supplemental materials, and a minimum of 110 minutes per credit completing online and offline activities and assignments per week for a semester (approximately 14 weeks).
  4. Hybrid courses follow the same guidelines as stated above for an online course, plus the additional requirement of four (4) or more on-campus meetings. The time spent on-campus is accounted for in the design of the course and does not require additional credit hours to be apportioned. The time spent on-campus may vary and should be subtracted from the total number of minimum hours expected for completing the course as calculated in 3 above.

Academic/Out Of State Student Grievance Procedure

Students who reside outside of the state of Pennsylvania and are enrolled in online courses through Butler County Community College should attempt to resolve any academic issues or complaints through the College’s standard procedure for filing academic grievances. If the issue is not or cannot be resolved after all internal procedures have been exhausted, the student may file a complaint with the state of residence or the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (the College’s primary accrediting agency). This is in compliance with the Federal Department of Education’s State Authorization Regulations.

Testing & Identity Verification

In compliance with federal regulations (34 CFR 602.17(g)), online instructors shall require students who participate in such classes and/or take exams to verify their identity by using a secure login, a pass code, a webcam, and a microphone; or to take proctored exams.

Students may be required to have photo identification for proctored examinations, which may include video and audio recording with consent of the student. In addition, new or other technologies and practices to assist in verifying student identity may be utilized.

Additional costs for proctoring services or use of other technologies and practices may apply and notice of such costs will be provided to students at the time of registration. Costs may vary.

State Authorization

BC3 is a SARA-approved institution through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and a member in good standing with the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).  This page provides additional information regarding State Authorization at BC3.

Instructional Facilities
BC3 Main Campus Information pertaining to the instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relates to the College's academic programs at Butler Campus.
BC3 @ Armstrong Information pertaining to the instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relates to the College's academic programs at Armstrong location.
BC3 @ Brockway Information pertaining to the instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relates to the College's academic programs at Brockway location.
BC3 @ Cranberry Information pertaining to the instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relates to the College's academic programs at Cranberry location.
BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing Information pertaining to the instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relates to the College's academic programs at Lawrence Crossing location.
BC3 @ LindenPointe Information pertaining to the instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relates to the College's academic programs at LindenPointe location.
Faculty Full-Time Information concerning the names and degrees of the College's full-time faculty.
Faculty Part-Time Information concerning the names and degrees of the College's part-time faculty.
Transfer of Credit Policy- Transfer credits to BC3 Students at Butler County Community College may receive credit for graded courses taken at most other accredited, degree-granting institutions.
Transfer of Credit Policy - Credit for Prior Learning Students are able to receive academic credit for prior learning
Articulation Agreements Butler County Community College has signed formal articulation agreements with many four-year institutions. These agreements assure students certain considerations when transferring into the junior class if the Associate Degree is earned.
Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution and Programs Butler County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions (Including Computer Use and File Sharing) Acceptable Use of Technology Policy
Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions (Including Computer Use and File Sharing) Online Privacy Statement
Student Activities List the currently recognized students organizations and clubs at the College
Career and Job Placement Services Career Services is located in the Student Success Center and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Walk-ins are welcome. Evening hours are available by appointment.
Student Financial Assistance
Student Financial Aid Information Information and instructions from BC3 Financial Aid Office
Financial Aid Office Contact Information Get assistance and more information
Financial Aid- Loan Information Direct Loans are low-interest loans for a student's college education. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education, though the entity you deal with, your loan servicer, can be a private business.
Federal Student Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations Drug Convictions and the FAFSA
Health and Safety
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Alcohol-Free Policy
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Drug-Free Campus Policy
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Tobacco-Free Policy
Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log Safety Policy
Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log Safety and Security Report (includes Crime statistics)
Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log Sexual Harassment Policy
Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Crime Log Firearms Policy
Vaccination Policies for Allied Health Programs Information about the College’s policies regarding vaccinations and health requirements for students in the Allied Health Programs.
Student Outcomes
Retention Rate This information provides the fall-to-fall persistence of first time students at the College during a defined year.
Graduation Rates (Student Right-to-Know Act) The rate of graduation of first-time, full-time students that start at the College at a defined fall semester.
Transfer-out Rates (Student Right-to-Know Act) First-time, full-time students that start at the College at a defined fall semester and transfer (without a degree) within three years.
Job Placement for Graduates Rate of employment of graduates (full-time and part-time) and if those graduates are employed in a career related to their program.
College Navigator This National Center for Education Statistics web site allows students to view information that colleges are required to report, and allows you to compare colleges on factors such as size, student body characteristics, academic programs, tuition and other costs, athletics, and other factors.
General Education "At BC3, degree programs (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.) include a set of courses, also known as Institutional Degree Requirements (IDR’s) or the CORE. These courses are a blend of liberal arts and occupational courses that provide the necessary tools to enter an occupation or pursue advanced studies. The general education CORE or IDR’s for all programs based on minimum credits as follows: Communication Skills (6 credits) Health Science/Physical Education (2 credits) Computation Skills or Mathematics (3 credits) Natural Science or Computer Science (3 credits) Social Science or Humanities (3 credits). The core is embedded in the distribution requirements of all BC3 Associate Degree programs and provides consistency among all Associate Degree programs."
Intercollegiate Athletic Program "The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act provides information to current and prospective students on the types of varsity sport teams, unduplicated headcount of participants, number of male and female athletes and other information as it relates to our athletic programs. Go to Department of Education Equity in Athletics page and click on "Get data for one institution," enter Butler County Community College in the box under ""Name of Institution,""; and then click on the ""Search"" button at the bottom of the page on the left. Then click on the link with the College's name."
Grade Appeal Student Complaint and Academic Grievance Policy and Procedures This form provides the steps to file a student complaint and academic grievance that is grade related.
Non-grade related Student Complaint and Academic Grievance Policy and Procedures This form provides the steps to file a student complaint and academic grievance that is not grade related.
Voter Registration Register to Vote
Professional Licensure Information Butler County Community College (BC3) offers several associate degree and certificate programs that prepare students for professional licensure and/or certification within the state of Pennsylvania.  Professional licensure and/or certification requirements may vary from state to state.  This page provides additional information for out-of-state students looking to enroll in programs that may lead to professional licensure/certifications.