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.

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.

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.

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:

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.