Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, you do need to keep your BC3 Welcome Letter! It contains important information needed for you to access your BC3 Portal. Please log on as soon as you receive it!


The courses offered in the College Within the High School program may satisfy the general education requirements at four-year colleges and universities. In fact, over 70% of the students attending BC3 plan on transferring their BC3 credits to a four-year school.

The college you plan to attend makes the final determination on the credits they will accept via transfer. Be aware that a course in which a grade of less than a “C” is earned may not transfer. It is the student’s responsibility to find out if a BC3 course will transfer.

Call or e-mail the school to which you wish to transfer your credits, and request to speak to a transfer counselor. Supply the transfer counselor with the course description (found online at bc3.edu) of each course you’ll be transferring. Contact Erin Cioffi, Assistant Director of High School Programming, at 724-287-8711, ext. 8254, if you need the course syllabus.


  • Request a BC3 transcript. Students are responsible for requesting their BC3 transcript be sent to a different institution.
    • BC3’s Transfer Request Form is available to download on the BC3 website.
    • Current students can now submit “Official Transcript” requests online via the Portal. The student simply logs on to the Portal and goes to the Self-Service Menu – click Academic Profile - click Request Transcript – click on Add New Request and complete the form – click Submit. The request is electronically submitted to the Records & Registration Office for processing.
  • Contact the college or university directly to find out where BC3 should send the transcript. Wait until your course is completed to request your transcript. One of the most valuable pieces of a transcript is the grade. Make sure grades have been posted before requesting a transcript be sent to another institution.

  • You can buy your textbook in person at the BC3 Bookstore or via the BC3 website. To find out when the BC3 Bookstore is open and for more information visit the BC3 Bookstore webpage.
  • You can also purchase your textbook online via the BC3 bookstore's website. The book will be shipped directly to your home.
  • Most textbooks can be sold back to the Bookstore on the main or branch campuses at certain times during the year; identify yourself as a College Within the High School student. The Bookstore also has visit the BC3 Bookstore Buyback web page.
  • It is not recommended that CWHS students rent their textbooks.

In an effort to reduce paper waste, BC3 has gone “green.” Paper copies of final grades are no longer mailed to students’ homes. Grades will be available on the bc3.edu website via the MyBC3 Portal


A student wanting to withdraw from a course must first notify his/her instructor, and then contact the Assistant Director of High School Programming at ext. 8254, as soon as possible.


Students who choose to drop courses will be subject to BC3's refund policies.

  • The student and the School District are responsible for notifying Erin Cioffi, Assistant Director of High School Programming of any withdraws.
  • If the student and the School District notify BC3 of complete withdrawal during the first five (5) workdays of the School District’s semester, 100 percent of the tuition and fees will be refunded.
  • If the student and the School District notify BC3 of withdraw from the sixth (6) through the tenth (10) workdays of the School District’s semester, 60 percent of the applicable tuition will be refunded.
  • If the student and the School District notify BC3 of withdraw from the eleventh (11) through the fifteenth (15) workdays of the School District’s semester, 10 percent of the applicable tuition will be refunded.
  • There will be no refund after the fifteenth (15) workday of the School District’s semester.
  • To request a Medical Withdrawal, the student must submit a completed Medical Withdrawal form before the week of final exams. The refund will be 50 percent for Medical Withdrawal between the eleventh (11) class day and midterm. There will be no refund for Medical Withdrawal after midterm. All Medical Withdrawals must be submitted before the last class day of the semester. The Medical Withdraw form must be returned to the Assistant Director of High School Programming.

  • A student who withdraws from a course up until the third week period will not have the course appear on his/her record.
  • A student who withdraws from a course after the third week period up to and including the ninth week of the semester will receive a “W” grade on his/her record. “W” grades do not affect the student’s GPA.
  • A student who simply stops attending class and fails to follow the above procedure will receive an “F” grade in the course. That grade will appear on the student’s BC3 transcript.