Your answers to specific questions on the FAFSA determine your dependency status.
explain the dependency questions on the FAFSA.
If your parents are divorced or separated and do not live together, answer the questions
about the parent with whom you lived with the most during the last 12 months. If you
lived with both parents the same amount of time, answer for the parent who provided
the most financial support during the last 12 months.
Federal Student Aid Programs explains who is considered your “parents
.” If you are still unsure how to answer this question, feel free to follow up with
the BC3 Financial Aid Office
Yes. The FAFSA is available for the next academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) beginning
January 1. To meet the PHEAA State Grant deadline, you must file your FAFSA every
year by May 1 for the next academic year.
To be considered for a PHEAA State Grant you must complete a FAFSA
, then complete the state grant application online
. Learn more.
loan is when the government waives or “subsidizes” your interest while you are in
school. An unsubsidized loan is when interest accrues on your loan while you are in
school. You have to qualify for a subsidized loan based on information from your FAFSA
and your cost of attending school.
You must complete a Federal Direct Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and
Entrance Counseling after you submit your FAFSA
. Please visit the BC3 Loans Page
for step-by-step application instructions.
Annual Federal Maximum Limits
(Total for Fall, Spring, & Summer)
Grade Level 1 (0-29 credits earned) $5,500 If eligible, no more than $3,500
of this may be subsidized
Grade Level 2 (30+ credits earned) $6,500 If eligible, no more than $4,500
of this may be subsidized
Grade Level 1 (0-29 credits earned) $9,500 If eligible, no more than
$3,500 of this may be subsidized
Grade Level 2 (30+ credits earned) $10,500 If eligible, no more than
$4,500 of this may be subsidized
Visit the BC3 Loans Page
for more information.
is the process the Department of Education uses to check your FAFSA for accuracy.
If your FAFSA is selected for verification, BC3 will request documentation through
your BC3 email. Your financial aid cannot be completed until you return all completed
documentation to the Financial Aid office. Be sure to check your email and follow
up with the BC3 Financial Aid Office for updates.
No. Certain programs award at any enrollment level. However, the PHEAA State Grant,
Student Loans, and federal work-study program require you to enroll at 6 or more credits
for the semester.
If you do not receive your financial aid award, you should follow up with the Financial
Aid Office immediately at 724-284-8509
. You can view the status of your financial aid awards anytime here
If you transfer to a different school, you will need to do four things:
- Contact the BC3 Financial Aid Office and have them cancel your financial aid for the
- Add your new school to your FAFSA.
- Change your school with PHEAA.
- Complete Exit Counseling (if you have student loans).
The federal work-study program provides part-time employment to students to help them
pay for school expenses while learning job skills related to their program of study.
Student have to qualify based on information on their FAFSA and the cost of attending
You can apply
for a work-study job online.
is available to students who have financial aid awards in excess of their tuition
and fees. If you qualify for Book Allowance, you will receive an email notification
in your BC3 email.
Additionally, the BC3 Bookstore
has several options for purchasing your text books.
Yes. Your financial aid awards will change if you make adjustments to your schedule.
Additionally, loans and work-study awards will be adjusted if you receive later awards
from other sources.
The BC3 Financial Aid Office is required to establish a policy
that monitors a student’s “progression” toward successfully completing a degree.
If you have to completely withdraw from school, you should contact the registration
office right away to go over your options.
In addition, the BC3 Financial Aid Office is required to recalculate
your awards if you completely withdraw after receiving financial aid.
If you feel you have mitigating or unusual circumstances, contact the BC3 Financial
Aid Office right away to discuss your situation. We may be able to provide alternative
Accepted Financial Aid Awards in excess of tuition and fees will be refunded to the
student beginning approximately one month after the start of the semester and weekly
thereafter. Check the portal for updates on your account. Sign up for BC3 EZ Refundthrough
the student portal
to expedite your refund.
The BC3 Financial Aid Office is committed to assuring equal education and employment
rights for all persons without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national
origin, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, age or gender. With this being
said, each student’s family and income situation is unique. Additionally, several
factors including award eligibility criteria and timing of completed application information
can cause variables between student’s financial aid awards.
Any questions or concerns regarding your award package should be addressed to the
Financial Aid Office
provide additional information about federal and state financial aid programs. Follow
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for important updates.