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Beaufort County Community College 2023 - 2024 Catalog 
  
Beaufort County Community College 2023 - 2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Aid


Financial Aid

Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) provides assistance to students who are in need of financial aid to meet their educational expenses. The financial aid program consists of three major types of aid: grants and scholarships, loans, and student employment. An eligible student may receive one or more types of financial aid. Interested students should contact the Financial Aid Office. BCCC does not participate in the federal direct loan program.

In making award decisions, the Financial Aid Office first determines the student’s financial need for attending college. A student’s financial need is the difference between the resources of the student (and his or her parents if a dependent or spouse if married) and the costs of attending the school. Any student who has completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is considered for all types of financial aid without regard to the student’s sex, race, age, religion, national origin, or disability. In all financial aid awards, the student has the right to accept, reject, or appeal the aid offered. To receive financial aid under these procedures, a student must be enrolled as a curriculum student in an eligible program of study. Students must have a high school diploma from a high school recognized by the Department of Education or a recognized high school equivalency certificate, be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, have a valid social security number, demonstrate financial need via completion of the FAFSA, maintain satisfactory academic progress, not be in default on an educational loan, not owe an overpayment on a federal grant, and be registered with the selective service, if required to do so. The student must certify that he/she will use financial aid for educational-related expenses.

Applying for Financial Aid

Students should first apply for admission to BCCC. Then, to be considered for all need- based aid, including institutionally administered scholarships, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA requires listing an institutional code for the school that the student plans to attend. BCCC’s school code is 008558. The application process is completed when the Financial Aid Office receives an Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) for the student. Electronic ISIR’s are transmitted to the Financial Aid Office from the Federal processor for students who list BCCC on their aid application. Because of the time involved in processing applications, a student must have a completed file in the Financial Aid Office by June 1 to be assured of receiving financial aid by the beginning of Fall semester. Awards for students starting in the Spring, require a completed file by November 1.

Special Circumstances

If a student has experienced a change in financial circumstances since completing a financial aid application, an appeal for professional judgment may be submitted to BCCC’s Financial Aid Office. The student must complete and submit an appeal for professional judgement for reconsideration of financial aid awards explaining the circumstances affecting the student and/or family’s contribution towards college expenses for the current academic year. The student’s application will be re-evaluated, and if the Financial Aid Office deems the circumstances warrant, the Office will make an adjustment to financial aid awards.

Verification Process

Federal regulations stipulate that certain ISIRs, as selected by the Federal Processor, be verified. BCCC verifies the required ISIRs and any additional ISIRs that appear to have conflicting information or are believed to be incorrect (and corrected ISIRs if necessary) as per the Department of Education verification regulations. Applicants are responsible for providing requested documentation within two weeks of notification. Should information on an application need correcting, the corrections are made electronically by the Financial Aid Office. No financial aid awards are made until all verification procedures required by federal guidelines are met.

Award Decisions

In developing a financial aid award for a student who has a completed application on file, the financial aid officer will derive the financial need of the student by: 1. Assigning a cost of attendance; 2. Subtracting the expected family contribution; 3. Subtracting assistance awarded to the applicant by other agencies, organizations, and private donors. This process will generate the financial need for the student. The Financial Aid Office will make every effort to help meet that need by utilizing the various aid programs for which the applicant qualifies.

The table below lists approximate budgets that have been established by the Financial Aid Office as reasonable budgets for typical students. When budget adjustments are requested, the financial aid officer can make these adjustments with the appropriate approved documentation from the student.

Campus-Based Student Financial Aid Budgets

Dependent, without dependents living with parents Dependent, Not living at home
Independent, without dependents living with parents Independent
Tuition $2,540 $2,540
Books $1,450 $1,450
Room & Board $4,466 $9,076
Transportation $5,000 $5,000
Misc. Expenses $1,364 $1,364
Totals $14,820 $19,430

Based on Full Time Enrollment (12 Credits) individual budgets will differ per enrollment.

Students will be notified of the award soon after the SAR (Student Aid Report) is received by the Financial Aid Office if:

  1. The College has received its official allocation from the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. The Payment Schedule, from which the size of the award is determined, has been published by the U.S. Department of Education.

Award Disbursements & Book Purchases

*Remedial Courses and Late Start Classes (Modules and Mini-mesters) - Students enrolling in developmental courses and classes with irregular start dates are awarded aid based on the credit hours actually attended at the beginning of the semester. The student will not receive the balance of their grant until after attending the class (usually midsemester). Financial aid funds may be used to hold these classes: however, the student must register for the class prior to the term census date. Books may be charged to the student’s award account approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in the Follett Bookstore and during the first week of classes. After tuition/fees and bookstore purchases, checks for any remaining award balance will be disbursed to students. Check release dates are listed on the College website under financial aid disbursements. Refund checks will be mailed unless otherwise posted.

NOTE: Any delay in the receipt of award letters or of financial aid checks to students because of an incorrect address is not the responsibility of the Financial Aid Office. The student is responsible for completing the Information Change Form with the Admissions Office.

Withdrawals, Refunds, and Repayments

Federal and state regulations specify how BCCC must determine the amount of Title IV program assistance and state funds that can be earned if a student withdraws from school. The Title IV programs that are covered by this law are: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Direct Student Loans, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG). The state programs that are covered are the North Carolina Community College Grant and the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship.

When withdrawing during a period of enrollment, the amount of Title IV program assistance and/or state funds that have been earned up to that point are determined by a specific formula. If a student receives (or the College or their parent received on their behalf) less assistance than the amount that has been earned, the student may be able to receive those additional funds. If the student received more assistance than earned, the excess funds must be returned by the College and/or the student.

The amount of assistance that a student earns is determined on a prorata basis. Once the student has completed more than 60% (Federal) and 35% (State) of the payment period or period of enrollment, the student earns all the assistance that was scheduled to be received for that period.

If the student did not receive all of the funds that were earned, the student may be due a post-withdrawal disbursement. The College will automatically apply the post-withdrawal disbursement of grant funds against any outstanding balance of tuition, fees, and books. The school must have permission to use the post-withdrawal grant disbursement for all other school charges.

If the student does not give permission, the student will be offered the funds. If the student receives (or the College or the student’s parent receives on the student’s behalf) excess Title IV program funds that must be returned, the school must return a portion of the excess equal to the lesser of (1) the institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of the funds, or (2) the entire amount of excess funds. The College must return this amount even if it did not keep this amount of the student’s Title IV program funds. If BCCC is not required to return all of the excess funds, the student must return the remaining amount.

Any amount of unearned grant funds that the student must return is called an overpayment. The maximum amount of a grant overpayment that must be repaid is half of the grant funds received or that were scheduled to be received. The student must make arrangements with the school or the Department of Education to return the unearned grant funds. The requirements for Title IV program funds when withdrawing are separate from the refund policy of the College. Therefore, a student may still owe funds to the school to cover unpaid institutional charges. BCCC will also charge for any Title IV program funds that it is required to return. You may contact the College Cashiers Office for information on the school’s refund policy. The Registrar’s office can also provide you with the requirements and procedures for officially withdrawing from school.

If you have questions about your Title IV program funds, you can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FEDAID (1-800-433-3243). TTY users may call 1-800-730-8913. Information is also available on Student Aid on the Web at https://studentaid.gov/.

Pell Grant The Pell Grant is a federal aid program providing funds for qualified students enrolling in an eligible program in an eligible institution of higher education. The law requires that financial need for Pell Grants be assessed by a formula, which is reviewed by Congress each year and is applied uniformly to all applicants. This formula takes into account such indicators of family financial strength as income, assets, family size, and family educational expenses. Students with bachelor’s degrees are not eligible.
Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program is designed specifically for students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients. Selection is based on financial need, enrollment status and application date. The program is federally funded, and the institution is responsible for selecting eligible students.
BCCC Foundation Scholarships Many students are assisted each year with scholarship funds contributed to the College by friends, corporations, and organizations and by the BCCC Foundation. Awards are based on academics and financial need. Some scholarships are restricted to students meeting certain criteria (county of residence, program of study, GPA requirement, etc.) The BCCC Scholarship Committee selects recipients based on the parameters defined by the donor. To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete a BCCC Foundation General Scholarship Application in addition to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Students must apply each semester for scholarship consideration. Scholarships are awarded in accordance with the policy and procedures listed on the BCCC website. Additional scholarship information can be found at www.beaufortccc.edu/foundation/scholarship-applications

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP)

To be eligible for financial aid, you must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward your degree. At the end of every semester, we determine your SAP status using the following criteria:

  • Grade Point Average: Maintaining the minimum cumulative grade point average as published in the GPA section below
  • Pace: Earning credit for at least 67 percent of the credits you attempt
  • Maximum Timeframe: Graduating with less than 150 percent of the credits required to complete your degree

Regaining Eligibility

There are two ways to regain eligibility for federal student aid if you become unsatisfactory:

  • Improve your academic performance until you meet the minimum SAP requirements
  • Submit an appeal (see Appeal Process below) for review

Elements of SAP

SAP standards measure a student’s academic progress using both qualitative and quantitative measurements. These measurements include a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement, Completion Rate requirement, and a Maximum Timeframe requirement. Evaluation of GPA and completion rate is separate from Maximum Timeframe.

Grade Point Average

To maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must earn a cumulative GPA according to the number of semester hours for which they have attempted as indicated in the table below to receive assistance.

Hours Attempted Grade Point Average
0 - 12 1.00
13 - 24 1.50
25 - 36 1.75
37 and above 2.00

Maximum Timeframe (150% Credit Limit)

To be eligible for financial aid, students must complete their degree within maximum timeframe. This means graduating before accumulating 150 percent or one and one-half times the total number of program credit hours published in the catalog of record. If the program is not completed within the maximum allowable time, then satisfactory progress is not being maintained and financial aid will be terminated.

Your timeframe begins when you first attend the college and continues until you successfully complete a program of study, regardless of the number of years that may lapse between enrollment periods. Since the timeframe is cumulative, you may lose financial aid eligibility by switching programs before successfully completing a program of study. Once you complete a program successfully, you become eligible for a new timeframe if you plan to pursue a second certificate, diploma, or degree.

Transferable credit from other institutions under the completed program are counted toward the new timeframe for a new program of study. Grades of “W,” “F,” “I,” “R,” do not count as successfully completed but will count as attempted credits and are used in the determination of a student’s enrollment status for financial aid purposes. Credit hours for incomplete courses, withdrawals after the 10% point of the semester, or repeated courses will be counted as hours attempted towards maximum timeframe. Credit for developmental coursework by placement testing is not counted toward the maximum timeframe.

If you do not graduate within the maximum timeframe or our office determines that it is mathematically impossible for you to graduate within the maximum timeframe, your financial aid will be terminated. If your financial aid eligibility is terminated, termination will continue until you meet the minimum standards to achieve satisfactory academic progress. If you have extraordinary special circumstances and want to find out more about regaining eligibility for financial aid, please contact our office.

Pre-Screening SAP Status for Maximum Timeframe

Students who have a Warning or Exceeded Maximum Timeframe SAP status will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office at the end of each semester. Students who have completed one degree previously at BCCC will have a pre-SAP screening to determine if graduating from an eligible program has resulted in the student achieving satisfactory academic status. Exceeded maximum timeframe students will also be referred to the BCCC Counseling Office to determine if they are eligible to graduate from a degree program. Once the SAP status screening is complete, the Financial Aid Office will send notification to students via their BCCC email.

Completion Rate (67%)

Completion rate is a percentage calculated by dividing the total number of credits you have earned by the total number of credits you have attempted. Students must successfully complete 67% of the total credit hours attempted, including developmental coursework, to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Successful completion includes grades of A, B, C, D, CE, and P (passing). No other grades are considered for the successful completion of coursework.

Incompletes, Withdrawals, Repeated Coursework and Transfer Credit

Withdrawals (W) and Incompletes (I) are not included in GPA computation. According to institutional policy, incomplete grades not removed by the student by the end of the following semester (excluding summer session) will revert to an “F”. Grades “W” and “I” are considered in determining completion rate and count toward the maximum time frame for completing a program of study.

You are permitted to repeat courses and only the most recent course grade is counted in the GPA calculation. All repeated hours are counted as attempted. However, completed hours are counted only once as completed, unless the program requirements make retaking a previously passed course mandatory. (e.g., Nursing degree students).

Transfer credits from other post-secondary institutions will be used to determine quantitative satisfactory academic progress for both completion rate and maximum timeframe.

Financial Aid Academic Warning

At the end of each semester the Financial Aid Office will determine whether students receiving financial aid are making satisfactory academic progress. Both grade point average and rate of completion are measured. Students failing to make academic progress receive a Financial Aid Academic Warning.

Financial aid recipients on academic warning will be granted a one semester period, following their first semester of failure, to regain satisfactory progress. During this warning period, students can continue to receive financial aid, provided they are otherwise eligible.

To regain aid eligibility, the student must achieve the minimum required standards during the warning period: the minimum required grade point average according to the Satisfactory Academic Progress scale and a 67% overall completion rate. If, at the end of the financial aid warning period, the student is able to re-establish satisfactory academic progress, the warning is lifted. Students who fail to regain satisfactory progress during the warning semester are ineligible for aid until their progress is again satisfactory.

Appeal Process

Students not making satisfactory academic progress will receive a notification via their BCCC student email. Students can review which SAP requirements are not being met by logging into Self-Service and opening the “Financial Aid Menu”.

Students may appeal the suspension of their financial aid by submitting a SAP appeal form to the Financial Aid office. SAP appeal forms are available on the BCCC Financial Aid website and Financial Aid office. Students are required to meet with an academic advisor to complete the SAP appeal form. Once complete, students can submit the form to the Financial Aid office. The Financial Aid office will review all SAP appeals to ensure appropriate documentation and completion of the form. All SAP appeals will be scanned and sent to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee.

Students may appeal only for “special circumstances.” Examples of special circumstances include but are not limited to extended illness, hospitalization, accident, or death of immediate family member. Appeals must be accompanied by appropriate documentation.

Appeals will be limited to a total of three (3) per student during their time at BCCC. SAP appeals will be reviewed once each semester, after final grades for the term have been submitted. If you desire to submit an appeal, the SAP Appeal MUST be submitted to the financial aid office PRIOR to the 10% point of the term for which you are seeking reinstatement of financial aid. Late appeals will NOT be accepted.

Outcome of Appeals

The SAP Appeals Committee will review all appeals to determine if the reinstatement of aid is justified. Your approval or denial will be sent to your BCCC student email. Committee decisions are final and cannot be appealed further at the college.

Here are some possible outcomes of SAP appeal reviews:

  • Academic Probation - You may be placed on academic probation for one semester and will be eligible for financial aid during that probationary period. If more than one semester is required for you to achieve the minimum policy standards to remain on probation, you must meet with a Counselor and develop an academic success plan. A copy of the success plan must be included in the appeal submitted to the Financial Aid Office and the success plan must follow guidelines for probationary SAP status.
  • Denial - Your appeal may be denied based on insufficient detail, documentation, or evidence of academic or personal difficulties being addressed or resolved.

All appeal decisions are final.

If you fail to meet SAP standards again after being granted an appeal, you will be ineligible for financial aid and placed on financial aid termination. If your financial aid eligibility is terminated, termination will continue until you meet the criteria for satisfactory academic progress. If you have extraordinary circumstances and want to find out more about regaining eligibility for financial aid in the future, please contact our office.

Once satisfactory academic progress is met, eligibility is reinstated for the sequential academic term. In addition, financial aid eligibility will immediately be reinstated for all appeals upheld. Retroactive payments of financial aid for terms when students were on suspension are prohibited by federal regulations.

Guidelines for Probationary SAP Status

Maximum Timeframe Appeals:

  • Student must complete 100% of courses registered for each semester with a cumulative semester GPA of 2.0.
  • Student will be placed on probation for up to 4 semesters.
  • Financial aid will be terminated if a student fails to meet the required standards.
  • If a student is unable to regain satisfactory academic progress within 4 semesters, the SAP appeal cannot be approved.

Unsatisfactory GPA and/or Completion Rate Appeal:

  • Students must complete 75% of courses registered for each semester with a cumulative semester GPA of 2.0.
  • Students can be on academic probation for up to 4 semesters.
  • Financial aid will terminate if a student fails to meet the required standards.
  • If a student is unable to regain satisfactory academic progress within 4 semesters, the SAP appeal cannot be approved.

Grants, Scholarships, Loans

North Carolina Forgivable Loans for Service (FELS)

Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority provides administration for the program. For each academic year the approved degree programs and approved institutions can be found via the Scholarship Resource Section on their website. Students interested in receiving assistance through the FELS Programs should read the loan forgiveness eligibility requirements for the educational programs and the FELS Program rules prior to submitting an application. Additional information and applications may be found at www.cfnc.org/fels.

BCCC Scholarships

Many students are assisted each year with scholarship funds contributed to the College by friends, corporations, and organizations and by the BCCC Foundation. Awards are based on academics and financial need. Some scholarships are restricted to students meeting certain criteria (county of residence, program of study, GPA requirement, etc.) The BCCC Scholarship Committee selects recipients based on the parameters defined by the donor. To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete a BCCC Foundation General Scholarship Application in addition to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Students must apply each semester for scholarship consideration. Scholarships are awarded in accordance with the policy and procedures listed on the BCCC website. Additional scholarship information can be found at www.beaufortccc.edu/foundation/scholarship-applications.

Loans

The College does not participate in any loan programs. Students who are seeking financial loan assistance may reach out to Finaid.org/loans or other alternative sources for loan opportunities.

Student Employment

Part-time jobs on campus are available for students who wish to earn money for part of their college expenses. Employment includes jobs in the library, laboratories, supply room, offices and other areas of campus as needed. Funds for these student jobs are provided by the federal government through the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS). The FWS pay must also meet the requirements of the state or local law. This means that when the state or local law requires a higher minimum wage, the school must pay the FWS student that higher wage. The average student job requires about 12 hours per week, and average yearly earnings are approximately $2700. Priority is given to students with the greatest financial need and employment is the result of an approved interview process. Students should consider academic responsibilities before assuming the obligation of part-time work. Students can learn more at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/minimum-wage.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act with a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system since 1998. WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers. More information can be found at www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/wioa. Students should visit their local NC Works Center to apply for education assistance. https://www.ncworks.gov/

Vocational Rehabilitation

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) helps people with disabilities achieve their goals for employment and independence. If you have a disability that prevents you from achieving career success or independence in the community of your choice, DVRS can connect you to services and resources to help you meet your goals. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Vocational Rehabilitation Office nearest the student’s home, or contact the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services by visiting NC DHHS: Vocational Rehabilitation Services. The local office is located at 953 Washington Square Mall, Washington, NC and phone (252)623-5430.

Beaufort Promise

The Beaufort Promise Scholarship is a “last-dollar” scholarship program, which means that after the College expends all federal and state financial aid for which a student is eligible, Beaufort Promise will cover the remaining tuition and fees for a maximum of six consecutive semesters for credit programs or three consecutive semesters for non-credit programs.

Beaufort County will cover Beaufort Promise Scholarships for Beaufort County residents through at least May 2026. The College Foundation or other sources will cover Beaufort Promise Scholarships for students from Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties.

As of May 12, 2023, students must meet the following criteria to receive Beaufort Promise Scholarships:

  1. All credit students must enroll in at least nine (9) or more credits.
  2. All non-credit students must enroll in a program requiring 50 or more contact hours that leads to an initial workforce credential.
  3. All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  4. All students must prove residency in Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell, or Washington Counties.
  5. All students must possess an unweighted, cumulative 2.0 GPA (credit) or the equivalent in non-credit coursework in order to initially apply for Beaufort Promise.
  6. All students who receive the Beaufort Promise Scholarship must retain a cumulative 2.0 GPA (credit) or the equivalent in non-credit coursework in order to retain the scholarship.
  7. All students who fall below a cumulative 2.0 GPA (credit) or the equivalent in non-credit coursework will lose the scholarship for at least the succeeding semester. Such students may obtain re-eligibility for the Beaufort Promise Scholarship upon regaining a 2.0 GPA (credit) or the equivalent in non-credit coursework.
  8. Students or prospective students must resolve all debts to the College prior to obtaining or maintaining eligibility for Beaufort Promise.
  9. The College will provide the Board of Trustees and the Beaufort County Commission with an annual update on the number of students served by the Beaufort Promise Scholarship.

Students should contact the BCCC Office of Financial Aid at finaid@beaufortccc.edu or 252-940-6222 for more information on the Beaufort Promise Scholarship

Veterans Benefits

Beaufort County Community College is extremely proud of the men and women in uniform who bravely serve this Country. Our goal is to enhance the education experience of veterans and eligible family members by providing access to education benefits within a supportive environment. We support Veteran Affairs (VA) education programs to ensure our service members, veterans, and your family have the information needed to make informed decision concerning your well-earned educational benefits.

Education Benefits & Eligibility Requirements

Beaufort County Community College is approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for the enrollment of persons eligible for education assistance benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Benefits

Chapter 35: Eligible Dependent

Benefits

The purpose of this program is to provide educational assistance for the eligible dependents of veterans with VA established disability of 100%, or less than a 100% but totally disabled for work purposes, or due to service-connected deaths, or death after release or discharge from active duty of service-connected disability, or having been listed as missing in action, captured, detained or interred in line of duty by a foreign government or power for more than 90 days. Eligibility and period of eligibility will be determined by the VA Regional Office.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill The Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 30, (which also provides for an educational entitlement program for members of the Selected Reserves, Chapter 1606 Title 10, United States codes) provides Educational Assistance Benefits to individuals who just became members of the Armed Forces or first entered on active duty after June 30, 1985. Eligibility will be determined with the Veterans Administration. The VA will determine entitlement and amounts of educational assistance to be paid.

Chapter 1606: Educational Assistance for Members of Selected Reserve and National Guard Units

The purpose of Chapter 1606 is to provide educational assistance and to encourage membership in selected Reserve and National Guard Units. The Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard are included. Eligible reservists are entitled to 36 months of educational assistance based upon full- time training.

Chapter 1607: Educational Assistance for Members of Selected Reserve and National Guard Units (REAP)

The purpose of Chapter 1607 is to provide educational assistance for National Guard and Reservists called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain those activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 are either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits (based on time deployed).

North Carolina National Guard Tuition Assistance Program

Active North Carolina National Guard members may be eligible for tuition assistance. Persons desiring information or applications for this assistance should contact their unit representative.

Scholarships for Children of Certain Deceased, Disabled, or POW/MIA Veterans

The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs provides scholarships for the children of certain categories of deceased or severely disabled war veterans. For additional information and an application, write to N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs, 1315 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1315.

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

The purpose of the Post-9/11 GI Bill is to provide educational assistance for individuals who served on active duty after 9/10/01. To be eligible, the individual must have either served on active duty for an aggregate period of at least 90 days or served at least 30 continuous days and received a service-connected disability discharge.

Requirements

Students electing to use Veteran Affairs education benefits must meet requirements as outlined by both the Veterans Affairs office and the North Carolina State Approving Agency. For additional information regarding VA benefits contact:
Financial Aid Specialist & VA Certifying Official
Beaufort County Community College
Building 9, Office 902
P: (252)940-6327 | F: (252)940-6393

How to Apply for VA Educational Benefits

Step 1: Apply for VA Educational Benefits

To start the application process to use your GI Bill® or to use the GI Bill ® of your spouse or parent, you first need to apply with the VA for the appropriate application for benefits. This process may be completed at any VA Office, by calling 1-888-442-4551 or by visiting www.gibill.va.gov.

To use VA benefits at BCCC, students must complete a Memorandum of Understanding. Students who are changing program of study or has used benefits within the past year, VA Form 22-1995 must be completed.

Please review the groups (A or B) below to for additional information needed to accompany your application:

Group A:

Individuals under the following categories:

  • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®, Active Duty
  • Chapter 31 Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® or Transfer of Eligibility (TOE)
  • Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 1607 Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

Individuals applying for benefits under Group A are required to submit a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4), a copy of the application submitted for benefits and their Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE).

Group B:

Individuals under the following categories:

  • Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

Individuals applying for benefits under Group B are required to submit a copy of their birth certificate (dependents) or their marriage certificate (spouses) in addition to completing the application.

Step 2: Apply for Admission to BCCC

Complete and submit an online admission application at www.beaufortccc.edu/apply

Step 3: Submit all Official Transcripts

Prior to being certified for VA benefits, students must submit all official transcripts from their high school/GED equivalency and from any college/universities they have attended, and a copy of their military transcript to the Admissions Office. To verify received transcripts, contact BCCC Admissions Office at (252)940-6237.

Step 4: Register & Pay for Classes

Once you have registered and paid for classes, each academic term you must submit a copy of your current schedule and a copy of your receipt of payment to the BCCC VA School Certifying Official located in the Financial Aid Office, Student Services, Bldg. #9 Office 902.

**Students receiving GI Bill® benefits must submit a copy of their schedule and receipt of payment, if required, each semester they wish to be certified.

You may qualify for federal aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov/. BCCC’s federal school code: 008558.

Important Things to Know about Using your GI Bill® at BCCC

You can only receive VA funds for approved curriculum programs. Most degree programs are approved by VA, but if you are unsure, contact the BCCC VA School Certifying Official. Continuing education courses are not approved by VA.

VA will only pay for courses in your program of study. VA will not pay for independent study, audited classes, or credit by exam.

It can take up to 60-90 days for VA to process your claim for benefits.

If you decide to change your program of study, you must notify the BCCC VA School Certifying Official prior to changing/updating your program of study with the Admissions Office.

Any change in personal information (address, name, etc.) must be reported to the BCCC School VA Certifying Official and the Admissions Office immediately.

The Veterans Administration regulations require students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to remain eligible for VA educational benefits. BCCC’s financial aid SAP policy can be obtained on BCCC website.

It is your responsibility to notify us of any changes in your schedule - dropping a class, adding a class, withdrawing from a class(es), etc.

If you withdraw from classes or do not report changes when verifying your enrollment, you may owe funds to VA. Contact the BCCC VA School Certifying Official before making changes to your schedule or if you have any questions.

Regional VA Office
(888) 442-4551

Veterans Crisis Line
(800) 273-8255