Financial Aid

Notice

**CURRENTLY WE ARE REVIEWING FILES COMPLETE AS OF 8/1 AND PRIOR. IF ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS ARE NEEDED TO COMPLETE YOUR FILE, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO VIEW “TO-DOS” WITHIN CTCLINK.**

For those enrolling Winter quarter, we will be adding a “Tuition deferred – Possible financial aid” hold on your account if you met our priority funding date or have some sort of aid awarded. If you do not see that on your account by tuition due date (December 15), please contact us immediately! Funds will apply to student accounts on Friday, December 23. If any additional aid is remaining, it will release to BankMobile on the first day of the quarter.

Please check your email as this is the main way our office will communicate with you.

What is Financial Aid?

You’ve decided to start college, but now you want to make sure you can pay for it. That’s why we’re here! Financial aid is money to help you pay your educational expenses at a college or university. There are three categories of financial aid:

  • grants: money that does not have to be re-paid
  • employment: a work-study partnership with the college
  • loans: money that needs to be paid back. Get more details here.

Don’t assume that you’re not eligible– about 75% of BBCC students are already receiving financial assistance!

After your application is reviewed, the BBCC Financial Aid team will  notify you of your eligibility. Your financial aid need is determined using the following formula: Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution = Financial Need.

You must reapply for financial aid each year by completing the FAFSA or WASFA online.  Applications become available every year on October 1st to apply for next year.

  • BBCC awards financial aid chronologically based on the date in which all requirements have been completed.
  • Financial aid is currently reviewing files completed on 7/15/2022 and prior.
  • FAFSA/WASFA Applications for the 2023 – 2024 (Summer 2023 – Spring 2024) are available now! Grab your 2021 tax information and get started today at the applicable link below!
  • Financial aid applications for the 2022 – 2023 are available to assist those students attending from Summer 2022 – Spring 2023.
  • Please email any forms, documents and/or questions to faidinfo@bigbend.edu.

Financial Aid Account Access?

Where is your Financial Aid? You may view any additional requirements within your ctcLink account as well as your current awards (if applicable); you will be notified if there are any additional requirements as our office reviews your eligibility.

Previous year information: Click the below “Access Portal” link for Spring 2022 awards and prior (information for Summer 2022 and on will be located in your ctcLink account).

Access Portal

Login info: Your User Name is your Social Security number or WASFA ID. Your Password is your six-digit birthdate in mmddyy format.

Priority Due Dates

The FAFSA or WASFA and all requested documents/To-do items must be received by the Financial Aid Office by the Priority Funding Date to ensure determination of eligibility prior to the tuition due date.

Summer Quarter Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
June 1st July 15th November 15th February 15th

Need Help?

Financial Aid staff is available to assist and answer your questions regarding applying for financial aid. Please call or email to set up an appointment with us at 509.793.2088 or faidinfo@bigbend.edu.

Additionally, we are holding Financial Aid workshops in the Bonaudi Library, room 1801,  to assist students with their FAFSA or WASFA for the current and next academic year:

*Please note that the Nov. 24th Financial Aid Workshop has been cancelled.
November Workshop Calendar (no appointment necessary –  just show up!)

What to Bring!

Hours
(Note: Monday from 5 – 7 PM we are remote only)

Mon7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tues - Thurs7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sat - SunClosed
How to apply and receive financial aid
1. Apply

For U.S. citizens, permanent residents and other eligible non-citizens:

For WA residents who are non-citizens and graduated high school or obtained a GED:

Note: Please make sure to include Big Bend Community College as a school you send your FAFSA or WASFA to. BBCC federal school code for the FAFSA is 003770. 

2. Log in to your ctcLink account

5-7 business days after you submit your FAFSA or WASFA, BBCC Financial Aid will notify you via email if any additional information is missing. At that time, you will have access to log in to your ctcLink account to view any additional “to-dos” that need to be completed. Please note that If your admissions application has not been processed, you may not have access.

3. Submit Documents

Submit all requested financial aid documents to the Financial Aid Office via in-person, email to faidinfo@bigbend.edu or fax to 1-888-820-2896.

  • Priority Funding Dates
    • Summer – June 1st
    • Fall Quarter – July 15th
    • Winter Quarter – November 15th
    • Spring Quarter – February 15th

Once your file is complete, Financial Aid Staff will review your file for eligibility of any federal, state, and/or institutional financial aid. A completed file will consist of a completed FAFSA or WASFA, application for admissions to BBCC, and submission of any requested documentation.

4. After files are reviewed

  • After your file is reviewed, if you are eligible for any grant aid or work study, you will receive a Financial Aid Award Letter via email. You can also see these awards on your ctcLink account.
  • If you have not received an award letter, continue to monitor your ctcLink account and your email for updates to your account.
  • Check your mail for information on how to select your refund preference with BankMobile. BBCC will only release funds to you via the preference you select. For more information about BankMobile, visit this link : https://bankmobiledisbursements.com/how-it-works/
  • Your financial aid awards are automatically set up to full-time enrollment (12 credits or more).
    • If you enroll in less than 12 credits, your awards will be adjusted accordingly to your enrollment status.
    • If you know that you will not be full-time (12 credits or more), notify the financial aid office once your schedule is set so they can adjust your awards accordingly.

Note: Big Bend will communicate any requests for additional information via email. Please keep your email current and check it often. 

  • Big Bend’s Title IV school code: 003770.
  • BankMobile

For step-by-step instructions, see below:

Financial Aid Staff
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Vollema-Rich, Arlene

Financial Aid Program Assistant
arlenev@bigbend.edu
509-793-2454
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McAdoo, Katie

Financial Aid Program Assistant
katiem@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2453
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Pruneda, Veronica

Financial Aid
veronicap@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2452
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Sanchez, Marbely

Financial Aid Advisor
marbelys@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2032
Director or Financial Aid, Rita Ramirez

Ramirez, Rita

Financial Aid Office
ritar@bigbend.edu
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Fry, Cassandra

Financial Aid Director
cassandraf@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2031
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