Financial Aid Programs

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When students apply for financial aid at Big Bend Community College, they are considered for all of the following Federal, State and institutional financial aid programs. 

Grants and Tuition Waivers – Free money

Gift aid that does not need to be repaid as long as Satisfactory Academic Progress is maintained.

    1. Pell Grant

      A federal grant program for undergraduate students. The amount of the grant is determined by the cost of education, the estimated family contribution, and full, 3/4, 1/2, or less than 1/2 time status.

    2. Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

      A federal grant program for undergraduate students. This grant is awarded to those students eligible for a Pell Grant, and with the lowest expected family contribution. At Big Bend, SEOG awards are at least $1200 per academic year.

    3. Washington College Grant (formerly State Need Grant)

      A state grant program for undergraduate students. A Washington State resident meeting the household income guidelines may be eligible for a Washington College Grant.

    4. Washington State Tuition Waiver/Grant Program

      These programs provide tuition and fee waivers or grants to eligible Washington residents.

    5. College Bound Scholarships

      A state grant program for students whose family’s income meets certain guidelines or the student is in foster care.  Students apply for this scholarship in the 7th and 8th grade.  They must enroll in college within a year of graduating from a Washington state high school.


Employment – A job either on or off campus

“Work-Study” is money earned through employment. In order to qualify, you must qualify for financial aid. Students are eligible for part-time work (up to 16 hours per week).

  1. Federal Work-Study

    Federally funded program to provide students on campus employment opportunities. Students will be considered for a variety of jobs, which may offer valuable career-related experience. The prevailing wage is $13.50 per hour.

  2. America Reads / America Counts

    America Reads uses Federal Work Study dollars to employ students as reading tutors for preschool age children, children in elementary school, or in family literacy programs. America Counts uses federal dollars to employ students as math tutors for children elementary age through ninth grade. Students will be placed in schools residing in our service district. The prevailing wage is $13.50 per hour.

  3. State Work-Study

    State funded program, where students will be placed in on or off campus positions relating to their major field of study and career goals or interests. The prevailing wage is $13.50 per hour.

  4. Off-Campus Work-Study

    State funded program to provide employers the ability to identify and hire potential permanent employees. Employers determine wage rates.

Federal work-study program
State work-study program    


Loans – Aid that does need to be repaid

Federal Ford Direct Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized)
Federal PLUS Loan

A financial aid award may consist of one or more of these programs based upon eligibility and the availability of funds.  The Perkins Loan is made by Big Bend.  All other loans are made by U.S. Department of Education.

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