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Paying for college

Scholarships

The Big Bend Community College 2021-22 online scholarship application is currently open and will close on March 15, 2021. Current and future students can apply to all internal BBCC scholarships with a single application through our AwardSpring online system.

There are six (6) sections to the application: General Information, Qualification Questions, Transcripts, Recommendations, Essay Questions, and Feedback. You will need to complete each section to submit your application. More details on how to complete these tasks can be found within the application. The deadline is March 15, 2021, and we encourage everyone to apply early to ensure your application will be successfully completed. It is important to note that this application is for scholarships that will be disbursed in the 2021-22 school year and funds can only be used at Big Bend Community College.

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are required for ALL applicants. You must upload your most recent transcript(s) into the application (the AwardSpring platform accepts common file extensions). Check your file before you complete your application, any transcript files that cannot be viewed will receive a zero score.

Current BBCC Students can access their unofficial transcript through the student kiosk. Copy and paste the transcript data thoroughly into a Word document and upload the file. Current BBCC students should also upload their high school transcripts if they have only a few classes recorded on their BBCC transcripts.

High School students must upload a transcript that includes all coursework/grades at the time you apply. If your school uses Parchment (eTranscripts), we highly encourage you to request your transcripts early to avoid electronic delays.

Students with a GED, who have been homeschooled, or who have no transcripts, please provide proof of your GED completion. If you have no documentation, write a detailed letter explaining your circumstances for not having any documentation and upload the letter in place of the transcript.

Recommendations

Applicants are required to have one completed recommendation attached to their scholarship application. You can ask up to four (4) people to complete a recommendation on your behalf and recommendations requested via the scholarship application will generate an email to the recommender, providing a link with which to upload their recommendation directly into your application. You will be unable to submit your application without a completed recommendation.

You will need you the email address of the person who is recommending you and we encourage you to double-check the information you enter. You will not receive a notice if the email is incorrect, so follow up with your recommender to ensure that your request is received. Recommendations from family members and letters dated before May 1, 2020, will not be accepted. 

If you have questions regarding the recommendation process, or if you have a physical letter of recommendation that you would like to upload, please contact Foundation staff for assistance.

Additional Info
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • The BBCC Foundation provides assistance with the scholarship application and essay workshops during the fall and winter quarters. Contact Jennifer Starr at (509) 793-2005 for more information.
  • Eligibility requirements vary according to the criteria established for each scholarship.
  • The application for BBCC scholarships generally opens early fall quarter and closes mid-to-late winter quarter, with notifications taking place toward the end of the spring quarter. Dates will vary as they are subject to scholarship requirements and both the review and selection process.
  • Scholarships provide funding for the upcoming academic year.
  • Awards $600 or less will be disbursed in the fall. Awards over $600 are evenly disbursed over fall, winter, and spring quarters.
  • All notices, reminders, and emails will be sent to the email address you use to sign in to AwardSpring. It is your responsibility to check it regularly. Be sure to update both the Foundation and BBCC of any address or email changes.

Complete the FAFSA/WAFSA and apply for financial aid. This is not a requirement for the scholarship application, however, scholarships that have a financial need requirement factor consider this a part of the scholarship criteria.

Employment Programs

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).

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. 

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 or programs residing in our service district.

State Work Study

State funded program, where students will be placed in on campus positions relating to their major field of study and career goals or interests. Students must be Washington State residents.

Off Campus Work Study

State funded program to provide employers the ability to identify and hire potential permanent employees. Employers determine wage rates. Students must be Washington State residents.

Summer Employment

After receiving your Financial Aid Award Notification, contact Rita at (509) 793-2061 or email ritar@bigbend.edu for student worker jobs.

(For students who demonstrate financial need based on a completed FAFSA/WASFA)

Veterans

Students who have been discharged from the military or who are in the selected reserves may be eligible for money for school from the Veteran’s Affairs department.  There is an application process, and the student must be enrolled in an approved program.  The VA Coordinator will send certification of credits enrolled for each quarter to the VA. 

Veterans Educational Assistance

Please complete the required items within the Steps To Enrollment to utilize benefits. All documents may be submitted via email, FAX (1.888.820.2896), or in-person.

Eligibility for Veterans Benefits will be determined by the VA.  Go to Vets.gov to apply for benefits.  Veterans’ are eligible to apply for benefits under one of the following education programs:

  • Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30):  2 years active duty, 3 years active duty, OR 2 years active duty plus 4 years reserves.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31): See your Voc. Rehab counselor for requirements.
  • Post 9-11 (Chapter 33):  Servicepersons who served on active duty for at least 90 aggregate days after 9/10/01.
  • Guard/Reserve (Chapter 1606):  Completion of initial active duty for training.  Must be active reservist with 6-year obligation.
  • REAP (Chapter 1607):  90 days or more active duty support of contingency operation or full-time National Guard duty responding to national emergency.
  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35):  Veteran’s death or permanent and total disability as a result of service.

Click HERE for more information and resources related to becoming a student and transitioning to civilian life.

For information regarding college credit for military service or schools, please see our Military Transfer Credit Policy.

For further assistance and Additional information, contact the BBCC Veteran’s Coordinator at (509) 793-2452.

Other

 

Big Bend Community College also has emergency funding available to assist students who are experiencing a financial hardship unrelated to COVID-19 or who may not qualify for CARES/HEERF funding.

Please use the application link below to apply for emergency funding if you are currently facing a financial hardship. This funding supports students with expenses including technology, course materials, and living expenses.

Note: The link below will take you to a Google form. You do not need a Google email account to complete the form, but you will need to provide your email address to log in. Please check your email after submitting the application as this will be the way we will communicate with you if additional information is required. Your award notification or your denial notification will also be communicated this way.

Currently, the timeline for the committee to review and award applications is 5-10 business days. If you have questions, please email CaresAct@bigbend.edu.

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