Financial Aid Programs

When students apply for financial aid via the FAFSA or WASFA at Big Bend Community College, they are considered for Federal, State and institutional financial aid programs. Please be aware that we are not an institution that awards loans without a yearly request.

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 enrollment 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 for students enrolled in at least 6 credits.
  3. Washington College Grant (formerly State Need Grant)
    • A state grant program for undergraduate students enrolled in at least 3 credits. A Washington State resident meeting the household income guidelines may be eligible for a Washington College Grant.
  4. Big Bend Tuition Waiver/Grant Program
    • These programs provide tuition waivers or grants to eligible Washington residents enrolled in at least 6 credits.
  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 and must be enrolled in at least 3 credits.

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 $13.69 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 $13.69 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 $13.69 per hour.

  4. Off-Campus Work-Study

    State funded program to provide employers the ability to identify and hire potential permanent employees. 

Loans - Aid that does need to be repaid

  • Direct Loans – Subsidized & Unsubsidized
  • Plus Loans – For parents on behalf of student
  • Alternative Loans – External loan servicers for students who do not meet requirements for other types of loans or maximums on other loans aren’t enough to cover the Cost of Attendance.
  • Exit Counseling – Must be completed for Direct & PLUS loans once you’ve left Big Bend Community College or fall below 6 credits. 
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