Financial Aid


Fall 2015 Refunds

Refunds are scheduled to go to Higher One on Wednesday, September 2.

Please note: “Disbursement” does not mean “REFUND”. “Disbursement” means the financial aid awards have been applied to your student account. Disbursement is scheduled for August 24.

“Refund” means the credit balance owed to you will be sent to Higher One (BPCC’s debit card company). Refunds are scheduled for September 2 (after 4:00 p.m.)

If you have already received a debit card and have activated your card, your refund should be available to you on September 2, after 4:00 p.m.

 

Books – Electronic Process

Tuesday, August 4 – Wednesday, August 26

Financial Aid recipients who are due a credit balance for the fall 2015 semester (after tuition/fees/housing charges are deducted) will be allowed to participate in the electronic book voucher process.

Students will go to the bookstore to utilize the electronic book voucher process. Students will not need to go to the Financial Aid office to obtain a paper voucher.

No books may be purchased using the electronic process between August 27 and September 3 while we work on the Financial Aid Credit Balance refund process).

September 4 – September 15 the electronic process will resume for book purchases for Session A.

Books – for Sessions B, C, D, E, F, G, J

Financial Aid recipients who are enrolled in sessions that begin after August 14, and who are due a credit balance for the fall 2015 semester (after tuition/fees/housing charges are deducted) will be allowed to purchase books using the electronic process beginning three days prior to the session begin date.

ONLINE STUDENTS – We will SHIP your books

Attention financial aid recipients, who are online students and do not live in the local area: We will be happy to ship your books to you. Please send an email to vtemple@bpcc.edu. The subject line should state “Ship My Books” and within the body of the email include: your name, your student ID number, your FERPA access number, your shipping address, and a good phone number. We will ship all the books required for all the classes on your class schedule unless you indicate otherwise in your email.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS!

To avoid having your classes dropped for the fall semester, you must by 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 7:

  • pay in full,
  • have completed all financial aid paperwork by the established deadline, or
  • set up a payment plan and make the first payment.

Please refer to your LOLA account regarding your student balance information.
You can pay your balance:

  • online through your LOLA account using the CASHnet service  OR 
  • in person at the BPCC Business Office, Building F, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

If you are removed from your classes, advisors will be available in Building A on Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20 from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. to assist you in getting re-enrolled.

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES:
August 20 - final day to WITHDRAW from courses in Session A without balance due
August 21 through August 27, 2015 - 75% refund
August 28 through August 30, 2015 - 50% refund

PLEASE NOTE: It is YOUR responsibility to appropriately withdraw in order to receive the above refunds. Please read to fully understand the policy and procedures.

If you have any questions concerning payment, contact the Business Office at finance@bpcc.edu.

If you need assistance with financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@bpcc.edu.

 

 

News for Financial Aid appeals:

Effective summer 2015, there will be no more RESET appeals. We will continue to allow students to submit two appeals while attending BPCC, but are doing away with the RESET appeals. We will be posting the new Satisfactory Academic Progress policy no later than May 1, 2015.

 

Important:

The Financial Aid Office cannot drop your classes for you. If you want to drop a class(es), you MUST log into LoLA and drop the class yourself. If you are unable to drop your class(es) via LoLA, please contact the Admissions Office.

Financial Aid Appeals Deadlines:

NOTE: APPEAL DEADLINES HAVE CHANGED

(Please note the semester deadline date posted on the Financial Aid Appeal Form).

The Financial Aid Appeal Committee will meet WEEKLY.

Appeals must be submitted by Tuesday each week. If you submit your appeal by Tuesday, you should have a decision by Friday of the same week. If you submit your appeal on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, you will have a decision by the following Friday.

Official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities previously attended must be submitted to the Admissions Office and posted to the BPCC computer system BEFORE the student will be allowed to submit a financial aid appeal.

Official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities previously attended must be submitted to the Admissions Office and posted to the BPCC computer system BEFORE the student will be allowed to submit a financial aid appeal.

If you have been suspended (academically) from BPCC, you are not eligible to submit a financial aid appeal.

Important information regarding the Financial Aid appeal process may be obtained by reading the 2014-2015 Summer Appeal Form.PDF File

The BPCC Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) 2015-2016 policyPDF File has changed, effective summer 2015 for all BPCC students.

It is your responsibility to read and understand the NEW SAP policy.PDF File

All previous SAP policies you may possess or have read are no longer valid. This is the only valid policy.

FINANCIAL AID OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED* ON FRIDAYS:

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Monday1
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Tuesday - Thursday
Friday - Closed to traffic to allow time for processing financial aid files (see exceptions below).2

1We will close at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays during periods of time when no classes are being held. If classes are not in session, we will close at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays.

2Financial Aid Office will be closed on Fridays with the following exceptions:

Financial Aid office will be open:

  • the Friday before general registration week (Fall and Spring semesters),
  • the Friday of general registration week (Fall/Spring/Summer), and
  • the two Fridays following general registration week (Fall and Spring semesters)

Please visit, call, or email our office during business hours Monday – Thursday.

In order to serve you better, the Financial Aid office has developed a list of the questions most frequently asked by our students. You will probably find the answer to your question here or you may access LOLA to view your Financial Aid summary which will also provide you with up-to-date information regarding your Financial Aid.

Degree Audit Notice:

Federal financial aid may NOT be awarded for courses that do not apply toward a student’s degree program. Each student is strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to ensure that the courses in which he/she is enrolled will apply towards the student’s degree program.


Submit your documents early!
Applying for Financial Aid is a lengthy process. The entire process could take up to three to four weeks after the student submits ALL documents required to complete his/her financial aid file. In order to have the student’s financial aid processed in time for registration/fee payment he/she must submit ALL requested documents according to the priority deadlines.

  • Provisionally admitted students are not eligible for federal financial aid. If a student’s Admissions file is incomplete, he/she is considered a provisional student.
  • All students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent in order to receive federal financial aid.
  • If a student is missing official college academic transcripts or if his/her financial aid file is incomplete, the student is NOT eligible for financial aid. It is the student’s responsibility to make payment arrangement on the day of registration.
  • If a student is determined ineligible for financial aid once all missing information is provided, he/she must make payment arrangement on the day of registration.

Awards may be reduced or cancelled without prior notification if a student is determined ineligible for financial aid funds that he/she has already received.

You will owe money if:

  • You do not begin attendance in ALL classes (your instructor notifies the Financial Aid Office of all students who never attend classes.)
  • You resign or stop attending ALL classes before completing more than 60% of the semester.

Students must begin attendance in ALL classes. Federal financial aid will be adjusted if a student does not begin attendance in ALL classes. If a student’s financial aid is disbursed to the student account and he/she never attends one or more classes, the student will be responsible for immediate REPAYMENT of a portion or perhaps the FULL amount of the financial aid.

Additionally, if a financial aid recipient begins attendance in class, but resigns or stops attending all classes before completing more than 60% of the semester, he/she will owe money to the aid program and BPCC.

60% Dates:

Summer 2015

Session A – June 29, 2015
Session B – June 12, 2015
Session C – July 9, 2015

BPCC Teacher Institute:

A person who is a full-time Louisiana classroom teacher teaching on a temporary Louisiana teaching certificate in Louisiana in a public or private school, and who is working on permanent certification, may participate in the Teacher Institute. A teacher may take up to two 3-hour courses for $100 each ($200 maximum). Teachers must provide a copy of their T-Certificate and a letter from the school principal where they teach certifying that the course(s) they are taking at BPCC apply toward permanent certification. A new letter is required each semester! For more details, contact Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, at 318-678-6348. (The program does not include paraprofessionals or teacher aides.)