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Financial Information

The annual estimated cost of attendance includes tuition/fees and allowances for books, supplies, room and board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. This estimate is based on the Financial Aid Cost of Attendance budgets determined annually.

Full-time *Dependent Student
(living with parents)
  Full-time *Independent Student
(not living with parents)
Tuition/fees (in-state) $3,660   Tuition/fees (in-state) $3,660
Room/Board $3,174   Room/Board $8,921
Book/Supplies $1,200   Books/Supplies† $1,200
Transportation $1,710   Transportation $1,710
Misc. Expenses $1,970   Misc. Expenses $1,970
  --------     --------
Total $11,714   Total††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† $17,461

* Are you an INDEPENDENT STUDENT? An Independent student will be able to state at least one of the following to be true. Please indicate below by checking which statement applies to you. PROOF MAY BE REQUESTED!

  • You were born before January 1, 1991.
  • You were married, as of the day you filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • You have children for whom you will provide more than half of their support from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
  • You have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and you provided more than half of their support and will continue to provide more than half of their support from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
  • When you were 13 years or older you were: an orphan (both parents deceased), in foster care, or a ward/dependent of the court
  • You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • You are currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
  • You are an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence.
  • You are in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence.
  • You are an unaccompanied homeless youth as determined by either: your high school or school district homeless liaison, the director of an emergency shelter program funded by HUD, or the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center transitional living program.

If you are unable to state one of the above criteria to be true, you are considered a dependent student.

Application Fee (non-refundable)

A fee of $15 for U.S. residents and $25 for international students must accompany all new applications. Application fees may be paid by cash, check, cashier’s check or money order at the Business Office or by check, cashier’s check, or money order via mail (DO NOT MAIL CASH). The one-time application fee submitted to BPCC is non-refundable even if the student does not qualify for admission to the College or otherwise schedule classes. Fees are used to defray the costs of determining admissibility and scheduling.

Tuition

Fees are assessed on all students who enroll at BPCC. The amount of fees, which is published each semester on the BPCC website, is determined in accordance with the residence status of the student and the number of semester hours (credit and audit) for which the student enrolls. Louisiana residents and audit students pay only the resident fee. The College reserves the right to change fees without prior notice.

Fall, Spring and Summer Tuition Schedules: Refer to the BPCC website for specific costs.

Costs include the student activities fee, building use fee, athletic fee, technology fee, operational fee, academic excellence fee, enterprise resource planning fee, and Louisiana GRAD act fee which are explained in the following section. Tuition is always subject to change.

Tuition-Related Fees

Mandatory Enrollment Fees:

  • Athletic Fee: $20.00
  • SGA Fee: $2.50
  • Student Activities Fee: $4.00
  • Student Activities/Athletic: $1.75
  • Kaleidoscope: $1.00
  • Savoir Faire: $0.50
  • Drama: $0.25

These fees pay for various student activities sponsored by the College. The SGA Fee and Student Activities/Athletic fee support student life, Kaleidoscope fee is for the campus newspaper, Savoir Faire fee is for the school literary magazine; the Drama fee is for attendance at dramatic productions.

Technology Fee: $5 per credit hour (maximum $60 charge). All students are required to pay the technology fee. The monies derived are used for the purpose of implementing, replacing, improving, and expanding technologies to benefit student life.

Academic Excellence Fee: $7 per credit hour (maximum $84 charge). All students are required to pay the academic excellence fee. The monies derived are used to promote academic excellence by enhancing instructional programs. This fee may be waived in cases of financial hardship.

Operational Fee: $3 per credit hour (maximum $36). All students are required to pay the operational fee. This fee covers operational expenses and may be waived in cases of financial hardship.

Building Use Fee: $4 per credit hour (maximum $48 charge). All students are required to pay the building use fee. The monies derived are used to maintain or improve facilities and infrastructure. This fee may be waived in cases of financial hardship.

Enterprise Resource Planning Fee: $3 per credit hour. All students are required to pay the enterprise resource planning fee. The monies derived are used by the LCTC System for implementing, replacing, improving, and expanding technologies to enhance system-wide communications.

Student Services Fee: $2 per credit hour (maximum $24). All students are required to pay the student services fee. This fee is authorized by the State Legislature for providing student services.

Louisiana GRAD Act Fee: All students are required to pay the five (5) percent GRAD (Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diplomas) Act annual increase approved by the Louisiana Legislature in 2010. This fee may be waived in cases of financial hardship.

(Hardship Fee waiver applications mentioned above may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office. Waiver eligibility must be verified by Financial Aid.)

Course/Program Fees

Various program fees are assessed, depending on the courses and the division. For complete details on such fees, students are urged to contact the specific division or to refer to the current Academic Bulletin.

The courses that charge an additional fee are as follows:

  • Accounting
  • Allied Health laboratory and clinical courses
  • Applied Music Lessons
  • Business Administration
  • Communication Media
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Construction Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Cyber Information Technology
  • Foreign Language
  • Industrial Technology
  • Math
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Oil and Gas Production Technology
  • PE activity courses and HLPE 221
  • Program for Successful Employment
  • Science lab courses
  • Technical Education
  • Theatre
  • Web Development and Design

Clinical courses require payment of program specific clinical fees. Students will also assume responsibility for additional costs associated with these programs. Students should contact the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health for details regarding clinical fees and other related costs.

Science, Allied Health, Nursing, Culinary Arts, Technical Education, Oil and Gas Technology, and Industrial Safety Lab Insurance: $6. All students enrolled in a Science, Allied Health, Construction Culinary Arts, Technical Education, Oil and Gas Production Technology, or Industrial Safety laboratory class or in the clinical or externship component of a program at BPCC are required to purchase accident insurance at registration.

Program for Successful Employment (PSE): When students are accepted into PSE they are required to purchase accident/incident insurance at the rate of $6.73 per program year. The insurance is a component of PSE and required for students placed in externships.

Audit Fees and Tuition: A student auditing one or more classes must follow all regular admission and registration procedures, pay all fees, and attend class regularly.

Late Registration Fee: $15. Students who complete applications, file readmission cards after the cut-off date published in the Academic Bulletin, or who register during the extended registration period must pay an extended registration fee, which is effective on the day following the last day for general registration.

Transcripts: A fee of $3 per copy is charged for transcripts. A student may request a copy of his/her official transcript by filling out the proper form in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office or by completing the necessary form on the College’s website (www.bpcc.edu/admissions/forms.html). Payment for the transcript can be made via the Internet if paying by credit card. However, if the student is indebted to the College, all debts must be cleared before the transcript can be released. Transcripts will not be released if the student owes the College student records of any type (college transcripts, high school transcript, Louisiana High School Equivalency scores, ACT® or SAT® scores, immunization records, and selective service). No transcripts are issued during the first ten days of any semester.

Communication Media Late Fee: A charge of $5 per day will be assessed as a late return fee for Communication Media equipment.

Waiver of Tuition

A student may be eligible for waiver of tuition if --

  • He/she is an active member of the National Guard.
  • He/she is a war orphan or widow of a spouse who died in battle.

For more information, see Fee Exemptions in catalog.

Bookstore

Students assume full and final responsibility for purchase of all books from the College bookstore.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Any student registering for classes may not have an outstanding balance due BPCC from a prior semester, with the exception of those students who advance register for fall who may have an outstanding balance for summer registration only.

Students may pay tuition and fees by check, credit or debit card (MasterCard/Visa/Discover/American Express) via the Internet.Will open new browser window or tabThe College continues to accept cash, personal and cashier's checks, and money orders at the Business Office in Building F, first floor.

Balance Due Notification

Paper bills are not mailed. All tuition and fees are payable in U.S. dollars according to the established due dates. Students are responsible for accessing their LOLA account to view their account balance. The College holds students accountable for current due balances; therefore, students should check their LOLA account regularly.

Returned Checks

The charge for each returned check is $25. If the check is written payable to BPCC by a student or on his behalf and is returned to the College, that student will forfeit all check writing privileges with BPCC in the future. Payment by cash, cashier’s check, money order, or credit card will be required.

Putting a stop payment on a check will not constitute an official resignation from the College.

Deferred Payment Plan

Deferred payment plans are currently being handled by CashNet via LOLA login.

Refunds

Policy Statement

The College provides refunds to students who are enrolled at Bossier Parish Community College and who are resigning from all classes or dropping a course (changing from one course load to another) during the official schedule change period defined each academic semester provided the student's account balance is zero. After the official schedule change period, no refunds will be given for dropping a course (changing from one course load to another). Refunds of 100%, 75%, or 50% are given for drops and/or resignations according to the schedule listed in the current academic bulletin.

Procedures

Refunds for dropping a course (changing from one course load to another) are given ONLY during the official schedule change period each semester. The official schedule change period for a class that is for the entire semester is from the official classes begin date through the seventh day of the semester for fall and spring semesters and from the official classes begin date through the third day of the semester for summer semester.

After the official schedule change period, no refunds will be given for dropping an individual course.

  • Students dropping a course (changing from one course load to another) during the official schedule change period will receive a refund but will not receive any grade.
  • Students dropping a course (changing from one course load to another) after the official schedule change period will not receive a refund and will receive the grade of "W" or "WF" depending upon the drop date.

Tuition and applicable fees are refunded according to the following schedule:

Resignations (dropping all courses)

Circumstances: Student RESIGNS (drops ALL classes)

Fall and Spring

Session A Refund Policy:

Date % of refund
Before the official classes begin date of the session 100%
From the official classes begin date - seventh day of the session 75%
Eighth - fourteenth day of the session 50%
After the fourteenth day of the session 0%

 

Session B and C Refund Policy:

Date % of refund
Before the official classes begin date of the session 100%
From the official classes begin date - third day of the session 75%
Third - seventh day of the session 50%
After the seventh day of the session 0%

 

Other Session Refund Policy:

Date % of refund
Before the official classes begin date of the session 100%
Official classes begin date of the session 75%
Day after the official classes begin date of the session 50%
After the second day of the session 0%

 

Summer

Session A Refund Policy:

Date % of refund
Before the official classes begin date of the session 100%
From the official classes begin date - third day of the session 75%
Third - seventh day of the session 50%
After the seventh day of the session 0%

 

Other Session Refund Policy:

Date % of refund
Before the official classes begin date of the session 100%
Official classes begin date of the session 75%
Day after the official classes begin date of the session 50%
After the second day of the session 0%

BPCC Debit Card

Bossier Parish Community College issues refunds through the use of the BPCC Debit Card. The debit card gives the student options for selecting how they would like to receive their refund. The following information will help explain the BPCC Debit Card and how it works for the student.

Three Easy Steps to Get Started:


  1. Look for Your Card in the Mail
    For students receiving a refund through the BPCC Debit Card, the card will be mailed to the student at the address on record in the Admissions office. If the address has changed the student will need to notify the Admissions office and submit a change of address as soon as possible. The BPCC Debit Card will not be forwarded to a new address and will be returned to Higher One which may delay the student receiving their refund. It is important for the student to verify their address prior to their refund being issued. The student's debit card will be ordered once the Financial Aid department processes the student's financial aid and it is refunded to the student's account. Once the debit card has been ordered the student should expect to receive the debit card in the mail between seven and ten days after it is ordered.
  2. Activate Your Refund Preference
    Once the student receives the debit card, the student will perform the following steps to select the desired refund preference:
    1. Visit www.bpccdebitcard.comWill open new browser window or taband enter your card number to get started.
    2. Enter the requested information and select your refund preference. Choosing an Easy Refund is the FASTEST refund option.
    3. Your BPCC Debit Card is now activated and ready to use!
  3. Benefits of Easy Refund and the OneAccount
    The OneAccount is a great way to manage school expenses while keeping them separate from other expenses. And with an Easy Refund, your refund money is deposited directly into the OneAccount for use as soon as BPCC releases it. Easy Refund is by far the fastest and easiest way to gain access to your refund money, so don’t wait to start taking advantage of this great benefit!

At www.bpccdebitcard.com, you will be allowed to CHOOSE your refund preference. You will have the following three (3) refund choices:

Refund Choices Refund Description Time of Refund
1. Easy Refund Don't Wait for Your Money... Get an Easy Refund
I would like to have my financial aid refund or other refunds from Bossier Parish Community College deposited directly into my OneAccount. With the OneAccount and the BPCC Debit Card, any refund from BPCC is available in the fastest way. There is no charge to receive refunds directly into the OneAccount. There is no monthly fee or minimum balance requirement for the OneAccount. Please note: In order to avoid any potential service charges when using the debit card, always "swipe and sign using the 'credit option' when transacting business at merchants"
When the funds are released by the college
2. ACH Transfer (to other bank) Please deposit my financial aid refund or other refunds from Bossier Parish Community College into a third party bank account. There is no charge for receiving your refund in this way, although it can take up to 3 business days longer to receive a refund, as compared to the Easy Refund preference. To receive your refund by ACH transfer, you will need to have this option selected, and will also have to complete, print and mail in a paper ACH form. Higher One will send you an email confirmation when we receive your form to notify you that it has been inputted into the system. 3 or more business days after funds are released by the college
3. Paper Check Please send financial aid or other refund checks to my primary address. There is no charge for receiving refunds in this way, although receiving a check via first class mail may add (5) or more business days to receive the refund check. This is a check mailed by Higher One and not by your school. 5 or more business days after funds are released by the college

General Financial Information

  1. 100% refund of tuition and fees will be made by BPCC when a class does not make or when College error is involved in scheduling.
  2. No refunds are made in cash, even though a student paid in cash. FOUR TO SIX WEEKS MUST BE ALLOWED FOR REFUNDS.
  3. No refunds are made during registration.
  4. STUDENTS WHO RESIGN FROM THE COLLEGE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO REGISTER UNTIL THE NEXT REGULAR REGISTRATION PERIOD.
  5. If a student resigns before financial aid can be processed, the student is responsible for his/her account balance even if the student received a financial aid deferment. A financial aid deferment is null and void if a student resigns.
  6. Refunds for students receiving financial aid may be applied first to the Title IV federal aid program(s) overpayment(s), then to any institutional programs or balance owed the College before being paid to the students.
  7. Students who do not pay their outstanding debts to BPCC by the end of the semester in which the debts were incurred may have their accounts assigned to the Attorney Generalís Office for collection. Students will be liable for all charges assessed by the Attorney Generalís Office.

Financial Aid Students Who Resign

Financial aid recipients who resign/withdraw, officially or unofficially, before completing more than 60% of the semester will be required to pay back all or part of the aid received. In most cases, students will owe money to the federal aid program(s) and to the school. Students who stop attending all classes will be considered unofficial withdrawals. Specific information and examples regarding the Return of Title IV Funds Policy are available in the Financial Aid Office. The 60% date will be posted on the Financial Aid page at www.bpcc.edu for each semester.

Resignation From BPCC

No fee is assessed when a student resigns from the College.

Financial Assistance

BPCC provides equal educational opportunities for all students, and the policy of equal opportunity is fully implemented in all programs. All financial aid is administered by the Financial Aid Office.

Students can apply for financial aid from a variety of sources to meet their educational expenses. This aid is based on need and/or merit. Students must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to receive federal financial aid. Awards are limited to students enrolled in degree, eligible technical diploma, or certificate programs at BPCC. Students enrolled in technical competency areas (TCAs) are not eligible for federal aid. All financial aid applicants must be accepted for admission to BPCC before aid will be processed. All academic transcripts from previously attended colleges must be evaluated by the Admissions/Registrar’s Office before aid will be processed. Financial aid will not be processed for students admitted provisionally. "Summer only" students are not eligible for aid.

Students seeking assistance from federal financial aid programs must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen.
  2. Have a valid Social Security number.
  3. Be properly admitted or currently enrolled in a degree seeking or certificate program at BPCC.
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in an eligible course of study in accordance with the College's guidelines.
  5. Must sign a statement, which is located on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), that states federal student aid funds will be used only for educational purposes.
  6. Must not be in default on a federal student loan nor owe a refund on a federal student grant.
  7. Must register with the Selective Service, if required.

Applying for Financial Aid is a lengthy process. The entire process could take up to 90 days. In order to have your financial aid processed in time for registration/fee payment, you must submit ALL requested documents according to the following deadlines.

Priority Deadlines for federal financial aid (grants and loans)


Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1

Priority Deadlines for scholarships


Fall: March 31
Spring: October 1

If you are unable to meet these deadlines, be prepared to self-pay your tuition and fees. The Financial Aid Office can assist all students with information on programs and with the appropriate forms.

Grants


TYPE: FEDERAL PELL GRANT
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students demonstrating need by the Federal Pell Grant formula
HOW TO APPLY:
  1. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  2. Submit required documents to the Financial Aid Office.
AMOUNT: $5,695 annually
DEADLINE: Three months prior to semester attending

TYPE: FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (SEOG)
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students whose need analysis exhibits excessive need.
HOW TO APPLY: Same as Federal Pell Grant
AMOUNT: Varies, generally $900 annually.

Work-Study

TYPE: FEDERAL WORK STUDY
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need
HOW TO APPLY:
  1. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  2. Submit required documents to Financial Aid Office.
  3. Complete employment application in Career Services Office.
AMOUNT: Minimum wage, up to 20 hours employment per week; paid bi-weekly.

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

Tuition and fees may be paid for eligible students with disabilities such as diabetes, lupus, orthopedic problems, sickle cell anemia, mental health problems, substance abuse, etc. However, additional services such as books and transportation are based on economic need. Apply at the State Office Building, 1525 Fairfield Ave., Shreveport, LA 71101-4388 or call 318-676-7155 or 800-737-2966 for information.

Scholarships



TYPE: TOPS SCHOLARSHIP
ELIGIBILITY: Must be full-time student who meets specific eligibility and special
criteria. Louisiana high school graduate.
HOW TO APPLY: See high school counselor. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Deadline: May 1 priority; July 1, final state deadline.
AMOUNT: Tuition. Some students may qualify for additional stipends based on ACT score and high school GPA.

Waivers


TYPE: ACADEMIC WAIVER
ELIGIBILITY: Any full-time, academically qualified freshman student with a 3.000 GPA, and 18 ACT. Student must be working toward a specific program of study at BPCC.
HOW TO APPLY: See Admissions Office.
AMOUNT: Tuition only, no fees.

TYPE: ACADEMIC WAIVER FOR MINORITY STUDENTS
ELIGIBILITY: Any full-time, academically qualified freshman who is an ethnic minority; 18 ACT; 3.000 GPA. Student must be working toward a specific program of study at BPCC.
HOW TO APPLY: Contact Admissions Office, or download criteria and application from BPCC website.
AMOUNT: Tuition only, no fees.

TYPE: ATHLETIC WAIVER
ELIGIBILITY: Academically qualified and participating in varsity sports.
HOW TO APPLY: Contact Athletic Department.
AMOUNT: Varies

TYPE: NATIONAL GUARD WAIVER
ELIGIBILITY: Active members of the Louisiana National Guard. Student must not be on academic probation or suspension. Student must have at least 2.000 cumulative GPA
HOW TO APPLY: Contact National Guard Unit Commander.
AMOUNT: Tuition, no fees.

TYPE: CHAPTER 35 VA-WAR ORPHANS OR WIDOW WAIVER
ELIGIBILITY: Students whose parent or spouse died in or was disabled in war must have/maintain 2.000 cumulative GPA
HOW TO APPLY: Contact parish Department of Veterans Affairs officer.
AMOUNT: Tuition, some mandatory fees, and all course fees.

TYPE: STUDENT SERVICE/TALENT WAIVER
ELIGIBILITY: Students awarded scholarships based on talent are selected by auditions or tryouts, which have been publicized and are supervised by the faculty advisor. All talent-based scholarship awards are monitored by the Director of Student Life. Must be full-time student and maintain 2.000 GPA.
HOW TO APPLY: Office of Student Life.

TYPE: COMMUNICATION MEDIA SCHOLARSHIP
ELIGIBILITY: Any full-time Communication Media student with a 2.500 GPA.
HOW TO APPLY: Contact the Communication and Performing Arts Division, 318-678-6038.
AMOUNT: Tuition for each semester. Student is responsible for fees.

Loans


TYPE: FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
ELIGIBILITY: Need eligibility must be established by the BPCC Financial Aid Office.
HOW TO APPLY: Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Submit required documents to Financial Aid Office.
AMOUNT:

Dependent Students
Direct Loan Annual loan limit
1st year $5,500 (no more than $3,500 may be subsidized)
2nd year $6,500 (no more than $4,500 may be subsidized)

Independent Students
Direct Loan Annual loan limit
1st year $9,500 (no more than $3,500 may be subsidized)
2nd year $10,500 (no more than $4,500 may be subsidized)


TYPE: FEDERAL PLUS
ELIGIBILITY: Parents of dependent students.
HOW TO APPLY: Student completes Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Parent completes PLUS pre-approval process with Lender, via phone or Internet. Contact Financial Aid Office for more information.
AMOUNT: Parents of undergraduates may borrow up to the entire cost of
attendance minus any other financial aid received.

Veteran Education Benefits

Education benefits are available to all veterans and their families who qualify based on certain criteria through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Please refer to the Veteran Education Services link on our home page to follow the steps to apply for education benefits or contact the local VA office for assistance; a list of these offices are available on the website.

Once education benefits are established, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the VA Certifying Official in the Division of Innovative Learning, Bldg A-138, to ensure the classes are certified through the VA. Classes cannot be certified without the proper paperwork. The student must meet with the VA Certifying Official before each semester to ensure classes are certified through the VA.

Education benefits will be generated to the student and the college as established by the VA. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office if payments from the VA will be delayed in order to protect their classes and ensure account balances do not become past due.

If a student partakes in any of the actions below, it is their responsibility to notify the VA Certifying Official as soon as possible.

  • Adds a class
  • Drops a class
  • Resigns from the college
  • Changes degree program

All of the above actions could affect your financial obligations with the college and the VA. It is important to avoid overpayment and underpayment when necessary.

If a student resigns due to mitigating circumstances, the VA must be notified to avoid termination of benefits retroactive to the beginning of the semester.

Students must maintain satisfactory progress and review the Academic Policies section of the catalog concerning probation and suspension due to a low GPA or financial obligation.

Benefits will be paid for all approved degree programs, approved diplomas, and approved certificate programs through the VA.

Students should contact the VA Certifying Official with any questions regarding certification of their classes and education benefits or visit the Veteran Education Services page.