Financial Aid Eligibility
Brookdale is actively seeking to remove all economic barriers for those who desire a college education, but who encounter difficulty in achieving this goal because of their financial circumstances.
In order to receive financial aid at Brookdale Community College you must:
- Have a High School diploma or GED
- Be admitted and matriculated in a degree or certificate program at Brookdale.
- Be a US. .Citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
- Be registered with Selective Service, if you are a male. Click here to Register with Selective Service.
- Not be in default of a student loan, or owe a refund on any federal grant as stated in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Click here to check your status with NSLDS.
- Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by federal, state and/or Brookdale regulations.
Applying for Financial Aid
Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) and a BCC Confidential ONLINE.
Apply early! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed as soon as the appropriate tax forms are completed.
Complete your FAFSA on-line: it’s very easy and processing results usually take only one to two weeks, compared to the four to six weeks required for paper applications or renewals. Applying on-line is faster and more accurate. FAFSA online has built in edits to prevent students from missing any required information. It is recommended that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Process when completing your FAFSA. You will need to know our Federal School Code #008404.
Before applying on-line you may also apply for a PIN, or apply while you are completing the FAFSA on-line.. The PIN will serve as your electronic signature and avoid the necessity to print and mail a signature page with your on-line FAFSA. Parents of dependent students should also apply for a PIN! You have the option to create your own PIN or have one created for you. If you do not create your own, you need to allow 3 days for a response if providing an e-mail address and 10 days if the pin number is to be mailed.
Can’t apply on-line?
For those of you that may not have a computer or access to the Internet, or just feel uncomfortable filing on-line, the paper FAFSA is available in the Brookdale Financial Aid Office. Click here for information on how to contact us. If you do not have a computer you are welcome to use the computers in the Financial Aid office or in the Bankier Library’s Information Commons.