To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete all of BCTC’s Admission requirements and submit a completed scholarship application to the Financial Aid department. For most scholarships a student must demonstrate financial need. Financial need is determined by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at www.fafsa.gov . The U.S. Department of Education determines actual financial need.
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Students selected for a scholarship will be notified through the U.S. Mail Service to the address provided on the scholarship application.
After students have submitted a completed scholarship application, they are matched with the criteria of available scholarships. Each available scholarship will have a pool of students. The BCTC Scholarship Committee reviews all applicants and selects recipients according to criteria.
It is difficult to anticipate the date that a scholarship will appear on a student account. In many cases scholarships may be posted after the financial aid disbursements are completed for the awarding semester. It is important to read your award notification letter carefully as it may indicate special circumstances.
BCTC’s scholarship application requires a letter of recommendation. While there is not a specific guideline to what should be included, here are a few tips to help.
A letter of recommendation should:
BCTC's scholarship application requires students to submit an original statement. The statement should be one typed page in length. The topic of the statement is provided on the scholarship application.
When you received your scholarship notification letter it stated the criteria for that scholarship. If one of the criteria is based on GPA, you may lose your scholarship.
When you received your notification letter it stated the criteria for that scholarship. If one of the criteria is based on enrollment, the amount you receive from your scholarship may be affected.
Cost of Attendance (COA) is calculated for each student and includes tuition, books and other expenses. Students cannot receive more financial aid than their COA. Some students who have loans and grants and then receive a scholarship may go over that COA, and BCTC will have to recalculate aid and typically reduce or cancel loan amounts.
An over award is the receipt of aid in excess of financial need. Federal and state aid recipients cannot be awarded more that the cost of attendance, as determined by the Department of Education and BCTC. If a scholarship causes an over award, the Financial Aid Office will do a recalculation of federal and/or state financial aid awards. In some cases, students that are receiving loans, may have their loans reduced or canceled to correct an over award.