Completing Your Financial Aid Application Online
1. Apply for a PIN number from the US Department of Education.
You will use this number to sign each of your on-line financial aid applications. NOTE: If you are required to provide parent information on your FAFSA application, then one of your parents must also apply for a PIN number of his/her own in order to be able to sign your application electronically.
2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
BCTC School Code -- 040413
You must complete a FAFSA application in order to receive any federal assistance. This step cannot be omitted.
When completing the tax section of this application, it is highly recommended that you transfer in and do not change your Tax Return information from the IRS. If you do not use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing your initial FAFSA application, you can return to https://studentaid.gov log in to your FAFSA record, select “Make FAFSA Corrections,” and navigate to the Financial Information section of the form. Follow the instructions to determine if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer IRS income tax information into your FAFSA. It takes up to two weeks for IRS income information to be available for the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for electronic IRS tax return filers, and up to eight weeks for paper IRS tax return filers. If you are unable to transfer in your tax return information from the IRS, you must contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 and request a copy of your Tax Return Transcript.
Go to: https://studentaid.gov webpage, Click on the “LOG IN” button. You must complete a FAFSA application to be considered for any federal assistance and if you qualify, special state grants and scholarships. This step cannot be omitted. If you need help, please contact the Financial Aid Office. When completing the tax section of this application, it is highly recommended that you import and do not change your Tax Return Information from the IRS. If you have previously completed a FAFSA and need to renew for the next year, or need to make a correction on your FAFSA, go to https://studentaid.gov click on the downward arrow next to “APPLY FOR AID” and click on “Complete the FAFSA form”. Next, click on the “LOG IN” button under “Returning User?”
3. Complete Loan Entrance Counseling.
Go to https://studentaid.gov and click on the downward arrow next to “Complete Aid Process”, click on Complete Entrance Counseling. Sign in using the blue “Log In” button. Follow the screen prompts to complete the Entrance Counseling. For a demonstration of the Entrance Counseling, scroll down the page to the blue “LOG IN TO START” button, and click on Start Demo.
4. Complete a Master Promissory Note.
SCHOOL CODE – 040413 (Required for Student Loans)
Sign-in to the https://studentaid.gov website and click on the downward arrow next to “Complete Aid Process”, click on “Complete Master Promissory Note”, You will LOG IN to “MPN for Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans". Follow the prompts.