Bucks Financial Aid Programs

The College participates in all major federal and state financial aid programs. Descriptions of the various programs, including eligibility requirements, application procedures, and possible award amounts are summarized below. Award amounts and eligibility requirements are subject to change by state and federal legislation.

Contact the Financial Aid Office at Bucks to secure application forms. If possible, pick up the forms in person. For those unable to come to campus, the forms can be mailed. However, mailing will delay the application process at least two weeks. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at www.fafsa.gov.

Federal Pell Grant

Source

Federal Government Program

Who is Eligible to Apply

Applicants must be:

  1. U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Enrolled or planning to enroll for at least six (6) credits, half-time status.
  3. Federal Pell Grant eligibility is extended to less than half-time students.
  4. Enrolled in a major on a degree- seeking basis.
  5. Not in default status on a previously secured student loan.
  6. Making "satisfactory academic progress."
  7. A recipient of a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (GED).

Award Amounts

Yearly amounts range from $500 to $5,775 at Bucks. (Dependent upon eligibility and enrollment status.)

How Eligibility is Determined

Eligibility is based on the federal methodology needs analysis, student's enrollment status, and cost of attendance.

How to Apply

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Renewal students should receive a renewal FAFSA automatically. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at www.fafsa.gov.

Federal Work-Study Program

Source

Federal Government - 75%
Bucks - 25%

Who is Eligible to Apply

Applicants must be:

  1. U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Enrolled or planning to enroll for at least six (6) credits, half-time status.
  3. Federal Pell Grant eligibility is extended to less than half-time students.
  4. enrolled in a major on a degree- seeking basis.
  5. Not in default status on a previously secured student loan.
  6. Making "satisfactory academic progress."
  7. A recipient of a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (GED).

Award Amounts

Amounts are determined by hourly rate of pay and number of hours per week. Awards generally range from $1,000 to $4,500 per year.

How Eligibility is Determined

Based on program guidelines and available funds.

Preference given to students applying before May 1st for the fall semester and November 1st for new students entering in the spring semester.

How to Apply

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Renewal students should receive a renewal FAFSA automatically. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at www.fafsa.gov.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (SEOG)

Source

Federal Government - 75%
Bucks - 25%

Who is Eligible to Apply

Applicants must be:

  1. U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Enrolled or planning to enroll for at least six (6) credits, half-time status.
  3. Federal Pell Grant eligibility is extended to less than half-time students.
  4. Enrolled in a major on a degree- seeking basis.
  5. Not in default status on a previously secured student loan.
  6. Making "satisfactory academic progress."
  7. A recipient of a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (GED).

Award Amounts

Yearly awards range from $100 to $1,000 per year at Bucks.

How Eligibility is Determined

Based on program guidelines and available funds.

Preference given to students applying before May 1st for the fall semester and November 1st for new students entering in the spring semester.

How to Apply

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Renewal students should receive a renewal FAFSA automatically. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at www.fafsa.gov.

Federal Perkins Loan Program

Source

Federal Government - 75%
Bucks - 25%

Who is Eligible to Apply

Applicants must be:

  1. U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  2. Enrolled or planning to enroll for at least six (6) credits, half-time status.
  3. Federal Pell Grant eligibility is extended to less than half-time students.
  4. Enrolled in a major on a degree- seeking basis.
  5. Not in default status on a previously secured student loan.
  6. Making "satisfactory academic progress."
  7. A recipient of a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (GED).

Award Amounts

Amounts range from $250 to $2,000 per year at Bucks.

How Eligibility is Determined

Based on program guidelines and available funds.

Preference given to students applying before May 1st for the fall semester and November 1st for new students entering in the spring semester.

How to Apply

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Renewal students should receive a renewal FAFSA automatically. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at www.fafsa.gov.

Federal Direct Loan Program (both subsidized and unsubsidized)

Source

Federal Government

Who is Eligible to Apply

Students intending to enroll on at least a half-time basis (six credit hours).

Award Amounts

Maximum amounts for dependent students:

Academic grade level 1: $5,500 per academic yr.
Academic grade level 2: $6,500 per academic yr.

Maximum amounts for independent students:

Academic grade level 1: $9,500 per academic yr.
Academic grade level 2: $10,500 per academic yr.

How Eligibility is Determined

Eligibility is determined by the school, based upon certification information provided by BUCKS. Eligibility is based upon cost of education, expected family contribution, and other financial resources received by the student.

How to Apply

  1. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/Renewal FAFSA
  2. Loan Application or Master Promissory Notes may be completed at www.Studentloans.gov
  3. Entrance Counseling session must be completed at www.Studentloans.gov
  4. A Loan Request Form is available from the Financial Aid Office, on the web under Additional Financial Aid Forms
  5. PLUS Loan Credit Applications can be completed at www.Studentloans.gov

Federal PLUS Loan

Source

Federal Government

Who is Eligible to Apply

Parents of dependent undergraduate students. Students must enroll at least half-time.

Award Amounts

Loan amount may not exceed cost of attendance minus financial aid student received.

How Eligibility is Determined

Eligibility is determined by the school, based upon certification information provided by BUCKS. Eligibility is based upon cost of education, expected family contribution, and other financial resources received by the student.

How to Apply

  1. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/Renewal FAFSA
  2. Loan Application or Master Promissory Notes may be completed at www.Studentloans.gov
  3. Entrance Counseling session must be completed at www.Studentloans.gov
  4. A Loan Request Form is available from the Financial Aid Office, on the web under Additional Financial Aid Forms
  5. PLUS Loan Credit Applications can be completed at www.Studentloans.gov

Happ-Grover Fund of the Bucks County Foundation

Source

 Happ-Grover Fund of the Bucks County Foundation

Who is Eligible to Apply

 Students enrolled on at least a half-time basis who are from the Central Bucks County School District.

Award Amounts

 Yearly awards range from $200 to $1,000.

How Eligibility is Determined

Eligibility is based on federal methodology needs analysis, student’s enrollment status, GPA, and residence in the Central Bucks County School District. Final eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office.