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Frequently Asked Questions
Are all scholarships online?
What resources are available for incoming, current, and transferring students to find out about scholarships?
- Click here to enter the Bucks ScholarshipUniverse portal. Click here for detailed instructions on accessing ScholarshipUniverse.
- Visit, call, or email the BCCC Foundation in Tyler Hall (Room 224) on the Newtown Campus: 215-968-8223 or email@example.com.
- Visit, call, or email Financial Aid in the HUB (Newtown Campus), 215-968-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit, call, or email the Academic Affairs office in Tyler Hall (Room 122) on the Newtown Campus, 215-968-8048 or email@example.com for more information about Legacy Scholarships.
- Contact your academic department office for scholarship information specific to your major.
- Use free scholarship search engines, such as fastweb!, School Soup, and College Resource Network especially if you are planning to enroll at Bucks or transferring to a four-year institution.
- Visit, call, or contact the Academic Success Center for help developing and writing personal essays for both scholarship and college transfer applications. It is critical to develop a well written personal essay. Click here for more information from the Academic Success Center.
What are eligibility criteria, and what tips do you have for writing an essay?
Eligibility criteria vary greatly among the more than 150 scholarships offered at Bucks; based mainly on a donor’s intentions for the award. Your eligibility may be determined by major, grade point average, personal essay, community service, extra-curricular activities, financial need, and/or residence. In order to measure academic success at the high school level, many scholarships, especially those for incoming students or first-year Bucks students, require applicants to submit their latest high school transcript.
Note: Preferences are not requirements. Requirements are things you MUST have or do to be eligible. Preferences are things that may sway the review committee in your favor when considering your application. Sometimes, donors have requested that additional consideration be given to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in a certain field of study or career. As long as you meet the matching requirements, you are eligible to apply!
Most scholarships require applicants to submit a personal essay on a particular topic. It is critical to develop a well written essay that will distinguish you from other applicants. Click here for more information from the Academic Success Center.
Can I submit a hardcopy application instead of applying online?
No. If a scholarship can be applied for online, you may not submit a paper-based application.
What documents are required?
If documents are required, such as a letter of recommendation or high school transcript, check the scholarship’s application requirements to see which documents you need to upload.
What if I can’t scan my documents?
If you don’t have access to a scanner, you can upload documents using your your mobile phone, try the library, computer lab, or any commercial printing/photocopying business that provides this service.
When are scholarships awarded? Are there different deadlines? When will I be notified about the status of my application?
Scholarships are awarded anytime between two and ten weeks after the application deadline has passed. You will be notified by e-mail if you are receiving a scholarship.
Deadlines are so indicated on the website.
In most cases, once the award is made, it is posted directly to your student account the following semester.
What is the difference between a Legacy Scholarship and a scholarship the Foundation/Financial Aid awards?
The Legacy Scholarship Program is administered by BCCC’s Academic Affairs office.
Each legacy scholarship covers in-county tuition for a three credit course. The majority of legacy scholarships are based on criteria proposed by Bucks faculty and staff, while only select ones are application based.
Scholarships administered by the Foundation and Financial Aid benefit numerous student populations from all academic departments and vary in amounts.
In addition, different selection committees review applications so you are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as you wish. Click here to enter the ScholarshipUniverse portal. Click here to view more information on Legacy Scholarships.
Some scholarships benefit a graduating student who intends to transfer to a four-year institution. In that case, a check will be mailed to the transferring institution in the recipient’s name. Finally, a small number of scholarships are directly paid to the student. Exceptions on how scholarships are awarded must be initiated by the donor.
When will a recipient’s student account be credited?
A recipient’s student account will be credited by Financial Aid the third or fourth week of a given semester, granted the student meets all scholarship criteria.