Welcome to the Financial Aid Office! Our goal is to bring promising, energetic students into our community, no matter what their circumstances. Our mission is to provide leadership and direction in every area of the Financial Aid administration process, including policy and procedure analysis development. We assure compliance with government regulations and policies pertaining to state and federal financial aid programs.
If you are a degree or certificate-seeking student at Blue Ridge, we offer a variety of grant, work-study, loan, and scholarship-based resources, placing an Associate’s degree within reach. Research the resources available on the site and contact our financial aid team at 304-260-4380 or firstname.lastname@example.org to explore your financial options at Blue Ridge.
OCTOBER IS THE TIME TO UPDATE YOUR FAFSA
Starting October 1, you will be able to update your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the next academic year (2020-2021). You must complete your FAFSA every year in order to qualify for financial aid.
You should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. It will ask for 2018 income information and we strongly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option available through the FAFSA to upload your tax information. This will be a faster process for you, and lessen the amount of paperwork you may have to submit in the future.
WHAT IF I AM STARTING IN THE SPRING SEMESTER?
It’s not too late to apply for financial aid for the Spring 2020 semester! Please log in to www.fafsa.gov and complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will require 2017 income information. As always, we strongly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option available through the FAFSA to upload your tax information.
If you plan to also attend next year, you should also complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA, which includes 2018 income information on this website.
WHAT IS THE IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL?
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is part of the FAFSA and will link your tax information from the IRS directly into your FAFSA. Using the Data Retrieval Tool will reduce the need of additional information required to be turned in to the school in the future. It is strongly recommended that all students and parents completing this FAFSA should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. For security reasons, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will not show your tax information that has been imported into the FAFSA. However, you can rest assured that the information relayed to the school is the same information provided on your IRS tax statements. If you would like to verify this information, you can review it on the Student Aid Report (SAR) that is sent to you from FAFSA.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Make sure you have also completed the Loan Agreement for a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov! You MUST have both Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note completed in order for your student loans to pay.