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.
Click here for a 2016-2017 Financial Aid Review.
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.
At this time, the IRS Data Retrieval is unavailable. Students completing the FAFSA can manually input tax information. (Please note: both the 2017-18 and the 2016-17 FAFSA’s require 2015 tax information) To input tax information, students should use a copy of their 2015 income tax return. If a copy is not available, students can obtain one from their tax software used in 2015 or request one from their tax preparer.
Recent FAFSA Changes:
Early FAFSA – You can begin filling out the 2017-18 FAFSA beginning Oct. 1, 2016. If you plan to attend classes during the 2017-18 academic year, you should complete your 2017-18 FAFSA now at www.fafsa.gov!
The new FAFSA will ask for financial information from two years prior. This means the 2017-18 FAFSA will collect financial information from 2015. We strongly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is built into the FAFSA to ease the burden of paperwork that you may have to submit.
Other Important Information:
If you plan to take classes during the Spring 2017 and/or Summer 2017 semesters, you should complete the 2016-17 FAFSA if you have not already done so. This FAFSA is available now at www.fafsa.gov. We strongly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool within the FAFSA to ease the burden of paperwork that you may have to submit during this year and upcoming years.
If you have an Exit Counseling hold on your account, you will need to complete Exit Counseling online at www.studentloans.gov. Log in to this website with your FSA ID (the same username/ password you use for the FAFSA). Exit Counseling will walk through the rights and responsibilities of a student borrower, as well as remind you of different repayment options for your student loans. After you have completed the Exit Counseling, the Financial Aid Office will receive electronic notification within 24-48 business hours and will remove the hold from your account.
Make sure you have also completed the Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov! You MUST have both Exit Counseling and the Master Promissory Note completed in order for your student loans to pay.