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 2017-2018 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 email@example.com to explore your financial options at Blue Ridge.
The 2018-2019 FAFSA is now available at www.fafsa.gov. You should complete this application if you plan to attend classes during any of the following semesters: Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019. We encourage you to complete the FAFSA now so that you can complete any additional information necessary before classes begin. This FAFSA will ask for 2016 income information and we strongly encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool option available through the FAFSA for your tax information.
The IRS Data Retrieval is once again available starting Oct. 1, 2017. It is strongly recommended that all students and parents completing a new FAFSA (for either 2017-18 or 2018-19) should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This will link your tax information from the IRS directly into your FAFSA and reduce the need of additional information required to be turned in to the school in the future. 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:
If you plan to take classes during the Spring 2018 and/or Summer 2018 semesters, you should complete the 2017-18 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 Loan Agreement for a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan (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.