Welcome to the Financial Aid Office! If you are like the majority of our students, financial aid means a lot to you and your family. You need it for college, and maybe even to supplement your living expenses.
We know how important that is for you, and we are here to help. We process federal and state financial aid for our students that attend Blue Ridge CTC every year, and we can help YOU! We will help guide you through the financial aid process, step by step.
We are available to you in a variety of methods: we are a phone call, an email, or a text away with answers to all of your questions. If you need more guidance or advice, you can set up an appointment to talk to one of our Financial Aid Advisors. It’s all about helping your understand what you need to do in order to achieve your educational goals.
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.
HOW DO I RECEIVE SUMMER SCHOOL FINANCIAL AID?
Financial aid during the summer is a manual process. Please go to your BRIDGE account and follow Financial Aid > Eligibility > Student Requirements to access the “Summer School Application.” This will be listed as a hyperlink in the Unsatisfied Requirements section at the top portion of your screen.
AFTER you have registered for all summer classes you plan to take, simply click on the Summer School Application and complete this simple application. This will allow our Financial Aid Office to know that you are taking summer classes and what type of financial aid to put on your account.
Please note: Completing the Summer School Application does not guarantee aid eligibility. You must be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours to receive federal loans.
WHICH FAFSA DO I COMPLETE?
In order to receive financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you will be attending this summer semester, you will need to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA. If you will be attending next school year (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021) you should complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA. This means some students will be completing both FAFSA applications.
You should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. It will ask for income information from two years prior. 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 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 Master Promissory Note (MPN) for a Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan at www.studentaid.gov! You MUST have both Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note completed in order for your student loans to pay.