Tuition & Fees
Based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, college students’ records are protected from access of non-directory information without their written consent. Your student may come to Enrollment Services and sign a statement giving you permission.
I got my bill and I owe a lot more than I thought I would. I moved back here from another state. Could that be the reason?
Yes, you must live within the college district for 30 days prior to the first day of the term to get in-district rates. If you previously reported you lived outside of the district, you must provide proof of residency. Examples of proof would include a current Illinois state-issued drivers’ license or ID, vehicle registration, voter registration card or a billing statement. Any of these items must be dated 30 days prior to the beginning of the term.
Put yourself on the wait list if it is available. We will contact you via your myBH e-mail account when we have a seat for you. You will have 48 hours to enroll in the class. If the wait list is no longer available, you can request instructor approval by obtaining his or her signature or by sending an email from your myBH account. A printed response from the instructor is acceptable as approval.
One semester before you plan to complete your requirements, complete a graduation application. Enrollment Services will review your records and let you know if you are missing anything. Click here for Graduation Procedures.
We always recommend you talk with your instructor before making the decision to drop a course. Dropping the course is your responsibility. You must initiate the request to drop a course. You may drop it yourself without instructor permission if the course is not 75% completed. Once 75% of the course has expired, you are not permitted to drop a course without the instructor’s permission. Contact Enrollment Services for specific dates.
To receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees, you need to drop classes no later than the day BEFORE the term begins. (Hint: You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org in the middle of the night if you need to drop a course.) The first seven days of the term, we grant 75% refund; calendar days eight through 14, we grant 50% refund. On day 15 of the term, no refund is granted.
If you have extenuating circumstances as to why you must withdraw from all of your classes, you may complete a refund appeal and submit it to Enrollment Services via mail, fax (309-796-5209) or e-mail. The committee will review your appeal and determine if a refund is warranted. Download Refund Appeal form.
Black Hawk College policy provides that a student may receive a full refund of tuition and fees if a licensed physician submits a statement recommending that the student withdraws from his/her classes for medical reasons. Withdrawal must be complete-not just a reduced load. To be considered, withdrawals must be submitted in a timely manner no later than the beginning of the final exams for the term enrolled.
I went to class and I don’t think I am going to like it. Can I change my schedule? Will I have to pay more money?
During the first 15 days of the term (seven days for four-week summer sessions), you may exchange one class for another as long as they are the same number of credit hours.
Answers to additional questions along with an activation demo can be found by visiting BHCMoneyCard. com, or stopping by Bursar’s Office to learn more today. Additionally, Higher One offers easy answers to your questions with Easy HelpSM–our self-service database containing answers to frequently asked questions.
Yes. Once activated, the new BHC ID & Money Card will replace your current BHC student ID for building entry, library services, printing services, and identification on campus. And ride the Metro Bus FREE with your card.
The BHC Money Card can be used to make purchases wherever Debit MasterCard® is accepted. It’s important to note that the BHC Money Card is not a credit card, but rather a debit card backed by the purchasing power of the MasterCard® Network.
Yes. You may have your refund deposited to the bank of your choice. In order to have your refund deposited to your bank, activate your refund preference as soon as you receive the card by clicking here. During the activation process, select ACH Transfer to other bank for your refund preference and simply complete, print, and send the required third party form to the designated address. The form will be available online during the activation process.
How will I know when my Financial Aid or other refund has been direct deposited to my Black Hawk College OneAccount?
Higher One will send an email to the address you entered during activation when your refund has been deposited to your OneAccount. Additionally, you can view the details of your OneAccount by accessing your statement online at BHCMoneyCard.com or by signing up to receive text messages sent directly to your cell phone with Mobile Alerts.
- Depositing your refund to the OneAccount and selecting an Easy Refund is the quickest way to gain access to your refund money.
- The BHC Money Card is not a credit card. However you can use it for purchases at all participating merchants that accept Debit MasterCard, get cash at ATMs, pay bills and more.
- Parents and friends can easily send you money online with a simple e-mail and a linked bank account.
The OneAccount is a fully functioning FDIC Insured checking account with no minimum balance and no monthly fees. Selecting the OneAccount allows you to access your Financial Aid refunds quicker and easier than ever before and offers a world of great benefits such as:
- FREE Internet banking features
- The ability to make purchases anywhere Debit MasterCard® is accepted.
- You may also withdraw cash with no fees at the Higher One ATM located on campus.
- Easy Refund to the OneAccount (refunds available the same day BHC releases them).
- ACH Transfer to other bank (refunds available 2-3 business days).
Even if you’re already receiving a refund from Black Hawk College, you are required to activate your refund preference as soon as you receive your card. It only takes a minute to activate your refund preference with BHC and Higher One to avoid any delays in getting your refund.
Although you might not currently expect a refund from Black Hawk College, we may have a refund for you in the future. After all, it may be necessary to drop a class, a class may be canceled, or you may simply receive a scholarship or assistance you were not anticipating. Selecting your preferred method to receive refunds from BHC ensures you’ll always receive your refunds in a timely manner.
Students need to have their picture taken at the Campus Police Department. Black Hawk College students will receive a BHC Money Card from Higher One in the mail at their primary address on file with BHC. It is important that the Enrollment Services office has your current address on file as the ID card will not be forwarded to a different address.
Refunds are delivered via the option selected when activating the BHC Money Card. Click here to activate your refund preference and make your refund selection. Once your refund preference is selected, funds are sent from BHC to Higher One who then disburses the refunds according to your selection. If you want the fastest access to your money, simply choose to have your refunds deposited directly into your OneAccount—a fully functioning FDIC Insured checking account. (Please note: In order to receive a refund, you must select your refund preference as soon as your card arrives in the mail.)
June 1 – November 1, 2014: Full Year or Fall Only
November 1, 2014 – April 1, 2015 : Spring Only
April 1 – June 15, 2015: Summer Only*
*There are no summer loans for students if ALL registered courses start in July.
July 1, 2014 Finish Financial Aid Day Loan applications must be completed for
Fall payment due date.
December 1, 2014 SPRING Finish Financial Aid Day. Loan applications must be completed for Spring payment due date.
As stated in Federal Loan Guidelines, the actual loan amount you are eligible to receive for an academic year is determined by your school and may be less than the maximum annual amounts shown in the chart below:
|Grade Level||Degree Applicable Hours Completed||Loan Limits|
|Students in Year 1||0 – 29 credit hours||$3,500|
|Students in Year 2||30 – 64 credit hours||$4,500|
|Annual Additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan limits are:|
|Dependent Students in Year 1 or Year 2||$2,000|
|Independent Students in Year 1 or Year 2||$6,000|
Life Time loan limits for Undergraduate students:
Dependent = $31,000 (no more than $23,000 can be subsidized)
Independent = $57,500 (no more than $23,000 can be subsidized)
Black Hawk College can only process loans at Year 1 or 2 levels. Loans cannot be processed if prior loan debt is over the Year 1 or 2 maximum.
Beginning July 1, 2013, Federal regulations for new borrowers limit the maximum time period that a student can receive Direct Subsidized loans to 150% of the published length of the program of study. New borrowers are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor to make sure you are in the correct major.
Loan applications take approximately two weeks for processing after receiving all required documents at www.bhc.edu/loan. You will receive a confirmation email and your loan will appear on myBlackHawk.
Loan eligibility at Black Hawk College is determined on a case-by-case basis as authorized under 34 CFR 685.301(a)7 if the Higher Education Act. The average loan debt to complete a degree at Black Hawk College was $3580 in the Fiscal Year 2013.
Loans are disbursed in two payments during the loan period. If you have requested a full year loan, the Fall loan will be disbursed on September 23, 2014. The Spring portion will be disbursed on February 18, 2015. If the loan is requested for one term, the second Fall disbursement is October 27, 2014; or the second Spring disbursement is March 23, 2015.
Refunds are processed by the Bursar’s Office once your loan is disbursed and appears on your myBlackHawk account. Refunds can take up to 14 days to be processed.
Financial aid is based on attendance for the entire semester. If you drop ALL of your classes before 60% of the semester, the law specifies how a school must determine the amount of federal aid (including loans) that you “earned”. If you drop ALL your classes before November 2, 2014 for the Fall term, or April 6, 2015 for the Spring term, your aid will be “pro-rated” based on the last date of academic activity.
You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. Students on Dismissal or Time Frame Dismissal are not eligible for loans. Students on Warning will have additional requirements to complete before their second loan payment can be disbursed.
You must cancel any pending loans at Black Hawk College and contact the new college to find out how to be awarded financial aid there, including loans.
When you change schools, you will need to complete an In-School Deferment Form at your new school to postpone loan repayment.
Loan borrowers are required to participate in Federal Loan Exit Counseling after graduating, withdrawing, or dropping to less than 6 credit hours, even if they intend transfer to another institution. Black Hawk College will mail a letter with Exit Counseling information.
Black Hawk College has contracted with HigherEDGE to make sure you have the support you need to succeed in loan repayment. HigherEDGE will be contacting you soon after Exit Counseling letters are sent. HigherEDGE provides information and resources during your grace period and throughout repayment.
Federal loans are assigned a Loan Servicer to coordinate repayment. Black Hawk College will list your loan servicer in your Exit Counseling letter. You may also access this information, as well as your loan history, on the National Student Loan Data System.
Your Loan Servicer will contact you concerning repayment. You must work with your Loan Servicer if you have trouble making loan payments.
Repayment begins 6 months after graduating, withdrawing, or dropping to less than 6 credit hours.
∗ You will be reported to a credit bureau having a negative effect on your credit rating.
∗ You can be referred to a collection agency and have to pay collection costs.
∗ Your employer may garnish your wages.
∗ The Internal Revenue Service may withhold your state and federal income tax returns.
∗ The entire unpaid amount of your loan, including interest may become due and payable immediately.
∗ You will lose your rights to deferments.
∗ You will be ineligible to receive any additional federal or state financial aid.
Absolutely. With good planning, you can attend part-time and still make steady progress toward your goal. Plan to meet regularly with your advisor to stay on track.
Career programs range from short-term certificate programs to Associate of Applied Science degrees. Career programs give you up-to-date skills that prepare you to enter the workforce. Click here for career programs.
Transfer programs prepare you to continue your studies at a four-year university or college. At Black Hawk College you’ll earn an associate degree in all transfer programs, complete the general education courses accepted by most universities, and begin taking courses in your major area. Click here for degree planning worksheets and additional information on transfer degrees.
The Transfer Center is your up-to-date source for admissions and major requirements at four-year colleges and universities. Access college catalogs, admission requirements and scholarship information. Meet college representatives visiting Black Hawk College and learn first-hand how your courses transfer.
Dropping a class can delay reaching your academic goal. Still, dropping a course may be your best option. Visit your advisor before deciding. Advisors can also discuss whether to add a class.
Seeing which courses you’ve taken – and the final grade you earned – is at your fingertips in your myBlackHawk account. Once you login to myBlackHawk, click through the Student tab to Student Records, then open Academic Transcript to see your unofficial transcript.
You are not alone. It is not uncommon to be uncertain about what you want to do in college or afterward.
Options are available to help you below:
Career Services Center (CSC)
You can visit the CSC to learn about the wide range of career options available. You can take a career assessment of your skills and interests to see what career is a good fit for you. You can also do career searches and job hunts.
You can meet with a BHC counselor to take a career inventory or to discuss majors that might work for your interests.
Psychology 105: Career Exploration and Planning
You can attend this course to help you complete an in-depth exploration of your interests, abilities and personality to identify careers that match who you are! See the class schedule for times.
Also, watch for career workshops offered throughout the year!
Advising for Deciding Students
Advising focusing on college readiness, student know-how, self-discovery, setting goals and timelines, and career exploration can help you get the most from your college experience.
Click here to print and start the [Download not found]. Bring your plan to your advising session.
Use the Programs of Study link to locate your program and required courses.
Yes! Advisors are knowledgeable first contacts at Black Hawk College. Get help with becoming a student, discuss your educational goals, understand your program and degree choices, and learn about the college’s resources to help you succeed.
Are you struggling with adjusting to college, or with stress, relationships, physical or emotional issues, depression, or something else unique to you? The college’s professional counselors are here to help.
If you are already attending another college or university you can take a class at BHC for possible transfer back to your home school. Please follow these steps to register and ensure the course will be accepted by your home school:
Home for College Break
Get a head start at your college or university Are you already attending another college or university but planning to take a class at BHC that will transfer back to your home school?
Follow the steps below to register successfully at BHC and ensure the course you take will meet a requirement at your home college or university:
1. Complete the application for admission at www.bhc.edu/apply. Please allow 48 hours for processing once your application has been submitted.
2. Talk to a BHC Advisor to determine the class that meets the requirement at your home school. It’s always best to get written confirmation from an Advisor or Admissions Representative at your home college or university that the BHC course will transfer back and meet a specific requirement. Your home school has the final say about which courses it will accept.
3. Check the schedule for course availability, meeting times and prerequisites at www.bhc.edu/schedules.
4. If the course you’d like to take has a prerequisite, make certain you’ve met it or you will not be able to register. If you met the prerequisite at BHC, you should be able to register online (see step 5). If you’ve met the prerequisite elsewhere, you’ll need to access your transcript and send it to your BHC Advisor. Do not send us a link to your transcript. Instead:
- Make a .pdf copy of your transcript and attach it to an email to the Advising Center at ADVQC@bhc.edu.
- In your message be sure to include the BHC course you’d like to register for (i.e. PSYC 101), your first name, middle initial, last name, birthdate and phone number.
- The transcript must clearly show your name, college name, the course numbers and names, number of credits, when you attended, your final grades and your cumulative GPA.
- Instead of emailing you may also fax your transcript and the other information to the Advising Center at 309-796-5139.
5. An Advisor will then review your transcript and contact you via email or phone and let you know if you’ve in fact met the prerequisite. If you have met the prerequisite, the Advisor will perform an override so you may register online.
6. Register through your myBlackHawk account by visiting www.bhc.edu/register.
All of our counselors have master’s degrees and extensive coursework of additional post-graduate study.
A counselor is a faculty member as well as a master’s degree-level professional trained in counseling. Counselors also work with faculty and staff as consultants and trainers and provide all services of academic advisors.
An academic advisor is a professional staff or faculty member trained to assist students with academic planning. Advisors make referrals for various student concerns to counselors or other campus services.
Due to a high demand for services, and to ensure that the greatest number of students can receive services, the college sets a limit on the total number of individual counseling appointments students may receive. Please discuss the specifics of this policy with your counselor.
No, counseling can also assist with the following:
• Adjusting to new surroundings/circumstances or a new culture
• Building self-esteem
• Choosing a major or career path
• Coping with grief, loss and depression
• Learning new communication skills
• Learning stress management
• Overcoming math or speech anxiety
• Overcoming social anxiety
• Resolving a conflict with a teacher, friend or relative
Will grades earned at my prior college affect my chances of admission to another college after I graduate from BHC?
Your prior college grades will impact your chances of admission to the college or university of your choice. Your transfer school will average your Black Hawk College grades with your prior college grades to calculate your cumulative grade point average. If you do not have the grade point average needed for admission to your college or to your major, you may have to change your plans. It should be noted that some schools will consider students with lower grades from their early college years if recent grades have significantly improved. Contact the admissions office at your transfer school to discuss your individual situation.
You can improve your chances of being awarded a scholarship by earning excellent grades. Many schools have transfer scholarships that are automatically awarded based on your grade point average. The higher your grades, the more money you are eligible to receive. Also, students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa honor society may be eligible for additional scholarships. (Phi Theta Kappa is open to students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.) Apply for every scholarship that you qualify for. The more scholarships you apply for, the more likely you are to receive an award. View Scholarship Information.
If you completed college credit courses prior to attending Black Hawk College, do not assume that your transfer school will accept your courses exactly as Black Hawk did. You must send your transfer school a transcript directly from each college or university you attended. Each transcript will be evaluated separately at your transfer school.
The maximum number of hours that you may transfer varies based on your choice of a transfer school. Most colleges and universities will allow you to transfer at least 60 hours. Some schools have no limit on the number of hours that may be transferred but still require that a minimum number of hours (usually 60 or more) be earned at the four-year college or university which will award your bachelor’s degree.
You may be required to submit your high school transcript and ACT score report; however, most colleges and universities will determine your eligibility for admission based on your college record once you have earned a specified number of semester hours. The number of semester hours required to be admitted based on your college record varies from school to school but usually ranges from 12-30 hours.
After you apply to your transfer school you should pay the application fee and send any supporting documents required such as all transcripts from prior colleges. You should also complete financial aid and scholarship applications, as well as make arrangements for housing if you will be living away from home.
You may apply for admission up to one year in advance of the term you plan to transfer. If you plan to transfer next fall, you may apply as soon as the current fall term. Most colleges and universities have application deadlines by which applications and all supporting documents such as transcripts must be submitted. The deadlines are often two to five months prior to the start of the term of entry, but some colleges and universities allow students to apply as late as two to four weeks before the start of the term.
If you know your major but haven’t decided on a transfer school, follow the generic major guides found in the Transfer Programs section of the Black Hawk College catalog. Since major requirements can vary from one college to another, you should follow the recommendations for your transfer school as soon as you know which school you will attend.
The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide agreement of core general education courses which is transferable among more than 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois. IAI works best if you know you are going to transfer within Illinois, but are undecided on the college or university that will grant your bachelor’s degree.
Vocational or technical courses may count toward the AA or AS degree as long as they transfer to a minimum of three public universities in Illinois. It should be noted that some schools will not accept certain vocational or technical courses in transfer. Other schools may limit the number of such courses accepted. Check the course equivalency tables to view how Black Hawk College courses transfer.
For most students, there is little difference between an AA or AS degree. Usually your major determines which degree will be awarded. However, in most cases, you may select either degree option. It’s recommended that students transferring to some colleges and universities complete the AA degree to realize compact benefits. Check with your advisor.
If you complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree you will have the benefit of compact and/or course equivalency agreements which have been negotiated with four-year colleges and universities that allow you to transfer as a junior with lower division general education courses completed.