Students are welcome to apply for aid after July 1st (Finish Financial Aid Day). However, documents received after July 1st may not be processed by the payment due date. Cash or deferred payment may be needed to hold your Fall 2013 classes.
Apply for Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 2013-14 to apply for all need-based financial aid. This includes federal and state grants, loans, and work study.
Types of Aid
What Happens Next?
- Notification from the Financial Aid Office
myBlackHawk is a secure site that allows you to check e-mail, register for courses, get college and personal
announcements, and take care of many aspects of college business. myBlackHawk is the way important
college information is provided to you.
By logging into myBlackHawk, you will be able to:
- View overall schedule of courses.
- Register and pay for classes (add or drop classes, check registration status, view your class
- schedule, view your account balance, and make credit card payments).
- Access information about your courses.
- View student records (academic holds, past grades, unofficial academic transcript).
- View your student ID number.
- View financial aid information (eligibility and financial aid award information).
- Receive college and personal announcements about events, dates and activities.
- Send/receive e-mail from your college e-mail address.
To locate myBlackHawk, go to the BHC homepage (www.bhc.edu) and click on the link to myBlackHawk,
or go to myBlackHawk.bhc.edu. Students will need their user name and password to access the system, and
will receive a letter containing that information after completion and processing of their Application for
Admission. If you have problems logging into myBlackHawk, please use the online help, “Having
problems logging in? Click here” or call the help desk at 309-796-5555.
The Financial Aid Office will communicate with students through their BHC e-mail only.
All students are assigned an e-mail account at student.bhc.edu which becomes the official vehicle for
communication from the college. The e-mail account is accessed through myBlackHawk. Be sure to check
your student.bhc.edu mailbox frequently for important information about your classes and the college.
Your Student Aid Report displays if your FAFSA was selected for verification. You will be notified if documents are needed to complete your file.
2012-13 documents may include:
2013-14 documents may include:
How is Aid Paid?
- Crediting your account
- Buying books
- Disbursing Aid
- Refund Information
- How to check your financial aid/current bill
Financial aid is applied to your account to pay tuition and fee charges.
You may view your personal information online by accessing your myBlackHawk account.
You can buy your books and supplies in the BHC Bookstore if there is remaining aid after tuition and fees have been applied to your account. Check the Bookstore for purchasing dates. You will need a class schedule and photo ID to charge books.
Disbursing your aid
Financial aid is disbursed to your account after the add/drop period.
Any remaining balance of financial aid after tuition, fees, and book charges have been deducted will be refunded. Refunds are dispersed on the BHCMoney Card, into your bank account, or by check.
Other Important Topics
- Drops and Return of Federal Financial Aid Policy
- Academic Progress Policy
- Grades & Grading System
Financial aid is based on attendance for the entire semester. The law specifies how a school must determine the amount of federal aid that you earn if you withdraw from school. When you drop all of your classes during the semester, the amount of aid that you have earned up to that point is determined by a pro-rated formula. For example, if you completed 30% of the semester, you earn 30% of the aid. You will be billed for the portion of aid based on the last date of academic activity.
If you never attend a course, your aid will be reduced based on the corrected enrollment hours. You will be billed for the overpayment of aid as well as the tuition charges for the course(s). If you register for classes and do not plan on attending, you are responsible for completing and add/drop form.
Planning for Success
To Continue Receiving Aid
Staying in good academic standing, and maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress are important in keeping your financial aid.
Faculty, counselors, and educational advisors all serve as academic advisors to students. As an advisor,
these individuals assist students in developing an educational program that is enriching and purposeful.
The advisor is concerned with the student’s academic progress, career and professional aspirations, and the
development of the student’s educational program and goals.
Grades and Grading System
Students may access their grades online using myBlackHawk.
Letter Grades – Grade Point Value
- A – Excellent 4
- B – Good 3
- C – Average 2
- D – Poor 1
- F – Failure 0
- P – The P grade represents passing with full credit. P is an optional grade that can be used if a faculty member chooses to do so. Credit is granted for a P but has no effect on the grade point average.
- X – The X grade represents no grade judgment.
- I – Incomplete. The grade I indicates work was not completed because of reasons considered appropriate by the instructor. The work must be complete within the time limit established by the instructor from one day to one year.
- W – Withdraw. If a student withdraws after the drop/add period of the class, the grade W will appear on the student’s transcripts. The W grade does not affect the grade point average but does factor into financial aid eligibility.
Transfer credits for courses, military experience, CLEP tests, and Advanced Placement tests – Students
must have an official transcript sent to the College and then submit a request form to have credits
Calculating the GPA
- Determine the quality points earned by multiplying the point value of the letter grade by the credit hours of the course.
- Add the quality points for all the classes taken.
- Determine the total number of credit hours for courses for which the student received a letter grade of A through F.
- Divide the quality points by the credit hours to find the grade point average.