Find answers to your questions about loans, refunds and financial aid:
June 1 – November 1]: Full Year or Fall Only
November 1, 2014 – April 1 : Spring Only
April 1 – June 15: Summer Only*
*There are no summer loans for students if ALL registered courses start in July.
July 1:Finish Financial Aid Day Loan applications must be completed for Fall payment due date.
December 1: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 4-Year Bachelor’s Degree 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 in September. The Spring portion will be disbursed in February. If the loan is requested for one term, the second Fall disbursement is in October; or the second Spring disbursement is in March.
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 AFTER the disbursement 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.
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.)
Last updated 7/8/2014