Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in getting started at Black Hawk College. We hope this website is a useful resource for you as you navigate the college application process.

Here you will find answers to some of the questions that students frequently ask us. If you have questions that are not answered here or elsewhere on our website, please contact us.


Admissions

You must bring a signed permit from a Black Hawk College advisor, or a copy of your ACT or SAT report to the test. If you do not have documentation with you at the time of the test you will be required to take the ENTIRE test. If you haven’t had your ACT or SAT scores sent to Black Hawk College, you will need to do so. To request an additional score report, go to ACT’s web page at www.act.org or SAT’s web page at www.sat.org and have one sent to:

Enrollment Services, Black Hawk College, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL 61265

or

Enrollment Services, Black Hawk College – East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva, IL 61434

Some students may be exempt from parts of the ACCUPLACER test under two conditions:
– Students who have taken the ACT or SAT test within the past two years and scored appropriately in the individual English, Reading or Math tests do not have to take the corresponding ACCUPLACER test:

  • ACT 22 or higher in English, or SAT 480 or higher in Reading, exempts you from the ACCUPLACER writing test
  • ACT 22 or higher in Reading, or SAT 480 or higher in Reading, exempts you from the ACCUPLACER reading test
  • ACT 22 or higher in Math exempts you from the ACCUPLACER pre-algebra test, however you are required to take the ACCUPLACER Algebra test.

– Students who have completed courses, or taken a placement test such as ASSET or ACCUPLACER at another college or university may be exempt from portions of the ACCUPLACER test. These students should first see an advisor or counselor before taking the ACCUPLACER test. Documentation is required and must be reviewed by an advisor to determine which portions of the ACCUPLACER test are needed for course placement. You will need to bring an unofficial copy of your college transcript or ASSET/ACCUPLACER scores when you come to the Advising Center to see an advisor. Without documentation, students will be required to take the entire ACCUPLACER test for course placement. Placement test scores from other colleges and universities that are not ASSET or ACCUPLACER scores cannot be used for course placement at Black Hawk College.

You are encouraged to review and study for ACCUPLACER testing. For sample tests and more information of topics that are covered in the ACCUPLACER test click here, where you will find sample ACCUPLACER test questions.

You may take the ACCUPLACER test free of charge one time per academic year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31). If you wish to retake the ACCUPLACER test during the same academic year, the cost is $15.00 per individual test or $30 for the entire test. Payment in cash (exact change) or check at the time of testing is accepted. NO CREDIT CARDS are accepted.

For dual credit, grades appear on your Black Hawk College transcript after you complete the course.  Use the credits at Black Hawk College or transfer them to another college or university.  Dual credits also generate credits towards your high school diploma requirements.

For articulated credit, grades are recorded at your request after you complete the course(s) with an A or B grade and attend Black Hawk College.

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Submit an Enrollment Verification Request to Enrollment Services.

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To get an unofficial copy of your transcript, print it from myBlackHawk. If you need to have an official transcript sent, order it online. Click here to request your transcript.

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Common Questions

Submit your address change via your myBlackHawk e-mail account or come to Enrollment Services and complete a Student Change of Address form.

The Disability Services Office has a wide range of services to assist students with documented disabilities.

Yes! Through dual credit, your student can earn credit at Black Hawk College while still in high school.

Yes! Students have access to free tutoring – both online and in person.

Yes! Because of our vast academic offerings and affordable cost, Black Hawk College is a great place for students to explore and discover who they want to be and what they want to do in life. Our Career Services Center can help students learn about the world of work and determine how their talents and interests intersect career options. Additionally, students can talk to the Advising Center to establish their educational and career goals.

The amount students pay to attend Black Hawk College depends upon their eligibility for state and federal grants and loans, scholarships and college work-study. The Financial Aid Office can help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and answer any cost-related questions.

Yes! Students can transfer to four-year colleges and universities seamlessly. We recommend that students meet with an academic advisor each semester to make an educational plan. Following the plan ensures that students are taking the proper courses to achieve their academic goals.

Follow our Registration Checklist to learn about applying, financial aid, taking the ACCUPLACER placement test, meeting an advisor, attending orientation and registering and paying for classes.

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Frequently asked questions about financial aid and loans

The applications are available:
June 1 – October 31: Full Year or Fall Only
November 1 – March 31: Spring Only
April 1 – June 15: Summer Only*

*There are no summer loans for students enrolled in only July-start courses.

In order to have your loan application processed by the payment deadline, submit your loan application by:
Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: December 1
Summer semester: May 1

  • As stated in Federal Loan Guidelines, the actual loan amount you are eligible to receive for an academic year is determined by your school. Loan eligibility at Black Hawk College is determined on a case-by-case basis as authorized under 34 CFR 685.301(a)8 of the Higher Education Act.

The maximum annual amounts a student may request are:

 Grade Level  Degree Applicable Hours Completed  Loan Limits
 Year 1  0 – 29 credit hours   $3,500
 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

 

In addition, lifetime limits will restrict the amount of student loans that can be borrowed:

Life Time loan limits for 4-Year Bachelor’s Degree Undergraduate students:
Dependent = $31,000
Independent = $57,500
(Of these lifetime amounts, no more than $23,000 can be subsidized.)

Students should limit borrowing to only what is absolutely necessary, as loans must be repaid. The average loan debt of Black Hawk College graduates was $8,251 for the 2017-18 school year. We recommend students use the Federal Student Aid Repayment Calculator and the Mapping Your Future Debt/Salary Wizard to understand the long-term costs of borrowing and their anticipated ability to repay their student loans.

Is there a time limit on how long I can receive loans?

Yes – per Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, a student is eligible to receive financial aid for a maximum of 150% of their program. Associate programs allow 96 attempted credit hours at Black Hawk College. Certificate programs allow 48 attempted credit hours at Black Hawk College. Transfer credit hours and withdrawn courses are included in this calculation.
In addition, many financial aid programs have lifetime limits:

  • Federal Pell Grant – equivalent of six years of full-time enrollment (12 credit hours/semester)
  • Illinois MAP Grant – equivalent of four and a half years of full-time enrollment (15 credit hours/semester)
  • Federal Student Loans – $31,000 for dependent students, $57,500 for independent students (of these lifetime amounts, no more than $23,000 can be subsidized)

Additionally, the maximum time period that a new student loan borrower can receive Direct Subsidized loans is 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. This may increase to three or more weeks during peak registration periods (the time between payment deadline and the start of the semester). Loans will be processed in the order they are received. After submitting the loan application and all requirements, students should monitor their myBlackHawk email for status updates.

Refunds are processed by the Bursar’s Office once a credit balance is created on your billing account. Refunds will be available approximately 14 days AFTER the credit balance is created. To avoid delays, students who anticipate receiving a refund should log into their account on www.refundselection.com to select a refund preference as soon as possible.

Students should ALWAYS contact the Financial Aid Office BEFORE changing their schedule (adding or dropping classes) to determine how changes will impact their costs and financial aid.

Financial aid is based on attendance for the entire semester. If you drop ALL of your classes before 60% of the semester is complete, federal regulations require schools to recalculate your financial aid eligibility (including student loans) to determine how much was “earned”. Based on the last date of academic activity or participation, your financial aid will be adjusted accordingly, which may mean repaying some or all of your financial aid.

In addition, students are expected to complete 67% of their attempted coursework (see Satisfactory Academic Progress). Withdrawing from coursework may negatively impact your eligibility to continue receiving financial aid in the future.

You must cancel any pending loans at Black Hawk College and contact your new college to determine what requirements you need to complete.

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.

A loan servicer is a company that handles the billing and other services on your federal student loan. The loan servicer will work with you on repayment plans and loan consolidation and will assist you with other tasks related to your federal student loan. It is important to maintain contact with your loan servicer. If your circumstances change at any time during your repayment period, your loan servicer will be able to help.

Black Hawk College will list your loan servicer in your Exit Counseling letter. Your Loan Servicer will contact you concerning repayment. You may also access this information, as well as your loan history, on the National Student Loan Data System.

Repayment begins 6 months after graduating, withdrawing, or dropping to less than 6 credit hours. Additional information is available through Federal Student Aid: Understanding Repayment and Federal Student Aid: How to Repay Your Loans.

If you don’t make your student loan payment or make your payment late, your loan may eventually go into default. If you default on your student loan, that status will be reported to credit bureaus, and your credit rating and future borrowing ability will be damaged. In addition, legal action can be taken to require payment through garnishment of wages and withholding of tax refunds.

In addition, students with a defaulted loan will lose eligibility to receive any additional federal or state financial aid.

June 1 – October 31: Full Year or Fall Only
November 1 – March 31: Spring Only
April 1 – June 15: Summer Only*

*There are no summer loans for students enrolled in only July-start courses.

In order to have your loan application processed by the payment deadline, submit your loan application by:
Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: December 1
Summer semester: May 1

For general student loan information, please refer to Federal Student Aid: Student Loans.

Loan funds will credit your billing account after the 30th day of the semester. Because loans must paid in two equal disbursements, funds will credit in:

Loan 1st Disbursement 2nd Disbursement
Full-Year Late September Late February
Single-Semester (Fall) Late September Late October
Single-Semester (Spring) Late February Late March
Single-Semester (Summer) Early July Mid July

NOTE: Incomplete loan requirements will delay disbursement(s) of your student loan(s).

Any credit balance created after loan funds are disbursed will be refunded to the student.

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Placement Testing

You must bring a signed permit from a Black Hawk College advisor, or a copy of your ACT or SAT report to the test. If you do not have documentation with you at the time of the test you will be required to take the ENTIRE test. If you haven’t had your ACT or SAT scores sent to Black Hawk College, you will need to do so. To request an additional score report, go to ACT’s web page at www.act.org or SAT’s web page at www.sat.org and have one sent to:

Enrollment Services, Black Hawk College, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, IL 61265

or

Enrollment Services, Black Hawk College – East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva, IL 61434

Some students may be exempt from parts of the ACCUPLACER test under two conditions:
– Students who have taken the ACT or SAT test within the past two years and scored appropriately in the individual English, Reading or Math tests do not have to take the corresponding ACCUPLACER test:

  • ACT 22 or higher in English, or SAT 480 or higher in Reading, exempts you from the ACCUPLACER writing test
  • ACT 22 or higher in Reading, or SAT 480 or higher in Reading, exempts you from the ACCUPLACER reading test
  • ACT 22 or higher in Math exempts you from the ACCUPLACER pre-algebra test, however you are required to take the ACCUPLACER Algebra test.

– Students who have completed courses, or taken a placement test such as ASSET or ACCUPLACER at another college or university may be exempt from portions of the ACCUPLACER test. These students should first see an advisor or counselor before taking the ACCUPLACER test. Documentation is required and must be reviewed by an advisor to determine which portions of the ACCUPLACER test are needed for course placement. You will need to bring an unofficial copy of your college transcript or ASSET/ACCUPLACER scores when you come to the Advising Center to see an advisor. Without documentation, students will be required to take the entire ACCUPLACER test for course placement. Placement test scores from other colleges and universities that are not ASSET or ACCUPLACER scores cannot be used for course placement at Black Hawk College.

You are encouraged to review and study for ACCUPLACER testing. For sample tests and more information of topics that are covered in the ACCUPLACER test click here, where you will find sample ACCUPLACER test questions.

You may take the ACCUPLACER test free of charge one time per academic year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31). If you wish to retake the ACCUPLACER test during the same academic year, the cost is $15.00 per individual test or $30 for the entire test. Payment in cash (exact change) or check at the time of testing is accepted. NO CREDIT CARDS are accepted.

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Transfer FAQs

If you complete an AA or AS 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.

AA degree completion also fulfills the lower division general education courses of most transfer schools.

The AS degree contains additional math and science requirements. In most cases, students transferring to an Illinois 4-year college or university will complete the lower division general education courses after transfer (one additional course in Humanities or Fine Arts and one additional course in Social and Behavioral Sciences).

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Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, there are differences between the Associate in Arts (AA) and the Associate in Science (AS) degrees. The AS degree has additional math and science requirements for graduation.   However, students have the option to graduate under the requirements in effect at their first enrollment, unless enrollment has been interrupted for two or more years.

Check with a Black Hawk advisor or the admission representative at your transfer school to determine if the AA or AS best meets your transfer goals.

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The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide agreement of core general education courses that are transferable among about 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois.

AA degree: If you complete the Associate in Arts degree at Black Hawk College, you will also complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum. The IAI General Education Core Curriculum is embedded within the AA degree.

AS degree: If you complete the Associate in Science degree at Black Hawk College, you will substantially complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum. In most cases, you will take one additional course in Humanities or Fine Arts and one additional course in Social and Behavioral Sciences to complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum after transfer.

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You can use the transfer course equivalencies to find out if a course will transfer. If you don’t see your transfer school listed, contact the registrar at your transfer school or contact a Black Hawk College Advisor at ADVQC@bhc.edu for assistance.

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Please see the Sample Transfer Plans and discuss your goals with a BHC advisor.  Since major requirements vary from one transfer school to another, you should follow the recommendations for your transfer school as soon as you know which one you will attend.

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Most colleges and universities will allow you to transfer at least 60-64 college credit semester hours from community college; others have no limit. All transfer schools have a “residency” requirement which means a minimum must be earned at their institution (most require 30 hours, but some need 60 or more hours). Also, of the total hours required for most bachelor degrees, usually at least one-third have to be taken at the 300- or 400-level. Discuss your transfer school ideas with your BHC advisor to decide when it’s best to transfer.

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Apply up to one year in advance of the term you plan to transfer. Most colleges and universities have application deadlines by which the admission application and all supporting documents (transcripts, essay, etc.) must be submitted. The deadline is 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 (waiting is not recommended though – apply early!). Also check when your transfer school needs your financial aid application – apply early for best chance of receiving all aid available to you.

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Your high school transcript is usually required; however, most colleges and universities will determine your eligibility for admission based on your college record once you have earned a specified number of college credit hours (usually 12-30 hours).

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After you apply to your transfer school you should pay the application fee and send any supporting documents required such as your high school transcript and all college transcripts. You should also complete financial aid and scholarship applications, as well as make arrangements for housing if you will be living away from home. Also Find out when you are expected to attend orientation, register and pay for classes, and move to the campus.

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Complete the FAFSA and the school-specific scholarship applications by the deadline. Earning excellent grades will also improve your chances of earning a merit scholarship which are automatically awarded based on your grade point average; the higher your GPA, the more money you are eligible to receive. Students who join the Phi Theta Kappa honor society while at BHC may be eligible for additional scholarships. (Phi Theta Kappa is open to students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.)

Look closely at the general financial aid webpage for your transfer school, as well as their admissions page and the department pages for your major. Different scholarship opportunities may be shown in all these places. Also ask the admission staff about other sources of funds the college may offer transfer students i.e. campus visit awards, early FAFSA filer, out-of-state-student award, etc.

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