Follow these steps!
1. Apply for financial aid:
- The FAFSA application: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provides financial aid for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens, such as permanent residents. Visit the FAFSA website to create your FSA ID and to complete your application.
- The WASFA application: The Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) is for DACA or HB 1079 undocumented students. Visit the Ready. Set. Grad. website to complete your WASFA application.
2. Look for an email from CBC Financial Aid and check your Financial Aid Portal for additional requirements:
You will be able to view all additional requirements in the Financial Aid Portal under the “Information We Need From You” section. Please respond to any requests for additional information or documentation as soon as possible. Incomplete files will cause a delay in reviewing your file.
Username: Social Security Number
Password: Date of Birth (MMDDYY)
3. Submit all requested documents in-person at Hawk Central or fax to 509-545-3996:
Priority Processing Dates:
Fall Quarter: April 15
Winter Quarter: October 15
Spring Quarter: January 15
Summer Quarter: April 15
Applications are still processed past these dates in the order we receive them! Complete your application as soon as possible to maximize your eligibility.
4. Monitor your Financial Aid Portal/email for financial aid award information or additional requirements.
5. After you receive your award notification (via email), inform Financial%20Aid if you will enroll in less than 12 credits so your award can be adjusted.
6. Select your refund preference with BankMobile for financial aid disbursements.
What types of financial aid are available?
After completing your FAFSA or WASFA and all other additional requirements listed in your Financial Aid Portal, your application will be reviewed to determine if you qualify for any of the following types of financial aid:
Grants are a type of financial aid that is awarded to students based on financial need. It is considered “gift aid” which means it does not have to be repaid. CBC awards federal, state and institutional grant funds to eligible students.
- Federal Pell Grant: Federal need-based grant program for undergraduate students. It is available for full- and part-time students. For students who qualify, the grant can be used for degree-required classes for a maximum of six years (or 18 quarters) of full-time attendance.
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): Students who are Pell recipients with the most financial need may be eligible for this grant.
WA State Grants
- WA College Grant: Formerly called the WA State Need Grant, this is a need-based grant available for undergraduate students who are also Washington State residents and are enrolled in a minimum of three credits per quarter. For students who qualify, the grant can be used for degree-required classes for a maximum of 15 quarters of full-time attendance.
- College Bound Scholarship: An early commitment program of Washington State financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school, demonstrate financial need and fulfill the scholarship pledge.
- Passport to College: This program helps with the cost of attending college for students who were foster youth and dependents of the state.
- CBC Grant: CBC uses a portion of tuition revenue to reinvest in its students through the CBC Grant. This grant can be used to help with the cost of tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses. Eligible students must be Washington State residents, have financial need and be enrolled in a minimum of three degree-required credits each quarter.
Work Study provides students with financial need an opportunity to apply for part-time (up to 19 hours per week) on-campus Federal Work Study and off-campus State Work Study jobs. Most of the students who are employed at CBC have Work Study awards. Work Study jobs allow students to work to earn money while attending classes. This kind of student employment may also offer valuable career-related experience. CBC employers/supervisors will accommodate students’ class schedules to provide the flexibility that allows for a focus on education.
To apply for either Federal Work Study (FWS) or State Work Study (SWS) positions, visit our Student Employment webpage.
Financial Aid FAQs
Most financial aid programs (grants, work study and student loans) require that an applicant/student have “financial need”. Financial need is determined by subtracting the “Expected Family Contribution” (EFC) from the estimated “Cost of Attendance” at the college.
Cost of Attendance (COA): The total estimate of direct and indirect educational expenses, such as tuition, fees, books, room/board and transportation.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC): A number that is calculated by the FAFSA or WASFA, based on information such as household size, total income, etc. It represents an estimation of what a family should be able to reasonably contribute toward the applicant/student’s educational expenses.
Financial Need: The difference between COA and EFC, which represents the amount of college-related expenses that is not covered by the amount a family can reasonably contribute. In other words, it is the amount that financial aid can help with.
Satisfactory Academic Progress: In addition to meeting other financial aid eligibility criteria, you must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for financial aid funding such as federal, state or institutional aid. The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (see more information about this policy under "What happens if I withdraw from a class?" below) applies to all quarters of enrollment at CBC, regardless of how tuition is paid. Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated for all financial aid recipients at the end of each quarter of enrollment. You are responsible for understanding the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
The cost of attendance is an estimated student budget that includes tuition & fees, books and living expenses. These costs can vary depending on enrollment level and lifestyle choices. Financial aid awards and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) amount cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.
Costs are subject to change.
Expenses for 2020-2021 based on 15 credit enrollment
|Resident Dependent Living with Parents||Resident Living Away from Parents|
|Tuition & Fees||$1,590||$1,590|
|Books & Supplies||$310||$310|
|Room & Board||$1,156||$3,498|
|Resident Dependent Living with Parents||Resident Living Away from Parents|
|Tuition & Fees||$4,770||$4,770|
|Books & Supplies||$930||$930|
|Room & Board||$3,468||$10,494|
See Tuition & Affordability for other tuition rates.
Use the net price calculator to see an estimate of how much students similar to you paid to attend CBC in 2017-2018.
There are many factors that will determine the outcome of not passing a class(es), depending on your situation:
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for Financial Aid
All students receiving federal, state or institutional financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for financial aid funding. Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated for all financial aid recipients at the end of each quarter of enrollment. The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy applies to all quarters of enrollment at CBC, regardless of how tuition is paid, and is based on two standard measures: Qualitative (grade-based) and Quantitative (time-based).
Are you considering withdrawing from a class? We recommend you meet with your counselor or completion coach and your instructor first. You should also review the CBC withdrawal policy.
If you are receiving financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing. Withdrawing from a class(es) may result in:
- A suspension of your eligibility for future financial aid (see our Satisfactory Academic Progress policy) and
- Owing a repayment of financial aid (see our Return of Financial Aid Funds policy).
Return of Financial Aid Funds Policy
Student financial aid recipients who officially or unofficially withdraw before completing the quarter of enrollment will owe a repayment of unearned federal Title IV or state financial aid funds. Financial aid is considered to be fully earned when a student attends, or otherwise academically participates in, one or more enrolled classes for at least 60 percent of the quarter for federal Title IV aid and 50 percent for state aid. If a student ceases attendance or participation in all classes prior to the 60 percent or 50 percent point in the quarter, the Financial Aid Office will calculate, using federal and state pro rata schedules respectively, how much aid was earned vs. unearned. The unearned portions of aid must be returned and the student will be notified regarding any repayment owed.
Financial aid recipients who do not officially withdraw and earn zero credits with a 0.0 grade point average will be assumed to have unofficially withdrawn. Instructors will provide the student’s estimated last date of attendance when posting a 0.0 grade. If none of the student’s estimated last dates of attendance exceed the 60 percent (federal) or 50 percent (state) timeframe for the quarter, then the return of funds calculation will be performed using the midpoint of the quarter as the last date of attendance.
The order of the return of funds is as follows for federal Title IV aid: Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Parent PLUS Loan, Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), other Title IV assistance. A separate calculation following similar logic is done for state aid (WA State Need Grant and College Bound Scholarship).
The CBC Tuition Refund Policy will apply if you officially withdraw before completing your quarter of attendance.
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