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Complete the FAFSA

By completing the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) you're applying for federal grants, federal student loans and federal work-study. Follow the steps below to complete the FAFSA.

  1. Create your (and parent if required) FSA ID username and password at fafsa.gov
  2. Use Bay de Noc Community College school code 002240 when applying
  3. Individuals and families may file starting October 1 of the year prior to starting fall semester
  4. Complete the Bay College Admissions Application

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Summer 2021
  • Free FAFSA Application: 2020-2021 FAFSA
  • FAFSA Application Opens: October 1, 2019
  • Income Information Needed to Complete FAFSA: 2018
  • FAFSA Application Deadline: June 30, 2021
Fall 2021, Winter 2022 and Summer 2022
  • Free FAFSA Application: 2021-2022 FAFSA
  • FAFSA Application Opens: October 1, 2020
  • Income Information Needed to Complete FAFSA: 2019
  • FAFSA Application Deadline: June 30, 2022

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Federal and State of Michigan financial aid programs you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid social security number
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate, or have completed home schooling
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on a federal student grant
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible program of study, pursuing a degree, certificate, or other recognized credential
  • Make satisfactory academic progress toward completing your degree or certificate
  • Not have been convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving federal student aid
  • If you are a male and over the age of 18, be registered with the Selective Service
  • Have been a continuous resident of Michigan for 12 months to be considered for State of Michigan programs

Financial Aid FAQ

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at fafsa.gov
The federal government defines a student as being dependent until the age of 24. To determine whether a student is independent or dependent for financial aid purposes, FAFSA provides eight questions in the student dependency status section. Unless you can answer "yes" to one or more of those questions, you will be considered dependent and parent information is required, even if they do not plan to help you with your school expenses. If you have unusual circumstances that you believe warrant a dependency override, you should speak with the Director of Financial Aid.
  1. Personal information: Social security numbers, date of birth, etc. (and for your parents if you are a dependent student)
  2. Prior, prior year tax information (for example: Completing the 2020-2021 FAFSA requires 2018 tax information. (and for your parents if you are a dependent student).
  3. Information on savings, investments, and business and farm assets for yourself (and for your parents if you are a dependent student)
Use Bay College school code 002240 when applying for financial aid.
The FAFSA displays a confirmation page upon completion of the FAFSA indicating estimated federal grant and loan eligibility based on the information you provided on the application. This information is also sent to the school and will be sent to you in an award letter with more detail.
Depending on your eligibility determined by FAFSA, a student can be eligible to receive aid with being less than full-time (12 Credits).