Award Letter & Payments
Bristol Financial Aid Award Letter
Once your financial aid file is complete, you will receive an award letter showing your estimated financial aid package. Review the letter carefully. The award offer is valid only for the enrollment level specified on the letter. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you expect your enrollment to be different from what is specified on the letter. In most cases, the award offer will fluctuate with enrollment changes. Follow-up on any comments listed or additional information requests.
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) will notify you directly of your MASSGrant eligibility. Letters received from OSFA refer only to the MASSGrant, and will not affect other assistance offered by Bristol. For example, if you receive a notice from OSFA that you are not eligible for the MASSGrant due to "EFC Too High" or any other reason, the denial is for the MASSGrant only and will not affect any other financial aid offer (Pell Grant, Direct Loans, etc). For more information regarding MASSGrant program guidelines, click here.
Awarding Criteria and Amounts
Financial aid recipients are selected and awarded based on calculated financial need using standards developed by the U.S. Department of Education to estimate a fair student and family contribution. The Federal Pell Grant Program provides grants to low-income students and the award value is based on the federal expected family contribution, (derived using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA]) and the student’s enrollment level. Other grant and loan funds are awarded to students based on financial need, enrollment level, and the availability of funds. Files completed early and by the April 1 priority deadline have the best chance of receiving other grant assistance. Financial aid funds are awarded on a rolling basis using the criteria established for each fund, such as residency, enrollment level, and calculated financial need. As funding permits, the Financial Aid Office strives to provide assistance to meet each eligible applicant’s direct educational costs.
Bristol Campus Card and Bristol Refund Selection Kit
You may have two cards that serve different financial purposes while enrolled at Bristol.
The Campus Card is used for financial aid book advances, Bristol $, and Green Print $.
You can view your Bristol Campus Card balance and transactions through your accessBCC account or via the Bristol Mobile app. To view through your accessBCC account, log in, click on the Campus Card tab, log in again at the eAccounts Login, using your same accessBCC log in information. To view using the Bristol Mobile app, follow the download directions outlined in accessBCC at the Campus Card tab.
You may also have a BankMobile debit card if you selected to create a BankMobile Vibe account through www.refundselection.com. This card is used exclusively for refunds. Refunds may come from excess financial aid funds or other types of refunds through the Student Accounts Office.
The Bristol Campus Card is needed for the book advance program. For more information on Book Advances, visit the Helpful Information page.
Financial Aid Distribution
A refund method through www.refundselection.com is needed to receive financial aid refund payments. Your financial aid award is first applied to outstanding charges and any advances you've received, such as book charges. So, if your financial aid award is greater than your charges, you will receive a payment in the amount of the excess funds.
Your accessBCC account will show an estimated disbursement date which reflects the date the college expects to receive payment from federal and state agencies. This is not the date you can expect to receive a payment. Awards, enrollment, and charges are verified and payments are then made to students. Funds are distributed within fourteen days of receipt.
For the Fall semester, financial aid payments begin in November; for the Spring semester, payments begin in March; for the Summer semester, payments begin in August. The Student Accounts Office will notify you through your accessBCC email account when the payment is available. The payment dates are posted on the campus event calendar.
The Student Accounts Office processes ALL refunds and financial aid payments through the Bristol Refund Selection Kit. The funds will be distributed to you based on the refund preference you select when activating your Bristol Refund Selection Kit.
Loans are made in two payments. As is the case with all financial aid, the payment is applied to your charges first; any remaining funds are then paid to you. If you are attending in the Fall and Spring, you will receive a payment in the Fall and a payment in the Spring. If you are attending for one semester only or if your loan is for a single semester, the loan will still be made in two payments – usually half of the loan is paid around mid-semester and the second half is paid about one month later. Promissory notes and entrance counseling must be complete before payments can be authorized.
Monthly Payment Plan
Bristol offers the convenience of a monthly payment plan for tuition and fee charges. For more information, call Student Accounts at 774.357.2160. You can learn about Bristol online payment plans here.
Health Insurance Waiver
State law requires students enrolled in nine credits or more to have health insurance. You can waive this charge through accessBCC if you are being charged for health insurance on your bill and can demonstrate you already have health insurance. For more information, call Student Accounts at 774.357.2160. Learn more about insurance information here.
Refund Selection Kit
Bristol has partnered with BankMobile Disbursements, a division of Customers Bank, to bring a new method for receiving your refunds to all Bristol credit students — the Refund Selection Kit.
It is free to you and addresses specific issues you face with cashing checks and having to wait for funds to clear. This program makes funds available to you immediately upon release of the funds.
You will receive a bright green envelope in the mail with your Refund Selection Kit which needs to be activated upon receipt at www.refundselection.com. This is free and offers you important benefits. Please do not throw away this important kit since it is your ticket to a faster refund.
The Refund Selection Kit will be mailed to your current address on file. Therefore, it is critical that you verify your mailing address as soon as possible. Make sure the College has your correct address. . Log in as you always do and on the first screen in "My Quick Links" choose "Change my Address."
Simply put, your new Refund Selection Kit is designed to provide you with increased choice when it comes to receiving your financial aid or college refunds - including Electronic Direct Deposit to your existing bank account or to the BankMobile Vibe Account. Not expecting a refund or financial aid? You never know; a class can be canceled, or you can drop a class.
Please make your refund selection as soon as you receive your Refund Selection Kit. Remember, even if you are not currently expecting a refund from Bristol, we may have a refund for you in the future. You can visit www.refundselection.com to learn more about all the great benefits! Bristol students can contact BankMobile at 1.877.327.9515.
The online health insurance waiver has closed for the Spring 2018 Semester. Please contact the Student Accounts Office at 774.357.2160 to complete a paper waiver.
The online health insurance waiver will re-open July 2, 2018 for the Fall 2018 Semester.