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BC officials discuss budgeting during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mariah Arviso, Reporter

May 5, 2020

Bakersfield College held a virtual online budget forum on May 4 to discuss the future of BC and its budgeting for classes.   The panel consisted of speakers Mike Giacomini, Steven Holmes, and Teresa McAllister, and hosted by BC president Sonya Christian and Todd Coston. Christian started off the forum with an update about BC’s future regarding online and on-...

CCC Chancellor talks about financial aid program through Senate Bill 291

Taylor Jensen, Editor-in-chief

March 14, 2019

With many students struggling to live day by day because of low funds, California Community Colleges call for more financial aid to provide for students. Speaker Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley held a student media teleconference to inform about the Senate Bill 291, on March 7. “Senate Bill 291, introduced on Feb. 14 by state Sen. Connie M. Leyva, D-Chino, seeks to establish...

Bakersfield College hosts a Financial Aid Fest to raise awareness for students

Taylor Jensen, Editor-in-Chief

February 7, 2019

Completing a FAFSA application can be the most stressful process for a college student but alas, help and resources are available for everyone. Bakersfield College held the Financial Aid Fest next to the CSS building to raise awareness of the financial aid process and its deadline on Feb. 5 and 6. There were eight booths set up for Office of Financial Aid, Academic Support...

BC’s financial aid awareness campaign educates students about their options

Renegade cheerleaders support the theme of “Racing” to apply for FASFA

Fitzgerald Graves Sr, Reporter

February 9, 2018

Bakersfield College hosted a four-day-long financial aid awareness campaign from Feb. 5-Feb. 8. This is the Fifth Annual BC Financial Aid Awareness Month...

Financial Aid deals with issues of inaccurate balances on students accounts

Financial Aid deals with issues of inaccurate balances on students accounts

April 27, 2017

Recently Bakersfield College has been going through some technical difficulties with financial aid, which have resulted in in inaccurate balances on student...

Financial aid details a mystery to many BC students

Zach Sullivan, Reporter

December 2, 2016

As the deadline for financial aid applications approaches, Bakersfield College students are aware of the scholarships available and are eager to apply, but many do not know how to do so. Bakersfield College offers Pell Grants, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW), as well as numerous other scholarships offered by BC,...

Altercation at the Financial Aid Office

Altercation at the Financial Aid Office

Kyle Cortez, Managing Editor

October 11, 2016

On Oct. 10, several black males chased a Hispanic male into the Financial Aid Office, where they challenged each other to fight.  One unidentified male...

BC faculty members take one step back and three steps forward

Marcus Castro, Contributing Editor

May 3, 2016

Bakersfield College is losing a long-time faculty member but will gain three new program managers. Director of Financial Aid, Care, CalWorks and EOPS, Primavera Arvizu is no longer at BC. After being at BC for nearly a decade, she had her last day working as a faculty member at BC on April 13. Administrative assistant June Charles expressed that Arvizu will be heavily...

Aid process needs revision here at BC

Monique Hansen-Garcia, Reporter

November 19, 2014

  There needs to be an overhaul in how financial aid for community colleges operates. Max 90 units and no financial aid? Excuse me, but what the hell? OK, it’s cool, I’ll just appeal, they have to understand. “Denied.” Not enough evidence of the circumstances and cannot appeal under the same reasoning for more than one semester, I was informed after I had waited...

Staff Editorial- New cards a waste of time and money

February 20, 2014

U.S. Bank is now responsible for all financial aid disbursements, and they also control our Bakersfield College identification cards. As students, we should be concerned that the card, known as the OneCard, holds all of our private BC information. Upon receiving your card in the mail, which took way too long, you register it online and decide whether you want the basic account...

BC scholarships a prime opportunity for many kinds of students

Myrissa Johns, Reporter

December 4, 2013

There are many scholarship opportunities at Bakersfield College, according to Primavera Arvizu, Financial Aid and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services director. “I think students should always apply, even though they think ‘I’m not good enough,’ or ‘I don’t have a chance,’” she said, explaining there are scholarships of different criteria that might...

Bakersfield College plans to take control of financial aid

Breanna Fields, Reporter

February 1, 2012

The Financial Aid Department recently revealed changes that will affect the amount of financial aid a student is eligible to receive over the course of a lifetime. “The government is cracking down and trying to get more control of federal student aid,” said Joan Wegner, the director of Financial Aid at Bakersfield College. “It just went out of control with billions...

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