Financial Assistance

Financial aid provides money to help meet college expenses.  Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines eligibility for assistance.

If you need help or have questions, please call the Financial Aid office at (608) 757-7664 or toll free at (800) 498-1282, ext. 7664. 

There are several types of financial aid available for students.

Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, generally does not have to be repaid.  Federal Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.  Federal Pell Grants may be available to students attending school full-time, three-quarter time, half-time and less than half time.

Amounts can change yearly.  The amount will depend on

  • Results of the FAFSA
  • Status as a full-time, three-quarter time, half-time or less than half time student and
  • Number of semesters attended – Fall, Spring and Summer

Federal Pell Grant funds are available at only one school at a time.  The Federal Pell Grant is for no more than 12 full-time semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years).  The Department of Education will send a notice to the student if the limit is approaching.

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The SEOG program is available to students with financial need enrolled in at least six credits. Individuals must qualify for a Pell Grant to be eligible. Assistance is $200 per year. Funds are limited.  Registration for summer semester may be awarded at less than three credits if funds are available.

Federal Work Study

Work-study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial need enrolled in at least six credits.  If eligible, a student may work a maximum of 20 hours per week on campus, or off campus.  Funds for work-study are paid directly to the student based on the number of hours worked.  Job performance is a factor in continuing in work-study positions.  Summer work-study may be available for those who qualify.

Federal Direct Loans

Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students to assist in paying for the cost of a student’s education. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) to qualify. First time borrowers are required by federal regulations to complete entrance loan counseling and sign a master promissory note (MPN).

Students may be eligible for subsidized (interest free) and/or unsubsidized loans. A subsidized loan is based on need, determined by the FAFSA, whereas unsubsidized loans are not based on need.

PLUS loans are federal loans for parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay education expenses.

State of Wisconsin Assistance

For current information and more details on the below Wisconsin state programs go to:

Wisconsin Grant

The Wisconsin Grant program provides a grant to supplement the Pell grant program. To qualify, the student (and parent if dependent student) must be a Wisconsin resident for at least one year and have financial need based on the FAFSA. The Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) of Wisconsin determines eligibility based on the FAFSA application. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) in a degree or certificate program in order to be eligible.

Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant (MRG)

The Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant (MRG) is available to minority students who qualify through HEAB. Students must be enrolled in their second year of a two-year program, be a U.S. citizen (or eligible non-citizen), and show financial need based on the FAFSA.

Talent Incentive Program (TIP)

The Talent Incentive Program is available to educationally disadvantaged, Wisconsin resident and first-year freshman college students. A student must be nominated by the school financial aid office or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP).

Indian Student Assistance Grant

The Indian Student Assistance Grant is available to students who are at least 25 percent Native American and show financial need. The application is available at

Hearing and Visually Handicapped Student Grant

This Hearing and Visually Handicapped Grant provides funding for undergraduate Wisconsin residents who show need and have a severe or profound hearing or visual impairment.  The application is available at

Private Scholarships

Many outside private scholarships are available at the Private Scholarships Page.

Other Grants or Scholarships

There are a number of other grants and scholarships available through the Blackhawk Technical College Foundation, Inc. Individuals are encouraged to check with those offices located on the Central Campus for further information.

Veterans/Military Programs

Federal Department of Veteran Affairs

A variety of programs are available if you have served in the military or are in the Reserves or National Guard. Dependents of disabled or deceased veterans may be eligible for benefits also.  Military spouses may also be eligible for education benefits.  For the latest information about Veterans education benefits through the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs (i.e. Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 Bill), go to or call (888) 442-4551.

WI Department of Veteran Affairs

State programs in the form of tuition and fee reimbursement may be available for Wisconsin veterans. National Guard members may be eligible for the National Guard Tuition Grant. For more information about Wisconsin Veteran education benefits, go to or call Rock County Veteran Service Office at (608) 757-5552 or Green County Veteran Service Office at (608) 328-9415.

Veteran Benefits at Blackhawk Technical College

Once you have determined you are eligible to receive veteran education benefits and you would like to use them at BTC, you must:

  • Notify the BTC VA Certifying Official of the benefits you are eligible to receive and your intent to use them at BTC
  • Be accepted into and attending courses in a program approved for veteran benefits
  • Be taking courses within your degree requirement
  • Maintain academic progress within your program of study

For more information call (608) 757-7716.

Student Consumer Information

Schools are required to provide a variety of Consumer Information to students. This includes information such as Campus Crime and Safety Disclosure, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program, Placement/Employment statistics, Gainful Employment and Retention and Graduation Rates. The Student Consumer Information can be found on the BTC website under College Information, Student Consumer Information.

Disbursement of Financial Aid

All financial aid is disbursed through the Accounting Office. If the combination of grants and loans exceeds tuition and fees, a refund will be issued to you. For dates of refunds, in this catalog click on College Overview then Important Dates.

Book Charge Information

Bookstore charges allow a student to charge their books to their excess financial aid at the BTC Bookstore. Bookstore charges are available a week before school starts and goes two weeks into the semester. For more information on bookstore charges please go to

Return of Title IV Financial Aid

Federal Law states that if you receive Federal Financial Aid and withdraw, drop-out, stop attending or receive failing grades in your classes, you may have to return some Federal Aid that you received. Failure to attend classes may require you to repay 100% of all the aid you received for the classes you did not attend. To view the Return of Title IV policy for Blackhawk Technical College please go to:

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students receiving financial aid must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward the completion of course requirements. To view the SAP policy for Blackhawk Technical College, please go to:

Helpful Websites - Blackhawk Technical College Website – Federal Student Aid – An Office of the US Department of Education – Website to complete your Financial Aid Application - Website to set up your user name and password for Financial Aid Website – Informational Website for Financial Aid – Website to view Student Loan amounts and Pell Usage