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There are four basic types of financial aid available to Blackhawk Technical College students including grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and loans. We are here to help you determine what financial aid options are right for you! 

Federal Student Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows you to determine the amount and type(s) of aid you are eligible for, however, please note that your financial aid award package will not be available to use until you have applied and been accepted into a financial-aid eligible program.

Want to learn more? Visit studentaid.gov.

For priority processing, please have your FAFSA completed by April. 

In order to be eligible for federal or state financial aid, you must:
  • Have a High School Diploma, General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), or have been homeschooled in a State approved program
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Be registered with the Selective Service, if you are a male
  • Have a valid Social Security number unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Learn more at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility
Enrollment status is based on the number of credits you are enrolled in within your program:
  • Awards are based on full-time status. If you are not in full-time status, financial aid will be reduced.
    • Full-time, 12 or more credits
    • Three quarter time, 9-11 credits
    • Half-time, 6-8 credits
    • Less than half-time, 5 or less credits
  • If you are in a program that is considered less than one-year, your offer could be reduced to reflect the number of credits.
    • Phlebotomy students: Financial aid is reduced to 50% of a Pell Grant and student loans based on 12 credits.
  • To be eligible for student loans, you must be taking at least six credits within your declared program.
  • Some basic skills and pre-college courses are not covered by financial aid. Please consult the financial aid department before classes start to verify the classes you are enrolled in will be covered.
  • Enrollment status is locked two weeks after the beginning of the fall and spring term and one week after the beginning of the summer term for all Federal Financial Aid. If you want financial aid to pay for late starting classes, you must be enrolled for those classes before lock date.

Programs that are funded by financial aid:

Two-Year Associate Degree Programs
  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness Science and Technology
  • Business Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Vascular
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electro-Mechanical Technology
  • Fire Protection Technician
  • Foundations of Teacher Education
  • Human Resources
  • Human Services
  • Individualized Tech Studies
  • IT-Network Specialist
  • IT-Web Software Developer
  • Laboratory Food Science Technician
  • Medical Administrative Coder
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Supply Chain Management
Two-Year Technical Diploma:
  • Automotive Technician
  • CNC Technician
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Manufacturing Information Technology Specialist
One-Year Technical Diploma:
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Administrative Support Professional
  • Advanced Dental Assistant
  • Agribusiness Specialist
  • Computer Service Technician
  • Culinary Production Specialist
  • Electrical Power Distribution
  • Entry Maintenance Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
  • Laboratory Technician Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Residential HVAC
  • Welding
*Less than One-Year Diploma
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Police Academy 720-Hrs
  • Truck Driving
*Pathway Certificates
  • Manual Lathe Machinist (CNC)
  • Manual Mill Machinist (CNC)

*The diploma and certificate in this column have partial financial aid funding since they are less than one-year programs/certificates. Please see the financial aid office for more details.


Programs that are not funded by financial aid:

Pathway Certificates
  • Basic Brake and Alignment Tech
  • Entry Maintenance Worker
  • Flux Cored Arc Welder
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welder
  • Information Technology – Desktop Support
  • Information Technology – Java Developer
  • Information Technology – Web Designer/Developer
  • Information Technology – Network Technician
  • Information Technology – .NET Developer
  • Information Technology – Web Programming
  • Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welder
  • Maintenance Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Maintenance Machining
  • Maintenance Mechanical Systems
  • Maintenance PLC & Electricity
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welder
Other Offerings
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  • Apprenticeships
  • Business Management Certificate
  • Computed Tomography
  • Emergency Medical Technician
    • Unless Declared in Fire Science two-year associate degree program
  • Farm Business and Production Management
  • Nursing Assistant & Advanced Nursing Assistant
  • Nursing Bridge Course
  • Project Management

For priority processing, please have your FAFSA completed by April.

Follow these steps to apply for FAFSA online:

  1. Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/
  2. Create an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) – this will be your username and password
  3. Go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa and login using the FSA ID you just created
  4. Fill out your FAFSA application online
  • BTC’s school code is 005390

Note: you will need your federal tax returns ready in order to complete the application.

Once processed, you can expect a letter in the mail explaining an estimated amount of funding that you are eligible for. Your federal student aid may be distributed as grants, work-study opportunities, or loans. See the next section to learn more.

If you would like assistance filling out your FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (608) 757-7664. Walk-ins are welcome.

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number or Permanent Residence Card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns from two years ago, if filed
    (i.e. IRS Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ; foreign tax return; or tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau)
  • W-2s and other records of money earned from two years ago
  • Current bank statements (checking, savings, cash, etc.), if applicable
  • Records of current business and investment mortgage information, if applicable
    (i.e. business and farm records, stocks, bonds, etc. but not retirement account information)
  • Records of untaxed income from two years ago, if applicable
    (i.e. disability, worker's compensation, child support paid and/or received, veteran benefits records, etc.)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically
Important Notes
  • If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s). To learn more, browse FAFSA's FAQs. 
  • If you are married (as of the day you submit your FAFSA), then you will also need most of the above information for your spouse. 

Upon completion of the FAFSA application, you will be eligible for various financial aid awards. The three types of federal student aid:  grants, work-study opportunities, and loans.

Grants allow you to receive money that (usually) does not need to be paid back.

View Grants

Work-study opportunities allow you to be eligible for special, part-time employment while you’re a student. These positions are typically on-campus.

View Work-Study Opportunities

Loans allow you to borrow money now that may have to be paid back with interest.

View Loans

No, you may not receive financial aid at two schools at the same time.

You can ask the college you are receiving your degree from if you can participate in a consortium agreement. This could allow credits taken at more than one college to be considered in your credit load for financial aid purposes. Please ask the Financial Aid Office for more details.

To be eligible to use your financial aid at the BTC’s Bookstore, you will need to have your financial aid award completed and accepted, be enrolled in courses within your declared program, and your financial aid must be more than your tuition bill.

Current students: visit MyBTC > Paying for College > Financial Aid for Books to learn more.

You are required to make satisfactory academic progress in the program you are enrolled in to continue to receive financial aid.

  • If you drop a class, you may be required to pay back some of your financial aid.
  • If you receive all F’s for a term, you may be required to pay back some of your financial aid. 

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Emergency Financial Assistance

Funding is available for eligible BTC students experiencing unforeseen financial expenses.

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Financial Aid Contact Information

(608) 757-7664
(800) 498-1282 ext. 7664
Fax: (608) 743-4407
btcfinaid@blackhawk.edu

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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