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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will I owe for the semester?

Please look at the tuition and fees webpage for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory fees for the semester by student type.

How can I find my current account information?

You can view your current account information whenever is most convenient for you by logging into your Self-Service account. You will receive your login information as part of the admission process. If you are having issues logging into your account, please contact the IT Help Desk.

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial you have to start by filling out a FAFSA at www.fafsa.edu.gov. Please visit the Financial Aid webpage for more detailed information.

What is the payment deadline for the upcoming semester?

All on-site degree students and Distance Master of Architecture students are required to pay in advance of registration by their clearance due dates. The due dates are listed on the Bursar homepage, on your billing statement for the semester and in your registration mailing packet.

Distance Master of Design Studies students are required to pay their tuition at the time of registration.

I received a bill for 6-10.5 credits but plan on taking between 11-15 credits, how can I update my bill?

Returning students will be preliminarily billed in the credit range that you were last enrolled in. To change credit limits please contact your Head of School or your Advisor. Once you receive approval to enroll in a different credit range your Head or Advisor will notify the Bursar's Office to update your bill.

New students will be billed by default 11-15 credits or unless otherwise specified. Please contact the Admissions Office to make a change the credit range.

Can I take more than 15 credits and what would the cost be?

On-site students can take more than 15 credits per semester. Being outside the credit range means there will be an overload fee. The fee will be due at the time of registration. Please refer to the most current BAC Tuition and Fees schedule.

I am being charged BAC Student Health Insurance but I have my own insurance, what do I do?

Health Insurance is charged to all degree students and P&CE certificate students registered for 6 or more credits. If you have a health comparable health insurance plan you can submit a health insurance waiver. Once the waiver is approved it will be removed from your bill within one to two business days. All waivers need to be submitted by the end of the add/drop period each term. View the Student Health Insurance webpage for more information.

I am not attending this semester so why did I get a bill?

The BAC generates a preliminary bill each semester based on students who are eligible to enroll for the next semester even if they were not enrolled in the last semester. If you receive a bill and do not plan on attending in the next semester please fill out a leave of absence or permanent withdrawal with the Advising Office. If you do not register the preliminary bill will not be owed.

I am a Distance Master of Design Studies student and when I register online it says that I have to pay but I have financial aid, what do I do?

Financial aid must be applied for and certified prior to registration. If you have aid that has been approved you will see that in Self-Service by going to the Finance tab and clicking on Balance then it will be listed as Anticipated Financial Aid.

If you have aid but don't have enough you will need to pay the difference or request an increase with the Financial Aid Office by emailing finaid@the-bac.edu.

If you don't have any aid on your account you should contact the Financial Aid Office. Please allow for 5-10 business days for financial aid to be processed after completing the FAFSA.

When will I receive my refund check?

Students often have financial aid funds in excess of their tuition and fees to cover living expenses. Refund checks are typically available one month after the start of the semester. The financial aid process cannot begin until after add/drop when registration is finalized.

Students are notified via email when their check is available for pick up in the Bursar's Office. Checks will be mailed upon request by replying to the email.

Refund checks that are lost and need to be reissued will be subject to a $25 fee.

Where can I find information regarding payment plans?

The BAC offers payment plans through Sallie Mae for on-site, distance students and Professional and Continuing Education students. These plans are not loans but are a monthly agreement to pay the tuition and fees in installments. There is an enrollment fee upon signing up. Please view the Payment Options webpage for more information.

What is a 1098-T form?

A 1098-T is a form that the BAC is required to submit to the IRS for any student who has qualified tuition and related expenses for the tax year being reported. The BAC only reports Box 2 regarding charges and does not report Box 1 regarding payments. If you need information regarding payments made please contact the Bursar's Office.
1098-T forms are sent out by January 31 to the permanent address on file. If no permanent address is listed it will go to the current address. If you do not receive the form please contact the Bursar's Office.

I am graduating, why do I have to the graduation fee?

The Graduation Fee is a mandatory fee charged to all students upon applying to graduate. It is not contingent on attending the commencement ceremony. The revenue of this fee goes to offset the administrative expenses involved in auditing the student record to verify completion of the program, the printing and proofing of the diploma, the publication of the commencement program that all names are printed in and other assorted administrative tasks. If you have further questions, please contact the Bursar's Office.