The Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in our ESL or GED courses are not eligible for federal financial aid because these are not degree granting programs. Some students may opt for a private loan to help pay for classes or pursue one of our scholarships or external scholarships. For a comprehensive list of scholarships available through Bergen Community College, visit the Foundation website at

Students who are enrolled in a BCC certificate or degree program may be eligible for financial aid. To find out if you qualify, you must:

  • Complete and submit your application for admission to a degree or certificate program (Apply Here);
  • Submit a copy of your high school or GED diploma along with other required application materials to the admission office once you have completed your application;
  • Complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (Apply Here)
  • Complete and submit the BCC Financial Aid Certification form (Complete Here on-line select Forms/BCC Certification.)
If you have any questions, please contact the financial aid office at:

Financial Aid Office
Pitkin Education Center
ROOM L-123, Paramus, NJ
Telephone: 201-447-7148
Fax: 201-612-9823

Office Hours:
Monday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.