The primary purpose of R-CCC’s financial aid program is to ensure that qualified students are not denied an opportunity to pursue a college education because of economic disadvantages. Our student-focused staff are empowered to help students and their families seek, obtain, and make the best use of all financial resources available. Grants, scholarships, and a federal work-study program are available to help eligible students cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and other related expenses. Students interested in applying for financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The form must be submitted in one of the following ways:
- Students may complete the online application here.
- Students may contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll-free at 1-800-433-3243 and request up to three (3) copies of the paper application, which must be completed and mailed into the federal processor in the envelope provided.
- Students may access the FAFSA form at the Federal Student Aid site.
Students wishing to receive financial aid must reapply each year; renewal is not automatic. They should complete the application as soon as possible after January 1 of each year. To be considered for financial aid, applicants must be enrolled in an eligible curriculum leading to a degree, diploma, or certain certificates; students must have a high school diploma or GED in which the transcript has been received by R-CCC’s Admissions Office, students must be meeting and maintaining satisfactory academic progress, and a student must not owe a repayment on a grant or be in default on an educational loan, in addition to any other criteria set by the US Department of Education.
To provide adequate time for processing and awarding financial aid prior to the start of classes, priority dates are identified for each semester.
Fall Semester - July 15
Spring Semester - November 1
Students submitting their financial aid application after the established priority dates must be prepared to pay for their tuition, fees, and books. It takes eight to twelve weeks to process the application. If a student's financial aid eligibility has not been determined before the start of the semester, the student will need to be prepared to pay for tuition, fees, and books out of pocket or will need to set up a tuition payment plan. Emergency assistance is available, but limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Once eligibility has been determined, the student will be reimbursed for financial aid he or she is eligible for minus any funds due to the College.