Maximize Your Financial Aid
Complete and submit an annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA (for repeat applicants) as soon as you are aware that you will be returning to school. Each year the new applications are available online January 1st for the coming school year. RCC recommends that you apply early in January before the start of the academic year, using estimated tax information, to maximize your access to aid. Otherwise, applying at least three months in advance of when you plan to begin enrollment should allow time to receive an Award Letter before the term starts. For you to be considered for aid eligibility, the federal processor must have processed a valid application prior to or while you are eligibly enrolled.
The 3-Step Process
- How do you apply?
STEP 1: Complete the FAFSA on the Web
- What happens next?
STEP 2: Respond to Correspondence
- Are you in control?
STEP 3: Take Charge of Your Finances
Apply early for the best opportunity!
RCC recommends that you complete the application process at least three months before your first term. In addition to federal processing time, RCC's institutional processing time (from the date you complete your application by submitting all requested documents to RCC's Financial Aid Office to the date RCC performs an initial review of your file) averages about three months. If corrections are necessary, additional time will be required for re-processing at the federal level. Incomplete files will not be reviewed. While some financial aid is available to late applicants, the later you apply, the less assistance may be available.
Straight Talk from Financial Aid
RCC wants students to start a term, financially ready to focus on their studies. In an effort to provide excellent service for our current and future students and promote informed decision-making, here is some key financial aid information for 2012-13:
Straight Talk – Paying for College