How to Apply

How to Apply : A Thirty Minute Investment of Time

Success is about creating opportunity for oneself. One of the ways that you can ensure that you have every financial advantage that you are entitled to is to apply for financial aid annually. All applicants to the College are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid.At Roxbury Community College our Financial Aid staff is willing and able to assist you with this process in person or by phone.Our multi-lingual staff assists individuals in applying for assistance on our financial aid student work stations which are available to new and returning students.

Application Steps:

To apply for financial aid, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by completing the online application that is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.This online application is used to apply for both federal and state financial aid.

  • When completing the application, please note that the RCC Title IV code is 011930.
  • Students should retain a printed copy of their online FAFSA form and keep all documents that were used to complete your application in an accessible place.
  • Applicants will be notified in writing by the RCC Financial Aid Office if additional information such as a federal tax return is needed once we receive your application results and have done preliminary processing of your information.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of our staff for assistance and please apply for financial aid in conjunction with our priority deadlines. Students who apply for financial aid after priority deadline will be awarded on a funds available basis.

Eligibility Requirements : Federal and State Financial Aid

In order to be eligible for financial aid:

  • an applicant must be a United States citizen or
  • An eligible non-citizen and accepted for enrollment in an eligible program.
  • The applicant must maintain satisfactory academic progress; comply with Federal Selective Service Law.
  • Not be in default on any educational loans, or owe a refund on any federal grant or loan to any institution.
  • Have proof of completion of high school, home school, or a GED.
  • Students who have obtained a previous bachelor's degree at any U.S. or foreign institution are not eligible for financial aid.

Financial aid awards are subject to change if any of the factors used to calculate eligibility from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) change after the date of original application. Examples of factors that impact eligibility include: increases in income and changes in family size and/or in the number of family members enrolled in college. Students are strongly advised to consult with the RCC Financial Aid Office if they are contemplating a change in enrollment status to determent the financial effects of their decision.

We would also like to point out that if you or a family member did not qualify for financial aid at another college that it will be the same case at Roxbury Community College. Many times changes in circumstances, such as decreases in income or enrollment of additional family members in college can lead to eligibility for a previously ineligible student.

Appeals Process for Financial and Academic Reasons

If a change in family circumstances impacts an applicant's ability to help finance his/her education, the applicant may request Financial Aid Reconsideration. All requests for Reconsideration can be initiated by obtaining an Appeal Form at the Financial Aid Office.

Examples of typical appeals include:

  • Loss of employment,
  • Reduction of income of a parent and/or spouse,
  • Uninsured medical expenses

Non-Satisfactory Academic Progress Waiver

Students have the right to request a one-time, non-satisfactory academic progress waiver if they fail to attain a satisfactory GPA and/or course completion rate. If financial aid recipients experience circumstances that impact their class work, they have the right to apply for a waiver. Reasons to appeal may involve, for example, a documented illness of a student or of a spouse. Because it is difficult to define all the possible reasons that could lead to non-satisfactory academic progress, students should contact the Financial Aid Office for instructions on how to submit a written appeal.

Federal College Work Study

Application Procedure for Students:

Students who are interested in the Federal Work-Study program at RCC may apply in-person at the Financial Aid Office (Room #: 2-201) as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 6 credits in a degree program
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Have a completed FAFSA on file and have been awarded financial aid for the current school year

If the above criteria are met, a student will need to:

a) Add their name to the wait-list

b) Complete the internal work-study application

c) Provide a copy of their current class registration.

Once all paperwork has been submitted, the Work-Study Program Coordinator will email the student with a list of job referrals that are suitable for their skill-set and preference.It will then be up to the student to make contact with those departments and hiring managers to set up an interview.If the student is selected for hire, the hiring manager will contact the Work-Study Program Coordinator with that request.The Work-Study Program Coordinator will then contact the student with an official "Offer of Employment" letter in which the student will have 10 business days to either accept or decline the offer in writing. If the offer is accepted, the student will be notified about attending the mandatory orientation session and filling out all contract paperwork for that semester.

Course Selection and Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial Aid cannot be used to pay for courses that are not required by Associate Degree or Certificate program. If it is discovered that a student registered for courses by "Advising" outside of their degree/certificate program, financial aid will be reduced and you will be fully responsible for the charges associated with the non-required course(s).

Lifetime Federal Pell Grant Eligibility

In December 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This law has significantly impacted the Pell Grant Program. Beginning July 1, 2012, students are now limited to six full years (12 semesters / 600%) of Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Pell Grant. Students who have already used 600% of their Pell Grant eligibility will no longer be eligible to receive a Pell Grant starting Summer 2012. There are no exceptions to this regulation. Students with 500% - 600% may have limited Pell eligibility remaining for the current year