Applying for financial aid requires two things: a co-operative relationship between you and the Office of Financial Aid and attention to detail. Below are some pointers for making the process as pain-free as possible:
Financial Aid Application Process
- Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. Apply at www.fafsa.gov
- Apply for admission. Your application for financial aid will be reviewed once your application is complete and you have been accepted into a qualified academic program.
- Once you have been accepted we will start the financial aid process. Initially we will use the email you provided on your RCC application to notify you of any documents needed to complete your financial aid. Once you have registered for class, you will be assigned a RCC email. Please monitor this email for financial aid notifications and updates.
- Reapply for aid every year. Complete your FAFSA every year as early as possible. The State of Massachusetts priority deadline is May 1st, while you should try to meet this deadline you will still receive the full amount of federal aid each year. Remember your FAFSA PIN, you will need it often.
- Approximately 30% of all students are chosen by the Department of Education to complete a process called Verification. If you are chosen for Verification we cannot complete your financial aid award until we have collected and reviewed your documents. Mark all documents clearly with your name and RCC student ID number.
- Keep copies of everything.
- Processing of applications and awarding begins in late March/early April for new students and every June for returning students.
Make sure you are eligible to receive financial aid!
To receive federal, state, and institutional financial aid, you will need to:
- have a high school diploma or GED
- be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program
- be registered with Selective Service if required
- have a valid Social Security number
- not be in default on a federal loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant at any institution
- not have been convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving Title IV aid
- be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- maintain satisfactory academic progress
State and private financial aid programs may have other requirements.
- Eligible Non-citizens
- Notification of Eligibility
- Financial Aid Revisions
- Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
- Federal Return of Title IV Funds’ Policy
Types of Aid
You may be eligible for more than one type of Financial Aid. Click on a link below to learn the eligibility criteria for each type of Aid.
Grants are a form of need-based financial aid which do not have to be repaid. Federal grants are awarded based on the results of your FAFSA. State grants may require an application. Information on state grants is available at http://www.osfa.mass.edu/Loans due to our low cost of attendance, Roxbury Community College does not participate in the Federal Student Loan program.
Federal College Work-Study (FCWS) is a need-based federal program that provides on-campus and off-campus employment opportunities. Students must complete a financial aid application (FAFSA) and meet all eligibility requirements. Students are notified through the financial aid award process if they have been awarded FCWS. Only students with an accepted FCWS award as a part of their financial aid package can seek a FCWS job.
Scholarships do not have to be repaid. They are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic talent, interest in particular fields of study, or financial need. Scholarships may be funded through the RCC Foundation which helps current students based on the generosity of RCC alumni and friends.
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Policies and Procedures
We encourage all students and parents to review the following policies and procedures carefully to ensure a better understanding of our financial aid program
How to fill out the FAFSA
You've decided to take the next step. Don't worry-we're here to help you. Applying for financial aid is easy!
- Financial aid begins with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. TheFAFSA is your application for grants, loans, and work-study.
- The FAFSA becomes available January 1st each year. You should plan on completing it as soon you plan to attend college. You must file the FAFSA each year you want to use financial aid.
- When completing the FAFSA, be sure to include RCC's school code, 011930. RCC will determine which financial aid programs you are eligible for based on the results of your FAFSA.
- Take your time and complete your FAFSA accurately, read each question carefully, as your aid eligibility are dependent upon accurate information.
- When completing questions about income, the easiest way is to first complete your families taxes (if you are required to file) and then use the IRS Tax Retrieval Tool to import your tax information directly from the IRS to your FAFSA!
- If you get confused, or need other assistance, don’t worry, collect your tax documentation and bring it to the Office, we can help!
Office of Financial Aid
Academic Building (2), Room 202
Monday & Thursday: 8:30 AM – 6:30PM
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM