How Financial Need is Determined

To qualify for financial aid, students must demonstrate financial need which is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance and the expected family contribution. The expected family contribution is determined by information provided on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Every student budget is based on the cost of attendance for students who meet specific domicile or program criteria. The cost of attendance is determined as follows:

Item Cost
Average Tuition and Fees $3,400
Books and Supplies $1,300
Living Expenses $8,714
Transportation $2,386
Cost of Attendance * $15,800

* This cost of attendance is based on 2015-16 figures. The cost of attendance changes annually. The illustration above is for an in-state student. The average cost of attendance figures for each year may be obtained from the financial aid office. Individuals with questions about costs of attendance used in the calculation of their aid award should contact the financial aid office.

Financial Aid Eligible Programs

Students who in the following programs here at Rappahannock Community College are eligible to apply for Financial Aid.

Associate of Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree (AA&S):
Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree (649-01)
Arts and Sciences – Business Administration (649-02)
Arts and Sciences – Criminal Justice (649-06)
Arts and Sciences – Health-STEM (649-07)
Arts and Sciences – Pre-Engineering (649-03)
Arts and Sciences – Psychology/Social Work (649-04)
Arts and Sciences – Sustainable Science (649-08)
Arts and Sciences – Teacher Education (Pre K-8) (649-05)


Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS):
Administration of Justice (400-01)
ADN Nursing (156-01)
Business Management (212-08)
General Engineering Technology (968-01)


Certificate Programs:
Accounting (204-01)
Administrative Support Tech (398-01)
Law Enforcement (463-01)
Practical Nursing (PN) (157-01)


Career Studies Certificate Programs:
Administrative Professional (221-298-37) Discontinued Spring 2015
Advanced Culinary Arts (221-242-08)
Advanced Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (AHVAC) (221-903-10)
Advanced Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (AHVAC) (221-903-10)
Basic Electronics (221-981-02)
Computer Aided Drafting (221-729-01)
Computer Applications Specialist (221-299-03) formerly Microcomputer Applications Specialist
Culinary Arts (221-242-03) – Basic
Diesel Mechanics Technology (221-920-02)
EMS – Intermediate (221-146-03)
EMS – Advanced EMT (221-146-08)
General Education Certificate (695-01)
Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) (221-903-12)
Instructional Technology (221-731-24) Discontinued Spring 2015
EMS – Paramedic (EMS) (221-146-05)
Introduction to Engineering Technology (221-968-78)
Phlebotomy (221-151-02)
Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology (221-151-01)
Pre-Nursing (221-156-02)
Pre-Paramedic (221-146-04)
Pre-Practical Nursing (221-157-02)