Financial Aid Eligibility

  • To be considered for Federal and State Aid, students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The results of the FAFSA must be submitted to Rappahannock Community College (Federal School Code 009160) and must indicate that the student has a financial need. To be eligible for aid by any of Rappahannock Community College’s financial aid programs, a student must meet the following conditions of eligibility: Be accepted for admission to RCC as a regular student and complete admissions requirements;
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, U.S. permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen as determined by federal guidelines. Have a valid Social Security Number;
  • Make and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of the program of study as defined by the RCC Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid Students (more details on academic progress is available through Financial Aid Office);
  • Cannot be in default on any federal student loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant received at any post-secondary institution. (To check your federal loan or grant history, visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website and click on Financial Aid Review (you will need your FAFSA PIN to view your history);
  • Complete placement testing, if required by the college through the Counseling Center; should submit high school and must submit college transcripts and/or GED certificate to the Admissions Office;
  • Possess a high school diploma, G.E.D., or satisfy ability to benefit alternatives/requirements prior to July 1, 2012 to establish Title IV eligibility. Check with the RCC financial aid office to find out if you meet the conditions for financial aid eligibility if you do not have a high school diploma or received a GED;
  • Not have aid eligibility suspended or terminated due to a drug-related conviction that occurred while receiving Title IV assistance;
  • Be enrolled in an approved associate degree or certificate program as required for financial aid eligibility. IMPORTANT NOTE: Non-curricular courses and some career studies certificates are ineligible for aid-check with the Financial Aid office first to ensure the program you plan to pursue is financial aid eligible;
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required (males only).
    • If you are not registered, you may register at www.sss.gov.
    • If you registered and want to check your registration, you may check your registration at www.sss.gov.
  • Complete the verification process, if required; and
  • State funds are only available for students domiciled in Virginia.

Students who have questions about eligibility decisions should contact the financial aid staff for details. Students may appeal financial aid eligibility decisions through the student grievance procedure.

Enrollment Verification and  Certification for Loan Deferments

Official and final enrollment verifications as well as loan deferment certifications will be processed after the deadline to drop with a refund for any particular semester or term.

At the written request of the student, the Admissions and Records Office will produce official verification of enrollment. This is typically required as documentation to continue the student’s eligibility for dependent services, benefits, and insurance external to the college.

Loan Deferments are handled automatically by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) for most student loans. Students are not required to submit a deferment form. Enrollment information is submitted to the NSC following the deadline to drop with a refund for each semester.

The NSC will submit enrollment verification to the appropriate lending agency. For questions regarding a loan deferment contact the NSC by phone at 703-742-4200.


Last modified on 05-03-2017