How to Apply

The purpose of student financial aid at RCC is to provide financial assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to afford a college education. To support this objective, the college offers a variety of financial aid programs for students who qualify. Aid is funded through federal and state agencies, local organizations, businesses, individuals, and the college.

How to Apply for Financial Aid and When to Get Started
Staff members at both campuses are available to provide information and assistance with financial aid programs. You should apply online through FAFSA. A FAFSA pre-application worksheet should be completed prior to applying on the internet. This worksheet is available from the Glenns or Warsaw Campus Financial Aid Office or via FAFSA. You must list Rappahannock Community College in order for us to receive your information electronically.

The federal school code for Rappahannock Community College is 009160. It is the same regardless of what campus you plan to attend.

The FAFSA gathers financial information about students and their family. The information is analyzed and the student receives a Student Aid Report (SAR). The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA at RCC is April 15, especially if the student plans to enroll for the Fall Semester. You apply for financial aid one time a year.

The best time to apply for financial aid is during the months of January-April preceding the anticipated fall semester entrance into the college. Additional information or forms may be requested to complete the application process. Effective for the 2017-2018 academic year, the FAFSA will be available online at beginning October 1, 2016.

Students who are selected for verification may be required to submit a tax transcript that can be obtained at or by calling 1-800-908-9946, verification of other forms of income, and a verification worksheet.

Applications are processed, if complete, only after all admissions requirements are met and confirmed. Applications should be received four weeks prior to registration. Applications received after this date will be processed as time permits.

Only students with complete admissions and financial aid files can be awarded financial aid. Financial Aid applicants whose application files are complete before established deadlines may charge tuition against their grant or scholarships during registration. Book charges may be made from the first day of class through the last day to add/drop each semester (specific dates are posted each semester). If your financial aid is not complete at the time of registration, students should prepare to pay out of pocket for all tuition, fees, and book charges for possible reimbursement if found to be financial aid eligible.

Students who have received a financial aid award letter or view their award in the Student Service Center on-line may use their financial aid for payment of tuition. Tuition and fee charges not fully covered by financial aid must be paid prior to the deferred payment deadline.

Financial aid refund checks for students who have financial aid in excess of tuition, fees, and books will be available usually after the sixth week of classes. More information on the financial aid programs is available in the Financial Aid section of the Rappahannock Community College website.

Other Sources Of Aid

The college offers several programs for special populations:

Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services
Certain disabled persons may qualify for services and/or financial aid from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services. Consult the financial aid staff or a counselor for referral assistance.

Virginia Foster Care Tuition Grant
The Tuition Grant program provides tuition and fees at any Virginia community college for high school graduates or general education development (GED) completers in foster care, in the custody of a social services agency, or considered a special needs adoption.

Awards will be provided to eligible applicants who are not already receiving sufficient grant funds to pay for their tuition and fees. The awards may not exceed tuition and required fees. Students who are already receiving grant funds that cover tuition and fees are not eligible for these awards. Inquire with the financial aid office for further eligibility criteria.

HOPE Scholarship Credit
The Tax Relief Act of 1997 offers tax credits for tuition and fee payments under certain conditions. Effective January 1, 1998, those paying tuition and fees may be eligible for up to $1,500 in tax credit under the HOPE Scholarship Credit. Only students who are taking at least a half-time load, who are in their first two years of postsecondary education and who do not have their tuition paid by an employer or through grant aid, are eligible.

Students should contact a tax expert to find out whether they qualify for this credit.

Last modified on 05-03-2017