Apply for Financial Aid
The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This allows you to apply for federal and state grants and many institutional scholarships. There is no charge for filing the FAFSA. Filing online at www.fafsa.ed.gov is the fastest, most efficient way to apply for Financial Aid. A FAFSA must be completed every academic year.
Your file must be complete by the Financial Aid Priority Deadline for Fall (July 18th for the Fall 2016 term) to be considered a priority application and have funds available at registration. For a file to be considered complete, your FAFSA must be processed by the Department of Education and the results received by RCBC. In addition, you must submit any documentation requested by RCBC in order to complete your FAFSA application.
Priority applications will be processed prior to the start of the term. However, as long as we receive your FAFSA before the end of the enrollment period for which you are applying for aid, we will review your eligibility.
Completing the FAFSA
You should complete the FAFSA using tax information from the prior calendar year. If you are dependent, then you must list both your and your parent’s information. If you are married, then you must list information for yourself and your spouse. Sign and date the FAFSA and have your parent sign if you are dependent.
We encourage you to electronically file and sign your FAFSA with the Department of Education at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is the fastest and easiest way to file your FAFSA every year that you are attending RCBC.
In the school choice section of the FAFSA, you must tell the federal processor which schools should receive your information. Enter RCBC's Federal School Code: 007730.
How do I get help?
Online help with the filing process is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov and at www.studentaid.ed.gov. You can obtain help over the telephone at 1-800-433-3243. Additional assistance may also be provided from the Financial Aid Counseling staff at the Pemberton campus.
What happens next?
Approximately 3 to 4 weeks after you have completed your FAFSA you should receive your Student Aid Report from the US Department of Education’s Federal Processor. RCBC receives the same information electronically. The Financial Aid Office will notify you with a letter and on WebAdvisor if additional documentation is needed. You may check the status of your financial aid application process by accessing WebAdvisor through Student Services online.