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Financial Aid Programs
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Stafford Loans
Go Grant
Tuition Waivers
Veteran's Affairs
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
Louisiana's TOPS Program
Foundation Scholarship Information
Outside Scholarship Information

Federal Pell Grants
The Pell Grant is considered need based aid awarded for the fall, spring, and summer (if available) semesters. A Pell Grant does not have to be repaid. For the 2007-2008 academic year, Pell Grant awards range from annual amounts of $400 - $4,310.

Recipients of this aid must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) by maintaining a 2.0 overall grade point average and successfully completing at least 75% of all credit attempted at RPCC in order to retain the aid. SAP is reviewed annually to determine eligibility.



Federal Stafford Loans
Federal Stafford Loans are low-interest loans for undergraduate students attending RPCC at least half time. Students who demonstrate financial need can qualify for subsidized Stafford loans. The federal government pays interest on these loans while students are in school and during other specified periods.

Unsubsidized Stafford loans are available to students regardless of financial need. Students are responsible for all interest that accrues throughout the life of their loans.

Recipients of this aid must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) by maintaining a 2.0 overall grade point average and successfully completing at least 75% of all credit attempted at RPCC in order to retain the aid. SAP is reviewed annually to determine eligibility.



Go Grant
The Go Grant is a need-based state grant recently implemented for Louisiana students. To be eligible for the Go Grant, a student must:
  • Be a Louisiana resident as reported on the FAFSA;
  • Be a Federal Pell Grant recipient during the same semester the Go Grant is awarded;
  • Be enrolled as a first-time freshman for the Fall 2007 semester, or thereafter, or be aged 25 or older and not have enrolled in a college or university in credit bearing courses for at least one academic year (two consecutive regular semesters or three consecutive regular quarters);
  • Have an Education Cost Gap (ECG) greater than zero as determined by the ECG formula;
  • Be enrolled as a certificate or degree seeking undergraduate student at a Louisiana public or private college or university;
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress standards;
  • Not have a criminal conviction, except for misdemeanor traffic violations;
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program through the 14th class day.
Eligible students may receive the following award amounts:
12 or more hours: $1,000 per semester,
6-11 hours: $500 per semester,
< 6 hours: $250 per semester.

The maximum total lifetime award amount for any student is $10,000.

Recipients of this aid must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) by maintaining a 2.0 overall grade point average and successfully completing at least 75% of all credit attempted at RPCC in order to retain the aid. SAP is reviewed annually to determine eligibility.



Tuition Waivers
Active National Guard members are eligible for a tuition waiver. Students utilizing these waivers are still responsible for all required fees, books, and supplies.

Student Government Association (SGA) officers are eligible for a tuition and fee waiver. Officers include the President, Vice-President, and Secretary / Treasurer. Students utilizing these waivers are still responsible for all required books and supplies.

Cross Enrolled Waivers are for students who are cross enrolled at RPCC. This waiver covers tuition and all fees except lab fees.

Employee (LCTCS) Waivers are for eligible employees at RPCC. This waiver covers up to 6 credit hours of tuition.



Veteran's Affairs
River Parishes Community College participates in the Veteran's Affairs Educational Benefits Programs.

The steps to apply are as follows:


Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
Tuition and/or fees are paid for eligible students with disabilities. Awards are not based upon economic need. To apply, contact Louisiana Rehabilitation Services at 1-800-737-2959.

Recipients of this assistance must meet the continuing eligibility requirements as defined by Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.



Louisiana's TOPS Program
The TOPS Scholarship offers Louisiana high school graduates the opportunity to earn scholarships for use at Louisiana's colleges or universities. Students should be aware that they are required to comply with deadlines or requirements made by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) in order to receive the award. Students interested in this award should contact LOSFA at 1-800-259-5626.

Recipients of the TOPS award must meet the continuing eligibility requirements as defined by LOSFA.

For additional information, visit the LOSFA website at www.osfa.state.la.us.



Foundation Scholarship Information
RPCC Foundation Scholarships are sponsored by private donors to assist students with educational expenses. These scholarships are merit-based and are awarded by the Scholarship Committee.

To be eligible, a student must be admitted as a regular student and must either be pre-registered or enrolled at River Parishes Community College.
  • Academic Program Students - ranked by their high school or college cumulative grade point average (minimum 2.50)
  • Technical Program Students- ranked by their high school or college cumulative grade point average (minimum 2.00)
  • Freshman Students (GED) - ranked by their compass placement scores (minimums 76 in English and 46 in College-Algebra Domain)
Priority Dates for submitting the RPCC Scholarship Application are:
July 15th for the Fall semester
December 15th for the Spring semester

Scholarship applications may be submitted on an ongoing basis but priority will be given to those submitted by the above dates.

Recipients of this scholarship must meet satisfactory academic progress by being in good academic standing and successfully completing 67% of total credit hours attempted at RPCC in order to retain the scholarship. These criteria will be reviewed at the end of each semester.

Award amounts for RPCC Scholarships per semester are as follows:
Full-time enrollment (12 credit hours or more) = $2,000
Half-time enrollment (between 11 and 6 credit hours) = $1,000

RPCC Foundation Scholarship Application Form
Thank you for your interest in RPCC Scholarships!

Outside Scholarship Information
In addition to scholarships offered by River Parishes Community College, there is an abundance of FREE information about scholarships that can be found on the Internet. Click on the addresses below for some useful sites. Also, check with your local library for other scholarship resources.

Internet Sites For Free Scholarship Searches:

Ex-pan (fund-finder)
Mach 25
FastWeb