Types of Assistance
The following types of financial assistance are available at RPCC:
Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant is a need-based award that is available for the fall, spring, and summer (if available) semesters. Pell Grants, which are applied to your tuition costs, vary from $400 per year up to the federally legislated maximum amount.
Federal Family Education Loan Program (Student Loans)
Student Loans, which are applied to your tuition costs, are need-based and non-need-based loans awarded for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Loan programs include Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Loan amounts are based on your eligibility and grade level.
Academic Competitive Grants (ACG)
The ACG program is limited to first- and second-year students who have completed a rigorous high school curriculum. Students who are eligible for TOPS or who meet the Board of Regents Core course curriculum meet this requirement. Second-year students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for their first academic year. You must also be enrolled full-time, and be eligible to receive the Pell Grant.
Scholarships, which are sponsored by private donors such as the Shell Foundation, Vulcan, IMG and Solomon B. Acy, are available to eligible students. The Dean's Scholarship Committee awards these scholarships for the fall and spring semesters. The award amounts vary and are determined by your enrollment status.
Many resources exist to help you find private scholarships to fund your education. Check with your high school counselor, the public library, the Office of Financial Aid, and the following websites to get more information on scholarship opportunities:
Teacher Education Scholarship
A special Teacher Education Scholarship, provided by the RPCC Foundation, has been created for students who have been admitted to the Associate of Science in Teacher Education Program. The maximum amount of Teacher Education Scholarships that may be disbursed annually is $1,500.
Tuition and Fee Waivers
Tuition and fee waivers allow students to attend college at no or reduced cost. Tuition costs, and sometimes fees, are "waived" under certain criteria. RPCC recognizes tuition and fee waivers if you fall into one or more of the following categories:
Make sure to inform the Office of Financial Aid if you think that you may be eligible for a tuition and fee waiver.
- Louisiana National Guard (Tuition Only)
- RPCC Student Government Association (Tuition and Fees)
- Cross-Enrolled Students (Tuition and some Fees)
- LCTCS Employee waiver (up to 6 credit hours of tuition per semester)
Employer-paid Financial Assistance
Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement if you are taking classes or pursuing a degree in order to build your skills at work. Check with your employer to see if this type of assistance is available to you.
Other Sources of Financial Assistance
Several government and private agencies provide financial assistance to eligible students. Contact the local office of any of agencies below for consideration. The agency determines who is eligible for assistance.
Call or stop by the Office of Financial Aid, or visit the RPCC website for more information on application procedures and deadlines for specific financial assistance programs.
- Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
- Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance-TOPS Program
- Veterans Benefits