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: