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Top Ten Facts Every RCC Student Should Know About Financial Aid

  1. There is something for everyone: Among the federal, state and institutional financial aid programs available to RCC students, there is an assistance program available for all students.
  2. You have to apply to qualify: Every student should annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if he or she qualifies for federal assistance.
  3. New York State aid qualifications are very generous to traditional students: A dependent student attending full-time whose family makes less than $80,000 in NYS net taxable income is eligible for a TAP grant. In addition, the new Excelsior Scholarship is available to NYS families with federal Adjusted Gross Incomes less than $125,000.
  4. There are aid programs for all enrollment statuses: There are a multitude of aid programs that assist students who study at the different enrollment statuses: full-time, part-time and less-than-half-time.
  5. Student loans are considered financial aid: Students must complete the FAFSA in order to borrow a federal student loan. Regardless of family income, there is a loan program available to all students studying at least half time.
  6. Financial Aid offers free assistance in completing the federal and state aid applications: Visit the mini-lab in the office to receive helpful technical guidance in completing your financial aid applications.
  7. RCC students received more than $16 million in financial assistance in the 2017-2018 academic year.
  8. Slightly more than half of all first-time, full-time students receive some type of financial aid.
  9. Most RCC Foundation Scholarships are awarded based on merit rather than financial need: The application process for continuing student scholarships occurs in early spring each year.
  10. The RCC Foundation provided more than $350,000 in student grants and scholarships in the 2017-2018 academic year.