You may complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as October 1 for the upcoming school year at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Web applications are secure, fast, easy to navigate and you get your results 7 to 14 days faster than if you mail a paper application. The FAFSA is also available in Spanish (Español).
As soon after October 1st as possible:~ Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, using your family's financial information from two-years prior to the school year in which you are applying.~ Get help from our financial aid department if you need it at firstname.lastname@example.org~ Be sure to use the Rainy River Community College code #006775 on the list of schools to receive your FAFSA information.
~ Submit your application to the processing center.NOTE: Priority is given to students who complete the form by May 1.
Verification is a review process in which the financial aid office determines the accuracy of the information provided on the student's financial aid application. During the verification process the student and parent will be required to submit documentation for the amounts listed (or not listed) on the financial aid application. Such documentation may include signed copies of the most recent Federal income tax returns for you, your spouse (if any) and your parents, proof of citizenship, proof of registration with Selective Service, and copies of Social Security benefit statements and W2 and 1099 forms, among other things. Financial Aid Information Form
Financial Aid applications are randomly selected by the Federal processor for verification. If there is an asterisk next to the EFC figure on your Student Aid Report (SAR), your SAR has been selected for verification. RRCC may select additional students for verification if we suspect fraud. RRCC does not verify 100% of applications.
If any discrepancies are uncovered during the verification process the financial aid office may require additional information to clear up the discrepancies. If you refuse to submit the required documentation, your financial aid package will be cancelled and no aid will be awarded.
An email will be sent to your RRCC email account when your award notification is available.NOTE: You must reapply each year for financial assistance at Rainy River or any other college or university.
HOW TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANT, AND LOANS
SCHOLARSHIPS: Various scholarships are available to RRCC students. Scholarships range in value from $100 to $3,500. They are provided by generous friends of the College, organizations, businesses, individuals, alumni, and the Rainy River Community College Foundation.
To be eligible, students need to:
Submit your high school transcript and college transcript, if applicable
Send all of the above information to:
Rainy River Community College
1501 Highway 71
International Falls, MN 56649
FEDERAL PELL GRANT - Pell Grants are awarded to students working toward a degree or certificate. The Federal Pell Grant varies based upon the number of credits for which a student registers. Full-time status is 12 credits. If you are enrolled for less than 12 credits, your Federal Pell Grant will be prorated.
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY GRANTS (FSEOG) - These are federal grants awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Awards range from $100 to $600 per academic year depending upon the availability of funds.
MINNESOTA STATE GRANTS - These grants are awarded to Minnesota high school graduates and residents who are undergraduates, and have not attended post-secondary institutions more than the equivalent of 8 semesters full-time. Students must be enrolled for 15 credits to be considered full-time for Minnesota Grant eligibility. If you enroll for less than 15 but more than 3 credits, your award will be prorated. Students who are delinquent in paying child support are not eligible for this grant.
ALLISS GRANT - The Alliss Grant is an opportunity grant, designed to help adult learners begin college or return to college. The grant is not based on family income and is available to all new Minnesota community college students. The grant provides payment of tuition for one course - up to five semester credits - and also covers the cost of required textbooks for that course. To qualify, the course selected must be a transferable course that would be accepted as an integral academic part of an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. degree program or a preliminary or developmental-level course if it is required for the student to start a degree program. Certificate and diploma programs are ineligible as are on-the-job customized training courses. ALLISS Grants must be applied for at the Admissions/Registration Office, 218.285.2207, prior to registration.
MNSCU TWO-YEAR OCCUPATIONAL GRANT PILOT PROGRAM - The program provides financial assistance to students enrolled in qualifying career and technical programs at MnSCU two-year colleges so that students can complete the program within two years or less and find employment in a high-demand occupation. It was created by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature and will be implemented for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years as a pilot program. At RRCC, qualifying programs include: Accounting/Bookkeeping, Commercial Truck Driving, Health Sciences Broad Field, Industrial Maintenance, Math AS, Science AS, Nursing Assistant. For more program information, visit the MN Office of Higher Education website.
LOANS: Although many of you will complete your RRCC college program debt free, we have a variety of loan programs available. It is our policy not to award loans without a personal request from the student. First time borrowers must complete loan entrance counseling before receiving their first disbursement. All students with loans must attend an exit interview prior to leaving RRCC.
EMERGENCY SHORT TERM LOANS: These loans are available to you for college associated needs in amounts up to $250. You must guarantee this type of loan with the following semester's financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Director at 218.285.2205 to apply for this type of loan.
- Grad Ready - Help managing your tuition, budget, bills.
- Wondering how the amount of your federal student aid is determined?
- Budget Worksheet
- Financial Aid Forecaster (FAFSA Website)
- Overview of the Financial Aid Process (YouTube Video)
- How to Fill out the FAFSA (YouTube Video)
- RRCC Refund Policy and Requirements for the Return of Title IV Grants and Loans (Student Guide)
- LSS Financial Counseling: Having Trouble Paying Your Student Loans? (Lutheran Social Services of MN Website)
Financial Aid Contact Information~
Rainy River Community College
1501 Highway 71 International Falls, MN 56649
Email: Financial Aid Director