Financial Aid

We are here for you! 

The best way to reach us right now is by emailing  Please use your student email account if you have one. You can also call us at 303-914-6256, or schedule a virtual appointment with a staff member through Navigate.

Stay safe, study hard, and we'll see you soon!

Financial Aid can help you apply for grants, loans, and work-study to help you pay for college.

Click here to apply for Spring/Summer 2020 (19-20 FAFSA) and Fall 2020 through Spring/Summer 2021 (20-21 FAFSA).

To schedule a virtual appointment for help applying for financial aid while the RRCC campuses are closed, call 303-352-8746, or email


Information about RRCC's CARES Act emergency funding program is available here.

Financial Aid Process and Timeline


Complete the link to financial aid application online.  You have to renew your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.  The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 for the following fall, spring and summer semesters.  It can take 5-10 business days for your FAFSA to be sent to RRCC after you submit it online.  To send your FAFSA to RRCC, use our school code:  009543.


Log into The Rock - Red Rocks Community College Portalstudent portal and select "Financial Aid Requirements" to see if you need to turn in any additional paperwork before you can be awarded financial aid.  If you have submitted all required documentation and you meet all eligibility requirements, RRCC's Financial Aid Office will award financial aid to you based on your eligibility.  Allow about two weeks for processing of all financial aid paperwork.


Log into The Rock - Red Rocks Community College Portalstudent portal and select "Financial Aid Award" to view your awards.  "Free" money like grants are automatically accepted for you.  Click here for instructions on how to accept a loan being offered to you.  Financial aid is awarded each spring for the upcoming aid year.  Student files that are completed during the semester will be awarded once all paperwork is completed and processed.  Awards are made based on the availability of funds at that time.  It may take up to about two weeks to be awarded after completing your file during the semester.

Help with books - To use up to $750 of your expected financial aid refund at the campus bookstore before classes start, make sure you have the Bookstore Authorization Form (TIV) on file at the Financial Aid Office, available here.

Important Dates & Deadlines

You must submit all completed documents to the Financial Aid Office by the following dates to be considered for an award. Don't delay!  Submitting documents on or near these deadlines does not guarantee that aid will be available.
Fall deadline:  December 1
Spring deadline:  May 1
Summer deadline:  August 1

Spring 2020 classes begin:  January 21
Spring tuition deadline:  February 5
Last day to drop full-semester spring classes:  February 5
Spring financial aid released into student tuition/fees account balances:  February 10
Spring financial aid refunds released through BankMobile:  February 14
Loans for first-time borrowers pay:  February 24

Summer 2020 classes will primarily be online.
Start date:  June 1
Tuition deadline:  June 9
Last day to drop full-semester summer classes:  June 9
Summer financial aid disbursement date:  June 15
Summer financial aid refunds released through BankMobile:  June 19
Loans for first-time borrowers, and the second half of summer only loans payment date:  July 6

If your financial aid is more than your tuition/fees balance, you could qualify to receive some funding in the form of a refund. Refunds are typically made available via BankMobile the Friday after your aid has paid into your RRCC student account balance. Contact the Cashier's Office with questions about BankMobile.  To view RRCC's contract with BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank, click here.

If you have childcare expenses or need to request additional loan funds than you are initially awarded, please contact Financial Aid to discuss your options.

Job opportunities on campus - RRCC will be hiring student employees to start in Fall 2020!

Contact the Financial Aid Office to find out if you are eligible for work-study. If you are not initially offered work-study, you may contact the Financial Aid Office to request to be put on the Work-Study waitlist. Fall work-study starts on August 1, 2020.

Click here to view on-campus student job listings

Payment Deadlines
If your financial aid is not enough to cover your tuition bill, you will need to establish a payment plan with the Cashier's Office by these dates or you will be charged a late fee:

Summer 2020 payment is due by Tuesday, June 9.  If your authorized financial aid isn't enough to cover your balance in full and you have not set up a payment plan online through The Rock student portal or paid your balance in full, you will be charged a $40 late fee.  You will not be dropped from your classes due to non-payment.

Click here to read RRCC's Payment Policy.

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*Note:  Tuition, fees, and books are direct costs and vary depending on the total number of credits you take. Other listed fees are estimates provided by the State of Colorado and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) and are not paid directly to RRCC.  The amounts above are based on estimates from the 2019-2020 aid year.  Your financial aid award cannot exceed your cost of attendance.  However, you may request an increase of your cost of attendance if you have documented childcare expenses and for a one-time computer purchase.

Information on RRCC policies and procedures can be found throughout this website and in the Financial Aid HandbookIt is every RRCC financial aid applicant's responsibility to be familiar with the contents of this document.

To be eligible to receive any type of federal student financial aid, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, or other eligible non-citizen.*
  • Register with the Selective Service Administration (unless exempt). See the Selective Service website for more information or to register:
  • Be working toward a degree or a financial aid approved certificate (click here for programs that are not eligible for financial aid).*
  • Meet RRCC's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.
  • Not owe a refund on any federal grant, must not have borrowed federal student loans in excess of annual or aggregate loan limits, and must not be in default on any federal student loan.

*State financial aid is available for ASSET recipients and students enrolled in short certificates that don't qualify for financial aid.  You must be able to document financial need.  Contact Financial Aid to apply!

All documentation requested by the Financial Aid Office must have been completed and processed by our office by the published deadlines. Availability of funding is subject to state, federal, and institutional regulations, and many funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.