Financial Aid

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

Financial aid is money from the federal Department of Education and the State of Colorado to help students pay for their school costs.  Federal financial aid eligibility is based only on classes that are required for you to earn your declared RRCC degree or certificate.  Log into The Rock student portal and view your Degree Check, or work with your Pathway Advisor to make sure you are taking classes that count toward your academic program. The deadline to update your program of study for Summer 2022 is June 8, 2022, and September 7 for Fall 2022.  This deadline is the posted Census date for each semester.  

How much will my Pell Grant be if am not enrolled full time?  View the 2022-2023 Pell Grant chart here.

Has your income changed since 2020?  Talk to us about Professional Judgment - you might qualify for additional "free" money!

Financial Aid News

Summer financial aid will be released on June 13th, 2022.  Refunds will be sent to eligibile students on Friday, June 17th through the refund preference that you set up with BankMobile.  Refunds are generally available electronically within 1 week after disbursement.  Paper checks can take up to 10 business days to be received.  To see if you have a refund on the way, use the Student Account link in The Rock student portal.  Contact the Cashier's Office if you have questions about your refund preference, or use the BankMobile button in The Rock student portal.

Student Resources

RRCC cares about your ability to thrive as a student and in your personal life.  We are committed to providing as many resources as possible to help you succeed and meet your highest potential.  Visit the Student Resources webpage for a comprehensive list of campus and community resources. 

RRCC's Housing and Food Insecurity Council provides a limited amount of emergency funding for our students as well.  Request funds here. 

We are back on campus!  Stop by to see a Financial Aid Advisor Monday through Thursday, 8am-5pm, or Friday 9am-5pm.  No appointment required.

Prefer to meet virtually (phone or video)?  Click here to schedule an appointment with a staff member through Navigate, or check in at the Navigate Virtual Front Desk!

Log into The Rock student portal, click the Navigate button, and then click on "Appointments." 
For virtual appointments, select the Student Affairs - REMOTE SERVICES location, or the VIRTUAL FRONT DESK - Financial Aid location to receive a phone call when an advisor is available.

In-person assistance with the FAFSA financial aid application is available on Mondays at Lakewood, and on rotating Thursdays at the Arvada and Lakewood campuses.  To request a virtual appointment for FAFSA assistance, click HERE.  Before attending your meeting for FAFSA assistance, complete this intake form online.

You may email documents to us at  Please use your student email account if you have one.  To avoid being charged a $40 late fee, be sure to submit documents at least 2 weeks before the payment deadline.  If you are completing your financial aid file during the month that classes start, we recommend that you set up a payment plan to ensure you are not charged late fees.  You will not be dropped from your classes due to non-payment.

You can also call us at 303-914-6256.  If you need to leave a voicemail, we will call you back as soon as possible, and we'll send you an email if we can't reach you over the phone.  Our call may come from an unknown number.

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.


To apply for financial aid for Summer/Fall 2022, and Spring/Summer 2023, complete the FAFSA here.

Student loan requests cannot be processed after the last day of classes/after you have stopped attending classes for the semester.  Submit all requested financial aid documents at least 2 weeks before the end of the semester to improve your chances of being offered aid.  You are not guaranteed to receive financial aid if you are completing your file after the semester has ended.


ASSET-eligible students:  Apply for state aid here (Colorado Application for State Financial Aid - CASFA)

We encourage ASSET-eligible, international, and undocumented students to complete the CASFA state aid application and to apply for RRCC scholarships.


Financial Aid Process and Timeline - most types of financial aid require that you take at least 6 credits that count toward your program of study at RRCC. 


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.

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

The last day to submit a FAFSA for the 2021-2022 aid year was June 30, 2022.

Summer 2022 classes start:  June 1
Tuition payment deadline:  June 8
Last day to drop full-semester classes:  June 8
Summer financial aid disbursement date:  June 13
Summer financial aid refunds released through BankMobile:  June 17
Second disbursement of summer only loans/disbursement date for first-time loan borrowers:  July 4

Fall 2022 classes start:  August 22
Fall tuition payment deadline:  September 7
Last day to drop full-semester classes:  September 7
Fall financial aid disbursement date:  September 12
Fall financial aid refunds released through BankMobile:  September 16
Loans for first-time borrowers disbursement date:  September 26

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. To check your refund preferences, click on the BankMobile button in The Rock student portal.  Contact the Cashier's Office with questions about BankMobile. 

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

Job opportunities on campus - RRCC is now hiring student employees!

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 request a work-study award.

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 Census Date or you will be charged a late fee.

Summer 2022 payment is due by Wednesday, June 8.  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.  To set up a payment plan, which requires a portion of your tuition to be paid, follow the steps listed here.

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.

Read the Terms and Conditions of receiving financial aid at RRCC

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.*
  • Be working toward a degree or a financial aid approved certificate (click here for programs that are not eligible for financial aid).*
  • Financial aid can only pay for classes that are required to earn your declared degree or certificate. 
  • 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.
  • Most types of financial aid require that you take at least 6 credits to qualify to receive the funds.

*State financial aid is available for ASSET recipients and students enrolled in short certificates that don't qualify for financial aid.

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, system, and institutional regulations, and many funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Financial aid cannot pay for a class that you have already taken twice if you passed the first attempt.

Financial Disclaimer

During the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years, some or all of the instructional formats may change due to an emergency situation affecting college operations, public safety, or public health, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuition and fees are charged at the beginning of the semester and will remain in place regardless of any changes in instructional format. Tuition and fees will not be refunded in the event the curriculum delivery format changes for any part of the 2020-21 and/or 2021-22 academic years.

If you have a class canceled, your financial aid may need to be adjusted, and you may owe a balance to the college.