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 educationally-related costs.  Federal financial aid eligibility is based only on classes that are required 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 program of study. The deadline to update your program of study is September 7 for Fall 2022, and February 1 for Spring 2023 - the posted Census date for each semester.  

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

Has your income changed since the tax year you reported on your FAFSA or CASFA?  Talk to us about Professional Judgment to see if you can receive additional grant funding.

Financial Aid News

The deadline to submit documentation for Spring financial aid is May 1, 2023.

Summer 2023 financial aid will be released on June 12, 2023.  Refunds will be sent to eligibile students on Friday, June 16th through the refund preference that you have 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.

Care Forward Colorado

Students completing a certificate in high-demand healthcare fields may qualify to have their full tuition and course-related fees paid in full through the Care Forward Colorado initiative.  To qualify, be sure you have declared the correct certificate program and you are registered for the required classes to complete your declared healthcare certificate.  The deadline to update your program of study is the posted Census date for the semester (February 1st for the Spring 2023 semester).  If your tuition and fees have already been paid by another source of grant or scholarship funding, you may not qualify at this time.

After you've been admitted into an eligible academic program and are registered for the required courses, here are the steps to meet the funding requirements:

  • Complete the FAFSA, or the CASFA for ASSET-eligible students (for spring/summer 2023, complete the 22-23 application. Complete the 23-24 application for fall 2023 through summer 2024)
  • Apply for and authorize the College Opportunity Fund (COF) Stipend (Colorado residents only)
  • Complete the RRCC Scholarship Application.  New users, click "Sign Up."  Returning users, click "Sign In" in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
  • Confirm that you were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by completing this brief online form

Summer Care Forward Colorado awarding will begin after summer balances are posted to student accounts on April 1, 2023.

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. 

Stop by Lakewood or Arvada 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 Spring/Summer 2023, complete the FAFSA here.  Contact Financial Aid if you would like help applying.

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/DACAmented 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 takes 3-5 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 we have received your FAFSA, and to see if you need to turn in any additional paperwork before we can offer you financial aid. If you have submitted all required documentation and you meet all eligibility requirements, RRCC's Financial Aid Office will offer 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 offer. 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:  July 15

The last day to submit a FAFSA for the 2022-2023 aid year was June 30, 2023.

Spring 2023 classes start:  January 17
Spring tuition payment deadline:  February 1
Last day to drop full-semester classes:  February 1
Spring financial aid disbursement date:  February 6
Spring financial aid refunds released through BankMobile:  February 10
Loans for first-time borrowers disbursement date:  February 20

Summer 2023 classes start:  May 30
Summer tuition payment deadline:  June 8
Last day to drop full-semester classes:  June 8
Summer financial aid disbursement date:  June 12
Summer financial aid refunds released through BankMobile:  June 16
Loans for first-time borrowers disbursement date:  July 3

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.

Spring unpaid balances will be sent to collections after classes end on May 9th.

Summer 2023 payment is due by Thursday, 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 approved budget parameters for the 2022-2023 aid year, for a student living with parents. Your financial aid offer 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 that count toward your declared program of study 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 federal 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.

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