Financial Aid

We are here for you!
 

The best way to reach us right now is to schedule a virtual appointment with a staff member through Navigate.  You can schedule an in-person appointment for Mondays and Thursdays, 9am-5pm, at both the Lakewood ("Student Services Lakewood" location) and Arvada ("Arvada Welcome Center" location) campus as well. 

 

You may email documents to us at rrcc.financialaid@rrcc.edu.  Please use your student email account if you have one. You can also call us at 303-914-6256.  If you need to leave a voicemail for us, 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. 

Thank you very much for your patience during this busy time.

 

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 financial aid for Fall 2020 through Spring/Summer 2021 (20-21 FAFSA).

For help with the FAFSA, schedule an in-person appointment for FAFSA Assistance.  Appointments are held in Arvada on Mondays and in Lakewood on Thursdays, from 9am-3pm.  To schedule a virtual appointment for FAFSA help, call 303-352-8746, or email EOC@ccd.edu.

The last day to submit a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 aid year (Fall 2019, Spring/Summer 2020) was June 30, 2020. No new FAFSAs can be submitted after June 30, 2020.  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.

 

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.

 

Student Resources

RRCC cares about your ability to thrive as a student and in your personal life.  We are committed to providing as many services 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. 

 

Financial Aid Process and Timeline - most types of financial aid require that you take at least 6 credits.

1

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.

2

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.

3

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

Fall start date:  August 17
Tuition deadline:  September 2
Last day to drop full-semester fall classes:  September 2
Fall financial aid disbursement date:  September 7
Fall financial aid refunds released through BankMobile:  September 11
Loans for first-time borrowers disbursement date:  September 21

Refunds
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.  To view RRCC's contract with BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank, click here.

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 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.

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.

Fall 2020 payment is due by Wednesday, September 2.  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.

Estimated cost of attendance*

Red Rocks Community College

Colorado Residents

Non-Residents

Tuition & Fees

3904

14992

Books & Supplies

1800

1800

Room & Board

4320

4320

Transportation

1665

1665

Personal/Medical

4104

4104

Loan Fees

36

36

Total

$15829

$26917

*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: https://www.sss.gov/
  • 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.
  • 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. You must be able to document financial need. Contact Financial Aid to apply, or submit the State Aid Application available here. 

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.  Financial aid cannot pay for a class that you have already taken twice if you passed the first attempt.

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