Financial Aid

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

The Fall 2019-Summer 2020 application for financial aid is available now!  Next year's FAFSA (Fall 2020-Spring/Summer 2021 comes out October 1!  Click here to apply!

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 2019 classes begin:  August 19
Fall tuition deadline:  September 4
Last day to drop full-semester fall classes:  September 4
Fall financial aid released into student tuition/fees account balances:  September 9
Fall financial aid refunds released through BankMobile Vibe:  September 13
Loans for first-time borrowers pay:  September 23 

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.

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.

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 is hiring student employees!

Contact the Financial Aid Office to find out if you are eligible for work-study.

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 2019 past due balances will be sent to collections on August 5th
Fall 2019 - September 4, 2019

Click here to read RRCC's Payment Policy.

Estimated cost of attendance*

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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.