General Eligibility Requirements

The Financial Aid Office at Red Rock Community College is committed to helping you attend college. We encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required for you to be considered for grants, work-study and student loans. Financial aid is available for students in a variety of circumstances so do not hesitate to complete an application.

Almost everyone who files a FAFSA is eligible for some kind of financial aid as long as they meet the general eligibility requirements below. Most aid programs are based on need and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The Red Rocks Community College awarding policy is based on federal methodology of using the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) as derived from the FAFSA to determine who is eligible for need based assistance. In order to receive federal and state forms of aid, a FAFSA must be completed for each academic year that you attend RRCC. An academic year consists of Fall, Spring and Summer semester.

General eligibility requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen with a valid Social Security number or an eligible non citizen as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • Have financial need, except for some loan and some scholarship programs.
  • Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program. An eligible program is one that is at least 15 weeks in length and requires least 16 credits to complete.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (male students only).
  • Be in good standing in accordance with RRCC's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe money on a federal grant.
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
  • Meet the enrollment requirements for all aid programs.
  • Not be co-enrolled in a secondary school.
  • Not be receiving financial aid at another institution during the same semester that you are attempting to receive aid at RRCC.
  • Be classified as a Colorado resident for tuition purposes to be eligible for any state financial aid.
  • Can not have been convicted of a federal state drug offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which you were receiving federal financial aid.
  • Demonstrate financial need except for certain loans.
  • Check newest regulations/updates here.

Enrollment level:

12 + Credits



9-11 Credits


Three Quarter Time

6-8 Credits


Half Time

3-5 Credits


Less Than Half Time*

* The majority federal and state aid programs require at least half time enrollment.