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Application Procedures

The following applications are available online:

See the step-by-step guide "How to Apply for Federal and State Financial Aid at RCC" for detailed information on applying.

New Process for 2017/18

What's New in Financial Aid for 2017-18? (Video)

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Early application deadlines for filing financial aid forms are:

  • April 15 for summer sessions
  • May 31 for fall semester
  • November 15 for spring semester

You may apply after these dates, but awards may not be processed in time to meet the Bursar’s deadlines for making payment arrangements. Expect two to four weeks of processing time from the time you file your FAFSA until you receive a Financial Aid Award Letter. You can expedite the process by immediately supplying any documentation that is required.

Different financial aid programs require different types of information and documentation. To document income, students may be required to submit Federal IRS tax transcripts and New York State Income Tax forms for the student/spouse and/or parents, as well as other evidence of taxable and/or nontaxable income.


Fall 2017

Payment Arrangement Deadlines for Financial Aid Applicants

Date You Registered for Fall 2017

You Must File a FAFSA by This Date to Hold Your Fall 2017 Schedule

If You Fail to File a FAFSA, Pay In Full or Complete a Payment Plan, the College Will Drop You on This Date

On or before
July 19, 2017

July 27, 2017

August 3, 2017

July 20, 2017 -
August 12, 2017

August 17, 2017

August 24, 2017

On or after
August 13, 2017

As soon as you register

None: A Payment Plan should be completed to defer billing while financial aid is being processed

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