A "grant" is Financial Aid funding that you generally do NOT need to repay. Grants are only repaid if you withdraw, stop attending or otherwise fail to complete your courses. Eligibility for most grant programs are based on income. Several grant programs are available to RCTC students who qualify.
To be considered for most grants, a student must first complete the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the U.S. Department of Education.
The Alliss Grant is available for students who will be attending College after having been out of school for 7 years or longer. Other qualifications also apply. Students only need to submit the Alliss Grant application form. The FAFSA is NOT required to apply for this Grant. If approved, this grant will pay the tuition and textbook costs for one course, up to five credits.
The Federal Pell Grant program is our most commonly known program. If the student qualifies, Pell grant eligibility may be available for an enrollment as low as 1 credit. All students are reviewed for eligibility under this program if they complete a FAFSA.
Minnesota State Grant
The Minnesota State Grant is another of our grant programs. Students must be a Minnesota resident as described in the rules for the program. All students who have completed a FAFSA by the following deadlines will be reviewed for eligibility under this program. If you have questions about your eligibility for Minnesota State Grant, please contact our office.
STATE GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINES 2015-16:
Fall Semester 2015: September 22, 2015 Spring Semester 2016: February 8, 2016 Summer Session 2016: June 29, 2016
Supplemental Educational Opportunities Grant (SEOG)
The Federal SEOG Grant is a program available to low income students on a first come, first served basis. Funds in this program are limited so complete your FAFSA early!
Post-Secondary Child Care Grant
The Minnesota Post-Secondary Child Care Grant is available to students with dependents in daycare. The grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and is based on income, family size and daycare costs. Limited funds are available in this program. The information, instructions and application for this grant are available on the Financial Aid Web site, under the FORMS AND DOCUMENTS page. For more information, please feel free to contact Renea Mohler in the Financial Aid Office by email or by phone at (507) 280-2953.
Minnesota Indian Scholarship
Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program provides funding to eligible Minnesota resident students who are of one-fourth or more Indian ancestry and demonstrate financial need for an award. Students must be enrolled for at least 9 credits to qualify. To apply for this scholarship please complete your FAFSA and then visit www.ohe.state.mn.us.
MN GI Bill
The Minnesota GI Bill program is a program established to provide post secondary educational assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans. Other veteran's benefits and educational awards are considered when determining student eligibility for this program. To apply for this scholarship, please complete your FAFSA and then visit www.ohe.state.mn.us.