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.

Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant program is our most commonly known program.   If the student qualifies, Pell Grant funding 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
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.


Fall Semester 2017:
September 19, 2017
Spring Semester 2018:
February 6, 2018
Summer Session 2018:
June 27, 2018

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 Kispert in the Financial Aid Office by email or by phone at (507) 285-7337.

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 program 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 program, please complete your FAFSA and then visit www.ohe.state.mn.us.

Alliss Grant
The Alliss Grant is available for students who meet special criteria and are enrolled in short-term programs. For more information on the Alliss Grant and to see if you qualify, please contact the RCTC Financial Aid Office.

Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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