Applying for Financial Aid (FAFSA®)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA®, is the application all RCTC students are required to complete to be considered for any type of Financial Aid. This includes grants, work-study, and student loan funding. Students must complete a new FAFSA® each year they wish to apply for Financial Aid. The FAFSA® application is made available in October for the following academic year.  The deadline for completion of the 2022-2023 FAFSA is June 30, 2023.

The deadline for students to submit Verification items and other requested documentation to complete their files is 120 days after student’s last date of attendance or September 1st following the end of the academic year, whichever is sooner.  Students who have received Financial Aid disbursements, are selected for Verification and fail to meet the above mentioned deadline will be required to return all financial aid funding issued for that academic year.  See the Financial Aid Office staff for any questions regarding the deadlines for submission of documentation.

State Deadlines:  

The State of Minnesota imposes an application deadline for students who wish to be considered for Minnesota Financial Aid programs. Deadline dates at RCTC for the current school year are as follows:

Fall Semester 2022: September 20, 2022

Spring Semester 2023: February 7, 2023

Summer Session 2023: June 28, 2023

What term are you attending with RCTC?

If you are attending Summer 2022, you should complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA application.  If you are attending for Fall 2022, Spring 2023 or Summer 2023, please complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA application.

RCTC’s Federal School Code: 002373

Within one week of submitting your FAFSA® application, the Department of Education will email or mail you a Student Aid Report, or SAR. The SAR will either contain a request for more information or an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If no corrections are needed, you should keep the SAR for your records. RCTC will receive your application and EFC data electronically if we were listed as a College Choice on your FAFSA. We will be in contact with you to assist in completing your file at RCTC.

For answers to questions regarding the applications process for Financial Aid and the FAFSA®, please call 1-800-4-FEDAID or 1-800-433-3243.