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 FASFA each year they wish to apply for Financial Aid. The FAFSA application is made available in October for the following academic year.


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 2021: September 21, 2021

Spring Semester 2022: February 8, 2022

Summer Session 2022: June 29, 2022

What term are you attending with RCTC?

If you are attending Fall Semester 2021, Spring Semester 2022 or Summer 2022, you should complete the 2021-2022 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 received 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.