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. Although we accept applications throughout the year, the priority date for the 2019-2020 school year is February 15, 2019. Students who complete their files by this deadline will have an award letter prior to the first disbursement date.


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 2019: September 26, 2019

Spring Semester 2020: February 12, 2020

Summer Session 2020: June 24, 2020

What term are you attending with RCTC?

If you are attending Fall Semester 2019, Spring Semester 2020, and/or Summer Session 2020, you will complete the 2019-2020 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.