Important FAFSA and Financial Aid Delay Information

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The Department of Education has announced that student FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) data will not be released to institutions of higher education until March. Once Rochester Community and Technical College receives your FAFSA® information, we will provide you with personalized information about your next steps in the coming weeks. Until RCTC receives your form, we won’t be able to answer questions about your aid eligibility or status, but we CAN help students who still need to submit their 2024-2025 FAFSA®. Get in contact with us at 507-285-7557 or

The Department of Education will send you an email when your FAFSA® information has been sent to your selected schools and when you can access your FAFSA® Submission Summary on You can also check the status of your FAFSA® form on in the first half of March.

As a student, please know that the delay will not impact the amount of the award you are eligible to receive.

To best prepare financially for the Fall 2024 term,

  • have access to 2022 tax materials in case needed for verification,
  • complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA®, and
  • understand the cost of attendance.

We ask for your patience as our Financial Aid team works through student data files as they become available.

Pro Tips for the 2024-2025 FAFSA Form