Riverside City College Student Financial Aid
Just like classes, you need to apply for financial aid each year — October 1st is
the first day FAFSA and California Dream Act applications are accepted. Applying is
free, and you can even apply before you have registered for classes. Submit your application
as soon as possible to increase your chance of receiving awards; some aid is first
come first served. Need help? Application workshops are held year-round. Everyone
should apply for financial aid, even if you do not think you are eligible.
There are different types of financial aid available. Apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application or the CA Dream Act Application. RCC will email you at your student email once your results have been received, with initial awards and next steps. You can view any tasks you need to complete by visiting Student Forms. Not all students will have required tasks. You can view your award letter on your RCC Portal, under the financial aid link.
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Contact Financial Aid
The office of Student Financial Services is here to help you succeed in college and to guide you throughout the financial aid application, eligibility and disbursement process.
Understanding the Costs
Tuition and fees are only part of the story…books, housing costs, food, personal expenses, transportation…there are other costs in your daily life as a student that you may not have thought about. To get an idea of what the net price/costs to attend school could be, click the button below to visit the Net Price Calculator.
How to Pay for College
There are many types of financial aid to assist you with your educational expenses. Click below to learn more about the financial aid opportunities available to you at RCC.
Financial Aid Support for Your Educational Goals
- Federal Pell Grant (Part of FAFSA application)
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG - Part of FAFSA application)
- Complete the FAFSA
State of California Grants
- California College Promise
- Cal Grant Program
- Student Success Completion Grant
- Chafee Grant Program for eligible foster youth and former foster youth
- California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP)
- CA DreamAct
Scholarships are a great way to help you pay for your college education — offered from diverse organizations for a wide array of interests. Sports, music, faith, business, hobbies, technology…there are many options for how you can connect with additional funding.
Your Steps to Financial Aid
Financial Aid Application Status
- It takes on average 1 week for RCC to receive your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application results electronically
- We will email you at your RCCD student email with initial award information and possible additional tasks
- You can view preliminary awards on your award letter under the financial aid section of Web Advisor
- Not all students will have additional tasks to submit in addition to their FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application.
- If you are notified via email that you have additional tasks, you can access your task list through the FA portal at
- Use your information as listed on your application to log into the FA portal
- If you are having problems accessing your tasks through the FA portal, it may be:
- You have not activated your RCCD student email or
- RCC has not received your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application
- Your personal deadline, which determines when your funds will be disbursed is determined
- Submitting all your required tasks on the FA Portal or
- When we received your completed application without required tasks
- You can view your 2021-2022 disbursement schedule here
You can view your 2022-2023 disbursement schedule here
Revised award notifications are emailed to students based on the file processing deadline date you have been placed on.
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|5.5 or less||Less than Half Time||Pell to be determined if eligible
(not eligible for loans or Cal Grant)
Disbursement eligibility is based on enrollment status prior to the start of the semester. Unit adjustments due to late registration and late start classes will be disbursed on the next fall/spring disbursement date after the start of classes.
Our school delivers your refund with BankMobile Disbursements.
- New Students:
- Students new to receiving financial aid at RCC will receive a green welcome packet from BankMobile Disbursements in the mail AND a welcome email to your RCCD student email with directions on how to log in and create your BankMobile Disbursements account once your application and required tasks have been received.
- Once your account is created, you can choose how you would like to receive your financial
- Direct Deposit to your personal bank account
- Open a BankMobile VIBE debit account or
- Mailed paper check
- Returning Students: If you would like to make changes to the method of disbursement you previously selected from BankMobile Disbursements, you can log on to www.refundselection.com to update your choice.
Avoid delays in receiving your financial aid funds.
- Avoid changing your Home College selection (Riverside, Moreno Valley or Norco)
- Make sure your mailing address and contact information is up to date and accurate on Web Advisor
If your financial circumstances have recently changed and your FAFSA/Dream Application information does not reflect your current financial circumstances, you may request an Income Reevaluation (EFC Appeal).
An Income Re-evaluation (EFC Appeal) provides students/families the opportunity to address income changes that have significantly impacted their household financial situation such unemployment, layoffs or other special circumstances including situations related to the COVID-19 pandemic; to have their eligibility reevaluated. Please note: An EFC appeal does not guarantee a change in financial aid eligibility.
If your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is "0" you have already been offered the maximum amount of aid you are eligible to receive. Therefore; an appeal request will not be granted.
Request Income Re-evaluation (EFC Appeal)
- Submit a Free application for Federal Student Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA).
- Must have received an offered award for the current 2021-2022 academic year.
- Contact the Student Financial Services office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (951) 222-8710 to discuss your circumstances and consideration for an EFC Appeal.
- If eligible for an EFC appeal, log on to your Financial Task Portal at Student Forms and submit all required documentation.
- Once all requested documentation is submitted, you will receive a notification via your RCC email of the outcome of the review.
- Federal 1040 Tax Returns including all schedule for applicable years.
- Detailed statement outlining your and/or family’s situation.
- Must be attending courses for the current academic year.
- Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
You are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), in order to continue receiving your funds — this will be true for all forms of aid. These measures may include:
- Cumulative grade point average - 2.0 GPA
- Complete 67% of units attempted
- Complete program of study within a specific time frame
Each type of aid may have its own specific requirements — know what you must attain in order to avoid losing future funding or being required to pay back what you’ve already received.
All students are evaluated for SAP at the end of each semester.
You are required to maintain a cumulative 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
There are two aspects of the quantitative standard:
- Pace of Progression, you must complete 67% of the units you attempt. For example, a student who attempts 20 units, and successfully completes 12 of those units, would have a 60% Pace of Progression (12 / 20 = .60).
- Maximum Time Frame, is the time in which you must complete your program of study. For example if a student is registered in a program with 60 required units for completion and the maximum time frame is 150%, then the student would be eligible for funding up to 90 units. You must complete your program of study within 150% of the required units.
If you fail to meet the Maximum Time Frame SAP funding will end without a warning period.
Before starting an appeal, review the SAP Policy to understand the SAP evaluation and appeal process.
If you’ve received a warning or ineligible status for financial aid, you should attend the next workshop. We’ll review the requirements that need to be met to receive aid, how the appeal process works and what you need to know to submit your appeal.
- View Workshop Information
- Read RCC's SAP Policy
- Appeal Your Status Online
Workshops and Events
Whether you need answers to questions you already have or you don’t know what questions to ask — there are workshops that can help prepare you for financing your college career while also increasing your financial literacy.
Financial Aid TV
RCC’s Financial Aid TV has short videos of relevant topics that can help shape your college experience — like walking you through completing applications or logging into a web portal. Search for specific content or general topics.
Throughout the year Financial Aid Services hosts information sessions on campus, but we also reach out to K-12 schools and other organizations to promote the financial aid available to current and future RCC students. Where will we be next?
Helping Riverside Students Fulfill Their Promise
The RCC Promise program is part of a state and nationwide effort to provide affordable education. Full-time eligible students who hold to their “promise” receive free no-fee tuition, support for textbooks, priority registration, access to educational and faculty advisors, activities and a dedicated community. Certain restrictions apply.
Additional Forms and Documents
- 2021-22 Consumer Guide
- 2021-22 College Disclosure List
- CCPG Appeal
- Agency Verification Form 2021-22
- Agency Verification Form 2022-23
- 2022 - 23 CCPG Application
For student loan information and forms, email us from your RCCD student email account to email@example.com. Please include your student ID number.