RHC participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. The RHC Financial Aid Office does not advocate or endorse any Private/Education loans due to the low cost of a community college education in California, the availability of grant and scholarship aid, and lower cost Federal Direct Stafford Loans. Students interested in applying for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan need to complete the following:
- Attend a scheduled mandatory loan workshop. All workshop dates are located in the Calendar section when workshops are available.
- Financial Aid file must be completed, before we can accept your loan application. Your file is complete once you have received award notifcation from the Financial Aid Office and awards posted on your student portal.
- You must be enrolled and attending 6 units or more.
- You must have an eligibility of Good or Warning.
This federally funded program provides grants to needy undergraduates who have not already received a bachelor’s degree. Actual award amounts vary according to the student’s eligibility on the FAFSA and enrollment status. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens and complete the FAFSA and other required supplemental materials. Applications for financial aid are available every January 1 of the new year.
Federal law restricts students to a lifetime limit of six full-time equivalent years of Pell Grant. The 6-year limit is based on full-time attendance. All semesters in which you have received a Pell Grant at any college count toward the 6-year limit.
FSEOG is designed to help undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional need (according to the federal formula). You will automatically be considered for this grant if you complete the FAFSA. To receive FSEOG, you must be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. Funding is limited.
The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides opportunities to students who have financial need and want to earn a part of their educational expenses through employment. Interested students are required to complete a FAFSA and other supplemental materials. Funds are extremely limited for FWS, so make sure you submit your FAFSA early, and indicate on your FAFSA application that you are interested in Federal Work Study respond quickly to any request for more information and/or corrections, and meet the SAP policy. Students must be enrolled in 6 or more units during Fall and Spring semesters.
State of California Programs
The Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) provides enrollment fee waivers for low income California residents and eligible AB 540 students attending community colleges. The BOGW waives the $46.00 per unit fee and the $1.00 student representative fee. Students may apply and quality for a BOGW by completing the FAFSA application or California Dream Act Application listing our school code (001269). In order for a student to be considered for a BOGW waiver, he or she must have a valid FAFSA application or California Dream Act Application in our system during the semester he or she is attending. If you pay your unit fees and then receive a BOGW waiver, you will receive a refund check sent to the address on file at Admissions and Records Department.
IF your BOGW is awarded AFTER the last day of the semester, you will not be eligible to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued after the end of the semester. No exceptions.
Cal Grant is a grant offered by the State of California and is open to California residents attending a college or university in California. The grant has an annual application deadline of March 2nd for the following academic year, and is based on both need, income and GPA. There is an additional deadline of September 2nd for California Community College only. Students must file both a completed FAFSA and a GPA Verification Form prior to the deadline, in order to be considered. Cal Grant deadline for Dream Act applicants is March; the additional September 2nd deadline does not apply to these students.
Financial aid for students under the California Dream Act began in January 2013. Beginning the 2013-2014 academic year eligible AB 540 students can apply for Cal Grant awards and BOGW Fee Waiver. Students can apply for method C BOGW Fee Waiver through the California Dream Act Application. For more information on the California Dream Act, please see the information below:
The California Chafee Grant is an additional grant for current or former California foster youth to help pay for college or career and technical training. Chafee Grants don’t have to be paid back.