Welcome to the Financial Aid Information page!

We know that anxiety over the Financial Aid process can cause stress for students.  We hope that we can provide you with the information that you need to make decisions that are best for you and help to meet the financial needs of your educational goals.

What is Financial Aid?

Student Financial Aid is financial assistance for students taking at least 6
credits per semester. Your FAFSA can help to determine your eligibility.  There are four types of aid that eligible students may access, this aid can include:

Students must update their FAFSA every year, after October 1.

Who gets Federal Financial Aid?

Every student who meets certain eligibility requirements can get some type of federal student aid.  For the full list of eligibility requirements, visit StudentAid.gov/eligibility

Some of the most basic eligibility requirements for students are:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • Demonstrate financial need (for most programs)
  • Have a valid Social Security number (some exceptions apply)
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (for most programs)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college, career school, or graduate school
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
  1. Use the ‘Click to Complete your FAFSA’ button at the top of this page, or visit the Federal Student Aid site through this link.
  2. Don’t forget to visit our Scholarship Page and sign up for an Award Spring account.  Contact us if you’re interested in school or state grants
  3. If you are a dependent student (age 24 and under, regardless of where you live*) you will need to provide your income tax information, along with your parents on the FAFSA. * There are some exceptions, please contact the financial aid office to learn more. Or, visit StudentAid.gov/dependency.
  4. If you are an independent student (age 25 and above, regardless of where you live) you will need to provide only your income tax information on the FAFSA.  
  5. Free help is available at any time during the application process. Online help is available while you complete your application at fafsa.gov. You can also get free information and help from your school counselor, the financial aid office at RVCC, (603.542.7744 x 2, or by email: rvccfinaid@ccsnh.edu) or the U.S. Department of Education at StudentAid.gov or 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). 
  6. Your FAFSA information has to be correct to ensure that you receive your aid promptly and in the right amount.
  7. Always respond to (or act upon) any correspondence your school sends you—and meet all deadlines so that your aid is not delayed.
  8. Tuition is due two weeks before each semester.  If this is the first time that you have completed a FAFSA, or you are completing your annual renewal, please leave yourself plenty of time to complete the process.
  9. After you submit your FAFSA form, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that summarizes the data you submitted. If you provided a valid email address in your application, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to access an online copy of your SAR within three days (if you apply at fafsa.gov or through the myStudentAid mobile app) or three weeks (if you mail in a paper FAFSA form).
    When you receive your SAR, review it to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes on your FAFSA form.
  10.  Visit the Federal Student Aid YouTube Channel and subscribe to view short, informative, and helpful videos on every stage of the Federal Student Aid application process, loan information, and repayment (such as the video below on the FAFSA application process).
  11. Your financial aid will not be disbursed for 6 – 8 weeks into each semester.
85%

of our Students Receive Financial Aid