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Affordable Education | Financial Aid - Types | FAFSA | Scholarships Offered | Galileo Scholarship | EOF Program | Paying Tuition | NJ STARS | Cost of RVCC | Financial Aid Deadlines | Non-credit Courses | Part-time Students | Payback Grants? | Part-time Students | Paying for BooksRVCC: Affordable, High Quality Education
Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is the right choice for a high quality, affordable education. The College is committed to ensuring that financial hardship does not stand in the way of a student attending. A wide variety of financial aid opportunities are available to full- and part-time students.
What types of financial aid are available at RVCC?
RVCC offers a full range of financial aid options, including Federal Pell Grants, NJ Tuition Aid Grants, Federal Stafford Student Loans, academic scholarships and Federal Work Study.
What is a FAFSA application and when is it required?
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is required for all need-based forms of financial aid, including Federal Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, NJ Tuition Aid Grants and some RVCC scholarships. Once the application is completed, students can apply for both federal and/or state aid. Applications are available at RVCC’s Financial Aid Office or can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Applying online will reduce the processing time from four to two weeks. RVCC’s six-digit federal code for FAFSA is 007731.
What scholarships does RVCC offer? How can a student apply?
RVCC offers more than 20 different types of academic scholarships, ranging in annual amounts from $250 to $2000. Scholarships are also available for dependents of September 11 victims and members of Phi Theta Kappa (International Honor Society). Scholarship applications are available on our website, www.raritanval.edu.
Who is eligible for a Galileo Scholarship?
The Galileo Scholarship is awarded annually to students who are interested in majoring in science, math, engineering and technology. The scholarships are based on academic potential and financial need.
What is the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program?
The Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) provides both financial assistance and support services to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Students receive grant awards. To qualify for the EOF Program, applicants must demonstrate economic eligibility; have earned a high school diploma or GED; and have resided in New Jersey for at least one year. To qualify, a student must apply to a New Jersey college or university and file a FAFSA application.
Can RVCC students receive federal and state grants and loans?
RVCC participates in most of the federal and state financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) and Stafford Loans. A FASFA application is required for all grants and loans.
Does RVCC offer a Tuition Payment Plan?
Yes. In order to reduce the burden of paying an entire semester’s tuition at one time, RVCC offers a TuitionPay Plan through AMS TuitionPay. The TuitionPay Plan is not a loan, so there are no interest charges—just an enrollment fee. Education bills are divided into manageable payments over the course of a semester. There are no eligibility requirements to participate. You can register for the AMS payment plan online at www.TuitionPay.com.
What is NJSTARS and who is eligible for the program?
NJ STARS provides scholarships to top NJ high school graduates who attend their local community colleges, including RVCC.
What does it cost to attend RVCC?
Tuition at RVCC is a fraction of what it would cost to attend a four-year public or private college in New Jersey or anywhere in the country.
Are there deadlines for applying for financial aid at RVCC?
No. A student can apply for financial aid anytime during the semester in which he or she wishes to receive aid.
Are non-credit courses covered under financial aid?
A student is eligible to receive aid for English as a Second Language programs or remedial coursework if he or she has declared a major. Students cannot receive financial aid for non-credit Continuing Education courses.
Does a student have to be enrolled full-time to receive financial aid?
No. A student may receive the Pell Grant for taking as little as one credit. The Tuition Aid Grant and Student Loan programs require a minimum of six credits.
Does a student have to pay back Pell Grants, Tuition Aid Grants or EOF Grants?
No. Students do not have to pay back grants.
Can a student use financial aid to purchase books?
Yes. If a student has excess financial aid funds beyond tuition and fees, the credit can be used to purchase books at the RVCC bookstore during the first 10 days of the semester. After the 10th day of the semester, the bookstore will no longer accept financial aid book vouchers.