February 6, 2024
Did you know that more than 3.6 million students have already submitted their 2024-2025 FAFSA?
The Department of Education just released a new web page with tips to help students successfully complete their FAFSA Form. Here it is: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/fafsa-support/pro-tips
Not yet one of the 3.6 million? Let us help you with your FAFSA!
We offer Drop-In Hours at the RCC Financial Aid Office in the Whitcomb Student Center.
Tuesdays 10 am-1 pm
Thursdays 1 pm-4 pm
Or, set up an appointment at a time that’s good for you: calendly.com/rccfinancial_aid
February 2, 2024
You may have recently heard in the news about a delay in students’ FAFSA files being sent to schools this year. Please be assured that RCC plans to process all FAFSA files received in as timely a manner as possible and anticipates awarding eligible students around the typical time for our school (usually around May).
The US Department of Education is sending students who have completed the FAFSA their FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS) notification by email. By logging onto studentaid.gov, students can check for any errors or verification flags and take necessary steps to resolve them now. Students can also view their Student Aid Index (SAI) to see if they might qualify for the Next NC Scholarship.
If you have not yet completed your 2024-2025 FAFSA, now is the time. Log onto studentaid.gov to get started. If you need help with your FAFSA, stop by the RCC Financial Aid Office Tuesdays between 10-1 or Thursdays between 1-4. Alternatively, you can schedule an individual appointment with a Financial Aid team member at this link.
We look forward to assisting you!
January 2, 2024
Launch of the 2024-25 FAFSA® Form
There are major changes and improvements coming to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. This redesigned and streamlined FAFSA form is now available during a “soft launch” period, and users may experience technical issues when navigating the site. The RCC Financial Aid Office recommends that students register for the January 9 webinar and for FAFSA Day on January 27.
What You Need To Know Now
The 2024–25 FAFSA form will expand eligibility for federal student aid.
- 610,000 new students from low-income backgrounds will be eligible to receive Federal Pell Grants due to updates to student aid calculations.
- Use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to get an early estimate of what your federal student aid could be after submitting the new form.
The 2024–25 FAFSA form will offer a new, streamlined user experience for students and their families.
- Applicants will be able to skip as many as 26 FAFSA questions, depending on their individual circumstances. Some applicants will need to complete as few as 18 questions, taking less than 10 minutes.
- Watch our “2024–25 FAFSA FAQs” playlist to better understand what’s changed on the new form.
What You Can Do Now
- Didn’t submit a 2023–24 FAFSA form? Make sure to create your StudentAid.gov account —and remember your username and password so you can access and submit the 2024–25 FAFSA form when it’s available.
- Find out if your parent(s) or spouse will need to be contributors (contribute their info on your FAFSA form).
- If your parent(s) or spouse will need to contribute to your form, make sure each contributor creates their own StudentAid.gov account. Even if a contributor doesn’t have a Social Security number, they will be able to create an account when the 2024–25 form goes live.
- Watch our “Preparing for the FAFSA Form” playlist to understand what information and documents you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA form.
Stay informed about 2024–25 FAFSA changes and receive up-to-date notifications and information:
- Did you fill out a FAFSA form for 2023–24? We’re emailing students (and parents of dependent students) who applied on the 2023–24 form, reminding them to apply for 2024–25. To ensure you receive future updates, log in to your StudentAid.gov account and confirm we’ve got your current email address.
- Follow Federal Student Aid on social media for resources and announcements—including an alert when the new FAFSA form is available to complete.
Additional resources and updated information will be coming soon.