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Financial Aid

Your education at Robeson Community College is one of the most valuable investments you will make in your life. The financial aid office is committed to helping you find ways to finance your education because we believe attending college should not be limited by your family’s financial resources.

Through a sincere commitment to all students and their families, we strive to eliminate financial and other barriers to higher education. We make a conscious effort to reach out to those with exceptional economic and educational needs. We are dedicated to providing high-quality service in a fair, sensitive, and confidential environment to all individuals.

We’re here to provide information about the types of financial aid available to students, financial aid application deadlines, how to accurately complete the FAFSA and any other forms, how much aid you are qualified to receive, ways to avoid or minimize borrowing, and how to request an appeal of certain financial aid decisions. Financial aid administrators are required to abide by the rules and regulations of the programs they administer. Please read all the information given to you, abide by the guidelines, and ask questions if you don’t understand something.

New Applicants

You can apply for federal aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online or by mailing it to the federal processor. You should allow four to six weeks for processing. The financial aid award year runs from July 1st to June 30th. Applications for the upcoming school year are available in the Financial Aid Office after January 15th. You must complete an application for financial aid each year

Apply Here: FAFSA on the Web.

When using the Internet, you must print and mail a signature page before your application can be processed. Please include RCC’s Title IV School Code #008612

Renewing FASFA

If you filed a FAFSA or a Renewal FAFSA for the previous year, the federal processor will mail an electronic pin number to you. You can use the electronic pin number to electronically file a Renewal FAFSA.

Many questions on the Renewal FAFSA will have preprinted information based on the student’s SAR from the previous year. If your information has changed, you must make corrections to the preprinted information, update the income information, and submit it electronically to the federal processor. Remember: You must sign and mail a signature page before your renewal application can be processed. Your pin number can also serve as an electronic signature when completing your FAFSA on the Web.

Student Aid Report

A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be mailed within four to six weeks from the time the FAFSA is submitted. Applicants should review the SAR carefully. The number to telephone concerning your FAFSA application status, requesting a duplicate Student Aid Report, or adding another college is 1-800-433-3243 (Hearing Impaired 1-800-730-8913). The Financial Aid Office will receive the student’s record electronically from the federal processor if RCC is listed on the FAFSA.

To receive priority for all types of aid, you should complete the FAFSA application process so that your SAR is received by March 1st, if you are planning to begin in the Fall semester.

Special Circumstances

If you and/or your family have unusual or extenuating circumstances that are not reflected on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please contact the Financial Aid Office. These circumstances could include unusual medical or dental expenses or tuition expenses for children attending private elementary or secondary school. Also, an adjustment may be made if you, your spouse, or either parent (if applicable) has been recently unemployed, deceased, divorced or separated. Documentation will be required.


You may complete a Special Circumstance Application


Robeson Community College is approved by the Veterans Administration as a training facility for veterans. The Office of Veterans Services, located in the Financial Aid Office in Building 13, coordinates services to over 100 veterans, dependents, guardsmen, and reservists attending classes and receiving veterans’ benefits.


Click here to learn more about Veterans at RCC

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant, which does not have to be repaid, is a federal program providing financial assistance to undergraduate students who demonstrate a need for financial assistance to attend college. The US Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. The Student Aid Report contains the EFC number that determines eligibility.The Federal Pell Grant award amount depends on the student’s financial need, the student’s cost of attendance, whether the student is full-time or part-time, and whether the student attends school for a full academic year or less. Students with Bachelor’s degrees are not eligible. Awards range from $5730 to $602 for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students with an EFC number equal to or greater than 5158 are not eligible for Federal Pell Grant.


The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), which does not have to be repaid, is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need — that is, students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFCs). FSEOG give priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants, do not receive assistance from other sponsors and who apply the earliest in the year.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program is administered directly by RCC’s Financial Aid Office. The amount of aid awarded depends on the student’s financial need, on the amount of other aid the student receives, and on the availability of funds. Students with Bachelor’s degrees are not eligible.


The Federal Work-Study program utilizes federal funds to provide part-time employment for undergraduate students with financial need to help meet their educational expenses. Students with Bachelor’s degrees are eligible. Students who are enrolled at least half-time may work an average of 15 – 20 hours per week. FWS employment is determined by the student’s total FWS award, the student’s class schedule, and the student’s academic progress.

Awarded FWS funds are limited to availability of positions, funds, and completion of the interview process. There are no term limitations on earnings, provided annual limits on the student’s award letter are not exceeded. Students are paid on the last working day of each month, and the amount paid is according to the position and the number of hours worked.


In 1997, President Clinton launched the America Reads Challenge to ensure that children learn to read on their grade level by the third grade. This work-study financial aid program provides students with employment to help meet their financial needs. The student gains work experience as reading tutors involved in service activities that play key roles in working with individual children and supporting classroom activities.


The North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG) is a need based grant established by the North Carolina Legislature. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, through College Foundation, Inc., makes award determinations. The North Carolina Community College Grant provides funds to help meet the educational costs of North Carolina residents attending community colleges.Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements

  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Enroll for at least six credit hours per semester in a curriculum program
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the institution

Eligibility is determined based on the same criteria as the Federal Pell Grant; students not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant may be considered for this grant based on their estimated family contribution as determined on the Student Aid Report (SAR). Students who have earned baccalaureate (four year) college degrees are ineligible.


The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (ELS) was created by the 2005 General Assembly to provide financial assistance to needy North Carolina resident students attending eligible colleges and universities located within the state of North Carolina. Applicant must:

  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
  • Enroll for at least six credit hours per semester in a curriculum program
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the institution
  • Be admitted, enrolled and classified as an undergraduate student in matriculated status in a degree, certificate or diploma program at an eligible North Carolina institution (UNC campuses and NC Community College campuses)

Eligibility is determined based on the same criteria as the Federal Pell Grant with one exception; students not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant with an expected family contribution of $5000 or less will be eligible for an Education Lottery Scholarship. Students who have earned baccalaureate (four-year) college degrees are ineligible. The value per grant will vary according to information that is generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application. 

RCC Scholarships

The RCC Foundation provides two types of scholarship assistance to students.

  • Endowed: Funded with earnings from endowments

  • Annual: Funded with annual gifts from donors




Click to learn more about RCC scholarships

Finish Line Grant

The Finish Line Grant program helps students complete their education when facing unforeseen challenges. In partnership with the Lumber River Workforce Development Board and the Robeson County NCWorks Career Center, RCC offers access to these funds for students who have completed at least 50 percent of their credit or noncredit program and are in good academic standing.


  • Up to $1,000, per student per semester
  • Must be in good academic standing as outlined by RCC policies
  • Must be a current student who has completed (or are enrolled in) at least 50% of their primary course of study
  • Must have a Social Security card

Examples of Qualifying Events

  • Homelessness or lack of permanent housing
  • Unexpected car repairs
  • Loss of computer, or course equipment, after initial purchase, due fire or theft
  • Utility bill (water, gas, and electric)

Ineligible Expenses

  • Internet or phone services
  • Rental or housing deposits, mortgage payments, and property taxes
  • Purchase of a vehicle
  • Fines

To apply contact Financial Aid at 910-272-3700

What is FAFSA?

Free Application For Federal Student Aid

What is a FSA ID & how do you obtain it?

A FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child’s FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. You may create a FSA ID here: FSA ID. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.

What recourse do I have if the FAFSA does not reflect my current financial situation?

If you or your family has unusual circumstances not shown on the FAFSA (such as loss of employment) that might affect your need for student financial aid, submit the FAFSA and then complete a Professional Judgment Request form with RCC Financial Aid Office.

What documents are needed to complete the FAFSA?

The student and/or parent(s) federal tax returns- 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ

What is verification?

Verification is a review of the information you reported on your FAFSA application. Students are randomly selected by the Department of Education for verification. If selected, you will be required to obtain a tax return transcript from the IRS. You may obtain a tax return transcript online at http://www.irs.gov/ or by calling 1-800-908-9946.

Which transcripts are needed to process my financial aid?

To receive financial aid all official high school/GED/college/university/technical school transcripts need to be on file with the Admissions Office.

Does financial aid pay for developmental coursework?

Financial aid will only pay for 30 credit hours of attempted developmental coursework.

What happens to my financial aid if I withdraw from the institution?

A student’s official withdrawal date is used to determine how much financial aid was earned during enrollment for the semester. All unearned portions of financial aid must be returned to the Department of Education. This may leave the student with a balance owed to Robeson Community College. Students will not be eligible to receive additional financial aid for post-secondary education until all unearned portions of financial aid are repaid.


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Interim Financial Aid Director  & Specialist (H-M) | Building – 13, 61D 
Email: jdemoss@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3333

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Financial Aid Specialist | Building – 13, 61H 
Email: schavis@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3661

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Financial Aid Specialist (N-S) | Building – 13, 61C 
Email: lemanuel@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3334

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Financial Aid Specialist (T-Z) | Building – 13, 61G 
Email: tlambert@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3337

Work-Study Application Available

  • If any pell eligible students are interested in work-study to apply now. They can download an application from our website and submit it along with a copy of their schedule to the financial aid office.

    The deadline is September 4, 2019.