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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.

Follow these steps to apply for or renew your financial aid:

 

Step one

 

CREATE A FSA ID USERNAME & PASSWORD: An FSA ID is a username and password that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. For Dependent students, your parent must create their own FSA ID.

 

Step 2

 

COMPLETE THE FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA): Add RCC’s federal school code of 008612. Don’t forget to hit the submit button once completed. For questions, use the help section on the FAFSA. Allow 3-5 business days for your FAFSA to be processed and sent to RCC.

Step three

 

SUBMIT ALL REQUESTED DOCUMENTS ASAP! Once RCC’s Financial Aid Office receives your completed FAFSA, we will notify you via email if further documents are needed to complete processing. Allow 1-2 weeks for processing.

WATCH THESE VIDEOS FOR HELP ON COMPLETING YOUR FAFSA:

 

 

 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive federal and/or state student aid, you must:

  • Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number. (Students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are exempt from this requirement.)
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe a refund on a federal student grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
  • Register (or already be registered) with the Selective Service System, if you are a male and not currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. (Students from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau are exempt from registering; see https://sss.gov for more information.)
  • Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans). If you have such a conviction, you must complete the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet to determine if you are eligible for aid or partially eligible for aid.

Many types of student aid also require you to have financial need. Additionally, once you have a bachelor’s degree or a first professional degree, you are generally not eligible for certain types of aid.

Veterans

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.

Award Amounts:  Ranges from $650 to $6,195

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG):

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 with the lowest Expected Family Contributions 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.

Award Amounts:  $400 per year (Fall and Spring). May qualify for a summer award.

FEDERAL WORK-STUDY

The Federal Work-Study program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study. Students with Bachelor’s degrees are eligible.

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours
  • Must complete a FAFSA
  • Must have financial need
  • May work an average of 15 – 20 hours per week.

To apply for an available position, please complete the Federal Work Study Application Form and submit to the Financial Aid Office.

Award Amounts:  FWS funds are limited to availability of positions, funds, and completion of the interview process.  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.

FWS employment is determined by the student’s total FWS award, the student’s class schedule, and the student’s academic progress.

 

AMERICA READS

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.

NC COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRANT

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.

NC EDUCATION LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP

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 APPLY FOR AN RCC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

 

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.

Guidelines

  • 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 a FAFSA?

It is a Free Application For Federal Student Aid.

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov

What is the school code for RCC?

RCC’s school code is 008612

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 if my family's financial situation changes?

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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LOPES, ZILMA

Director of Financial Aid | Building – 13, 
Email: zlopes@robeson.edu
Phone: (910) 272-3662

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CHAVIS, SUSAN

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

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DEMOSS, JEFFREY

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

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EMANUEL, LAVERNA

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

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HUNT, KEVIN

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

 

Location:  Building 13, 
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 1460, Lumberton, NC 28359
Phone Number:   910-272-3352
Fax Number:  910-272-3314
Email:   finaid@robeson.edu
Hours:   Monday – Thursday: 8 am to 6 pm, Friday: 8 am to 3 pm

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