Financial Aid

At Rockford Career College, we’re committed to helping students understand their options in the obtainment of funds for financing their education. The primary purpose of financial aid at Rockford Career College is to provide financial assistance, within its available resources, to those students who, without such assistance, would not be able to attend.

Who Qualifies?

All financial aid recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a citizen of the U.S. or an eligible non-citizen
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Be enrolled in a college degree or diploma program
  • Be registered with the Selective Service if required
  • Have financial need as determined by the Federal Need Analysis (except for unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans)
  • Not owe a repayment on a grant or be in default at another college
  • Demonstrate satisfactory academic progress in a program of study
  • Not currently receiving financial aid at another college

Types of Financial Aid

Generally speaking, financial aid falls into two categories-grants and loans. Grants do not need to be repaid; loans do. Here are the most popular programs:

  • Grants: This type of aid does not need to be repaid and is typically based on financial need. Such grants include the Federal Pell Grant.
  • Loans: Low interest loans provided by the federal government are available to those who qualify. Loans include the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan and the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, both of which must be repaid.

See the Financial Aid Office for details on these and other programs that can help you pay for college.

Agency Funding

Rockford Career College is approved for participation in various funding programs for those who have been laid off or are economically disadvantaged. For more information, contact RCC’s liaison at the Illinois Employment Training Center, phone 395-6600.

Employer Reimbursement

Employers have programs that reimburse students for educational costs. Students should contact the human resources office at their place of employment to determine if such funding is available.

Veterans Benefits

RCC is approved for veterans training, and an application for such benefits is available from the college’s Financial Aid Office or the local office of the Veterans Administration.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Secure your U.S. Dept. of Education PIN today at
  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can do so online at or in person in the college Financial Aid Office. RCC's FAFSA code is 008545.
  • Deadlines to apply are May 1 for fall, winter, and spring quarters; April 15 for the summer quarter.

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