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Will I have Financial Aid to take a summer class?

Summer Financial Aid consists of Federal Pell Grant that is unused in the previous Fall and Spring. Therefore, if you were full time at RCC or any other school in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 you are required to register for at least six credits to receive any financial aid for Summer 2018.

If you did not attend both semesters the amount you have left for summer is calculated as below:

Pell for Fall SemesterNumber of credits taken% Pell Left
Full Time 12 or more credits each semester 0%
Three Quarter time 9 to 11 credits 25%
Half Time 6 to 8 credits 50%
Less Than Half time is 1 to 5 credits 75%

 

Pell for Spring SemesterNumber of credits taken% Pell Left
Full Time 12 or more credits each semester 0%
Three Quarter time 9 to 11 credits 25%
Half Time 6 to 8 credits 50%
Less Than Half time is 1 to 5 credits 75%

EXAMPLES:

If Suzie Student took 9 credit in the fall, and 14 credits in the spring, she has Pell left to cover one class for the summer.

If Steve Student took 14 credits in the fall, and 12 in the spring he would have to take six credits to receive any aid for summer.

If Sean, a student was in 9 credits for the Fall, and 8 for the Spring, he would have one class left over from fall (less than half-time) and two classes left over from spring (half-time), so he could receive Pell for up to three classes.

There are situations where students who did not attend full time still may not have eligibility, for instance, students who are near their lifetime limits on Pell (six years), or students who are not meeting the minimum requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), after their spring grades are received.  Financial Aid is never guaranteed to cover the entire bill, you should compare your awarded aid to the amount of your bill.

Once you enroll in summer classes your financial aid eligibility will be determined and you will be able to view it on the student portal at MyRCC under the Financial Aid Tab. Students who are on Warning or an Academic Plan for Spring 2018 SAP will not be awarded until their grades are received, evaluated and approved. Students who are receiving refund checks for the Spring semester should consider saving a portion of your refund to help cover summer classes!