Congratulations on your decision to attend Rend Lake College. Higher education is a valuable accomplishment and choosing a community college gives you more bang for your educational buck. Take factors like living at home, or working a job while enrolled in a flexible schedule; and pair them with federal aid, scholarships and grants. Many community college students can nearly attend for free.
RLC Financial Aid is here to help you figure out how you are going to pay for it.
Financial aid comes in the form of grants, scholarships, academic awards, employment and loans. Each type of aid is available at RLC. For students who are eligible, the Financial Aid Office will defer payment of tuition, fees, books and educational supplies up to the amount of the scholarship, academic award or grant they are qualified to receive. Financial aid not used to cover direct costs will be issued to the student through BankMobile approximately the tenth week of the semester.
Veterans Services are available from staff in the Financial Aid Office.
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Next, if you decide you would like to pursue financial aid options, we'll need to determine your eligibility. Go online and complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Be sure to include RLC's federal school code 007119.
Finally, set up a meeting with an RLC Financial Aid staff member and we can talk about your options.
Students who are eligible for financial aid may defer payment of tuition, fees, books, and supplies up to the amount of aid they are receiving. Financial aid not used to cover direct costs will be issued to the student via their BankMobile selection.
RLC Financial Aid Office Code of Conduct
Rend Lake College Financial Aid Office employees are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct in all aspects of the administration of their duties, specifically including all duties conducted in dealing with any entity involved in any way with financial assistance. This pertains regardless of whether said entities are involved in a government sponsored, subsidized or regulated activity. Any Rend Lake College employee who is either directly involved with financial assistance or indirectly involved with financial assistance should:
- Never take any action for his or her personal gain or benefit.
- Never take any action that he or she believes is or might be contrary to law, regulation or the best interests of the students and parents we serve.
- In every circumstance ensure that the information given to students and parents is accurate and unbiased and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal or institutional gain.
- In every instance be objective in making decisions and advising the college regarding any institution involved in any aspect of student financial assistance.
- Never solicit or accept anything from an entity involved in the making, holding, consolidating or processing of any student loans, including anything of value, including reimbursement of expenses for serving on an advisory board or as part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.
- Always disclose to the college any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of financial aid.
Statement of Ethical PrincipalsRend Lake College adheres to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Statement of Ethical Principles which is denoted below: The Statement provides that financial aid professionals shall:
- Be committed to removing financial barriers for those who wish to pursue postsecondary learning.
- Make every effort to assist students with financial need.
- Be aware of the issues affecting students and advocate their interests at the institutional, state, and federal levels.
- Support efforts to encourage students, as early as the elementary grades, to aspire to and plan for education beyond high school.
- Educate students and families through quality consumer information.
- Respect the dignity and protect the privacy of students, and ensure the confidentiality of student records and personal circumstances.
- Ensure equity by applying all need analysis formulas consistently across the institution’s full population of student financial aid applicants.
- Provide services that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or economic status.
- Recognize the need for professional development and continuing education opportunities.
- Promote the free expression of ideas and opinions, and foster respect for diverse viewpoints within the profession.
- Commit to the highest level of ethical behavior and refrain from conflict of interest or the perception thereof.
- Maintain the highest level of professionalism, reflecting a commitment to the goals of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Student Loan Code of Conduct
Prohibition against remuneration to Rend Lake CollegeRend Lake College will not solicit, accept or agree to accept anything of value from any Lending Institution, Guarantee Agency or Servicer in exchange for any advantage or consideration provided by the Lending Institution related to its student loan activity. This prohibition covers, but is not limited to:
- Revenue Sharing Agreements
- Any computer hardware which Rend Lake College pays below market prices
- Any computer software used to manage loans unless the software can manage disbursements from all lenders
- Any printing costs, postage or services
This does not prevent Rend Lake College from soliciting, accepting or agreeing to favorable terms and conditions where the benefit is made directly to student borrowers.
Prohibition against remuneration to Rend Lake College employeesRend Lake College will require and enforce that no officer, trustee, director, employee or agent of the college will accept anything more than a nominal value on his or her own behalf or on behalf of another during any 12 month period from, or on behalf of any Lending Institution, Guarantee Agency or Servicer. This prohibition will include, but not be limited to a ban on any payment or reimbursement from any Lending Institution, Guarantee Agency or Servicer to college employees for lodging, meals or travel to conferences or training seminars. This does not preclude any officer, trustee, director, employee or agent of the college from receiving compensation for conducting non-college business with a Lending Institution, Guarantee Agency or Servicer or from accepting compensation that is offered to the general public.
This prohibition does not prevent the college from holding membership in any nonprofit professional associations.
Ban on giftsNo Rend Lake College employee involved in the affairs of the college’s financial aid office shall solicit or accept any gift from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans.
“Gifts” are defined as but not limited to: Any type of gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item having more than a token monetary value. The term includes a gift of services, transportation, lodging, or meals, whether provided in kind, by purchase of a ticket, payment in advance, or reimbursement after the expense has been incurred.
The following items would not be considered to be “gifts”:
- Standard material, activities, or programs on issues related to a loan, default aversion, default prevention, or financial literacy, such as a brochure, a workshop, or training.
- Food, refreshments, training, or informational material furnished to any officer, trustee, director or university employee, as an integral part of a training session that is designed to improve the service of a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans to the institution, if such training contributes to the professional development of the officer, trustee, director or employee.
- Favorable terms, conditions, and borrower benefits on an education loan provided to a student employed by the institution if such terms, conditions, or benefits are comparable to those provided to all students of the institution.
- Entrance and exit counseling services provided to borrowers to meet the institution's responsibilities for entrance and exit counseling as required…”as long as”: the institution's staff are in control of the counseling (and) such counseling does not promote the products or services of any specific lender.
- Philanthropic contributions that are unrelated to education loans or any contribution not made in exchange for any advantage related to education loans.
- State education grants, scholarships, or financial aid funds administered by or on behalf of a State.
Ban on gifts to family membersGifts to family members of any officer, trustee, director or college employee will be considered a gift to said any officer, trustee, director or college employee if:
- the gift is given with the knowledge and acquiescence of the officer, trustee, director or college employee (and)
- the officer, trustee, director or college employee has reason to believe the gift was given because of the official position of said officer, trustee, director or college employee
Limits of college employees participating on lender advisory boardsRend Lake College will require and enforce that no officer, trustee, director or employee of the college from receiving any remuneration for serving as a member or participant of an advisory board of any Lending Institution, Guarantee Agency or Servicer or receiving any reimbursement of expenses from said participation.
This does not preclude any officer, trustee, director or employee from participating on any lender advisory board that are unrelated to student loans. This does not preclude any Rend Lake College employee not involved in the affairs of the college’s financial aid office from serving on the Board of Directors of a publicly traded or privately held company.
Contracting arrangements prohibitedAny officer, trustee, director or employee is prohibited from accepting any payments of any kind from a lender in exchange for any type of consulting services related to educational loans.
- This does not prevent anyone else in the institution that has nothing to do with student loans from entering into these agreements.
- This does not prevent anyone not employed in the financial aid office who has “some” responsibility for student loans from entering into these agreements if that individual in writing, recuses him or herself from any decision regarding educational loans.
- This does not prevent anybody from serving on a Board of Directors or trustee of an institution if the individual recuses him or herself from any decision regarding educational loans.
Revenue sharing agreements prohibitedRend Lake College will not enter any revenue sharing agreement where:
- a lender provides or issues a loan that is made, insured, or guaranteed under this title to students attending the institution or to the families of such students; and
- the institution recommends the lender and in exchange the lender pays a fee or provides other material benefits
Prohibition on offers of funds for private loansRend Lake College will not request or accept any agreement or offer of funds for private loans in exchange for concessions or promises of:
- a specified number of loans made, insured or guaranteed
- a specified loan volume
- a preferred lender arrangement
Ban on staffing assistanceRend Lake College will not request or accept from any lender any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid office staffing.
This does not include:
- Professional development training for financial aid administrators.
- Educational counseling materials, financial literacy materials, or debt management materials to borrowers, provided that such materials disclose to borrowers the identification of any lender that assisted in preparing or providing such materials.
- Staffing services on a short-term, nonrecurring basis to assist the institution with financial aid- related functions during emergencies, including State-declared or federally declared natural disasters.
Interaction with borrowersRend Lake College does not participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program.
- Rend Lake College will not, for any first-time borrower, assign, through award packaging or other methods, the borrower's loan to a particular lender.
- Rend Lake College will not refuse to certify, or delay certification of, any loan based on the borrower's selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency.
Preferred Lender ListsRend Lake College currently does not maintain a Preferred lender list.
Frequently Asked Questions about your 1098T tax form
Please note, employees of Rend Lake College cannot offer tax advice. Students with questions about their 1098-T form or tax benefits are strongly encouraged to consult a qualified tax advisor.
Q. Why did I receive a 1098-T form from Rend Lake College?
A. Form 1098-T is a form provided to you by Rend Lake College that reports, among other things, amounts paid for qualified tuition and related expenses. The form may be useful in calculating the amount of the allowable education tax credits. Rend Lake College is required by the Internal Revenue Service to provide you with this form. The IRS also dictates the manner by which the data on the form is calculated.
Q. What am I supposed to do with my form 1098-T?
A. Students who receive a form 1098-T from Rend Lake College should provide a copy of this form to their tax preparer. Students are also encouraged to provide their tax preparer with copies of their statements showing credits and charges for calendar year 2018.
Q. Why is there information in box 1, but not box 2?
A. Beginning with the 2018 tax year, the IRS requires Rend Lake College to report payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses in box 1. Prior to tax year 2018, Rend Lake College reported amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses in box 2.
Q. What are “qualified tuition and related expenses”?
A. According to the IRS, “Qualified tuition and related expenses are tuition, fees, and course materials required for a student to be enrolled at or attend an eligible educational institution.” (www.irs.gov)
Q. The amount of money I paid to Rend Lake College does not match the information on the 1098-T. Why?
A. According to the IRS, box 1 includes, “…the total amount of payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses from all sources during the calendar year. The amount reported is the total amount of payments received less any reimbursements or refunds made during the calendar year that relate to the payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses during the same calendar year. The amount reported is not reduced by scholarships and grants reported in box 5.”
This means that if a student made a payment in calendar year 2018 for charges assessed in calendar year 2017, that payment will not be reported in box 1. Charges that were assessed in 2017 were reported in box 2 of the 2017 1098-T. (Please note that for tax year 2017 and before, Rend Lake College did not provide a 1098-T to students whose scholarships and grants exceeded their tuition charges.)
Q. If I paid more in tuition and fees than what is reflected in box 1, can I claim more on my taxes?
A. We cannot offer tax advice. We encourage you to contact a qualified tax advisor.
Q. Can you explain to me how the amount in box 1 was calculated?
A. The amount of payments reported in box 1 is limited to the total amount billed for qualified tuition and related expenses during the same calendar year. This means that if a student made a payment in calendar year 2018 for charges assessed in calendar year 2017, that payment will not be reported in box 1. Please note, this calculation method is based upon IRS regulations, and Rend Lake College is required to follow these regulations.
Q. Can I access my 1098-T online?
A. Visit www.tsc1098t.com
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If you have additional questions, please contact the Rend Lake College Business Office.
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