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Applying for Financial Aid


1 Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid after October 1st for the upcoming school year. Use our school code 007119.

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2 Your application may be selected for a process called verification.

The Financial Aid Office will mail you a letter listing the items needed for verification and a worksheet to be completed. Your financial aid award cannot be determined until all of the requested forms are received. Contact the Financial Aid Office at (618) 437-5321 ext. 1385 for more information.

Types of Verification

A student may be selected for one of three types of verification listed below. You will be required to provide the information under the selected group.

V1– Standard Verification Group:

  • Verification worksheet – V1
  • Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) or 2019 Tax Return Transcript, if filed
  • Non-filers must submit a statement of non-filing, W2, and a Statement of Support.
  • Proof of Illinois Residency if filed between October 1 and August 1, 2021

V4– Custom Verification Group:

  • Verification worksheet – V4
  • Proof of High School completion –Diploma or official transcripts, GED certificate or transcript, transcript showing 2-year program completion, or home school credential or transcript.
  • Must meet in person and present an official government ID.  We will verify the ID to the student, photocopy it and have the student/RLC employee complete the identity statement on the verification worksheet.  If the student is unable to come to our office, they may have that portion of the worksheet notarized.
  • Proof of Illinois Residency if filed between October 1 and August 1, 2021

V5– Aggregate Verification Group:

Verification worksheet – V5

  • DRT or 2019 Tax Return Transcript, if filed
  • Non-filers must submit a non-filer statement, W2s, and a Statement of Support.
  • Proof of High School completion – Diploma or official transcripts, GED certificate or transcript, transcript showing 2-year program completion, or home school credential or transcript.
  • Must meet in person and present an official government ID.  We will verify the ID to the student, photocopy it and have the student/RLC employee completethe identity statement on the verification worksheet.  If the student is unable to come to our office, they may have that portion of the worksheet notarized.
  • Proof of Illinois Residency if filed between October 1 and August 1, 2021           

In addition, you may have to verify the following:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Government ID
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • High School Transcript, signed with graduation date (Home Schooled)
  • Social Security Card
  • DD-214
  • Default Clearance Letter
  • Documentation of Emancipation from the court
  • Documentation of Legal Guardianship from the court
  • Documentation of Orphan/Ward of Court
  • Death Certificates/documentation from the court
  • Documentation of Unaccompanied Youth
  • Letter from the high school stating the McKinney-Veto Act
  • Federal Grant Overpayment Resolution
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport, or Certificate of Naturalization
  • Proof of Selective Service Registration
  • Resolution of Over Loan Limits Issue
  • Signature Sheet
  • 4506T - Statement of Nonfiler from the IRS
  • Documentation of SAP for Unusual Enrollment
  • Documentation of Untaxed Income
3 After the school receives ALL required documents and makes any necessary corrections, you will be mailed an award letter. 

An award letter is your confirmation that you have been approved to receive grants. Do not assume that grants have been processed for you until you receive an award letter from the school.

 

4 Your aid will be applied to tuition and fees.

Remaining funds can be used for books and supplies in the RLC Bookstore during the first three weeks of the semester.

 

What if I'm not grant eligible?

If the results of the FAFSA indicate that you are not grant eligible, the Financial Aid Office will take no further action on your application.

If you are interested in applying for additional sources of financial aid, please see the Types of Aid section. 

Special Circumstances

If you or your family's financial situation has worsened due to a death, separation/ divorce, or a loss of a job or benefits, you may meet one of the "Special Circumstances" that will allow financial aid eligibility to be based on prior year or current year gross income rather than actual prior-prior year income information. If you feel you may meet one of these special circumstances, contact the Financial Aid Office.

 

 

   FAFSA Overview - Federal Student Aid

 

Office of Financial Aid
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1385
Email: rlcfa@rlc.edu
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Financial Aid
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Financial Aid

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