Free College with the RCC Commitment

Free College

The RCC Commitment was created to help those students who do not qualify for other student financial assistance, but need help paying for college. During the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters, students may be eligible to receive this assistance – not a loan – for educational expenses at RCC. Full-time eligible students may receive up to $2,000 per year ($1,000 per semester). Less than full-time students may receive a partial award.

  • Enroll in a curriculum program during the 2022-23 academic year.
  • Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2022-23
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $8,501 - $15,000.  (“EFC” is based upon student’s FAFSA determination)
  • Have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent
  • Meet the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

Eligibility for additional academic years will be based on available funding.

Students who do not qualify for the RCC Commitment or federal and state student aid programs should contact the RCC Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs to learn about additional opportunities to help pay for college. 

  • Applicants need to apply for admission.
  • Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • There is not a separate RCC Commitment application, as consideration for funding is automatic once the RCC admissions application and the FAFSA are completed. 
  • Eligible students will receive an award notification from the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs.