FINANCIAL AID REQUIREMENTS
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Make sure to add Rend Lake College’s Federal School Code (007119) to your application to ensure that the results of the FAFSA are available to our office. The online application is available at http://www.fafsa.gov. We strongly encourage all students to complete the application online. However, a paper application can still be obtained by calling 1-800-433-3243.
- Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED to be eligible for federal and state aid. Homeschooled students may be asked to provide a secondary school completion credential. If the state in which the student was homeschooled does not require homeschooled students to obtain a secondary school completion credential, a student may be asked to provide a transcript, or the equivalent, signed by a parent or guardian, that lists the secondary school courses you completed and documents the successful completion of a secondary school education in a homeschool setting.
- Applicants must be pursuing a degree or certificate. Degree programs include Associate of Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science Degrees and the one year Occupational Certificates. The following level classes are not eligible for financial aid: 1600, 1700, 1800, and 1900 level as well as all COMED classes. Short term training programs such as Truck Driving and Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) are not eligible. We encourage students to check with the Financial Aid Office if they are unsure if their program of study will be covered under financial aid.
- Males who are at least 18 years of age and born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service in order to receive financial aid. Students who believe they are not required to be registered should call the Selective Service office at 1-847-688-6888 for information regarding exemption.
- Applicants must provide ALL documentation requested by the Financial Aid Office, including tax forms, if needed to complete verification. Failing to provide requested documentation will result in being ineligible for financial aid.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Cannot be in default on student loans or owe a refund on any Title IV funds.
- Use all funds received from Title IV financial aid programs for expenses related to study at Rend Lake College.
- A change in enrollment may affect a student's financial aid. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office when any schedule changes are made including withdrawal from classes.
- Students must be enrolled in eligible courses. The amount of aid a student is eligible to receive is adjusted for different enrollment statuses.
- Full-time = 12 or more credit hours
- Three-quarter time = 9-11 credit hours
- Half-time = 6-8 credit hours
- Part-time = 3-5 credit hours
Eligibility to receive financial assistance is based on the previous year's income data. However, if your family's financial situation has recently changed for the worse because of 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 expected gross income rather than actual prior-year income information. If you feel you may meet one of these special circumstances, you should contact the Financial Aid Office.