This page includes important things you need to know about Financial Aid, including some helpful resources.
An update from the State of Illinois has indicated the MAP Program underwent a change in the formula for calculating awards as the result of receiving higher than anticipated funding for the 2017-18 year. Students that currently have a Map Grant as part of their financial aid award are being reviewed by the Rock Valley Financial Aid Office to ensure accuracy in anticipation of disbursement.
ISAC announced the suspension of the IL. MAP grant effective 12/21/16.
The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP) explains in detail the academic standards all financial aid recipients must maintain in order to receive future aid, as well as the applicants rights and responsibilities.
Our Cost of Attendance document breaks down the cost of attendance for independent and dependent students who attend Rock Valley College.
The Department of Education now requires that students (and parents) use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax data to the FAFSA, or provide the school with a copy of the IRS Tax Return Transcript. This document includes instructions on how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool you can request a copy of your IRS Tax Return Transcript.
This form will show you, step- by step, how to calculate your financial aid refund.
These sites will help with information on applying and financial aid in general:
FAFSA: The website you use to apply for FAFSA (federal financial aid). FREE to apply.
FSA ID: This website will help you if you have problems with your FSA ID (the FSA ID is required to sign your FAFSA).
Federal Student Aid: Detailed information about all types of financial aid.
Fastweb: Includes scholarship search and other financial aid information.
Scholarship America: A scholarship search website.
Rockford Public Library: Financial aid information and scholarship search.
College Affordability Center: Helps you compare colleges and the costs of those colleges.
Direct Loan Online: Information on and help with student loans. Also includes loan and budget calculators.
Student Loans.gov: Where you complete your online counseling, MPN, keep track of your loan information, and sign up for repayment.
NSLDS: Helps keep track of all of your federal student loans
Salt Money: Helps with budgeting, free money coach, find free financial aid.
Mint: Free website and app that helps you budget and organize your accounts and spending.
NerdScholar: Compare schools, free scholarship search, FAFSA help, career help, budget and finance help, student loan help.
Smarter Bucks: Allows you to earn cash rewards towards paying your loans for buying items through their website and taking surveys.
SallieMae upromise: Through Upromise you and your family can do your regular shopping online and in participating stores as well as dining out at participating restaurants, while paying down your loans or saving for future college expenses.
Saveup: Helps you manage your spending and debt, get you money and credit incentives to complete money management tasks.
NOTE: The dates below are estimated disbursement dates and do not reflect the actual dates you will receive your Financial Aid Refund or refund checks. Once Grants have been applied to your account, it may take up to two weeks for refund checks to be mailed.
Fall 2016: Week of September 26 and November 7
Spring 2017: Week of February 13 and April 3
Fall 2016: September 26
Spring 2017: February 13
NOTE: Students who are registered in late starting classes and who are eligible for a PELL/MAP refund will not have funds disbursed for these classes until after the class has begun.
If you are taking below 100 level classes (MTH 098), you MUST also be enrolled in and attending an above 100 level class for financial aid to cover the below 100 level class.
Financial aid does not pay for CNA (NAD 101), Phlebotomy, or the CDL (Truck driving) classes.
Below is a list of acronyms to familiarize yourself with specific to Financial Aid and some of the paperwork you will fill out during the Financial Aid process.
AGI: Adjusted Gross Income
COA: Cost of Attendance
CPS: Central Processing Site (Processes the FAFSA's)
CWS: College Work Study (aka fws - federal funded work study)
DL: Direct Loan
DOE: Department of Education
EFC: Estimated Family Contribution results of FAFSA
FA: Financial Aid
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FWS: Federal Work Study
ING: Illinois National Guard
ISAC: Illinois Student Assistance Commission
ISIR: Institutional Student Information Record
IVG: Illinois Veteran Grant
MAP: Monetary Award Program
NSLDS: National Student Loan Database
R2T4: Return of Title IV Aid
RVC CWS: RVC funded work study
SAP: Standards of Academic Progress
VA: Veterans Administration
Phone: (815) 921-4150
Fax: (815) 921-4169