The increasing costs of pursuing post-secondary education can create anxiety and stress for many students. The combination of tuition and fees, in addition to other expenses, such as books, supplies, and other living expenses can often leave students feeling overwhelmed and financially strained. For students with disabilities, the financial burden can be even greater.
If you are a student who has a disability, the following resources may assist you in offsetting some of the costs of your college education.
All students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA application. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines eligibility for all Federal and State financial aid programs. Even if you suspect you may not qualify for a grant or loan, that does not necessarily mean you would not qualify for another program, such as Work Study. The FAFSA can be completed online at fafsa.ed.gov. To apply online, it is recommended that you (and your parent, if you are a dependent) first be assigned a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the U.S. Department of Education. You can request a PIN online.
It is also important to note that it may also be a requirement by other social service organizations, such as the Department of Human Services, to complete the FAFSA application as part of their eligibility procedure. You should inquire about the agency's specific eligibility requirements prior to RVC's payment deadline if you are receiving financial support from another outside organization.
Rock Valley College does not recommend that you pay anyone to find a scholarship or financial assistance for you. Rock Valley College offers funding assistance provided by private donors, the RVC Foundation, and other state and community sources. New and current full-time and part-time students are encouraged to apply. RVC Foundation scholarship applications must be completed online and submitted by the due date.
In addition to RVC Foundation scholarships, the following websites provide resources on scholarships that are available to students for free on the Internet. You may need to obtain a separate application form for any outside scholarship for which you wish to apply. Keep in mind that each scholarship program has its own application procedures and deadlines.
More information on applying for the FAFSA or RVC Scholarships can be obtained by contacting the RVC Financial Aid office at (815) 921-4150.
The DSS office maintains a listing of external scholarship opportunities specifically for students with disabilities.