Rock Valley College

Things You Should Know About Financial Aid

This page includes important things you need to know about Financial Aid, including some helpful resources.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

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.

Cost of Attendance

Our Cost of Attendance document breaks down the cost of attendance for independent and dependent students who attend Rock Valley College.

Tax Transcript Request Procedures

For the 2020-2021 FAFSA:

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.

Financial Aid Refund Calculation Sheet

This form will show you, step- by step, how to calculate your financial aid refund.

Financial Aid Web Resources

Department of Education Websites

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.


Scholarship Websites

Fastweb: Includes scholarship search and other financial aid information.

Scholarship America: A scholarship search website.

Rockford Public Library: Financial aid information and scholarship search.


Preparing and paying for college

College Affordability Center: Helps you compare colleges and the costs of those colleges.

CollegeZone: Information about planning and paying for college.

Mapping Your Future: Information about planning and paying for college. Information about planning and paying for college.

The Mint Grad: Provides tools for students and recent graduates to plan and achieve


Department of Education Websites for Student Loans

Student 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


Free Tools and Apps for College and Finances

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.

Estimated PELL/MAP/SEOG/Scholarship Disbursement Dates

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 2020:  Week of September 21

Spring 2021:  Week of February 15


Fall 2020: Week of September 21

Spring 2021: Week of February 15

Wondering how much Financial Aid you will be receiving and how to track your refund? Use your online services under "View account and make payments" and follow these simple steps.

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.

Notice of Exceptions

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.

Acronyms You Should Know

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