Rock Valley College

Federal Pell Grant
 

By simply completing and submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), you’ll be considered for the Federal Pell Grant. This grant is need-based and can help you pay for any educational expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, and/or living expenses. Available to undergraduate students, the maximum award for the 2017-18 academic year is $5,920.

General eligibility requirements are that you must:

  • demonstrate financial need
     
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
     
  • have a valid Social Security number
     
  • be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25);
     
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student  in an eligible degree or certificate program
     
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress in college
     
  • sign statements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that
     
    • you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
       
    • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and
       
  • show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by
     
    • having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or
       
    • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law

 

Monetary Award Program (MAP)
 

 

The Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grants, which do not need to be repaid, to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges and demonstrate financial need, based on the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). You are not required to submit high school grades or test scores when applying for a MAP grant.

Colleges use the MAP formula to determine eligibility. The formula distributes the appropriated funds so that the neediest students receive grant assistance. Several components are used to determine eligibility, including: information provided on your FAFSA [from which your expected family contribution (EFC) is calculated], the cost of attendance at the college you plan to attend, and the amount of other financial aid you are receiving.

To be eligible for the MAP Grant, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
     
  • be an Illinois resident (If you are a dependent, the parent whose information is used on the FAFSA must be an Illinois resident)
     
  • demonstrate financial need
     
  • be enrolled a minimum of 3 hours per term at an approved Illinois college, in a degree or certificate program
     
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by your college
     
  • not be in default on any student loan, nor owe a refund on any state or federal grant.  If you are in default, you may re-establish your MAP eligibility.
     
  • not have received a bachelor's degree
     
  • not have used the equivalent of 135 MAP Paid Credit Hours* or more (MAP Paid Credit Hours usage is determined by your enrollment status each term)
     
  • comply with federal Selective Service registration requirements
     
  • not be incarcerated

Please read all Additional Financial Aid Federal and State Policies relating to grants.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
 

By simply completing and submitting your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), you’ll be considered for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. This is a need-based grant available to undergraduate students. First priority for this grant is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients.

General eligibility requirements are that you must:

  • demonstrate financial need
     
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
     
  • have a valid Social Security number
     
  • be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
     
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
     
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress in college
     
  • sign statements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that
     
    • you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
       
    • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and
       
  • show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by
     
    • having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or
       
    • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law