Get a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from www.pin.ed.gov. Dependent students and their parents each need a PIN number. This number is used to electronically sign the FAFSA application. Keep this pin number on file because you use it each year you file for FAFSA.
Complete the FAFSA. You will use information from your Federal 1040 tax form. For students and parents who do not file a tax form, you will need to provide information about any untaxed income or government assistance that you receive.
Graduating high school seniors should complete the FAFSA in the spring of their senior year. Returning college students must reapply for the FAFSA every year.
If you have trouble with the application, contact 1-800-4-FEDAID (800-433-3243).
Check out this helpful FAFSA information from the University of California: http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/FAFSASimplification/index.html
The Richmond Community College Foundation offers over 100 scholarships on an annual basis. Scholarship applications are available from the Financial Aid Office and are due at the end of March each year. Detailed information will be posted in late winter. Visit the RCC Foundation pages for a complete listing of scholarships.
Some students who file for FAFSA are selected for a process called verification. This is simply a review of the information that you have put on your application. You may need to get a transcript of your 1040 Federal Income Tax Form. To get a transcript, call 1.800.908.9946. In addition, students will need to complete a Verification Worksheet. The Financial Aid Office will mail this to you if you are selected or you can download it from this link Verification Worksheet – Dependent or Verification Worksheet – Independent. Once we have reviewed you financial information, we will notify you of any aid for which you may qualify.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, prohibits the release of a student’s educational records (including award information) to parents, spouses, or other parties without the written permission of the student (or Student ID authentication if calling on the phone).
If students wish to release their records to another party, they can submit a notarized Information Release form to the Financial Aid Office (FAO). This form must be reviewed and approved before any information is released. The student’s authorization to release their information must be submitted on a yearly basis, and may be revoked by the student at any time. The Information Release Forms are available at the FAO.