Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
RCGC will accept FAFSAs on a rolling basis during the academic year. However, it cannot guarantee that students filing their applications after the May 1 priority deadline will have their financial aid awarded by the fall and/or spring payment due dates.
May 1, 2017 – priority deadline; students are encouraged to complete 2017-2018 FAFSA by this date.
June 30, 2017 – final deadline for filing the 2016-2017 FAFSA. (This is an important date for visiting students attending RCGC for the summer 2017 term; the RCGC federal school code 006901 must be added to the 2016-2017 FAFSA before June 30.)
June 30, 2018 — final deadline for filing the 2017-2018 FAFSA.
Helpful Tip: The best time to complete the FAFSA is three weeks after students/parents
file their tax returns but before the May 1 priority deadline. Allowing three weeks after the taxes are filed will permit use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Successfully using this option facilitates verification and might enable your file to be processed sooner than the typical 30-day timeframe.
State Student Aid (HESAA)
FAFSA Filing Deadlines
The FAFSA must be received by the federal processor (not postmarked) by the dates below to be considered for the TAG, NJ STARS and EOF programs:
June 1, 2017 – renewal applicants; FAFSA filing deadline for returning students who received any New Jersey state aid during the 2016-2017 year.
September 15, 2017 – new/non-renewal applicants; FAFSA filing deadline for all other students interested in obtaining state aid for either full academic year or fall semester only.
February 15, 2018 – new/non-renewal applicants; FAFSA filing deadline for spring-only aid.
State Grant Record Deadlines
Students must have completed HESAA State Grant Records (Applicant Information Requests, state verification, corrections, etc.) by the following dates. These are the deadlines for reporting additional information, making corrections and submitting requested documentation to the State of New Jersey.
Returning Students/Renewal Applicants
Students who received state aid (TAG, STARS, EOF) during the 2016-2017 year are considered renewal applicants.
September 15, 2017 – deadline for fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.
November 1, 2017 — deadline for spring 2018 semester only.
New Students/Non-Renewal Applicants
Students who did not apply and receive state aid (TAG, STARS, EOF) during the 2016-2017 year are considered new/non-renewal applicants.
November 1, 2017 — deadline for fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.
March 1, 2018 – deadline for spring 2018 semester only.
College Code Change Deadlines
All students who are attending RCGC, and want to receive state aid at the College, must specify this with HESAA. All students have until the following deadlines to update their school choice as RCGC (state college code 2281).
October 1, 2017 — all applicants; deadline for fall 2017 and spring 2018.
March 1, 2018 — all applicants; deadline for spring 2018 semester only.