The Financial Aid office has recently launched a new system for the 24-25 Academic Year.  We are currently reviewing the data from the FAFSA.  Please be advised, if you completed a WASFA application, there is a delay from the State until further notice

During this time, we will have limited services during regular office hours. Our department is working diligently to process Summer quarter financial aid.  In the meantime, please do the following to be considered for courtesy “Summer 2024 tuition hold" that will protect summer eligible courses from being dropped for nonpayment:

  1. Must complete the 24-25 FAFSA®/WASFA and include RTC’s Federal school code (014001) as part of your school selection.  
  2. Must have current/active RTC admission status. Be sure your residency status is up-to-date.
  3. Must be pursuing a Financial Aid (Title IV) Approved Program. If you have any questions, please contact your Academic/Career Advisor and/or fill out the Program Plan Update - Student Form if you need to change your program of study.
  4. Must be registered for courses that are required for your financial aid approved program. Please contact an Academic/Career Advisor for any program of study related questions.
  5. Be sure that your preferred contact information and your program of study is up to date in ctcLink Student Portal. You may access your ctcLink Student Portal under "Task" and "To Do List" to monitor your file-completion status and submit all requested documents.

Welcome to the Financial Aid Department

Our Financial Aid team is here to support you in overcoming financial barriers and unlocking opportunities.

Learn about accessing available federal, state and institutional grants, scholarships, work-study, student loans and other fund sources.

What is a priority date?

Financial Aid Priority Date: After completing the FAFSA/WASFA, students are recommended to submit all additional required documents by the Financial Aid Priority Date for a priority review of file.

When is the priority date?

2024–2025 Academic Year

  • Summer quarter 2023: no priority date, first-come-first-serve
  • Fall quarter 2024: July 17, 2024
  • Winter quarter 2025: October 30, 2024
  • Spring quarter 2025: February 5, 2025

Can I complete my file after the priority date?

Students are encouraged to complete their file at any time within the academic year. Files completed after the published Financial Aid Priority Date will still be reviewed and/or process; however, the financial aid eligibility and/or status determination may be delayed.

What is File Complete?

Students submit FAFSA/WASFA and all required documents to review financial aid eligibility and/or status determination before or after the quarter begins and has a Tuition Deferred on student portal. Completed files are reviewed by priority date on a first-come-first-serve basis.

What is a Tuition Deferred?

Tuition Deferred is a service indicator placed on the student portal under “Holds” in the Task Tile in ctcLink. It protects courses from being dropped for non-payment while the student’s financial aid status is determined and/or eligible aid is applied to applicable tuition/fees.

Will my financial aid pay my tuition/fees?

Please note that having a completed file or Tuition Deferred service indicator doesn’t guarantee funding. Students are responsible for tuition/fees owed to the college if they are not eligible or have insufficient aid. We encourage students to contact the Financial Aid Office to seek understanding of their financial aid status and make an informed decision about their enrollment status at RTC.

How do I complete my file and check my status?

Students must access their ctcLink account portal under "Task" and "To Do" checklist to monitor statuses and maintain by submitting all necessary documents by the priority date. Students use their RTC student email or personal email on ctcLink account as preferred setting for communications.

How do I apply for financial aid?

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) / Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA): Students must complete FAFSA or WASFA for the appropriate academic year, adding RTC (Federal school code: 014001). Once our department receives students' processed FAFSA/WASFA, students will receive notifications about the next step via preferred email and may be required to submit additional documentation/information by the Financial Aid Priority Date.
  2. Admissions & Eligible Program Declaration: students must have current/active admission and declared a Financial Aid (Title IV) Approved Program pursuing at RTC to receive financial aid. Please contact RTC’s Academic & Career Advising for any questions you may have related to a program that you are interested in.
  3. ctcLink Student Portal To Do List: student must monitor statuses and maintain by submitting all necessary documents by the priority date. Students use their RTC student email or personal email on ctcLink account as preferred setting for communications.

Our team is available to walk our students and their families through every step of the financial aid process.
All financial aid programs have limited funding so students are encouraged to apply early and submit all required documentation by priority processing dates for maximum consideration. Please reach out, we are here to help!

The Financial Aid Department is in compliance with federal and state regulations.