Our #1 goal is to help make attending Rochester College a reality. We awarded over $15,644,905 in financial aid during the 2015-16 school year, including grants, loans and scholarships based on eligibility, academic achievement, leadership skills, and other talents and abilities.
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Scholarships
All institutional scholarships are reviewed on an annual basis. Modifications for future incoming classes will not change your scholarship award.

All institutional scholarships are available for fall and spring semesters only. Awards shall be applied directly against the recipient’s educational expenses at a rate of 50% for the Fall semester and 50% for the Spring semester.

New Incoming Freshman & Transfer Student Scholarship Application

Eligibility
This application exists for students of Rochester College seeking financial assistance for the 2018-2019 academic year. These scholarships require you to complete the FAFSA and the General Scholarship Application by May 1. Recipients are selected by committee members from and throughout Rochester College. After all parts of the application are completed, you will be automatically put into consideration for scholarships for which you are competitive
Amount
Varies
Renewal Requirements
2.0 Cumulative GPA (CGPA)
How to apply

Students may receive no more than one of the following discounts

Christian Academy/School Graduate Discount

Eligibility
Awarded to first time RC students under age 24 who graduated from an accredited Christian High School.
Amount
$500 per year
Renewal Requirements
2.0 CGPA

 

Family Tuition Discount

Eligibility
Awarded if two or more dependent children or a parent and child are concurrently enrolled full time.
Amount
$1,000 per year
Renewal Requirements
Continued enrollment of two or more immediate family members as verified by the registrar.  Minimum of 2.0 CGPA.

 

Children of Minister’s Discount

Eligibility
First time RC students under age 24 who are dependent children of full-time ministers (pulpit, youth, worship) or foreign missionaries (working under the supervision and support of a Christian Church in the United States, letter from supporting congregation required annually) and who have served in that capacity for at least 3 years. Discount application form as well as youth census list (9th-12th) from your home congregation must be submitted annually.
Amount
$2,000 per year
How to Apply
Submit completed Application for Admission, Complete FAFSA, and Child of Minister application
Renewal Requirements
Discount application form as well as youth census list (9th-12th) from your home congregation must be submitted annually. Must remain full-time boarding student and maintain 2.0 CGPA.
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The following may be awarded in addition to any other scholarships

Alexander & Elfrieda Oz Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility
Through generous funds provided by the estate of Alexander & Elfrieda Oz, Rochester College offers an endowed scholarship for full time students of Rochester College with at least 12 credit hours and pursuing a college level degree. Minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout high school and college. First consideration will be given to the Oz family.
Amount
Varies
How to Apply

 

Alumni Parent Scholarship

Eligibility
At least one parent must have attended Rochester College on a full time basis for at least four semesters.
Amount
$1,000 per year
How to Apply
Submit completed Application for Admission and Complete FAFSA
Renewal Requirements
2.0 CGPA

 

Associates Permanent Scholarship

Eligibility
Through generous funds provided by the Associates of Rochester College, Rochester College offers a permanent scholarship for full time students of Rochester College that meet the following requirements:
  1. Student earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 during five consecutive semesters of high school,
  2. College GPA must be at least a 2.75,
  3. Must exemplify Christ in every aspect of life. Benefits will be terminated immediately when recipient is known to gamble, use profanity, alcoholic beverages, and/or tobacco on or off campus
Amount
Varies
How to Apply

 

David Weaver Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility
Scholarship will be awarded on:
  1. Someone who has lost a sibling or
  2. Student going into full-time Christian service such as a missionary or pastor
Amount
Varies
How to Apply

 

Noah Robert Mabey Scholarship

Eligibility
Through generous funds provided by friends and family of Noah Robert Mabey, Rochester College offers an annual scholarship for students who are currently english majors with a theatre minor, have a 3.0 GPA, and the recipient should exemplify a passion for the arts, including writing, theatre and literature. Additionally, awardee should demonstrate noticeable character and compassion with a sense of humor while willingly participating in Rochester College and a general commitment to be inclusive and serving others.  
Amount
$500 annually to one individual that meets the criteria of the scholarship and is selected by the Mabey family.
How to Apply

 

President Garfield Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility
Scholarship will be awarded on:
  1. Student interested in history and preserving the values set forth by the Founding Fathers
  2. Interested in political science and being active in conservative politics
  3. Interested in being informed and being involved in supporting and promoting legislation that honors the sanctity of life including the unborn child, the elderly, and the terminally ill
  4. Interested in supporting and promoting legislation that honors the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman
  5. Student must be a committed Christian, having been immersed for the forgiveness of sins
  6. Student must be conservative in manner and appearance (no visible body piercing other than one per ear for females, no tattoos, no unnatural hair colors, etc)
  7. Must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in high school and/or college work completed.  Final determination for the scholarship recipient will be based on submission of a 1,000 word essay which should include the student’s political philosophy, future plans
  8. Three letters of reference should be submitted with application”
Amount
Varies
How to Apply

 

Pure Oakland Water Scholarship

Eligibility
Through generous funds provided by Pure Oakland Water, Rochester College offers an annual scholarship for students who are currently biology majors, have a 3.0 GPA, are sophomore status or higher, and preferably an Oakland County resident
Amount
RC awards $3,000 annually to one individual that meets the criteria of the scholarship and is selected by the Pure Oakland Water council.
How to Apply

 

Ross William Trinklein Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility
Through generous funds provided by the family of Ross William Trinklein, Rochester College offers an endowed scholarship for full time students of Rochester College that meet the following requirements:
  1. Required minimum GPA of 3.0,
  2. Be service oriented and exhibiting evangelistic qualities,
  3. Completed at minimum 60 hours at Rochester College
Amount
Varies
How to Apply

 

Royce Dickinson Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility
Rochester College offers an endowed scholarship for full time students of Rochester College that meet the following requirements:
  1. Student must demonstrate high moral standards,
  2. Must have a 2.8 GPA to receive the award and 3.0 GPA to maintain the award,
  3. Scholarship recipients are encouraged, but not required to contribute to the Royce Dickinson Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Amount
Varies
How to Apply

 

Royce Dickinson Jr. Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Eligibility
Rochester College offers an endowed scholarship for:  
  1. Student must be accepted for studies in the graduate religion department,
  2. Must demonstrate academic and moral worthiness,
  3. Award based on financial need, 4. Must possess a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work.

* In the event there are no sufficient candidates for this scholarship in the graduate school, undergraduate students majoring in Bible will be considered.

Amount
Varies
How to Apply

 

Social Entrepreneurship Major Scholarship

Eligibility
Through generous funding provided by the Stewart Team Real Estate, Rochester College offers a scholarship for students who are current social entrepreneurship major (SE Majors), or who have been accepted to Rochester College have declared social entrepreneurship as their major
Amount
RC awards $5,000 annually to one or more individuals that meet the criteria of the scholarship.
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The total of all institutional aid for residential students may not exceed 100% of tuition, room, board, and fees.
Only full-time students (minimum of 12 hours) are eligible for institutional aid.

Outside Scholarships

Students in all programs are eligible to apply for outside scholarships.

StudentScholarships.org Scholarship Program

Eligibility
In order to be eligible for the scholarship you must be under 21 years of age and answer an essay question on the sponsors website.
Amount
$1,000
How to Apply
Follow the instructions on Student Scholarships website here.

 

 

 

Merit Awards
All institutional merit scholarships are reviewed on an annual basis. Modifications for future incoming classes will not change your merit award. All institutional scholarships are available for Fall and Spring semesters only. Awards shall be applied directly against the recipient’s educational expenses at a rate of 50% for the Fall semester and 50% for the Spring semester.

Transfer scholarships are based on the student’s college transfer GPA and may not change throughout their time as a student at Rochester College. First time at any college student’s academic scholarships are based on their high school GPA and ACT scores, and will remain unchanged throughout their time as a student at Rochester College.

Deadline date represents risk dates. If you complete the application requirements after this date, the award may not be available due to limited funding.

Note: While many colleges only offer their scholarships for four years, Rochester College offers their scholarships for up to five years. So if you change your major or want to add a minor, which takes you more than four years to complete, our scholarships will be there for you in year five.

Students may receive no more than one of the following discounts 

 

Trustee Scholarship

Eligibility
Entering RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours.  Competitive Scholarship. Must be full time boarding student.  GPA requirement is calculated based on a 4.0 grading scale.  National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists automatically receive this award.  No other non-discretionary institutional aid or RC Discount may be added to a Trustee scholars student account.
Amount
100% tuition (if applying by March 1) for 12 to 18 credit hours per semester (Fall and Spring terms only). Valued in excess of $94,000 over 5 years.
Deadline
March 1 
How to Apply
A link to the Trustee Scholarship Application Packet is given below.  The Trustee Scholarship is a competitive scholarship.  Applicants must first complete the application for admission and be admitted for enrollment prior to submitting the Trustee Scholarship Application.
Renewal Requirements
Must maintain a minimum 3.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
Download Document

 

Freshman Presidential Scholar Award

Eligibility
Enter RC with 15 or fewer transferable college/university credit hours. Minimum ACT score 29 or SAT score 1350+ (Evidence Based Reading / Writing and Math) and High School cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher based on a 4.0 scale.  No other non-discretionary institutional aid or RC Discount may be added to a Presidential scholars student account.
Amount
80% of tuition for 12 to 18 credit hours per semester (Fall and Springer terms only). Valued in excess of $75,000 over 5 years.
How to Apply
Complete the application for admission and submit your high school transcript and ACT/SAT score to the Admissions office.
Renewal Requirements
Must be full-time student. Meet required renewal cumulative CGPA of 3.5.

 

Freshman Provost Scholar Award

Eligibility

28 ACT or 1310-1340 SAT and minimum high school GPA of 3.5 Enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. GPA requirement is calculated based on a 4.0 grading scale.

Amount

$50,000 ($10,000 per year for up to 5 years)

How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student. Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year. Meet required renewal CGPA of 3.4

 

Freshman Vice Presidential Scholar Award

Eligibility
27 ACT or 1280-1300 SAT and minimum high school GPA of 3.4 Enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. GPA requirement is calculated based on a 4.0 grading scale.
Amount
$37,500 ($7,500 per year, for up to 5 years)
How to Apply
Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.
Renewal Requirements
Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year. Meet required renewal CGPA of 3.3

 

Freshman Dean’s Scholar Award

Eligibility

25-26 ACT or 1200-1270 SAT and minimum high school GPA of 3.3 Enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. GPA requirement is calculated based on a 4.0 grading scale.

Amount

$30,000 ($6,000 per year for up to 5 years)

Deadline
June 1
How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year. Meet required renewal CGPA of 3.2.

 

Freshman Warrior Scholar Award

Eligibility

23-24 ACT or 1130-1190 SAT and minimum high school GPA of 3.2 Enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. GPA requirement is calculated based on a 4.0 grading scale.

Amount

$25,000 ($5,000 per year for up to 5 years)

Deadline
June 1
How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office, and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year. Meet required renewal CGPA 3.1.

 

Freshman Academic Scholar Award

Eligibility

21-22 ACT or 1060-1120 SAT and minimum high school GPA of 3.2 Enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. GPA requirement is calculated based on a 4.0 grading scale

Amount

$20,000 ($4,000 per year for up to 5 years)

Deadline
June 1
How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year. Meet required renewal CGPA 3.1.

Academic Achievement Scholarship: ACT 21-22

Eligibility

21-22 ACT or 1060-1120 SAT and enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. Awarded automatically with official ACT/SAT score report. No minimum required high school GPA.

Amount

$10,000 ($2,000 per year for up to 5 years)

How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and CGPA requirement of 2.5.

Academic Achievement Scholarship: ACT 23-24

Eligibility

23-24 ACT or 1130-1190 SAT and enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. Awarded automatically with official ACT/SAT score report. No minimum required high school GPA.

Amount

$12,500 ($2,500 per year for up to 5 years)

How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and CGPA requirement of 2.5.

 

Academic Achievement Scholarship: ACT 25-26

Eligibility

25-26 ACT or 1200-1270 SAT and enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. Awarded automatically with official ACT/SAT score report. No minimum required high school GPA.

Amount

$15,000 ($3000 per year for up to 5 years)

How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and CGPA requirement of 2.75.

Academic Achievement Scholarship: ACT 27-28

Eligibility

27-28 ACT or 1280-1340 SAT and enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. Awarded automatically with official ACT/SAT score report. No minimum required high school GPA.

Amount

$17,500 ($3,500 per year for up to 5 years)

How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and CGPA requirement of 2.75.

Academic Achievement Scholarship: ACT 29-30

Eligibility

29-30 ACT or 1350-1410 SAT and enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. Awarded automatically with official ACT/SAT score report. No minimum required high school GPA.

Amount

$22,500 ($4,500 per year for up to 5 years)

How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and CGPA requirement of 3.0.

Academic Achievement Scholarship: ACT 31-32

Eligibility

31-32 ACT or 1420-1480 SAT and enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. Awarded automatically with official ACT/SAT score report. No minimum required high school GPA.

Amount

$27,500 ($5,500 per year for up to 5 years)

How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and CGPA requirement of 3.25.

Academic Achievement Scholarship: ACT 33-36

Eligibility

33-36 ACT or 1490-1600 SAT and enter RC with a maximum of 15 transferable semester credit hours. Awarded automatically with official ACT/SAT score report. No minimum required high school GPA.

Amount

$32,500 ($6,500 per year for up to 5 years)

How to Apply

Submit ACT/SAT score to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and CGPA requirement of 3.25.

Academic Transfer Scholarship – 3.75 GPA

Eligibility

Awarded with official college/university transcript reports. Minimum of 16 transferable semester credit hours.

Amount

$7,500 based on college GPA of 3.75.

How to Apply

Submit official college transcripts to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and a minimum CGPA requirement of 3.5.

Academic Transfer Scholarship – 3.50 GPA

Eligibility

Awarded with official college/university transcript reports. Minimum of 16 transferable semester credit hours.

Amount

$6,000 based on college CGPA of 3.5.

How to Apply

Submit official college transcripts to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and a minimum CGPA requirement of 3.0.

Academic Transfer Scholarship – 3.25 GPA

Eligibility

Awarded with official college/university transcript reports. Minimum of 16 transferable semester credit hours.

Amount

$4,000 based on college CGPA of 3.25.

How to Apply

Submit official college transcripts to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and a minimum CGPA requirement of 3.0.

Academic Transfer Scholarship – 3.00 GPA

Eligibility

Awarded with official college/university transcript reports. Minimum of 16 transferable semester credit hours.

Amount

$3,000 based on college CGPA of 3.00.

How to Apply

Submit official college transcripts to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and a minimum CGPA requirement of 3.0.

Academic Transfer Scholarship – 2.75 GPA

Eligibility

Awarded with official college/university transcript reports. Minimum of 16 transferable semester credit hours.

Amount

$2,500 based on college CGPA of 2.75.

How to Apply

Submit official college transcripts to Admissions office and complete application for admission.

Renewal Requirements

Must be full-time student.  Minimum of 24 semester hours passed each academic year and a minimum CGPA requirement of 2.5.

  • The total of all institutional aid for residential students may not exceed 100% of tuition, room, board, and fees.
  • Only full-time students (minimum of 12 hours) are eligible for institutional aid. 
  • Scores for required SAT scores computed by adding scores for math and critical reading.



State

Michigan Army and Air National Guard Grant

Eligibility
  • Be admitted to a traditional daytime degree-granting program at Rochester College (accelerated degrees excluded.)
  • Be a Michigan resident;
  • Be a member of the Michigan Army or Air National Guard
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress at Rochester College.
Amount
$1000 per semester for full-time students 
Deadline
June 30
How to Apply
  • Apply for admission to a traditional daytime degree-granting program at Rochester College (accelerated degrees excluded);
  • Complete FAFSA with school code (002288) Rochester College should be listed as first choice to expedite the process
  • Complete the Rochester College Michigan Army and Air National Guard Grand Application Form, found on Michigan.gov »
  • The unit representative will verify on the application that you are a member of the Michigan Army or Air National Guard and eligible for the grant and forward the application form to the State Education Office;
  • The State Education Office will verify the application form and forward the completed application to the Office of Student Financial Services at Rochester College. 
Renewal Requirements
Continue to meet eligibility requirements by completing FAFSA annually. 
Each year you will need to reapply and have award approved before it can be re-awarded
Questions
State Education Office: (517) 481-7640
Fax: (517) 481-7782

Michigan Tuition Grant

Eligibility
Demonstrated Need based on completed FAFSA
Amount
$1,830 maximum – Does not have to be repaid.
Deadline
June 30
How to Apply
Complete FAFSA with school code (002288) Rochester College should be listed as first choice to expedite the process
Renewal Requirements
Continue to meet eligibility requirements by completing FAFSA annually

 

Please visit the Michigan Tuition Grant web site for all the details.
Michigan residents may be eligible for this grant funded by the state of Michigan. MTG is awarded on the basis of financial need and enrollment in a private Michigan college. Estimated Maximum award for 2017-2018.

Michigan Tuition Incentive Program (TIP)

Eligibility
Demonstrated Need based on completed FAFSA. Students must be enrolled in an Associates Degree program to be eligible for Phase I TIP.
Amount
$2,876 maximum – Phase I and $2,000 maximum – Phase II – Does not have to be repaid.
Deadline
June 1
How to Apply
Complete FAFSA with school code (002288) Rochester College should be listed as first choice to expedite the process. Students would receive eligiblity letter from the State of Michigan.
Renewal Requirements
Continue to meet eligibility requirements by completing FAFSA annually

 

Please visit the Michigan Tuition Incentive Program for all the details.

Michigan Student Financial Aid Information

Please visit Michigan Student Financial Aid web site for complete information on all available aid from the State of Michigan.

Federal

Federal Pell Grant

Eligibility
Demonstrated need based on completed FAFSA. Awarded to undergraduate students (students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree). Addiontal Department of Education criteria.
Amount
$5,920 maximum for 2017-18 – Does not have to be repaid.
Deadline
None
How to Apply
Complete FAFSA with school code (002288) Rochester College should be listed as first choice to expedite the process
Renewal Requirements
Continue to meet eligibility requirements by completing FAFSA annually

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

Eligibility
Demonstrated Need based on completed FAFSA. Awarded to undergraduate students(students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree), with exceptional need, subject to federal funding guidelines.  Students must qualify for Pell grant to receive this grant. The college receives a limited amount of funds therefore early application is important to guarantee the student’s award.
Amount
$500 maximum – Does not have to be repaid.
Deadline
June 15th
How to Apply
Complete FAFSA with school code (002288) Rochester College should be listed as first choice to expedite the process
Renewal Requirements
Continue to meet eligibility requirements by completing FAFSA annually

Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized)

Eligibility
Demonstrated Need based on completed FAFSA
Amount
up to $3,500 as Freshman, $4,500 as Sophomore, and $5,500 as Junior and Senior
Deadline
None
Details Variable interest rate, repayment begins 6 months after graduation, up to 10 years for repayment, provided by William Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, banks or other lending institutions. Loans are government subsidized (students are not responsible for interest while enrolled in college on at least a a half-time basis). For 2016-17 this loan has a fixed interest rate of 3.76% for undergrad.  These is a 0% origination fee for this loan. For example, a student that is packaged with a Direct Stafford Loan of $1,732 actually borrows $1,750.
How to Apply
Complete FAFSA with school code (002288) Rochester College should be listed as first choice to expedite the process
Renewal Requirements
Continue to meet eligibility requirements by completing FAFSA annually

Federal Stafford Loan (unsubsidized)

Eligibility
Demonstrated Need based on completed FAFSA.  Students not eligible for Subsidized Stafford Loan funds may borrow through the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan program.
Amount
up to $5,500 as Freshman, $6,500 as Sophomore, and $7,500 as Junior and Senior
Deadline
None
Details Student is responsible for interest accrued during in-school deferment.  Undergrad unsubsidized Stafford Loans have a fixed interest rate of 3.76%.  There is a 1.5-3% origination fee for this loan.  For example, a student that is packaged with a Direct Stafford Loan for $1,742 actually borrows $1,750.  Repayment on the principle begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least halftime, with a repayment schedule of 10-30 years.  Interest payments are the responsibility of the student for the entire duration of the loan. Graduate unsubsidized interest rate is 5.41%
How to Apply
Complete FAFSA with school code (002288) Rochester College should be listed as first choice to expedite the process
Renewal Requirements
Continue to meet eligibility requirements by completing FAFSA annually

Federal Work Study

Eligibility
Demonstrated need based on completed FAFSA.
Amount
Varies based on need.
Deadline
None
How to Apply
Complete FAFSA with school code (002288) Rochester College should be listed as first choice to expedite the process. Complete work study application.  Students will be awarded if they demonstrate need, however, in order to receive monies, students must apply and be hired in a student worker position.
Renewal Requirements
Continue to meet eligibility requirements by completing FAFSA annually
Student Employment Application

Loan Deferment

Students may qualify for a loan deferment. For more information visit http://www.direct.ed.gov/postpone.html

Disbursements

Loan disbursements are completed two business days after the semester begin date.  Traditional students disbursements will occur two business days after the census date.
 

Terms of the loan

 Please refer to your master promissory note (www.studentloans.gov) for information regarding specific terms of your Federal Direct Loan.
 

Study abroad

 Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit may be considered enrollment at Rochester College for purposes of applying for federal student financial aid.

 

Parent Loan

Parent Plus application process

  1. Go to studentloans.gov (Be sure to use the .gov extension and not .com.)
  2. Before applying for the PLUS Loan, the parent borrower must sign in using his or her FSA user ID and Password.
  3. When the next page opens, select Request PLUS Loan from the menu in the lefthand column (or Start PLUS Application Process in the center of the page).
  4. Follow the steps to complete the application and credit check. In the School Name section, be sure to select Rochester College.
  5. The results of your credit check will be available immediately. If your credit is approved, you will be given instructions for completing a PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note, if you have not already completed one. If your credit is not approved, you will have the option to (1) not pursue the loan, (2) obtain an endorser, or (3) appeal the credit decision.

For assistance please contact Applicant Services at 1-800-557-7394 or our office at 248-218-2127.

Note: We will assume that you are requesting the loan for the Fall and Spring 2011-2012 terms. If you would like the loan for only one term,  please let us know as soon as possible. Completing the application process is the acceptance of the parent loan. Parents may send an email or letter to our office, requesting the loan to be reduced or canceled no later than 14 days after the first disbursement. Parent loan amounts will be awarded $500/semester for textbooks. If the parent loan amount requested by the borrower is a larger amount, we will award up to the maximum eligibility amount.

Third Party Policy
Many students who attend Rochester College receive tuition assistance from their employers or other 3rd parties such as MI Works, MET, VA, TEACH etc. Rochester College works with these outside organizations to provide the smoothest tuition assistance process possible. If the employer pays only a portion of the student’s tuition costs or requires the student to pay the school directly and provide a paid receipt, then the student is responsible to pay the balance through other published payment arrangements. If the third party provides a tuition voucher, the approved tuition voucher or signed authorization must be submitted to the Student Financial Services office. Rochester College will then invoice the third party directly for the qualified tuition and fees. If the third party provides reimbursement, the student must provide to the Student Financial Services office a copy of the employer reimbursement policy. The policy must outline the benefit and must list the requirement of the student and/or college to receive the reimbursement amount. Rochester College will defer the student’s payment for up to 5 weeks after the end of the semester. To qualify for deferred payment, the student’s employer must not require proof of payment in full before reimbursement and must not require a certain grade to be obtained. The student is responsible for submitting any necessary paperwork to their employer to meet their reimbursement guidelines. A new letter and/or voucher is required each semester/year depending on the third party policy. The student is responsible for any and all tuition and fees that are incurred if the third party fails to pay.
Veterans
Dear Veterans Student;

Military veterans or immediate family of veterans, deceased or permanently disabled as the result of service, may qualify for assistance. For information, contact a Veterans Administration Office. Students may receive credit for training in the armed services or previous coursework by sending an official transcript from each institution to the Academic Services Office. Academic Services must receive transcripts by the end of the first semester of enrollment. Some general education requirements may be waived based upon age, the number of hours completed, and appropriate work experience. Records of academic work completed at Rochester College may be released to other institutions and agencies only upon written request.

In order to be certified for Veterans Administration benefits the Veteran must submit to the college’s Veterans Administration Representative within Student Financial Services, his or her Certificate of Eligibility Letter showing which benefit he or she qualifies for. Each semester the Representative will certify enrollment on the Veterans VAONCE online enrollment reporting system. Please keep in mind that if a student adds or drops a class, or even stops attending a class, this information must be reported to Veterans Affairs. This could cause interruption of benefits or an overpayment that must be repaid directly to Veterans Affairs before receiving future benefits. Schedule changes are monitored monthly by the college’s Representative but it is helpful to alert the representative by email at veterans@rc.edu when a class is added, changed sections, dropped/withdrawn, or registered for a subsequent semester to help ensure timely reporting.

Students who are certified for Veterans Administration benefits but who fail to obtain the minimum cumulative GPA within one semester after being placed on financial aid warning may not be recertified until their cumulative GPA meets the minimum standards identified in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Rochester College informs the Veterans Administration when students are not recertified due to lack of academic progress. While this policy does not affect the College’s policies regarding financial aid probation and suspension, those policies do affect certification for veteran’s benefits. The standards of satisfactory academic progress are found in the college catalog. Students within one semester (12 hours) of graduation may continue to be certified for veterans’ benefits only with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher, which meets requirements for both the Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees. The above policies regarding certification for veteran’s benefits supersede any and all previous statements of these policies.

Basic Benefit Info: Enrollment Certifications are emailed to the student each semester when completed

  • Ch 30/1606(7): GI Bill – the VA pays the veteran directly a monthly stipend that can be applied towards tuition. Students must still follow one of the designated payment options as non-veteran students
  • Ch 31: Vocational Rehabilitation – the Veteran must submit their 22-1905 form to Student Financial Services. The Student Financial Services Office will bill the VA directly for tuition, mandatory fees, books, and supplies.
  • Ch 35: Dependents of Veterans – the VA pays the same as a Ch 31 student. To ensure proper payment and set-up please make sure to submit to Student Financial Services the parent SSN associated with the benefits. The VA pays the student, the student will need to pay their bill with Student Financial Services.
  • Ch 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill – the VA pays the college directly for tuition and mandatory fees only. Students receive a monthly housing allowance directly from the VA, based on enrollment status.

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