Where can I access a list of scholarships?
A complete listing of the scholarships available through the Richland Community College Foundation can be found on the Scholarship Opportunities page.
What types of expenses does a scholarship cover?
Scholarships may cover tuition, fees, and books, depending on the individual scholarship, and are usually awarded only for the fall and spring semesters. Specific scholarship information is available on the Scholarship Opportunities page.
Will a scholarship application be considered if it is not fully completed?
No. All information must be completed on the application to be eligible. The requested information enables the Selection Committee to make award decisions. Specifically, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) score must be included on the application. An EFC score is provided to the applicant after completing and submitting the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) questionnaire online at www.FAFSA.gov. If there are any questions about completing the FAFSA form, please contact the Financial Aid Office at Richland Community College at (217) 875-7211, Ext. 6271.
May a scholarship be awarded even if the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is high?
All applications will be considered based on individual circumstances. It is always wise to apply.
When should students apply for scholarships, and how do they apply?
Generally, applications for the fall semester should be submitted by the second week of May. Applications for the spring semester should be submitted by the end of November. Please consult the Scholarships webpage for updated deadline dates and links to complete the scholarship application. Please note, you must be enrolled in classes for the semester in question to be considered for a scholarship. In addition, new students must be enrolled in the College and registered for classes to access the scholarship application.
Should my scholarship application be denied, is it necessary or helpful to reapply?
If a scholarship is not granted for one semester, students are encouraged to reapply for the next semester.
Could more than one scholarship be awarded to a student?
If there is an unusual or extenuating circumstance, an additional scholarship might be permitted.
How many credit hours should I be enrolled in to be considered for a Foundation Scholarship?
Many Foundation scholarships are awarded to both part-time and full-time students. Six credit hours are needed to be considered a part-time student, whereas 12 credit hours are needed to be considered a full-time time student. Because some scholarships are available only to full-time students, please refer to the individual scholarship for details.
How long does it take to receive notification of the award of a scholarship?
After each fall and spring deadline, the Scholarship Selection Committee meets to select recipients. The committee may meet multiple times to determine all awards. For the fall semester, award and decline emails are generally sent by late July or early August. For the spring semester, emails are sent by early January.