Rio Grande offers more than 300 forms of financial aid to support you in your educational endeavors. Scholarships make up the majority of these opportunities, with grants, loans and federal Work-Study also available. The first step to qualify for financial aid at Rio Grande is to fill out your FAFSA online using the college code 003116.


Typically based on merit, scholarships can come from a number of different sources with various awarding criteria. Rio Grande offers numerous institutional scholarships for incoming freshmen and currently enrolled students. Rio Grande also receives a wide array of scholarships from private donors and outside resources.

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Grants are “free aid” from federal, state, or institutional funds to undergraduate students with financial need. The FAFSA form determines need and eligibility. Recipients must not possess a bachelor's or professional degree, and be enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate program (associate or bachelor).

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Unlike grants and scholarships, loans accrue interest and must be repaid either while attending school, after graduation, or if you withdraw. Different types of student loans include federal, state, institutional, and alternative (bank) loans. Each type may have different terms and conditions associated when borrowing money for educational purposes.

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The federal need-based program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Financial need for the work-study program is determined by the information provided on the FAFSA. The Federal Work-Study Program awards funds on a first come, first served basis.

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