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Financial Aid Update

Currently, the Department of Education is experiencing significant delays in providing institutions of higher education with processed 2024-25 Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

As of January 30, the latest communication from the Department of Education, is that institutions will not receive 2024-25 FAFSA applicant information until “the first half of March.” 

This delay has affected our ability to send out financial aid award letters, for the upcoming year, in a timely manner. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and your patience and understanding during this time are greatly appreciated. 

As soon as we receive more information from the Department of Education and processing resumes for the 2024-25 FAFSA, we will promptly notify students of their financial aid award. 

Our priority is to ensure that our students have the support they need to pursue their education at Rio without any undue stress. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our Financial Aid Office at 740-245-7218 or


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University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College received the first-ever Community Colleges of Appalachia (CCA) Entrepreneurship Award.

Tracy Rice, Pike Center

Rio Grande’s Pike Center Names New Site Director

Tracy Rice, a local advocate for youth education and community development, is set to lead the newly established Rio Grande Pike Center as its Director.

2024 Commencement Ceremony

Rio Awards 379 Graduates at Commencement Ceremony

Despite early morning rain and lingering clouds, University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College held its 148th Commencement Ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday, May 11. The annual ceremony celebrated the academic achievements of the 2024 graduating class.

Grande Chorale at Scholarship Dinner

Changing Tomorrows Scholarship Dinner Raises Over $44,000 for Students

On May 2, at the Holzer Leadership & Innovation Center, guests from the community, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Rio Grande gathered to contribute to Rio’s scholarship fund, aimed at providing crucial financial support to students with limited means. 

McArthur Announcement

Rio Grande Community College Receives Grant for New Multi-Use Center in McArthur

More than 100 local and state-level community leaders joined Governor Mike DeWine this morning at the future home of Rio Grande’s McArthur Center. The Governor announced that Rio will be receiving a $12,000,000 grant from the state’s Appalachian Community Grant Program.

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University of Rio Grande Adding Football and Marching Band in Fall ‘25

The growth phase at University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College continues with the announcement of both football and marching band coming to campus in the fall of 2025.

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