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Federal Programs


Federal Work Study (FWS)
This program provides employment opportunities to assist students in earning the funds necessary to meet the cost of post secondary education. Eligibility is restricted to students having the greatest need, as determined by the Federal Financial Aid Form. Eligible students may work up to 20 hours per week while attending classes at least half time. Checks are disbursed bi-monthly. Applications for the FWS program are available in the Financial Aid Office or online (Federal Work Study Application).

Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
This program makes funds available to qualified students who, for lack of financial means, would be unable to obtain a certificate or degree. Eligibility is based on the Federal Financial Aid Form.

Federal Pell Grant Program
This is a federal student financial aid program designed to assist eligible students in their post secondary education. This grant provides a foundation of financial aid to help defray the costs of education. All undergraduate students are eligible to apply for Pell Grant assistance. Student eligibility is based on financial need and is determined by a formula that is applied consistently to all applications. The formula has been developed by the U.S. Department of Education and is reviewed by Congress on an annual basis.

Recipients of these financial aid programs must sign statements of educational purpose stating all monies received will be used solely for costs directly related to attendance at the College. In addition, those students born after December 31, 1959, must sign statements relating to selective service registration and provide proof of such registration, if required.  To apply for the Federal Pell Grant, complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
The Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) is a Title IV program designed for students that completed rigorous programs of study in high school. The student requirements are: student must be a U.S. citizen, Federal Pell Grant recipient, 1st or 2nd year student in a two or your year degree program and be enrolled full time. The student must complete the FAFSA to be considered for ACG.  RMCC FAO will use the state designated program options as defined by the state the student attended high school. The FAO will also use the regulations defined by the Department of Education (DOE) for this program. (Defined June 2006 and thereafter by DOE) The VP of Student Affairs will evaluate perspective students HS transcripts to determine eligibility. The VP of Student Affairs will then notify the FAO of student's eligibility.

Student Trainee Opportunities - USDA - NRCS - Arkansas
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is recruiting students to participate in our Student Temporary Experience Program starting in the summer of 2011.  We plan to fill positions in the Soil Conservation, Soil Science, and Engineering series. The positions are available in multiple locations across the State.  For more information, click here.

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