RCC Foundation Financial Assistance

Student Support & Scholarships

The RCC Foundation is Here to Help

Each year, the RCC Foundation awards thousands of dollars to RCC students in need. Since its inception, the RCC Foundation has awarded almost $4 million in student awards to new, continuing and transfer students at RCC.

Support is available through:


Scholarship Fund

The RCC Foundation annually offers over 200 scholarships to new, continuing and transferring students. Recipients are awarded based on various criteria including financial need, demonstrated community service, academic achievement, artistic talent, and even high school attended.

The Scholarship Application for continuing and transfer students is scheduled to open on March 1, 2023. More information will be sent to students’ RCC emails leading up to the opening of the scholarship application. You can view the list of scholarships available here. Although the application is not open yet, you can review the scholarship opportunities and prepare to apply when the process opens.

Most scholarships no longer require a faculty or third-party letter of recommendation. The application is easy to complete and only requires a simple personal essay.

Continuing and Transfer Student Scholarships

In order to be considered for a Continuing or Transfer Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in Spring 2023.
  • Planning to enroll in the Fall 2023 semester at RCC.
  • Most scholarships are restricted to RCC enrollment, but there are some that can be applied to when planning to transfer to another college in Fall 2023.

New Student Scholarships

The New Student Scholarships application is not yet open. The schedule and deadlines will be announced in Spring 2023.

In order to be considered for a New Student Scholarship, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Committed to enroll at RCC in Spring 2023
  • Admitted for the Fall 2023 semester at RCC. Please follow these steps, if you have not already done so, to start the admissions process.
    1. Apply To RCC
    2. Complete the FAFSA
      Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is separate from RCC’s scholarship application. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the FAFSA process or email [email protected] for assistance.
    3. When the scholarship application opens, new students will be able to access the apply link here.

Need Help with the Scholarship Application?
Please email [email protected] or call the Financial Aid Office at 845-574-4282.


President’s Student Support Fund

The President’s Student Support Fund (PSSF) provides financial assistance to RCC students so they are able to maintain enrollment and excel academically and personally. The Fund provides support for direct educational costs such as tuition, fees, and textbooks.


Emergency Fund

Rockland Community College recognizes that emergencies and/or extenuating circumstances may occur at the least opportune moment and may dramatically affect a student’s ability to continue his or her education. As a result, the College created the Emergency Fund to aid enrolled students who are experiencing temporary, unforeseen, or extraordinary circumstances in their personal lives. The Emergency Fund’s purpose is to provide one-time awards for non-direct educational costs* so students experiencing financial crises affecting their mental/physical health or ability to attend college may remain enrolled at RCC and progress in their program of study.

*Non-direct educational costs are those costs other than tuition, fees and books.