Richland College recognizes that many students who wish to attend college do not have the financial resources available to pay the cost of higher education. The DCCCD system operates an Office of Financial Aid at each college to assist students seeking a degree or certificate by making their educational goals financially possible. The primary purpose of financial aid is to assist students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend college. The financial aid office administers various types of financial aid programs including grants, loans, scholarships and part-time employment. To learn more about student financial aid programs, visit www.studentaid.ed.gov/ (federal programs), www.collegeforalltexans.com/ (state programs), and www.dcccd.edu (college, district, and community programs). In addition to the general information provided in the student information sections of the colleges of the DCCCD Web site and this catalog, please visit the financial aid section of the FAQs.
No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any program administered by the colleges of the DCCCD on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of need. In addition, most financial aid programs require annual applications. The Office of Financial Aid will make every effort to assist the student in meeting his/her need using all resources available. Each student has certain rights and responsibilities in the financial aid application process. Therefore, it is important to read all information carefully to ensure compliance with regulations governing receipt and maintenance of financial aid funds. Failure to comply with regulations may result in loss of funding and/or eligibility.