RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 13 national championships and we have had more than 140 All-Americans.
Whether your plan is to take classes and transfer to a four-year university or enter one of our career programs designed to get you into the workforce right away, Rock Valley College has what you are looking for. Select from one of our more than 60 transfer areas or more than 30 career programs.
Whether you are new to the college or know your way around, we have a variety of services designed to help you succeed. We're here for you every step of the way.
At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
Have fun. Try stuff. RVC gives you opportunities to get involved. There are lots of student activities to choose from. We offer more than 20 clubs and organizations. Try your hands at student government. Join the staff of our campus newspaper. What's it going to be?
Scholarship Applications available April 1- May 18 for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
Scholarship Opportunities for Rock Valley College Students
The Rock Valley College Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships to students attending RVC.
You must submit the online scholarship application by May 18, 2015 and be registered for fall classes by June 5, 2015 to be considered for scholarships.
Please read carefully: All applications must be filled out and submitted online. No exceptions. Printed applications will not be accepted.Applications cannot be saved, but must be completed in one sitting. Have the necessary information available before starting the process. If changes need to be made after completion, you must submit a new application. Only the last application submitted will be accepted.
1. Know your RVC student ID number. You will need it to apply.
2. To be considered for scholarships based on financial need, complete the RVC financial aid process by May 18, 2015. If you have any questions about your financial aid file status, check with the Financial Aid Office (Main Campus Student Center, 2nd floor).
3. To be considered for scholarships based on GPA, new high school and transfer students must submit official transcripts (through fall semester 2014) to the Records and Registration Office (Main Campus Student Center, top floor) by May 18, 2015. Returning RVC students do not need to submit transcripts.
4. To be considered for scholarships based on other criteria such as program of study or high school attended, submit any supporting documentation listed on the application to the RVC Foundation (Main Campus, adjacent to the Spring Brook Road entrance) by May 18, 2015.
5. You must register for Fall 2015 classes by June 5, 2015. No exceptions.
Remember: 1) complete your online scholarship application; 2) complete your financial aid file; 3) turn in transcripts if needed; 4) submit any additional information requested; and 5) register for classes.
Print or save your application confirmation!
RVC Foundation Scholarships are awarded for the academic year, and cover fall and spring semester classes only. All scholarships focus on:
1) the student's program of study;
2) academic standing; and/or
3) financial need.
One or all of these main criteria may apply to a particular scholarship. Other criteria may also be considered based on the individual scholarship guidelines.
Award amounts vary based on student status. Funds are dispersed to the student's RVC Financial Aid account, and are applied to tuition first, then fees, books and mandatory supplies. Funds not used will be returned to the RVC Foundation.
Student Status is determined through the RVC Student Record System. Full- and part-time status is determined by the number of credit hours an applicant is registered for as of June 5, 2015. Second-year (sophomore) status is determined by the completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours. New or returning student status is determined by the number of credit hours completed as of May 18, 2015. Dual-credit or Running Start student status will be determined by the actual/pending high school graduation date as entered on the application form and the number of credit hours earned prior to graduation.
General Eligibility Requirements
All applicants are asked to: 1) supply general biographical information; 2) write a brief statement on what receiving a scholarship will mean to them; and 3) write a brief statement about their education and career goals. These statements will be shared with the donor of the scholarship awarded, and quotes may be used in publications and news media.
·Applicants intending to obtain a transfer degree (Associate of Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Engineering Science) must indicate their area of concentration in the space provided on the application. Please note: Nursing is not available as an area of concentration. Please choose biology, chemistry, or any other applicable area, and then include Nursing as a career goal when you write your education statement.
·Applicants intending to pursue a career degree (Associate of Applied Science, Associate Degree Nursing, and Associate of General Studies) or certificate must choose their particular program in the space provided on the application.
·Applicants intending to transfer before obtaining an Associate Degree must include their future career goals when writing their education statement.
·Applicants who are unsure of their education goals have the option to choose "I don't know yet" on the application. They may not qualify for a program-based scholarship, but need- and merit-based are still open to them.
Program-based scholarship eligibility is for those applicants who have already determined their education goals at Rock Valley College.Some programs have a separate admissions process and are considered "limited admissions" programs. Your program admission will be confirmed with the program director prior to determining final eligibility. For more information on career programs and certificates offered, please click here.
Merit-based scholarship eligibility is for those applicants with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. New high school and transfer students must turn in their official transcripts to the Records and Registration office by May 18, 2015.
Need-based scholarship eligibility is for those applicants who complete their RVC Financial Aid File by May 18, 2015. Note: A student does not have to receive financial aid in order to qualify for a need-based scholarship; they just have to complete the process. Please click here for more information on the RVC financial aid process.
Your initial scholarship award is based on the information provided on the application and the information in the RVC Student Record System. If your information changes, you may lose your scholarship funding. For instance, if you register for 15 credit hours in the fall, and only 7 in the spring, you may lose funds based on the number of hours you are registered for. You also must remain a "student in good standing" by maintaining your GPA and completing all of your classes. Failure to do either one could cause you to lose your scholarship.
Mailing address for all college offices:
Rock Valley College | 3301 N. Mulford Rd. | Rockford, IL 61114 | 815.921.7821
RVC Foundation | 815.921.4500 | RVC-Foundation@rockvalleycollege.edu
Main Campus adjacent to the Spring Brook Road entrance (6250 Spring Brook Rd.)
RVC Financial Aid | 815.921.4150 | RVC-FIA@rockvalleycollege.edu
Main Campus Student Center (SC), 2nd floor
RVC Records and Registration | 815.921.4250 | RVC-Records@rockvalleycollege.edu
Main Campus Student Center (SC), top floor
Application process begins April 1, 2015
Rock Valley College does not recommend that you pay anyone to find a scholarship or financial assistance for you. This information is available to students for free on the internet. Some helpful web sites and links include: