How to Apply for Financial Aid

To determine your eligibility for all types of financial assistance at Richard Bland College, you must apply each year. Follow this checklist to help you successfully complete the process.


For prospective students and transfers: Apply for Admission

  • You may apply for financial aid without being admitted to the College. However, your financial aid application will not be processed until you have been admitted. Admission requires a separate application.


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • The FAFSA online application is available at
  • If this is your first time completing a FAFSA, you will need to obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at If you are a dependent student, one parent will also need to obtain a PIN. Your PIN allows you to sign your FAFSA electronically. Your PIN can also be used to make any FAFSA corrections, to monitor your status with federal aid programs, and to access the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
  • The 2015-16 FAFSA is available after January 1, 2015. Our priority filing deadline is March 1st. Federal Tax Return(s) for 2014 and other financial documents are needed to complete the FAFSA. Students are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the Income Information reported on FAFSA. Use estimated tax information if necessary in order to meet the priority filing dates.
  • Our School Code is 003707.
  • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR). If information is incorrect or missing, please make corrections on the web and submit them to FAFSA.


Follow up with any necessary paperwork and forms.

  • If your FAFSA is selected by the federal government for verification or there are any additional documents we need to finalize your financial aid, you will be notified by our office with specific directions on what to do and/or what to submit.
  • Verification forms are available on our website.


Richard Bland College Federal Direct Stafford Loan Application.

  • Complete and submit this application ONLY if the student needs to borrow a Stafford Loan to pay for educational expenses.


Receive and review your financial aid award letter package.

  • Award statements are mailed in early April to prospective students and in mid-June to returning students.
  • Settle any remaining balance with the Business Office by the tuition due date.