How to Apply for Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid is an office of the U.S. Department of Education that manages and regulates Title IV funds of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. To be considered for various federal, state, and institutional aid, students need to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online. Step-by-step instructions are provided below.


Complete an Orientation and Assessment with the Admissions Office

Call (951) 826-4723 to schedule an appointment

Visit our Orientation & Assessment Schedule page.


Complete a FAFSA Online

Go to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid web page. Choose the 2024-2025 FAFSA year.

Riverside County Office of Education/School of Career Education’s Federal School ID Number: 042084

** Please note: If you worked in 2022, your FAFSA cannot be processed without tax information—no exceptions. You must create an FSA ID to submit your FAFSA. If you are a dependent, your parents will need an FSA ID as well.


Register for the school’s campus ivy financial aid portal

RCOE has partnered with an online company to automate the processing of federal financial aid applications using Campus Ivy’s Financial aid portal. After you have completed a FAFSA application, you must complete the Campus Ivy student portal process to receive your award estimate.
Step-by-step instructions are provided below.

  • Go to Campus Ivy
  • Complete the Student Registration
  • Within 24 hours, you will receive an email from Campus Ivy prompting you to login to your account.
  • IMPORTANT: You must create your account within 72 hours.
  • Receive your funding estimate
  • Complete verification documents

If the information on the documents you provided is inconsistent with the information you reported on your FAFSA, you may receive a follow-up letter informing you of the steps you will need to follow to continue the financial aid award process.

It may be necessary for the school to make corrections and send them to the Federal Processor before the award can be confirmed. The school will notify you of nay corrections made.


Meet with our Financial Aid Office to review your financial options

The Financial Aid Office will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please call your campus to schedule an appointment.

Riverside and Extension Campuses (Riverside): (951) 826-4723                                        
Branch Campus (Indio): (760) 863-3333