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 Admission’s Office

Call (951) 826-4723 to schedule an appointment

Visit our Orientation & Assessment Schedule page.


Complete a FAFSA Online

Go to Choose the 2020-2021 FAFSA year.

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

** Please note: If you worked in 2018, 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.


Login To Our Virtual Financial Aid Office (VFAO)

RCOE has partnered with an online company to automate the processing of federal financial aid applications using an online Virtual Financial Aid Office (VFAO). After you have completed a FAFSA form, you must complete the VFAO Student Interview.
Step-by-step instructions are provided below.

Once the Riverside County Office of Education/School of Career Education Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA and VFAO we will email you further instructions and forms. Some forms can be completed online via our Virtual Financial Aid Office while other forms will require you to submit them via email, fax, mail, or in-person:

School of Career Education

2100 E. Alessandro Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92508

Fax: (951) 826-6759

47-336 Oasis Street
Indio, CA 92201

Fax: (760) 863-3394

If the information on the documents you provided us 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 take to continue the financial aid award process.

It may be necessary for us to make corrections and send them to the Federal Processor before the award can be confirmed. We will notify you of any 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 Campus: (951) 826-4723                                        
Indio Campus: (760) 863-3333


Receive Your Award Letter

You will receive an award letter via email indicating the amount and types of aid you are eligible to receive based on a full-time enrollment assumption. You must accept or decline these awards. Please note: All Stafford Loans must be paid to the Department of Education after your program is over. You will receive an email/letter informing you of your loan servicer and asking you to create an account to pay your school loans.

Awards may consist of a combination of Federal Grants and Federal Direct Loans. This Financial Aid package awarded to you at Riverside County Office of Education/School of Career Education is not transferable to another educational institution.
You will receive email guidance regarding this matter.


Complete Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note

Students who are applying for Stafford Loans must complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note – no exceptions. Go to to complete your entrance counseling and master promissory note.

Please note, the Department of Education will not award your loans until these two items are complete.


Manage your Financial Aid Award disbursements

Financial aid awards are disbursed after school starts and are applied against your tuition account. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all documents are submitted to the Financial Aid office. If a student fails to submit all documentation, the student will be billed accordingly.

If you have any questions, please contact Nadine Flowers at or (951) 826-6808.