CONSUMER INFORMATION

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all universities annually provide notice regarding the availability of the consumer information listed below. Please contact the department responsible with questions, concerns or for requests of paper copies.

Parents (of dependent students), to the extent that they are able, have the primary responsibility to pay for their child’s education. Students are also expected to contribute to their educational costs. Eligibility for federal grants and loans and state need-based grants is determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Rockford University also requires the FAFSA to determine eligibility for need-based institutional aid.

CARES ACT

The U.S. Department of Education requires that each school that applies for CARES Act funding must submit an initial report within 30 days of receiving the funding to the U.S. Department of Education portal.  As of today, the portal is not ready to begin taking submissions.  Temporary guidance has been issued for schools to post on their website the following information:

  1. Rockford University signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on April 14, 2020. Rockford University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that Rockford University received was $612,955.
  3. On the initial reporting date of May 21, 2020, Rockford University distributed $265,595.48 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  As of today, June 23, 2020, Rockford University has distributed all $612,955 to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  4. There was a total of  1196 of Rockford University students enrolled for the Spring 2020 semester that may be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to be considered for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  5. On the initial reporting date of May 21, 2020, there were 130 Rockford University students who received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant for students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  As of today, June 23, 2020, there have been a total of 389 Rockford University students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant for students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  6. Rockford University used a specific methodology to award the first round of the Emergency Financial Aid grants.  After the initial funding, an application process is being used.
  7. Rockford University sent an e-mail to all students, announcement on the student portal, as well a link on our homepage to the portal regarding guidance and instructions for requesting additional financial assistance. The link to the information can be found at:  https://www.rockford.edu/portal/cares-act-funding-request/

Employees are available during normal operating hours Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. during the year to help prospective students, current students, current and prospective employees obtain consumer information.