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Student Administrative Services (SAS)

Loan Processes

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Loan Processes

Rockford University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program for all Stafford loans.  

New Students:  
The Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS) will originate your Stafford Loan once you are registered for classes and have completed the following: Master Promissory Note (MPN), entrance counseling, award letter, 2018-2019 Federal Direct Loan Request Form or 2017-2018 Federal Direct Loan Request Form, and Standards of Academic Progress Policy‌.  The MPN will be used for all subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans.  Subsequent Stafford loans accepted by you will be automatically processed under the same MPN in future academic years.  

Current Student borrowers:
The Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS) will originate your Stafford Loan once you are registered for classes and have completed a signed award letter and direct loan request form.  You will not need to complete a new MPN, entrance counseling, or SAP as long as you have an active one on file with Rockford University. 

Upon completion of all required documents, loan funds will be disbursed through an electronic funds transfer (EFT) to your student account.  Loans cannot be processed after a student becomes ineligible or after the term has ended.

Parents: Rockford University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.  If you wish to borrow on behalf of your son or daughter in the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program please complete the following the steps.

Current/New Parent Borrowers:  All NEW and PREVIOUS parent borrowers will need to complete a PLUS loan application after April 15th. The application process determines credit eligibility. You will be required to use your FSA ID to log-in and complete the Federal PLUS application.  If approved for the loan, SAS is not able to originate a Parent PLUS loan until a completed PLUS MPN is on file and the student has completed the financial aid process. If a completed Parent PLUS loan MPN is on file, a new one may not be needed. 

Utilizing An Endorser:  An endorser is someone who will pass the credit check and who agrees, similar to a co-signer, to repay the PLUS Loan if the borrower is unable to do so. Almost anyone can serve as an endorser. However, the student cannot serve as an endorser for their parent.

If you choose to obtain an endorser, the endorser should complete the endorser addendum at studentloans.gov. The endorser will need the PLUS Endorser Code (if a Direct PLUS Loan Request was completed) or Loan Identification Number to connect the endorsement to the denied PLUS Loan. Completing the endorsement online also requires a Federal Student Aid ID (username and password).

Master promissory notes (MPNs) are used for PLUS Loans and allow for multiple year borrowing under the same terms. However, when an endorser is used, the terms of the MPN used for that loan is specific only to that loan. Therefore, a borrower who has previously received a PLUS Loan without an endorser will need to complete a unique MPN for the endorsed loan. Also, any additional PLUS borrowing will require a new MPN and endorser addendum (though the same endorser can be used).

Finally, when the borrower is initially denied and approved through use of an endorser or appeal, the borrower will need to complete the Parent PLUS counseling requirement before the PLUS Loan can be disbursed. This counseling is a review of loan and repayment obligations available at studentloans.gov.

In cases of a parent credit denial or when an eligible endorser is not available the student will be eligible for an additional unsubsidized loan. Rockford University will be notified and a new award letter with required documentation will be mailed to the student.

RETENTION AND GRADUATION RATES

Retention Rate

65% of students began their studies in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016

 

Graduation Rate

The percentages below measure the first-time, full-time students pursuing bachelor’s degrees that began their studies in Fall 2010 and graduated within 150% of “normal time” to complete their program.

 

 

Total

 

50%

 

By Gender  
Male 42%

Female

 

57%

 

By Ethnicity  
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0%
Asian 100%
Black or African American 31%
Hispanic/Latino 46%
White 54%

Race/ethnicity unknown

 

13%

 

By Federal Grant or Loan  
Pell Grant recipient 46%
Subsidized Stafford Loan recipient but no Pell Grant 52%
Neither Pell Grant nor subsidized Stafford Loan recipient

55%

Loan Information

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LOAN INFORMATION

 

William D. Ford Direct Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan –Eligibility determined by grade level and need. Must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. If approved, lifetime aggregate amount up to $23,000 for all undergraduate study. Interest is subsidized as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time. Repayment and interest accumulation begin six months after graduation on a monthly basis. Repayment extendable to 10 years with minimum monthly payments of $50. Students must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN), Entrance Counseling, signed award letter, and the 2018-2019 Federal Direct Loan Request Form or 2017-2018 Federal Direct Loan Request Form  before their loans can be processed.  Please visit https://studentloans.gov to complete the MPN and Entrance Counseling requirements on-line.  Students must log-in with their own FSA ID.  Current interest rate can be found here and the current origination fee is 1.066%.

William D. Ford Direct Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan –Same as subsidized Stafford, except not based on financial need. Students are responsible for quarterly interest on the loan while in attendance at college. Interest accumulates immediately at a fixed rate and the current interest rate can be found here.  The current origination fee is 1.066%.  Students may or may not choose to pay interest on the loan while in attendance at college.

Federal Perkins Loan – Is available to students who demonstrate need and meet institutional criteria as long as funds are available. Interest is subsidized as long as the student is enrolled at least half-time.  Interest is fixed at 5% and repayment starts nine months after the student leaves or is enrolled less than half-time.

Direct Federal PARENT Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) 
This is a Parent loan for dependent students. Parents may borrow the difference between the student’s cost of education and all other financial assistance. The current origination fee is 4.264%.  Interest is fixed and the current interest rate can be found online.  Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed and is not based on financial need. Interest accrues beginning on the date of the loan’s first disbursement. A parent may elect to defer payments until student graduates through forbearance options.   Click here to begin the application process.  Please keep in mind that the parent will apply under their own FSA ID.

Additional Private Student Loans– Several financial institutions provide low-interest loans for students who might need additional assistance after federal loan options are used. The various loans differ by interest rate, interest capitalization, guarantee fees, and co-signer options. Students may need a creditworthy cosigner in order to obtain a private loan.  Many students have found that applying with a co-signer often results in a lower interest rate.  Interest begins accruing at disbursement but in most cases no payment is required until six months after graduation or a student drops below half-time enrollment. We recommend that students compare several lenders before selecting a private loan.

Loan Regulations

Rockford University is required by federal regulations to comply with individual lender terms and cannot certify a loan for more than your eligibility as determined by the student cost of attendance minus any other available financial aid.  If you have any questions regarding cost of attendance, please contact Student Administrative Services (SAS).   Rockford University does not participate in revenue-sharing practices, referral fee arrangements, or private loan application fee payments.

Code of Conduct for Educational Loans

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Entrance/Exit Counseling Federal Requirements

Entrance and Exit Counseling are required for all federal student loans. These counseling sessions provide a borrowing student with information on his/her rights and responsibilities as a borrower as well as repayment information and options. These sessions also explain the consequences for failing to repay a student loan. Exit Counseling also includes a review of debt management strategies and loan forgiveness options. Entrance counseling is required before a student can receive a Federal Direct Loan and Exit Counseling is required once a student drops below half-time enrollment and received a federal loan.  Entrance and Exit Counseling can be completed online at: https://studentloans.gov.

Perkins Loan Exit Counseling is completed at https://www.myloancounseling.com/

National Student Loan Data System

Students can also use this Web site to access information about federal loan amounts, outstanding loan balances, status, record of disbursements, and servicer contact information.  www.nslds.ed.gov

2018-2019 Federal Direct Loan Request Form

2017-2018 Federal Direct Loan Request Form

SAS (Financial Aid)

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  • Scholarships: Our merit scholarship program is designed to reward those students that have been academically dedicated and engaged in their educational and co-curricular experiences.
  • Rockford Grants & Loans: We’ll do everything we can to help you afford Rockford College. That’s why we offer our own grants and loans to supplement your state and federal aid.
  • State and Federal Grants & Loans: The less time you spend worrying about money, the more time you can spend learning – and making a difference in the world. We encourage you to check out state and federal financial aid opportunities.
  • Work Study: It’s often been said that hard work is its own reward. We couldn’t agree more. We have numerous opportunities for you to work on campus and earn money at the same time.

2018-2019

2017-2018

 

Other Forms

Contact Information

Location: Nelson Hall, Main Level

Hours: Monday – Thursday  8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

E-mail: sas@rockford.edu

Phone: 815-226-4062

  • Scholarships: Our merit scholarship program is designed to reward those students that have been academically dedicated and engaged in their educational and co-curricular experiences.
  • Rockford Grants & Loans: We’ll do everything we can to help you afford Rockford College. That’s why we offer our own grants and loans to supplement your state and federal aid.
  • State and Federal Grants & Loans: The less time you spend worrying about money, the more time you can spend learning – and making a difference in the world. We encourage you to check out state and federal financial aid opportunities.
  • Work Study: It’s often been said that hard work is its own reward. We couldn’t agree more. We have numerous opportunities for you to work on campus and earn money at the same time.

Contact Information

Location: Nelson Hall, Main Level

Hours: Monday – Thursday  8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday   8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Email: sas@rockford.edu

Phone: 815-226-4062

Consumer Information

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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.

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.

Payment of Fees

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PAYMENT OF FEES

Payments and Schedule

Rockford University students are billed each semester in advance. The billing for the fall semester will normally be prepared and mailed July 1 and is due August 1. The billing for the spring semester will normally be prepared December 1 and is due January 1. Students’ registrations are not complete until their accounts have been paid or payment has been fully arranged. A number of payment plans including a monthly payment option, employer tuition assistance, loans, MasterCard, VISA or Discover are available through consultation with the Student Administrative Services (SAS) office. Payments can also be made over the phone by contacting SAS or through your Self-Service account.

Checks should be made payable to Rockford University and addressed to the address below:

Office of Student Administrative Services     
Rockford University     
5050 E. State St.     
Rockford, IL 61108-2393

Students who are receiving employer assistance are required to submit an Employer Reimbursement request to the SAS office each semester prior to the first class period of the semester.  Financial clearance is required for class attendance and residency at Rockford University, and participation in Rockford University activities. No grades, diploma, certificate or transcript will be granted to students who have indebtedness to Rockford University.

Rockford University Payment Plan

Rockford University attempts to provide for all students financial aid packages sufficient to meet their entire financial need. However, for those students who remain personally responsible for paying a portion of their Rockford University costs, the following options are available:

Rockford University offers a payment plan that allows students/families to pay their balance in monthly installments. There are no interest charges; however, a $50 per semester enrollment fee and the first full payment must accompany a signed contract. Monthly installments can be paid by VISA, MasterCard or Discover cards or by cash or personal check. Additional information is available from the Student Administrative Services office

Schedule of monthly payments that fall 10 days past due will be assessed a late fee of 1.5 percent. Account balances after the due date that are not covered by scheduled loan disbursements, employer tuition assistance or veterans benefits will be assessed a late fee of 1.5 percent of the balance until paid in full. Additional information on alternative loan options is available from the SAS office.

Employee/Employer Reimbursement

Employee/employer reimbursement forms are available in the SAS office. Forms must be submitted each semester prior to the first class period of the semester.

Students are responsible for full payment of accounts.

Refund Policies

Students can receive full refunds of prepaid tuition, fees, and room-and-board costs (less the non-refundable tuition deposit) if they present written notice of withdrawal at the SAS office before the last drop date. Refer to our academic calendars. Students who withdraw after classes begin receive refunds based on the schedule below.

Important: Students receiving financial aid should confer with the SAS office to determine how their aid packages will be affected before they change their status. Students who withdraw from all classes after the last day to withdraw with a refund will be subject to removal of Title IV aid based on results from the Department of Education.

Tuition refunds for Fall 2017 will be made on this basis:  
Through August 29……………………………………………………………………………………….. 100% of tuition
After August 29……………………………………………………………………………………………… No refund
   
Tuition refunds for Spring 2018 will be made on this basis:  
Through January 22…………………………………………………………………………………………. 100% of tuition
After January 22……………………………………………………………………………………………… No refund
   
Refund policies for Summer 2018 are as follows:  
If you withdraw before 3rd class date……………………………………………………… 100% refund
If you withdraw on or after 3rd class date……………………………………………….. No refund

Appropriate refunds will be made by check within 45 days of receipt of a request for refund. Refunds of board (meal) and room charges will not be refunded after the last date to drop. No refunds will be made for temporary absence during the regular school year. For information concerning board and room refund policies, contact the Student Administrative Services office. Special instructional fees will not be refunded unless students withdraw before the first day of class. No refund will be made of the tuition deposit or the $40 registration fee.

Cash advances will not be distributed until a student’s account reflects a credit balance (all financial aid has been applied). Subsequent to the add/drop period, students having a credit remaining will have the option of leaving the credit on account or receiving a check for the total credit. A “Request for Refund” form must be completed at the SAS office.

The University reserves the right to dismiss any student whose conduct is not satisfactory in any area of university life (under procedures stated in the Rockford University Student Handbook). No refund of tuition, room, board or fees is made in such cases.

Students may appeal any refund policy decision to the director of Student Administrative Services.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Student Administrative Services (SAS)
Nelson Hall--1st floor
5050 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4062
Fax: 815-394-5174
sas@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Thurs - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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Graduate Tuition and Fees

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FEES AND FINANCIAL AID

Graduate Studies (MAT and MBA) Fee Schedule

Graduate application fee $50
Transcript evaluation (MAT) $75
Tuition 2017-2018 $710 per credit hour
Tuition 2016-2017 $710 per credit hour
Non-refundable registration fee per semester $50
Graduation fee $115
Transfer credit fee $20 per course
Transcript (official) $5
GRE Test (MAT) $185
GMAT Test (MBA) $250
MBA Prerequisite Test $50


Financial Aid

There is a limited amount of financial aid that Rockford University offers to its admitted graduate students.

Learn more >>

 

Grants

The Part-Time Student Voucher Grant provides a $150 per credit hour discount, up to $900 per semester, to part-time degree-seeking or certification-seeking students in good academic standing, subject to these restrictions:

  • >> Application forms are required each semester and due within 10 days after the semester begins.
  • >> Students who receive tuition reimbursement from outside sources are not eligible.
  • >> Students may not use this grant in conjunction with other scholarships or aid plans (grants and loans).
  • >> Students must be enrolled in 6 hours or less to qualify and in good academic standing.

Application forms are available at Student Administrative Services (SAS) or the Graduate Studies Office.

Additional fees not listed here may also apply and are subject to change without notice.

 

Employee Reimbursement /Tuition Deferment Program

Rockford University will defer your tuition payment until after you have completed the semester to allow time for your employer to reimburse you. The program is limited to reimbursable tuition costs only; registration fees and textbook costs are not eligible for deferment, even though you may receive reimbursement for these costs. Please ask for a Tuition Deferment Form at the Office of Graduate Studies.

Learn more about our Employer Reimbursement/Tuition Deferment Program >>

 

MAT—GRE Fee Reimbursement

You may be eligible for GRE fee reimbursement. In order to receive this aid, you must fill out the FAFSA form. Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be equal or less than $1900.

MBA—Additional Information

The Rockford University MBA program offers a $250 per credit hour scholarship to employees of public and not-for-profit organizations desiring to take courses leading to an MBA. The discount is available only to those currently receiving less than 50 percent of the cost of tuition and applies to a maximum of two courses per semester.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Student Administrative Services
Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4040
Lisa Blakeley-Snyder
lblakeleysnyder@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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UNDERGRADUATE TUITION AND FEES

Full-Time Enrollment

Full-time enrollment includes 12-18 semester hours of credit or audit course work (day, evening or combination there-of) during the fall or spring semesters. Note: A student enrolling in more than 18 credit hours in a fall or spring semester will be charged $785 tuition for each credit hour beyond 18 in addition to the regular full-time tuition.
 

2017-2018 Academic Year

Tuition* $ 29,920
Summer classes* $ 575 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
Tuition deposit $ 100 (non-refundable; required when a student accepts admission to Rockford University)
Activity fee $ 130

2016-2017 Academic Year

Tuition* $ 29,050
Summer classes* $ 560 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
Tuition deposit $ 100 (non-refundable; required when a student accepts admission to Rockford University)
Activity fee $ 130

At Rockford University, you can take one or two classes at a time—whether you are pursuing a degree from Rockford University or not. Part-time fees are $785 per credit hour (excludes the Accelerated Degree Completion BSMS program).

*Tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 academic year are subject to change.


Part-Time Enrollment

Part-time students are those enrolled for fewer than 12 credit hours, including tutorials or independent study and courses audited.

2017-2018 Academic Year
 
Tuition* per credit hour $785
Summer tuition* per credit hour $575
Non-refundable registration fee per semester $50
 
 
2016-2017 Academic Year
 
Tuition* per credit hour $765
Summer tuition* per credit hour $560
Non-refundable registration fee per semester $50
 
*Tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 academic year are subject to change.

Financial Aid for Part-Time Students

The Undergraduate Part-Time Student Grant provides $150 per credit hour up to $900 per semester to part-time students in good academic standing, and that meet the following criteria:

  • The part-time grant voucher must be completed every semester and is due to Student Administrative Services within 10 days of the start of each semester (the voucher can be obtained by contacting SAS);
  • Payment in full or an approved payment plan must be received along with the voucher.
Students who are receiving any form of financial assistance, including, but not limited to grant, scholarship, discounted tuition, loans and tuition remission or employer reimbursement, are not eligible.
 
 
Insurance Costs

All full-time and/or residential students are required to have some type of health insurance. Rockford University uses a “mandatory with waiver” system. Students will be charged the health insurance fee, and the fee waived when proof of insurance (copy of card, front and back) and the fee waived when the online waiver form is completed. Contact Lang Center for further information, 815-226-4083.

2016-2017 Academic Year

Domestic insurance ($5,000 basic policy) $ 2,004 annually (est)
   

For questions concerning International Health Insurance requirements, contact Lang Center or the Office of Global Affairs at 815-394-5112.

Students participating in intercollegiate athletics must have primary insurance that is not the student insurance plan. Rockford University provides an excess or secondary coverage policy for athletic participation. Students are responsible for purchasing their own primary coverage to participate in athletics.

Room and Board 

Residence hall room fees for students attending the full 2017-2018 academic year:

Double room $ 4,570
Single room (subject to availability) $ 6,300
Super single room (subject to availability) $ 7,420
Double as single (subject to availability) $ 7,420
Suite $ 4,920
   
19 meal plan / traditional $50 flex $ 3,850
15 meal plan / traditional $75 flex $ 3,700
175 Meals/Block $200 flex $ 3,630

 

Residence hall room fees for students attending the full 2016-2017 academic year:

Double room $ 4,440
Single room (subject to availability) $ 6,120
Super single room (subject to availability) $ 7,210
Double as single (subject to availability) $ 7,210
Suite $ 4,780
   
19 meal plan / traditional $50 flex $ 3,740
15 meal plan / traditional $75 flex $ 3,590
175 Meals/Block $200 flex $ 3,520
All resident students must sign up for one of the meal plans. All first-year students must sign up for the 19-meal plan. The 19 and 15 meal plan options are based on the number of breakfasts, lunches or dinners a student is entitled to in a seven-day period.  The 175 meals/Block is the number of meals available during the semester.
 
All tuition and fees are subject to change for the 2018-2019 academic year.

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Student Administrative Services (SAS)
Nelson Hall--1st floor
5050 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4062
Fax: 815-394-5174
sas@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Thurs - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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Financial Aid Forms

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Financial Aid Forms

Verification Process

Students may be selected for verification after submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The selection is based on information reported on the FAFSA and is initiated by the Department of Education. In certain circumstances Rockford University may select a student based on conflicting information on the FAFSA.  Rockford University is then required to verify any FAFSA selected by the processor.  If selected, you will be notified by the processor after submitting the FAFSA.  Prospective students and current students are then further notified via mail by the Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS) indicating forms and documents that need to be submitted. This information is needed before a financial aid award package can be prepared.

Rockford University must confirm the accuracy of information entered by a student on the FAFSA by requesting documentation from the student (and parent(s) if dependent) as required by the federal government. If you purposely give false or misleading information on the worksheets or documents submitted, you may be fined, be sentenced to jail, or both.  According to federal regulations, the following items must be verified:

  1. Household Size
  2. Number in College
  3. Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)
  4. Wages
  5. US (federal) taxes paid
  6. Certain types of untaxed income and benefits

Rockford University verifies the above information with the collection of the following documents:

  1. Verification Worksheets – students will need to download and print the appropriate worksheets from the list found below.
  2. Parent IRS Tax Return Transcript for the appropriate tax year.
  3. Student IRS Tax Return Transcript for the appropriate tax year.
  4. Copy of all parent and student W-2 forms for the appropriate tax year

If a change to your FAFSA data is warranted due to the verification process, a new Student Aid Report (SAR) will be generated and sent to you by the Department of Education. New students who have been admitted or returning students who have registered will receive an award letter by mail offering all available financial aid that the student is eligible for.

Once the initial financial aid award is received, any changes to the financial aid award will result in a revised award letter being sent to the student.

Students who are in default on a federal student loan are ineligible for additional federal student aid until he or she resolves the default.  Your eligibility for financial aid can be restored if you can provide documentation from the loan holder of the defaulted loan indicating that your loan has been resolved and you are eligible for Title IV funding.

Federal aid overpayments also have to be resolved before any additional financial aid can be processed.

No federal, state or need based institutional financial aid can be distributed to the student’s account until the process is complete.  Verification must be completed prior to the end of the semester in which financial aid is requested.  The above required documents can be submitted in person in the SAS office Located in Nelson Hall, sent by postal mail or faxed.

Mailing Address:

Rockford University
SAS
5050 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Phone # 815-394-4261
Fax # 815-394-5174

Verification Documents

Please find below the required verification documents. Please see the letter that was sent to you to see which documents you are required to submit.

2018-2019

2017-2018

Other Forms

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Student Administrative Services (SAS)
Nelson Hall--1st floor
5050 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-4062
Fax: 815-394-5174
sas@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Thurs - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Chat with an Admission Counselor