Explore Scholarships at MVC
The ability to pay for tuition, books and even rent often has a direct impact on student success. That’s why we encourage all students to regularly apply for scholarships and grants to help ease the financial burden of attending college. MVC students have the option to apply for annual scholarships offered by the RCCD Foundation, or to explore scholarship options from our partners.
Your Scholarship Options
Scholarships are financial aid awards designed to help you pay for your education. Scholarships can be a one-time award or renewable and may require that certain academic or demographic qualifications be met.
Students may apply annually for a wide variety of scholarships through the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) Foundation, or explore verified scholarship offers from local, regional and nationwide partners.
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More Scholarship Information
In many cases, scholarships provide the opportunity for you to avoid or reduce the need for student loans, allowing you to graduate debt free.
Beyond providing extra help to pay for tuition, books and the expenses that come from attending college, many scholarships can be used for things other than paying for your classes, including rent, food, technology, transportation and more.
Many scholarship deadlines occur at the start or end of an academic year (early fall, or late spring). When you can apply is specific to the scholarship. Many ask that you apply a year in advance, simply due to the time it takes to review applications.
If you find a scholarship that looks good to you, ensure that it’s from a reputable source. Then, review the application requirements and get all your documentation in order. Start as early as possible so you have time to review and get advice on things like personal statements, or request letters of recommendation from your professors or coworkers. Leaving applications to the last minute often makes it harder for others to help you and reduces your chances of securing the scholarship.
Before applying for a scholarship, do your research. Some scholarships request personal information, and you should always be cautious before sharing those details. You should never pay someone to find a scholarship for you, as many free and reliable options to find scholarships exist.
Student Financial Services is available to help if you have questions about eligibility or understanding a scholarship’s requirements, or concerns about its validity.
For a rule of thumb, never trust any scholarship offers that:
- Say that they are guaranteed or ignore requests for more information
- Request your financial information (such as credit or debit cards)
- Ask you to pay any type of fee in order to apply or receive the award
- Ask for information such as your social security number
- Offer to take care of your application for you, or
- State that you won a contest you never entered or contacted you without you having solicited their information.
If you find a scholarship scam, you may report it to:
- State Bureau of Consumer Protection, Attorney General’s Office and Chamber of Commerce
- The National Fraud Information Consumers League (NFIC) at (800) 876-7060. The NFIC reports these concerns to the US Federal Trade Commission and Attorney General’s Office for you.
- Better Business Bureau (BBB) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (703) 276-0100 or (703) 525-8277. You can use the BBB to verify the integrity of an organization or file a complaint against an organization to help warn other consumers.
- If involving mail or telemarketing fraud, report it to the Postal Crime Hotline at (800) 654-8896 or the Chief Postal Inspector at (202) 268-4367.