Financial Aid

FAFSA online

The Financial Aid Office recommends that all students file their FAFSA online. By applying for financial aid online, you reduce the chances of filing an incomplete application. When a student files the FAFSA on the Internet, the form will not be processed if any of the required information is left blank. Students may connect directly to FAFSA on the Web by clicking on the header above. If your computer does not meet the security requirements, you can apply at the Financial Aid Office in Adrienne Hall or the Rivier University Computer Lab located in Sylvia Trottier Hall. Returning students are also encouraged to file the Renewal FAFSA online. The following are the government's instructions on how to access your renewal information.

Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) Now Required!

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If you haven't done so, you'll need to create your FSA ID and password at Your FSA ID and Password will be activated immediately if you link it with your FAFSA PIN. Otherwise, it can take up to 3 business days for your identification to be verified with the Social Security Administration. Request your FSA ID and password as soon as possible. Please note for dependent undergrad students, your parents will also need to create their own FSA ID and password.

Filing a FAFSA?  Step by step instructions for completing your 2017-18 FAFSA can be found at

Application Deadline All students who plan to attend Rivier University in 2017-2018 should complete the 2017-18 FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 1, 2017. Late applicants will be awarded on a funds-available basis. If you are graduating from Rivier University in spring 2017, you are not required to complete the FAFSA/Renewal Form, unless you plan on continuing your education during the 2017-18 academic year.

Hints for Completing the FAFSA Students should provide the most accurate information they have available to them. If at all possible, we recommend that you use the "Link to the IRS" Data Retrieval Tool to automatically transfer your and, if applicable, your parents' tax information into your FAFSA. 


In order to assure your application has been properly filed and received by Rivier University, you will receive a confirmation letter from the federal government. If you have not received your confirmation within a month of filing, call FAFSA at 1-800-433-3243. The University cannot be held responsible for not receiving your FAFSA.


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