Tuition and Financial Aid

Rivier University offers students a variety of payment options, as well as many merit-based scholarship programs. Our staff is committed to making financing a college education possible. In keeping with Rivier’s commitment to peace and social justice, the Student Financial Services Office awards need-based funds, utilizing a fair and equitable awarding policy, that carry with the student for their entire degree program.

Costs may vary depending on resident or commuter status, etc.

  • For information about college costs, please click here – Costs
  • For information about payment options, please click here – Payment Options
  • For information about the University’s refund policy, please click here – Refund Policy

Our Financial Aid counselors are available to assist you throughout the financial aid process.

We are committed to making a Rivier education affordable for as many families as possible. To do so, we keep our costs among the lowest for private colleges and universities in New England and award over $7 million in need-based and merit-based institutional aid to more than 90% of our students.

To be considered for financial aid, students must:

  • be enrolled in a degree-granting program at a minimum of half-time status (6 credits per semester); and
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Home-schooled applicants should contact the Office of Admissions or Office of Financial Aid for specific application instructions.

To apply for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can file the FAFSA online at or fill out a paper copy available at high school guidance offices or at the Rivier University Financial Aid Office.

To have your information forwarded to Rivier University, include our Title IV code (002586) on your FAFSA. Rivier’s priority filing date is March 1. Late applicants are considered on a funds-available basis.

Student Financial Services/Financial Aid Contacts:

  • General Questions: or (603) 897-8488
  • To contact a specific staff member, review our Student Financial Services team page.