Tuition and Financial Aid


Nine out of ten Rivier students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, work study, and loans. The amount of aid received is based on financial need and academic achievement and potential.

Rivier offers a number of merit scholarships to new, full-time undergraduate day students. These are based on academic achievement and are renewable each year, providing the student meets all renewal criteria. With the exception of the Honors Scholarship, a separate application is not required for any of these awards. Our Financial Aid Office automatically considers all qualified applicants for these scholarships. Students eligible for more than one institutional non-need based scholarship or grant will receive the higher dollar value.

High school students graduating in May/June and enrolling in a degree program for the fall semester may be considered for the following scholarships:

Rivier Scholarships

These are institutional awards offered by Rivier University that do not have to be repaid. Scholarship eligibility is based on academic merit. These funds are offered to qualified full-time undergraduate day students, who are enrolling at Rivier directly out of high school, with the exception of the Transfer Scholarship. (Full-time attendance is defined as 12 or more credits per semester.) All students are considered for the Founder’s Merit, Catholic High School, Legacy, Opportunity and Transfer Scholarships when applying for full-time admission. All of the scholarships are to be received for a maximum of four consecutive years of undergraduate study and continuing satisfactory academic progress.

Rivier University Grant Program
The Rivier University Grant Program is awarded on the basis of financial need. A grant award is not guaranteed from one year to the next. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Changes to a student’s EFC may affect the amount of Rivier University Grant offered in future years. Rivier Grant funding is offered for four years of continuous full-time day enrollment and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Founders Merit Scholarship
This renewable scholarship is awarded to incoming full-time freshmen who meet the institution’s standards of academic strength and dedication. Scholarships are awarded up to $14,000 annually.

Catholic High School Grant
This grant is available for all Catholic high school graduates enrolled full-time who do not qualify for a higher merit scholarship. Annual awards are $1500 per year. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to continue receiving this scholarship.

The Samuel A. Tamposi Sr. Scholarship
There are three $5,000 awards and one $10,000 award, renewable for four years of continuous full-time undergraduate day studies. This scholarship is awarded to incoming Rivier freshmen who have graduated from Nashua, NH area high schools and who demonstrate financial need and an exemplary work ethic and determination to succeed. In recognition of Mr. Tamposi’s alma mater, Nashua High School, one of the recipients must be a graduate of Nashua High School. Other eligible applicants must be graduating high school seniors from the New Hampshire towns of Nashua, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, or Milford. A separate scholarship application is required and the submission deadline is May 1. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in order to continue receiving this scholarship.

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Legacy Scholarship
Awarded to international students and is renewable for four years of full-time study as a day student. The scholarship amount is $7,000 annually. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to continue receiving this scholarship.

Opportunity Grant
This scholarship is awarded to students whose family’s financial situation has changed drastically due to job loss, divorce, serious illness, or death. Students are encouraged to complete an appeal form and submit any requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office. Award amounts will vary depending on the individual circumstance. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to continue receiving this scholarship.

Transfer Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students transferring to a Rivier University undergraduate day program who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement at another accredited college or university. Eligible students must have a GPA of 2.5 earned after a minimum of 12 credits at the same college or university and have not earned a prior Bachelor’s Degree. Renewal is contingent upon remaining a full-time student. Award amounts are based on a students’ transfer GPA. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to continue receiving this scholarship.