Dates and Deadlines

Filing your FAFSA by the established deadlines ensures that you will be given the greatest consideration for financial assistance with your college expenses.

2020-2021 Academic Year

Priority Filing Date for Day Students

Students who wish to be considered for financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year should file as close as possible to the March 1, 2020 priority filing date. As a result of limited student financial aid resources, Rivier must establish priority deadlines for financial aid applications. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the FAFSA is filed by the priority deadline. On-time financial aid applicants are given full consideration for assistance. Availability of funds cannot be guaranteed for late applicants; therefore, late applicants will be considered on a funds-available basis. In order to award federal funding for a student, the Office of Student Financial Services must have a valid Student Aid Report (results from the FAFSA).

The deadlines for filing your FAFSA and providing additional documentation/information that the Office requests are as follows:

For Fall-only 2020 Aid-Eligible Students – October 16, 2020
For Fall/Spring 2020-21 or Spring-only 2021 Aid-Eligible Students – March 12, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Undergraduate Day aid-eligible students are those who are enrolled at least half-time (there are some exceptions). Furnishing required documents by these deadline dates doesn’t guarantee awarding of Rivier need-based funding (Rivier Grant) for day students. As this is a limited pool of funding, students are strongly encouraged to provide the necessary documents well before these deadlines. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Financial Services Office at (603) 897-8488 or by email.

Effective beginning summer 2019, we are now awarding summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 as the award year for 2020-21. (This change will not affect you if you do not plan to enroll in summer classes. You will be awarded for fall and spring only). Your annual financial aid award will be equally distributed over three semesters. This new awarding change will only affect Undergraduate Professional Studies, Graduate, and Doctoral students.

Undergraduate day students will continue to be awarded as fall, spring, and summer. Day students that have not used their annual limit of federal loans could be eligible for financial aid for the summer semester.


Office of Student Financial Services