Student Financial Services

FAFSA online

The Student Financial Services Office recommends that all students file their FAFSA online. 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 Student Financial Services 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!

FSA ID Image

If you haven’t done so, you 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, dependent undergraduate students’ parents also need to create their own FSA ID and password.

Already completed a FAFSA last year? To use Renewal FAFSA on the Web, click on the header above and enter your Federal Student Aid ID and password. You can electronically access your information and update the information that has changed since last year.

First time filing a FAFSA? Step-by-step instructions for completing your 2018-19 FAFSA can be found at


Application Deadline All students who plan to attend Rivier University in 2018-2019 should complete the 2018-19 FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA as soon as possible. Late applicants will be awarded on a funds-available basis.

Be sure to update your FAFSA once your taxes have been filed.
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. Generally, within 2-3 weeks of filing electronically, or 6-8 weeks after mailing your tax return, you can automatically transfer the 2016 tax information.


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 Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, at 1-800-433-3243. The University cannot be held responsible for not receiving your FAFSA.