Student Financial Services

Types of Aid

Scholarships & Institutional Grants


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 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. If a student receives 100% funding or reimbursement for tuition, all Rivier funding will be rescinded.

Rivier University Grant Program
The Rivier University Grant Program is awarded on the basis of financial need to a full-time day student. 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 $16,000 annually.

Catholic High School Grant
This grant is available for all Catholic high school graduates enrolled full-time right out of high school. Annual awards are $1,500 per year. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to continue receiving this scholarship.

Adams Achievement Scholarship
A one-time award of $2,000 to recipients of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship in recognition of their academic distinction.

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, New Hampshire area high schools and who demonstrate financial need, 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.

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 day student. Award amounts are based on a student’s transfer GPA. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to continue receiving this scholarship.

Governor’s Scholarship Program

This scholarship is awarded to NH residents who meet certain criteria as determined by the State of New Hampshire.  Not all eligible students will receive this scholarship as the funds are limited.  Scholarships are awarded for all four years of a bachelor’s degree program and student must maintain the required minimum GPA ($2.5 GPA for $2000/year recipients and 2.0 GPA for $1000/year recipients).  This scholarship is not transferable to another post-secondary institution.