Financial Aid

FAFSA online

The Financial Aid Office recommends that all students file their FAFSA on-line. By applying for financial aid on-line, you reduce the chances of filing an incomplete application. When a student files the FAFSA on the internet, the form will not be processed if any of the required information is left blank. Students may connect directly to FAFSA On the Web by clicking on the header, above. Or, if your computer does not meet the security requirements, you can apply at the Financial Aid 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 on-line. 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'll 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 for dependent undergrad students, your parents will 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. Processing is free and secure, and generally is completed much faster than if you filled out and mailed a paper application. You should file as soon as possible, but not before January 1, 2016. 

First time filing a FAFSA?  Step by Step instructions for completing your 2016-17 FAFSA can be found at


Application Deadline All students who plan to attend Rivier University in 2016-2017 should complete the 2016-17 FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 1, 2016.  Late applicants will be awarded on a funds-available basis. If you are graduating from Rivier University in Spring 2016, you are not required to complete the FAFSA/Renewal Form, unless you plan on continuing your education during the 2016-17 academic year.


Hints for Completing the FAFSA Students should provide the most accurate information they have available to them. Due to the importance of filing the FAFSA/Renewal Form by our priority deadline of March 1, 2016, we recommend students use estimated income information if their 2015 tax forms have not been completed. To do this, use your (and your parents, if applicable) 2014 tax form if the information is similar to your 2015 earnings. If there is a significant difference in income between the two years, you may estimate based on W-2s or an end of the year pay stub from 2015.  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 parent's 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 2015 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 FAFSA at 1-800-433-3243. The University cannot be held responsible for not receiving your FAFSA.


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