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Applying For Aid

Eligibility Requirements for Federal Financial Aid

  • Any enrolled or accepted student who is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen
  • Students who have a valid Social Security number (unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of Paula)
  • Students who are enrolled in an eligible program leading to a degree or certificate at an eligible institution
  • Students who are degree candidates must be enrolled at least halftime (6 credit hours)
  • Students who are in default on a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, or a Federal Grad PLUS Loan or owe a refund for a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) at any institution
  • Students who maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by their academic program
  • Students who are registered with Selective Service, if required​

Apply for financial aid

You are encouraged to start the financial aid application process prior to hearing about a decision on your application for admission. You financial aid application will only be processed if you are formally admitted to an academic program at RFU. 

  1. Submit the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). RFU school code is 001659.
  2. After your FAFSA has been received, the Financial Aid Office will email you if any additional information is needed. Go to the Student Self-Service portal and login with your HelixNet ID and password. Navigate to Required Documents, and review your Missing Items Checklist. Please respond timely to any requests for additional information. You will not be awarded until your financial aid file is completed.
  3. Students will be emailed their Award Notification to their RFU email address. Your financial aid award is based on your program, cost of attendance (COA), and funding availability. 
    • Financial Aid Awards are viewable through the Student Self-Service portal under My Awards.
    • Students may accept, reduce, or reject all or a portion of their federal financial aid eligibility for the academic year.
    • A new borrower who accepts Federal Unsubsidized Student Loans or Federal Graduate PLUS Student Loans must complete the required promissory note(s) and entrance counseling before Student Financial Services can disburse those funds.