Step by Step Guide to Financial Aid

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The One Stop Services office is open remotely. Drop into our Zoom meeting room  9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday during office hours or request an appointment by emailing us at [email protected].

For First Time Financial Aid Applicants

  1. Applying for Financial Aid
  2. File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    Rider uses the FAFSA as the foundation for all financial aid awards. Remember to complete the signature process by signing electronically using your PIN. Don't forget to include Rider's six digit code number (002628) on the application.
  3. Review your Federal Student Aid Report (SAR)
    Your SAR is the response notice you will receive from the Department of Education when you file the FAFSA. You may make corrections at anytime and you will receive an updated SAR.
  4. New Jersey and Other State Grants
    Learn about state grant programs, including deadlines, requirements and procedures.
  5. Review your Financial Aid Award Letter
    Students who are accepted to Rider will receive a financial aid award letter. It is important to review your award letter and the accompanying financial aid worksheet.
  6. Quality Assurance Verification
    Understand more about the verification requirements and selection process.
  7. Tuition and Housing Deposits
    If you are a new student and you have made your decision to attend Rider, be sure to pay all the required deposits.
  8. Complete Federal Loan Requirements
    If Federal Stafford loans are included as part of your award letter, you will need to complete the Stafford loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling online. If a Perkins loan is included on your award letter, you will need to complete the Perkins Loan MPN and related paper documents, which will be sent to you following completion of Quality Assurance verification.
  9. Determine Your Financial Plan
    Plan your strategy to bring your balance to zero utilizing one or more financial options.

Returning Students
FAFSA Reminder
Maintaining Your Scholarship