Financial Aid options are limited during the summer. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid at 609-896-5360 or [email protected] prior to summer registration in order to explore these options.
Note: If financial aid is not in place at the start of the session, students will be expected to pay their charges in full
Financial aid options are limited during the summer. If you have not exhausted your annual eligibility for federal student financial aid, then you may be considered for a Federal Pell Grant and/or a Federal Stafford Loan depending on your enrollment status (you must be enrolled half-time (6 credits) or more). If you have no additional Stafford eligibility remaining, you may finance your summer classes through a private loan by contacting the respective lender. If you identify another lender offering private loans, Rider will gladly work with you and your chosen lender. In addition, please be advised students generally need to apply with a credit-worthy co-signer. PLUS loans are also available for parents of undergraduate students and graduate students who filed the FAFSA and are enrolled at least half-time.
If you are only taking 3 credits during the entire summer session, you will not be eligible for a Federal Stafford loan. In order to utilize a Stafford loan during summer a minimum of 6 credits for the combined summer 1 & 2 sessions is required. You may apply for a private loan using a lender that permits borrowing for students enrolled less than half-time. Rider will gladly work with you and your chosen lender. In addition, be advised students generally need to apply with a credit-worthy co-signer.
Students will be notified via their Rider email if financial aid eligibility is available to them during the registration period.
Follow the instructions in the email notification. Additionally, if you have already accepted a Stafford loan, you do not need to fill out any additional document unless this is your first time borrowing a Stafford loan. If it is your first time, you need to fill out a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and also complete Entrance Counseling at www.studentaid.gov. If you are applying for a private loan you need to complete an application with the lender (links below) and be credit approved. The lender will then notify Rider that you have a loan awaiting school certification and your funds can be processed.
Scholarships and grants generally are not offered during summer school, except Pell grants for eligible students.
No, financial aid does not transfer to other schools. In order to receive financial aid at a school you need to be degree seeking at that institution.
If you have not completed a FAFSA, then you need to submit the FAFSA application for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. The 2021-2022 FAFSA will determine your eligibility for summer and the 2022-2023 FAFSA will determine your eligibility for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023.
Please refer to our online student loan comparison tool for lender information.
Many options exist, and you are not required to use one of these loans or lenders. Rider will gladly work with you and your chosen lender.