Financial Aid Checklist for New Students

Congratulations on your acceptance as a graduate student at RWU! Once you have submitted your FAFSA and received your financial aid package, please ensure that you have completed each of the following steps before enrollment:

  • Accept Financial Aid Package (online)
    The Office of Financial Aid has received your FAFSA and it has been reviewed to determine eligibility for federal student loans. Carefully review the aid package to determine the amount of federal student loans you will need to borrow to cover tuition, fees, books/supplies and living expenses. In order to receive the aid offered, please accept your aid at myfinaid.rwu.edu. This financial aid portal also allows you to reduce or decline your federal student loans.
     
  • Complete Federal Loan Entrance Counseling
    This is required for all first time Direct Loan borrowers and for students who are first time Graduate Plus Loan borrowers. Follow the Instructions for Direct Loan borrowers. Entrance counseling is completed online at www.studentloans.gov.
     
  • Complete Master Promissory Note
    This is required for all first time Direct Loan borrowers and for students who are first time Graduate Plus Loan borrowers. Follow the Instructions for Direct Loan borrowers. Master Promissory Notes are completed online at www.studentloans.gov.
     
  • Check your Credit
    The Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan and all private student loans require a credit check. Before accepting your Graduate Plus Loan or applying for a private student loan, request and review a copy of your credit report at https://www.annualcreditreport.com. Students with an adverse credit history may be denied the Graduate Plus Loan. Please review the Graduate Plus Loan Info Sheet for more detailed information
     
  • Submit Verification Forms
    Submit all documentation as requested by the Office of Financial Aid. Disclose any outside scholarships or funding assistance.
     
  • Veterans: Submit Certification of Enrollment
    Complete the Student Veteran's Certification Worksheet so the VA can process your GI Bill benefits.
     
  • Refunds for Living Expenses
    Living expense refunds are issued to students after the start of classes. You are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit on the billing page of your student portal once you receive access to Roger Central. Refunds are issued by the RWU Bursar's Office.

* Please note that living expense refunds are only issued to students that have completed all the above steps.