Current RWU Students

This page provides step-by-step instructions for returning Roger Williams University students interested in applying for federal financial aid. To be considered eligible for any financial aid, a student must be enrolled in a degree/or eligible program and be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-citizen.

By completing your FAFSA, you are applying for grants, loans, and work-study. Follow the steps below to apply for your aid. The FAFSA does not include scholarship opportunities. Current students may research and apply for scholarships on the Financial Aid scholarships page.

When to apply for Federal Financial aid:

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The FAFSA is available starting on October 1 of each year. Since funding for various programs is limited, we recommend that students apply by January 15 to meet the February 1 priority filing date.

Complete and print out the Roger Williams Data form and email to the Financial Aid Office at finaid@rwu.edu or fax to 401-254-3356.

Where to apply:

Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete your FAFSA. Be sure the information is for the appropriate year.

What you need:

When completing the FAFSA, you will need a copy of the prior year’s federal tax return for both you, and if you qualify as a dependent, your parent(s). If you or your parent(s) have not yet filed tax returns, you may use estimated tax figures. You will also need the RWU school code, which is 0034100

An FSA ID for the student and the parent (if the student qualifies as a dependent) must be created at https://studentaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm to allow the FAFSA to be signed electronically.

After Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The federal processor will send a confirmation email to the student with a link to the student’s Student Aid Report (SAR). Students must review the report for accuracy and make any corrections or changes according to the instructions.

In addition to reviewing the information for accuracy, it is recommended that students review the SAR Comments listed at the top of the SAR. The SAR Comments will inform the student if additional information is needed to continue processing the FAFSA, if required information is missing or incorrect, if the student is near, at, or exceeding his/her lifetime Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Student Loan limits.

The Roger Williams University Office of Student Financial Aid will receive your FAFSA information electronically within 2-3 weeks from the date you filed the FAFSA.

How you are notified:

Once you are registered for future semesters in a new academic year at Roger Williams University, the Office of Student Financial Aid will review your FAFSA/SAR information and notify you if additional information is needed, or determine the types and amounts of aid for which you are eligible. You will receive a Financial Aid award letter, which lists the aid you may receive while attending Roger Williams University for the upcoming year.