Financial Aid Checklist

Review and Print this checklist to help you through the Financial Aid process.


Getting Started

  • Complete your Federal Taxes Your spouse (if applicable) and/or parents’ taxes may also be required.  You will need tax information for 2018 for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.
  • New Freshman – Create FSAID username and password.  The FSA ID serves as your digital signature for the FAFSA and login information for Federal Student Aid websites.  If you are a dependent student your parents will need to create a FSA ID as well.
  • Complete your FAFSA.
  • If requested complete verification process.
  • Search for Scholarships  You can look at Foundation Scholarships through Academic Works or other scholarships through our partners with iGrad to get you started.
Contact FinAid with any questions.

Award Letter

  • Review your financial aid award letter through your MyRU portal
  • Accept your financial aid awards (remember to read all disclosures and to answer the questions on the resources/additional information tab to proceed)
  • Review budget within your financial aid awards and the shopping sheet
Contact FinAid with any questions.


  • Students: When you accept loans for your awards, first time borrowers will need to complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note at
  • Parents:  Request the Parent PLUS loan (if applicable) and complete the Master Promissory note
  • Graduate Students: Request the Graduate PLUS loan (if applicable) and complete the Master Promissory note
Contact FinAid with any questions.


  • Report/submit any and all private scholarships and other financial resources such as military benefits or outside state grants/scholarships on the Resources section on your MyRU portal.  (This is information other than your Radford award information.)
  • Review the Award Memorandum in your Financial Aid Award packet/email.
Contact FinAid with questions.


  • Complete Check in on your MyRU portal (prior to start of each semester)
  • Review your enrollment level to make sure your aid will disburse
  • Check your MyRU portal to see if you have any outstanding requirements.
  • Set up Direct Deposit with Bursar’s office for your refund checks
  • Set up authorized payer and payment plans with Bursar’s office (if applicable)
  • Review your e-bill to make sure that your Financial Aid is pending and ready to pay.
Contact FinAid with questions.