Financial Aid Checklist

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


Getting Started

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  • Complete your Federal Taxes Your spouse (if applicable) and/or parents’ taxes may also berequired.  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.

Award Letter

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  • 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


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  • 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


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  • 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.


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  • 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.