Applying for Financial Aid

Application Information

Radford University uses the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as the primary document to determine aid eligibility. Students may file the FAFSA after Jan. 1 each year.  We encourage each of you to complete the FAFSA prior to returning to school for the spring semester, but no later than Radford’s priority deadline of Feb. 15.

Please note that the Department of Education FAFSA form does not request you to make a payment in order for it to be processed. If you are asked to pay an application fee you are not completing the FAFSA.

Summer Financial Aid Application

If you are attending summer school and are interested in financial aid to help pay your expenses you are required to complete the Summer School Application. The application is available at the start of the spring semester on MyRU on the Finances page.

You are encouraged to complete the summer application by the March 1 priority deadline once you have completed your summer school registration. We will review the application and contact you regarding your eligibility and financial aid options.

wintermester financial aid information

Financial aid is generally not available for the Wintermester term.  We recommend that you save part of your fall financial aid refund to pay towards your Wintermester classes.  However, there are some Private Education Lenders that will allow students to borrow money to cover tuition and fees costs.  Information about these lenders can be found on the RU Financial Aid website at  Students who intend to apply for these loans should do so at least 60 days prior to the billing date.  Students, who have financial aid for the spring semester that exceeds their spring university charges, may sign an agreement to defer Wintermester charges until spring refunds are received.  To see if you are eligible for this deferment please complete the Wintermester Charges Deferment form located on the Forms page.  If a deferment request is approved and the student does not attend the spring semester, the student will be required to pay the Wintermester charges owed immediately to the university.  Please contact the RU Financial Aid Office if you have any questions at or by phone at 540-831-5408.

Understanding the Application Process

We want the application process to be as simple as possible for you.  With this in mind we have created some resources for you.  If you still have questions about the application process please contact our office so we can help you get your questions answered.

Completing the FAFSA

Determining Dependent/Independent Status

Eligibility Criteria for Receiving Financial Aid

Financial Aid Dictionary

Financial Aid Timeline

How to Avoid Processing Delays

Student Rights & Responsibilities

Understanding Financial Aid Cost of Attendance

Financial Literacy