Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions
What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?
The priority consideration deadline is March 1st for continuing students and March 30th for new students. Students admitted after March 30th should complete their financial aid applications within two weeks of their offer of admission.
What is your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Code?
I inadvertently entered the main campus FAFSA Code (007015) on my application. Will the School of Law receive my FAFSA?
The School of Law will not be able to access your FAFSA. Please log back into your FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and add our school code (B08083). Once our code is added, we will be able to download your FAFSA within several business days.
There are two FAFSA academic years on the web. Which one should I complete?
The 2011-2012 FAFSA covers Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and Summer 2012 semesters. The 2012-2013 FAFSA covers Fall 2012, Spring 2013, and Summer 2013 semesters.
My admissions decision is currently pending. May I still apply for financial aid in the interim of the decision being made?
You may apply for financial aid while your admission application is under review. However, your financial aid application will not be reviewed until you are admitted.
In addition to the FAFSA are there any additional financial aid documents I must complete?
- The UDC-DCSL Financial Aid Application annually.
- Students who plan to borrow a Grad PLUS Loan must complete the Grad PLUS Credit Check Authorization Form.
- The UDC-DCSL Title IV Authorization Release for Non-Institutional Charges Form.
These forms may be downloaded by visiting, http://www.law.udc.edu/?page=FinAidForms . Once your file is reviewed, you will be notified by email if it is determined that additional documents are needed.
Do you have a preferred lender?
Effective the 2010-2011 Academic Year, we will be participating in the Direct Lending Program, www.studentloans.gov. All Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and Graduate PLUS Loans will be processed through this lender.
What is the maximum loan amount I may receive each academic year?
Beginning July 1, 2012 the Federal Government will no longer pay the the interest on Direct Subsidized Loans for Graduate and Professional students.
The maximum Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan per academic year is $20,500.
The Graduate PLUS Loan is credit-based and the maximum varies from student to student. Through this loan program students may borrow the difference between the school's Cost of Attendance and the amount of Federal Stafford Loans and other financial aid awarded.
What are the current loan interest rates?
Federal Stafford Loans are currently fixed at 6.8% and GRAD PLUS Loans fixed at 7.9%.
What is the cost of attending UDC-DCSL?
Please visit Cost of Attendance to view the full cost of attendance chart. Please note that this information is based on a 9-month attendance period (fall & spring semester). The summer cost of attendance is prorated based on a 2-month attendance period with tuition charged on a per credit hour basis ($300 per credit for District Residents and $600 per credit for Non Residents).
Are scholarship awards renewed annually?
With the exception of The Advocate for Justice Scholarship, no institutional scholarships are renewed. Students must apply for scholarships annually unless otherwise notified.
Are scholarships offered in the summer?
Institutional scholarships are not offered during the summer semester. Scholarship funds are allocated for the fall and spring semesters only. However, students who enroll at least half time (3crs) during the summer semester may borrow loans to cover their tuition and living expenses.
Where can I find additional information on financial aid disbursements and refunds?
Generally, disbursements occur approximately 10 days before the start of the semester. This timeframe is applicable to students who are registered at the time of scheduled disbursements and have completed all financial aid requirements. Once the disbursement occurs, aid will first be applied to tuition/fees. Any remaining excess funds will be issued to the student in the form of a refund check. All refund checks are mailed and students should allow 2 to 3 weeks for receipt of their refund check for the semester. Refund checks should be used for educational related expenses such as books, supplies, housing, transportation, etc.