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Financial Aid: An Overview

Following is an overview of the financial aid available to UDC-DCSL students. For details, consult the booklet Financing Your Legal Education: A Guide to Financial Aid at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (.pdf).


Federal Direct Unsubsidized (Stafford) Loans: Federally insured, not credit-based. Loans originated July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, have a fixed interest rate of 5.84% (plus a 1.073% loan origination fee). Students may receive a maximum of $20,500 per academic year.

The Federal Grad PLUS Loan is a federal, credit-based, unsubsidized loan available to eligible students with financial need that is unmet by other financial aid. Loans originated July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 have a fixed interest rate of 6.84% (plus a 4.292% loan origination fee). The maximum a student may borrow in Grad PLUS loan funds is the Cost of Attendance minus total financial aid received. Grad PLUS is a federal loan and may be consolidated with other federal loans at repayment.

Private Loans: A number of lenders offer educational loans to credit-worthy borrowers without regard to financial need. Before applying for a private loan, check the terms of the Grad PLUS loan, which generally carries a lower, fixed interest rate and CAN be consolidated with your other federal loans. Private loans may not be included in a federal loan consolidation.


UDC-DCSL offers generous merit and need-based scholarship programs. For details, see Scholarships & Grants. You may also be interested in Outside Scholarship Resources.

Scholarship Programs for Entering Students
Advocate for Justice Scholarships
Incoming Merit Scholarships
Legal Scholar Awards
Need-Based Scholarships
Joyce Batipps Book Scholarships
Scholarship Programs for Continuing Students
Dean's Fellowships
Continuing Legal Scholar Awards
Need-based Scholarships
Activist Scholarships
Beech Street Foundation Scholarships
David Niblack Endowed Scholarships
Gary Freeman Endowed Scholarships
Raymond F. Hossfeld Endowed Scholarships


The work study program provides part-time employment to students based on financial need. Individual work study awards are determined upon request. In addition, awards are determined according to the student's unmet need after all other aid has been subtracted from his/her net financial need, and by availability of funds.

On-Campus Institutional Work-Study (IWS): IWS students work on-campus in the law library, administrative and clinic offices, and for law school faculty. They are paid hourly and may work up to 20 hours per week. First-year students may apply for on-campus work-study positions only.

Off Campus Federal Work-Study (FWS): Upper level students may apply for career-related and community service positions at eligible off-campus organizations. Off-campus FWS jobs are paid hourly and students may work up to 20 hours per week.


A part-time employment program, which is not based on financial need. Teaching Assistants conduct workshops to review course materials with students; assist students in developing skills by providing and reviewing models, strategies, hypotheticals, and practice exams; provide oral and written feedback on students’ written work; and provide one-on-one tutoring as necessary.

Research Assistants may be assigned a specific topic to research and assist faculty in drafting articles and papers.

Teaching and Research Assistants (TA & RA): Second and third year students are selected by faculty. Students are paid on an hourly basis and may work up to 20 hours per week.
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