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Applying for Financial Aid

Students must apply annually for financial assistance. Instructions for individuals applying for admission or just admitted to the School of Law (entering students) appear below. Continuing students will receive financial aid instructions and deadlines via their UDC e-mail accounts.

Required for Entering Students

1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the FAFSA on-line at Be sure to use UDC-DCSL's FAFSA code -- B08083. As long as our code is listed on your application it will be transmitted to the School of Law electronically.

2. UDC-DCSL Financial Aid Forms

  1. All students must complete the UDC-DCSL Financial Aid Application annually.
  2. All students must complete the UDC-DCSL Title IV Authorization Release for Non-Institutional Charges Form.

These forms can be found on the Financial Aid Forms page.

Submit the forms to the Office of Financial Aid by mail, e-mail, fax or in person.

Deadline for priority consideration: March 31st for new admits. (Late admits: within 2 weeks of acceptance or seat deposit.)

The Office of Financial Aid will notify you via e-mail once your financial aid package has been computed.

Optional for Entering Students

Applying for Need-Based Institutional Scholarships

In addition to the above items, applicants for need based scholarships must complete the Need Based Scholarship Application available on the Financial Aid Forms page.

The Need Based Scholarship Application is required ONLY if you are applying for a need-based scholarship.

Deadline for priority consideration: July 1st for new admits. (Late admits: within 2 weeks of acceptance or seat deposit.)

Applying for Merit Scholarships

No application is required for Legal Scholar Awards or named scholarships; awards are based on the information in the application for admission.

Applying for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

The Graduate PLUS Loan is a credit-based federal loan through which students may borrow the difference between the school’s Cost of Attendance and the amount of their Direct Unsubsidized Loan and other financial aid awarded.

Complete the Graduate PLUS Loan Application online at only if you are interested in a Grad PLUS Loan.

Applying for Work-Study

Work-study awards generally are not included in students' initial Financial Aid award notifications. Instead, students who wish to participate in the federal work study program will need to notify the Office of Financial Aid. Once they have completed the proper paperwork to be entered on the payroll, students approved for work-study may begin working October 1.

First-year students are limited to participation in the on-campus Institutional Work-Study (IWS) program. Work-study students submit bi-weekly timesheets and are paid bi-weekly. Work-study award amounts vary depending on a student's net financial need and available funding.



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