Suffolk University Law School Code is 002218.
To receive federal financial aid students must:
The financial aid application process is a separate process from the admissions application: Do not wait for your admissions acceptance before applying for financial aid.
The prospective student priority filing date for financial aid is March 1st.
Applicants seeking need-based funding from Suffolk are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid by the priority filing date. Although applications are accepted throughout the year, financial aid funds are awarded on a rolling basis, and grants will be awarded first to students who meet the March 1st priority filing date. Applications received after March 1st will be reviewed for a Federal Direct Loan and will be considered for Suffolk grants and scholarships as funding permits.
New students are notified of their financial aid awards on a rolling basis, beginning in March. To receive a financial aid award letter, applicants must be accepted for admission and have a complete financial aid file.
To apply for financial assistance, submit the the following documentation by March 1st:
The FAFSA is the application for all federal student aid and is required by all schools in order to award federal aid. The form collects income and asset information from the student (and student's spouse, if married).
There is no charge to complete this application. Be sure to list Suffolk University Law School's federal school code of 002218, and Suffolk will receive your FAFSA data directly from the Department of Education. For fast and efficient submission of this application, download and complete this 2013-2014 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet before you complete the FAFSA on-line.
Prospective students who are applying for federal loans only do not need to submit any additional forms* in order to receive a Federal Direct Loan award. Students may apply for federal loans at any time throughout the fall and spring semesters, provided the student is enrolled at least half-time.
Please note : Students who complete just the FAFSA will be considered for federal loans only.
*Unless selected for file verification by Suffolk or the federal government. You will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid if additional information to complete your aid application file is needed.
A FAFSA option enables the student to authorize the IRS to transfer tax information from the IRS database directly to the student's FAFSA. This IRS data retrieval process became available on February 3, 2013. All students who are able should use this method to supply schools with 2012 tax information. For electronic tax filers the service will be able to access tax information 2 weeks after filing. For paper form tax filers the service is available 6-8 weeks after filing. Please note we do not need paper copies of the student's 2012 federal tax returns.
Students who have not yet completed their 2012 Federal Income Tax return should complete the FAFSA using estimated tax information based on their 2011 Federal return. 2012 tax information should then be updated on the FAFSA using the IRS data retrieval process as soon as it is available. For electronic tax filers the service will be able to access tax information 2 weeks after filing. For paper form tax filers the service is available 6-8 weeks after filing.
If a student is not able to authorize the IRS to transfer their 2012 tax information at the time they complete the FAFSA, federal regulations may require student aid applicants to submit a hard copy tax return transcript to the school, but only if requested by the Office of Financial Aid. The Office of Financial Aid will contact you if a tax return transcript is needed.
If the Office of Financial Aid requests a tax transcript, the student should visit the IRS online to request a a 2012 tax return transcript. Please note that a tax return transcript that is requested by phone or by mail from the IRS will take significantly longer to process than an on-line request.
The Office of Financial Aid can usually extend a tentative financial aid award using estimated tax figures for new students. The award will then be finalized once the actual 2012 tax information is received.
All Students Should Note: If a student has completed the Need Access form and is applying for need-based grants or scholarships, she/he must also submit a signed paper copy of her/his parents' 2012 federal income tax return. Do not send parent 2011 tax information.
Students who would like to be considered for grants, need-based* scholarships and loans from Suffolk University Law School must complete the Need Access application in addition to the FAFSA (with both forms completed by the March 1st deadline). The Need Access form should be completed only once during the student's enrollment at Suffolk Law, ideally in application for the student's first year of enrollment, to ensure that the student is eligible to be considered for all forms of aid offered throughout the student's time at the school. The FAFSA form should be completed each year.
Please note that the Need Access application, unlike the FAFSA, collects detailed income and asset information from both the student and parents. Suffolk Law requires parent data from applicants requesting grant funds to help us ensure that we distribute our available need-based funds equitably. Although parents may be unable to contribute to their children's graduate education, viewing potential family contribution as a whole is necessary in establishing financial need. The parent section of the form also has a "special circumstances" section where additional information may be included.
If extenuating circumstances prevent a student from submitting the required parent information, the student may submit a written, detailed request for a waiver. This request should be submitted directly to the Suffolk Law Office of Financial Aid by mail or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (use "waiver of parent data" for e-mail subject). The student will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid if the request for the waiver is approved.
In addition, students with special circumstances that they feel may affect their ability to contribute to the cost of educational expenses should address their concerns in the "special circumstances" section of the Need Access application, which will be reviewed by the Suffolk University Law School Office of Financial Aid.
Apply on-line at www.needaccess.org. There is a one-time $28 application fee. Be sure to indicate Suffolk University Law School in the school section and Suffolk will receive your data electronically directly from Access Group.
In addition to the Need Access application, for consideration for private Endowed Scholarships (which are awarded throughout each academic year based on the scholarship's individual criteria), students are also encouraged each year to complete the Endowed Scholarship Profile application form in order to be considered for funds which are donated by alumni and friends of Suffolk University Law School. This form must be completed each year in order to provide the most up to date student information. Both the one-time Need Access form and the annual Endowed Scholarship Profile form must be on file with the Office of Financial Aid in order to be considered for these privately donated scholarship funds.
Please note: Students who are interested in applying only for federal loans do not need to complete either the Need Access form or the Endowed Scholarship Profile form.
*Merit-based scholarships are awarded at the time of Admission by the Suffolk University Law School Admissions Office.
Prospective LL.M. students interested in borrowing federal loans should submit the following document:
Please refer to "New Student" Financial Aid application process for further details on the FAFSA and federal income tax information requirements.
Students may apply for federal loans at any time throughout the fall and spring semesters, provided the student is enrolled at least half-time. To receive federal loans, students must be accepted for admission and have a complete financial aid file.
Returning students must complete the aid application process each year. To reapply for assistance, all required forms must be received by April 1st.* Applications received after that date will be reviewed for a Federal Stafford Loan and will be considered for Suffolk grants and loans as funding permits.
To re-apply for fall/spring* financial aid at Suffolk Law, complete the following:
•2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Please refer to "New Students" Financial Aid Application process for further details on the FAFSA and federal income tax information requirements.
2013-14 Enrolled Credits Confirmation Form
This form is required of all students being charged tuition on a per credit basis. This includes all law students in the joint degree programs and all returning LL.M. students. This form is also required of JD students enrolling for less than 10 credits for fall or spring in the Day Division and JD students enrolling for less than 7 credits for fall or spring in the Evening Division. In addition, this form should be used to update the Office of Financial Aid any time a student changes enrollment from a previously reported number of credits.
•2013-14 Endowed Scholarship Profile
Application Students who have submitted a one-time Need Access application in a prior year and wish to be considered for private Endowed Scholarships, which are awarded throughout each academic year based on the scholarship's individual criteria, are encouraged to complete the annual Endowed Scholarship Profile application form.
•Federal PLUS or private, credit-based alternative loans
Students who plan to borrow a federal PLUS or private, credit-based loan should be sure to submit annual applications sufficiently in advance of semester billing dates to allowing for application and processing time and to ensure that certified loans will appear as pending credit on future semester billing statements. Electronic billing and account statements are generally produced one month prior to the due date.
A complete application is necessary for full consideration and each applicant is automatically reviewed for all possible forms of aid administered by the Law School based on the application materials on file, unless otherwise requested by the student. Timely applicants who have a completed, one-time Need Access application
on file (ideally completed in their first year of enrollment), receive primary consideration for scholarship/grant and employment awards.
Returning students are generally notified of their financial aid eligibility during the summer months after spring grades become available.
Students can expect to receive similar financial aid awards each year if their financial situation remains relatively constant. However, renewal of federal funds is contingent upon the current law, the level of federal allocations, and upon evidence of satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the regulations of Suffolk University Law School.
Federal and private loans as well as federal work study are avialable to assist with the costs of summer study at Suffolk University Law School
Students requesting Federal Work Study for summer are required to have the following forms submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by March 1st:
Students requesting a Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan* for summer are required to have the following forms submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by March 1st:
Requests for summer loan funding will be processed beginning after March 1st, however a deposit may be required in order for the student to register for summer classes. Students who plan to borrow a federal PLUS* or private, credit-based loan should be sure to submit applications sufficiently in advance of semester billing dates to allowing for application and processing time and to ensure that certified loans will appear as pending credit on future semester billing statements. Electronic billing and account statements are generally produced one month prior to the due date.
*To receive federal loan proceeds for the summer, students must be enrolled at least half-time:
JD Students-3 Law School summer credits
Joint Degree Students- 6 business school credits, enrolled exclusively in the Sawyer School of Management for the summer
In Addition, please note:
Students completing a CILS internship for credit are also required to submit a detailed listing of the location, dates, and estimated costs for the internship.
Students studying at another institution or through an abroad program sponsored by another institution are also required to complete a Consortium Agreement in order to receive loan funding for the summer program. Students are encouraged to have all forms submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by March 1st or loan proceeds are not guaranteed to arrive prior to the student's departure. Forms submitted after March 1st will be processed in the order in which they are received.
Students who are studying at a foreign institution that is ineligible to receive federal financial aid must complete a Contractual Agreement (instead of the consortium agreement). Please consult the Office of Financial Aid if you are unsure of which form is appropriate for you.