Applying for Aid

Eligibility for Aid

To receive financial aid students must:

  • Demonstrate financial need for some programs
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number, with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if you are a male you must register between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress 
  • Sign statements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) stating that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • Show you are qualified to obtain a college or career school education by having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or completing a high school education in a home school setting approved under state law 

Suffolk University Law School policy does not allow for grant and scholarship funding from any and all sources to exceed the cost of tuition.

If you are considering enrolling in summer/winter sessions or a university affiliated study abroad program, you should be aware that additional requirements for receiving aid may apply. Please visit the appropriate section(s) for more detailed information.

Suffolk University Law School is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program for Veterans and their family members.

Please note: Suffolk University Law School reserves the right to revoke or revise a financial aid award at any time. We also reserve the right to revise or terminate any University or Law School funded program, discount, etc. at any time.

How to Apply

New Students

The financial aid application process is a separate process from the admissions application. Do NOT wait for your admission acceptance before applying for financial aid.

Institutional merit-based scholarship funding is awarded to eligible students at the time of admission by the Office of Admission.  Questions on merit-based awards should be directed to the Office of Admission.

Applicants seeking federal loan funding aid are encouraged to apply for financial aid after October 1st and no later than the priority filing date of March 1st.  Applications received after the March 1st priority deadline will be reviewed for federal loan funds in the order in which they are received.

New students are notified of their financial aid awards on a rolling basis. To receive a financial aid award letter, applicants must be accepted for admission and have a complete financial aid application file.

To apply for financial assistance, submit the following documentation:

  • Federal Income Tax Information for both the student and spouse, if married
    • Students should use the IRS Data Retrevial process when completing their FAFSA application in order to supply tax information to the school.  Students should not submit paper copies* of their tax returns to our office.
               
      *If a student is not able to authorize the IRS to transfer their 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 2016 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. 

New LLM Students

Prospective LL.M. students interested in borrowing federal loans should submit the 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.

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, meet all eligibility requirements and have a complete financial aid file.

Returning Students

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 April1st deadline will be reviewed for federal loan funds in the order in which they are received.

To re-apply for fall/spring* financial aid at Suffolk Law, complete the following:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal PLUS or private, credit-based alternative loans

Students who require additional funding and 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. 

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.

A Special Note for Returning LLM and Dual Degree Students

As all law students enrolled in the dual degree and LLM programs are charged tuition on a per credit basis, returning students should note that their aid budget and subsequent financial aid award will be based on an assumed equal number of credits enrolled for both the fall and spring semesters, i.e. spring semester enrollment total credits will be assume to be the same as for the preceding fall.

If actual enrollment differs it is the student’s responsibility to notify the aid office in writing of any change in order that the aid budget and award may be adjusted, if necessary. 

*Students applying for Summer Financial Aid Federal Loan funding are required to have all forms in the Office of Financial Aid by April 1st.  Students applying for Summer Federal Work Study are required to have all forms into Student Financial Services by March 1st.

Summer

Federal and private loans as well as federal work study are available 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 25th:

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.

Please note: Borrower-based academic year loans (BBAY) are awarded to eligible students who enroll in the summer. As two terms represent an annual loan period, a BBAY loan includes the summer and fall terms as one loan period, with the spring term starting a new loan period. Loans borrowed in the spring BBAY loan period are included in the following summer term when loan eligibility is being determined.

*To receive federal loan proceeds for the summer, students must be enrolled at least half-time:

JD Students-3 Law School summer credits
Dual 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 in place of the Consortium Agreement. Please consult the Office of Financial Aid if you are unsure of which form is appropriate for you.

Steps to Take After You Receive Your Aid Award

New Students 

  • Make $500 deposit to the Office of the Bursar.
  • Report aid from outside sources in writing to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Apply for Federal PLUS or private, alternative loans, if needed.  Calculate your PLUS loan amount.
  • For Federal loan borrowers only:  Complete your master promissory note (MPN) and entrance counseling at studentloans.gov for each of your federal loans, if applicable.
  • Waive health insurance, if applicable, online.
  • Submit final, official academic transcript to the Admission Office.
  • Receive Campus Cruiser and Suffolk email access.  It is your responsibility to check these frequently for official Suffolk Law communications, including your tuition bill which is sent only via email.
  • Complete the Title IV Authorization through the Office of the Bursar

Returning Students