Summer Financial Aid

Federal Direct Loans and Federal Work Study are available through the Office of Financial Aid for Suffolk law students during the summer.

Suffolk Summer School Tuition Rates

Tuition costs for the 2019 regular summer school program are charged per credit hour. Please visit the Office of the Bursar online for JD and LL.M. summer rates in addition to summer dual degree program charges.

Summer Federal Direct Loans

Students who are enrolled at least half-time (3 law school credits, or 6 graduate school credits if in a dual degree program) in summer school, a study abroad program, C.I.L.S. Summer Internship, or another law school are eligible to apply for federal loans.

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 apply, complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the 2019 Summer Financial Aid Application [PDF].

Students can apply for additional summer loan funding (Federal PLUS or private, alternative loan), if required at any time during their summer enrollment. However, to avoid loss of registration and/or to ensure that financial aid is awarded prior to the billing due date, all loan forms should be completed and submitted by April 15th. Forms submitted after April 15th will be processed in the order in which they are received. For detailed information on the financial aid application process, please visit Applying for Aid.

Summer Suffolk Public Interest Law Group (SPILG) Fellowship

SPILG is a student organization that supports the Summer Public Service Fellowship Program. Many public service employers cannot afford to pay for legal summer interns. The Federal Work Study Program pays 75% of the student’s wage, and the employer pays the remaining 25% plus FICA. If the agency is not able to contribute, then the SPILG funds make it possible for a student to work at a public service, non-profit, government agency. The SPILG Fellowship amount is $1,250, which is 25% of $5,000.

If you do not qualify for Federal Work Study, or you chose the SPILG Fellowship only, you will receive the $1,250 stipend in two equal amounts during each summer session after confirmation that you are in fact working in your internship. There is no hourly wage so you do not submit hours to Suffolk University. You can expect a 2019 Form 1099 for tax purposes because no taxes are withheld from your checks.

Please note, if the SPILG Fellowship is combined with the Federal Work Study Award then the total award of $5,000.00 is considered and deducted from the Cost of Attendance for either the summer or next year. As a result, students may be eligible for lower amounts of financial aid during the upcoming academic year. Your federal loans will be reduced first. Please refer to the SPILG/FWS FAQs for more detailed information, or speak directly to the Office of Financial Aid.

You must apply for the SPILG Fellowship on Symplicity by March 8, 2019, 10:00am.  For more information, see the SPILG FAQ.

Summer Federal Work Study (FWS)

In order to receive a Summer Federal Work Study Award you must have financial need and be a current student in good academic standing. You must also plan to re-enroll at Suffolk University Law School for the upcoming year, or be enrolled at least half-time in the Summer Semester.

The financial aid counselor needs to review the 2018-19 and the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 8, 2019 to determine your eligibility.

As in the case of students receiving SPILG and FWS funds, a Summer FWS award is considered part of a student’s financial aid package for the upcoming school year (2019-20). The $5000 FWS award will be subtracted from the Cost of Attendance and, therefore, students may be eligible for lower amounts of financial aid during the 2019-20 academic year. Your federal loans will be reduced first. Please refer to the SPILG/FWS FAQs for more detailed information, or speak directly to the Office of Financial Aid.

If you enroll in Summer 2019 courses, the $5000 FWS award will be deducted from the Summer 2019 Cost of Attendance and may result in a tuition balance due.

Please note, you cannot receive both academic credit and monetary compensation for your work.  You will earn a wage of $14.00 per hour.