Resources for Current Students
Office of Financial Aid Forms
In some instances, students may increase their annual Cost of Attendance to cover expenses related to childcare, a laptop purchase, student health insurance premiums, and other expenses beyond a traditional student budget. However, students should be aware that increasing Cost of Attendance means increasing overall student loan indebtedness if students are borrowing for their legal education. Please contact our Office of Financial Aid to determine whether you will need to complete one of the forms below:
- Loan Deferment/Certification Form
- Special Circumstances Request Form
- Child Care Expenses Form
- Physical Disability Form
- Laptop Purchase Form
Personal Finance Resources
Financial fitness is a priority we have for all of our students and we try to impart the maxim “live like a student now or you will live like a student later”. Students should create budgets to estimate living expenses and strategize to reduce spending. For example, consider sharing housing costs with a roommate rather than living alone while in law school, monitor food and entertainment expenses, and consider bringing lunch rather than eating out. While law school may be an excellent long-term investment, you will have to repay what you borrow (with interest), so good financial decisions now will set you up for success in the future. Below are some resources developed by our Office of Financial Aid to help create a budget.
In addition, AccessLex is a nonprofit comprised of nearly 200 ABA-approved law schools that is dedicated to providing a wealth of free literature about financial wellness, loan repayment, and other financial aid topics to prospective and current law students including:
- Financing Your Legal Education which helps students understand the costs of pursuing a legal education and offers tools and resources to assist with understanding the financial application process.
- Federal Student Loan Repayment The Road to Zero provides information on how to pay down your student loans to a zero balance.
- Student Loan Calculator calculates law school loan amounts so you can make informed decisions on your borrowing and repayment options.