Entrance Counseling

New Students and first time Suffolk Law federal loan borrowers (Stafford & PLUS) are required to complete loan entrance counseling in order to receive loan funds. Online Entrance Counseling can be completed at studentloans.gov. You will need to sign in using your FAFSA PIN.

Federal regulations require that Federal loan information be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and that this information be accessible by guarantee agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the system.

Exit Counseling

Students who leave Suffolk University Law School for any reason are required to file the appropriate withdrawal and/or leave of absence form with the Office of the Registrar.

All students who borrow federal loans: graduates, students on a leave of absence, students who will be enrolled less than half-time*, or withdrawn students are required to complete exit counseling. Follow the links below to complete the required loan exit counseling based on the type(s) of loan you borrowed:

  • Federal Stafford & Graduate PLUS Loan Borrowers
    Complete exit counseling at nslds.ed.gov. You will need your FAFSA pin.
  • Federal Perkins Loan or Trustee Loan Borrowers
    Complete exit counseling at Suffolk's Office of the Bursar.

For questions regarding your rights and responsibilities as a federal loan borrower, including loan terms and conditions, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The average loan debt for Suffolk Law graduates in 2011-2012 was $126,280.

*Students with federal education loans must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the loans and to continue to qualify for in-school deferment.  For financial aid purposes:

  • JD Program: Full-time is considered 10 or more credits per semester for Day Division students and 7 or more credits per semester for Evening Division students. Half-time enrollment is considered 5-9 credits per semester for Day Division students and 4-6 credits per semester for Evening Division students.

    LL.M. Program:  Full-time is considered 9 or more credits. Half-time enrollment for LL.M. students is considered 5 or more credits.

    Summer Semester:  Students must be enrolled at least half-time during the summer to receive federal aid.  Half-time enrollment is considered 3 credits for JD and LL.M. students and 6 credits for Joint Degree students enrolled solely in CAS or SSOM classes.