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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 2016 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.

To apply, complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the 2016 Summer Financial Aid Application.

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 Federal Work Study

Students can also apply for Federal Work Study for the summer. In order to receive Summer Federal Work Study, you must have financial need and be a current student planning to re-enroll at Suffolk University Law School for the following fall semester, or be enrolled at least half-time during the summer semester. Unless the student is taking courses in the summer and receiving financial aid, summer earnings are considered a part of the student’s financial aid award for the upcoming year and loan eligibility for the fall may be reduced.  In addition, students should note that they cannot receive both credit and compensation for work performed under the FWS program.

A Summer 2016 Federal Work Study Request form must be completed in conjunction with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   If you have not already completed the FAFSA for 2015-16, that form must also be completed. The submission of both the Federal Work Study Request form and the two FAFSAs (2015-16 & 2016-17) along with any other requested documentation is required for the application packet for Summer Federal Work Study to be considered complete. The deadline for a completed application packet is March 9, 2016. Summer Federal Work Study funds are limited and will be awarded to applicants in the order in which completed application packets are received in the Office of Financial Aid.  For detailed information on the financial aid application process, please visit "Applying for Aid".

Suffolk Public Interest Law Group (SPILG)

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. When used in conjunction with Summer Federal Work Study (FWS) awards, SPILG grants allow students to work full-time (a maximum of 35 hours per week) in a paid legal internship with a public interest, non-profit, or government agency that otherwise would be performed on a volunteer basis.

The Suffolk Public Interest Law Group (SPILG) Fellowship provides funding for students working in otherwise unpaid summer internships with non-profit and government organizations. The purpose of the fellowship program is to support Suffolk Law students dedicated to public service while providing an invaluable service to non-profit and government organizations and the communities they serve. The number of fellowships awarded each year varies but fellowships are typically available for approximately 60 students each summer.

All Suffolk Law students in good academic standing who are not in their final semester are eligible to apply. Positions at non-profit and government organizations supervised by an attorney are eligible for SPILG Fellowship funding. The following types of jobs are NOT ELIGIBLE: jobs in foreign countries; jobs with private law firms even if they do pro bono work; judicial clerkships; and jobs with political campaigns. In the past, Fellowship recipients have worked at legal services offices, prosecutor and public defender offices, nonprofit advocacy organizations, and government regulatory and enforcement agencies throughout the country.

SPILG Fellowships are funded through a student’s participation in the Federal Work-Study program (FWS). Thus, in addition to applying for the SPILG Fellowship, students must also apply with the Financial Aid Office for summer funding through FWS.  Through FWS, the federal government supports students working in law-related public service positions by providing 75% of a student’s salary at a qualifying organization.  In most cases, the employing organization provides the remaining 25% plus FICA.  If, however, a FWS recipient is awarded a SPILG Fellowship, SPILG will provide the remaining 25% of the student’s salary instead of the employing organization (provided that the organization certifies that it cannot pay the 25% because of budgetary constraints).    Fellowships are paid at the FWS rate of $14 per hour.  Fellowship recipients who receive a full FWS award for the summer can earn up to $5,000: $3,750 (75%) through FWS and $1,250 (25%) through SPILG funds.  Students who are not eligible for FWS may be eligible to receive a $1,250 stipend from SPILG.