In past years, the FAFSA has not been available until January 1 of the year preceding the award/academic year-e.g., January 1, 2016, for the 2016-2017 award/academic year. Beginning with the 2017–2018 FAFSA cycle, the application will become available to students three months earlier on October 1 -e.g., October 1, 2016, for the 2017-2018 award/academic year. This will allow students additional time to complete the FAFSA. While Suffolk University will keep its preferred financial aid application deadlines and awarding time frame for currently enrolled students in place, new students who have been admitted to Suffolk may now apply and receive their aid package earlier.
The second change, which also starts with the 2017-2018 cycle, impacts the information students will now provide on the FAFSA. Going forward, the FAFSA will collect income information from the tax/calendar year one year earlier than has been used in the past. Thus for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students will provide income information from calendar year 2015 and not from calendar year 2016. Because of this, almost all tax return filers will be able to electronically transfer their tax information directly into their FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). This will mean an easier application process for most students.
To receive financial aid students must:
The financial aid application process is a separate process from the admissions application: Do NOT wait for your admissions acceptance before applying for financial aid.
Institutional merit-based scholarship funding is awarded to eligible students at the time of admissions by the Office of Admissions. Questions on merit-based awards should be directed to the Office of Admissions.
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.
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 by March 1st:
The FAFSA is the application for all federal student aid and is required by all schools in order to award federal aid. The form collects income and asset information from the student (and student's spouse, if married).
There is no charge to complete this application. Be sure to list Suffolk University Law School's federal school code of 002218, and Suffolk will receive your FAFSA data directly from the Department of Education. For fast and efficient submission of this application, download and complete the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet before you complete the FAFSA on-line.
Prospective students who are applying for federal loans only do not need to submit any additional forms* in order to receive a Federal Direct Loan award. Students may apply for federal loans at any time throughout the fall and spring semesters, provided the student is enrolled at least half-time.
*Unless selected for file verification by Suffolk or the federal government. You will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid if additional information to complete your aid application file is needed.
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.
A FAFSA option enables the student to authorize the IRS to transfer tax information from the IRS database directly to the student's FAFSA. This IRS data retrieval process will be available as of February 7, 2016. All students who are able should use this method to supply schools with tax information, as the 2017-18 FAFSA is based on 2015 federal income tax information. Please note that we do not collect paper copies of the student's federal tax returns.
Prospective LL.M. students interested in borrowing federal loans should submit the following document:
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 must complete the aid application process each year. To reapply for assistance, all required forms must be received by April 1st*. Applications received after that date will be reviewed for a Federal Stafford Loan and will be considered for Suffolk grants and loans as funding permits.
To re-apply for fall/spring* financial aid at Suffolk Law, complete the following:
•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 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.
*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 the Office of Financial Aid by March 25th.
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.