As either a prospective, admitted or returning law student, our office will provide you with all the information you need to navigate the financial aid and financing opportunities available at Fordham Law. Our professional staff is dedicated to serving the needs of our students and aims at simplifying what can sometimes be considered an overwhelming process. We provide guidance in the areas of planning for law school, obtaining financing, managing your debt and repaying your education loans.
A legal education is an investment in your future and is a serious financial investment as well. As with any investment, it is important to consider the pros and cons of entering into such a large expenditure of effort, time, and money. A realistic assessment of why you are seeking a legal education and how you will pay for it is critical.
Fordham's institutional aid is awarded to admitted JD students on the basis of either academic merit or demonstrated need. All JD applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships, and awards are based on an applicant’s academic credentials. JD applicants who wish to be considered for need-based grants and named scholarships must complete a separate Fordham Financial Aid Application (available on the Admitted Students website). Today, a large majority of law school students also will rely on education loans as their primary, but not exclusive, source of financial aid for law school and will need to consider federal and private loan programs.
If you still have questions after reading our webpages and guidebook, please feel free to contact our office.