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Returning JD Students

Recipients of a Fordham Need-based Grant or Need-based Scholarship or a federal loan (Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Direct Graduate PLUS) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 1 or within the published deadline if different. This is the first step in obtaining federal aid for the next academic year. Students who anticipate a change in their enrollment from that of the prior academic year must notify the Law School Financial Aid Office by June 1.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Fordham’s Federal School Code is 002722.

Additionally, students must follow the instructions listed for the renewal of their specific aid and complete all the Federal and Fordham University Law School processing requirements by June 1st or within the published deadline. Submitting the requirements by the due date ensures timely disbursement of institutional aid and federal loan(s) for the academic year.

Merit Aid Recipients: If you received a Merit Scholarship upon your admission to the Law School, it will be renewed automatically for each subsequent year you are in attendance provided you maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Need-based Grant and Need-based Scholarship Recipients:

Rising 2LD, 2LE, or 3LE students who received Fordham’s institutional aid in the prior academic year will have their institutional aid renewed after they have completed the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year.

Students entering their final year of study (3LD, 4LE) are required to complete a Summer Earnings Information Form and submit it to the Law School Financial Aid Office in order to renew their need-based aid. If you earned income in excess of $15,000 over the summer, your need-based aid may be reduced. The formula used in this calculation is (gross income minus $15,000) x 0.6 x 0.5. Students who need to complete to the Summer Earnings Information Form will be notified individually.

Federal Student Loan Borrowers: Students wishing to borrow federal loans through the Department of Education should complete the FAFSA for the academic year in which you are applying (fafsa.ed.gov). Students should then visit Lawnet and choose the "Financial Aid Resources" workspace for all other requirements. 

The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to request verification of information listed on the FAFSA or any document submitted to Fordham when applying for Financial Aid.