Financial Aid & Scholarships
The Financial Aid Office administers various federal and state financial aid programs and offers an extensive network of services to assist students in meeting the costs related to their education. Individual financial counseling, assistance with the completion of the financial aid application, debt management counseling, scholarship postings and information about on-campus and off-campus job opportunities are offered to students as part of a comprehensive approach to assisting students in financing their law school education.
Although the basic responsibilities for financing law school rest with you and your family, the Financial Aid Office utilizes the maximum available federal and state aid resources to assemble a financial aid package consisting of grants, loans, scholarships and student employment for eligible students.
Financial aid at CUNY School of Law is administered without discrimination as to age, sex, race, creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status or veteran status. An applicant may be excluded from all programs if in default in the repayment of a previous student loan.
Pertinent Financial Aid Legislation
- Special Direct Consolidation Loans
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
On January 31, 2012, the Department of Education released an Employment Certification Package to help borrowers track their progress toward qualifying for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).
- How the Debt Ceiling Will Impact Student Aid
- Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP)
- CUNY Student Financial Aid Model Code of Conduct <pdf>
- Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA)
- Higher Education Opportunity Act
- College Cost Reduction and Access Act
- Professor Phil Schrag, of the Georgetown University Law Center, has written a 21-page law review article concerning income-based repayment and public service loan forgiveness: Federal Student Loan Repayment Assistance for Public Interest Lawyers and Other Employees of Government and Nonprofit Organizations <pdf>, 36 Hofstra L. Rev. 1 (2007). The article includes practical advice concerning the two programs, as well as detailed examples.
- Income Contingent Repayment
- Income-Based Repayment Calculator
- Federal Direct Consolidation Loan Information and Applications
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At the completion of the Spring 2013 term, students receiving Financial Aid will be able to view all of their information in their CUNYfirst account. CUNYfirst announcements are sent to you via your law school email address, so be sure to check your law school email often for updates and instructions on using CUNYfirst Financial Aid Tools.
You can learn more about CUNYfirst and Student Self Service at http://first.law.cuny.edu.
- June 14, 2010: Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP)
- March 10, 2010: CUNY Student Financial Aid Model Code of Conduct <pdf>