Available Programs

This section contains a partial listing of financial aid programs available to CUNY School of Law Students.

U.S. Government Publications About Federal Financial Aid



How Can Withdrawal From CUNY Law Affect Federal Financial Aid?

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 require that the University calculate pro-rated student aid eligibility for students who withdraw before completing more than 60% of any academic term. Aid awarded to the student and not earned at the time of the effective date of withdrawal will be returned to the Federal Title IV Student Financial Aid Programs. The Title IV programs include the Federal Pell Grant Program, the Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, the National SMART Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity (SEOG) Grant Program, the Federal Perkins Loan Program, the Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Student Loan Program (Direct and FFEL), and the Federal Parent and Graduate PLUS Loan Programs.


Federal regulations require:

  • That the amount of unearned Federal aid be calculated by measuring the number of days the student completed against the number of days in the term in which the student withdraws
  • That the Business Office return the unearned aid they accepted in payment of charges, and
  • That the Law School notifies the student of his/her responsibility for returning unearned aid he or she received as a refund from the Business Office after all charges had been paid

If financial aid funds must be returned to the Title IV aid programs, loan funds will be returned before grant funds. Funds received by the Business Office and by the student, if any, will be returned in the following order as long as there is any amount to be returned:

  1. Unsubsidized William D. Ford Federal Stafford Loan (Direct)
  2. Subsidized William D. Ford Federal Stafford Loan (Direct)
  3. Federal Perkins Loan
  4. Federal Direct Parent or Graduate PLUS Loan

Satisfactory Academic Progress as it Relates to Financial Aid

Federal regulations require that all students receiving financial aid must meet established Standards of Academic Progress. At the Law School adequate progress is defined as completing all enrolled courses each semester and maintaining a 2.5 GPA. If satisfactory academic progress has not been achieved, you will be placed on probation for one semester until you make satisfactory academic progress. If at the subsequent review, the outlined objectives have not been met, then you will be withdrawn from receiving financial aid unless extenuating circumstances can be substantiated.