Financial Aid FAQ

How do I pay for law school?

There are several options in financing your legal education, including federal financial aid funds, scholarships, own resources, outside help. More information on the application process for financial aid.

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What is the FAFSA school code?

Our Title IV code is 003790.

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What is the financial aid deadline date?

  • Entering students should apply as soon as possible for full consideration of all programs. Your file will be evaluated once you are admitted to the law school if your file is complete.  Completing the FAFSA by February 15 is recommended.  You will receive an award letter within approximately three weeks of receipt of your admit letter (but no earlier than mid-March). Limited funding programs are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Continuing students must submit the FAFSA by February 15 for a timely award and consideration for all limited-funded programs (e.g., State Work-Study).

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How do I apply for scholarships?

Information about scholarships both offered by the School of Law and outside resources, is listed here: Scholarship Information.

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What kind of financial aid is available?

Seattle University School of Law offers several different types of financial aid funding, including scholarships, student loans and student employment. For more information, please review the financial aid programs listed on our website.

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How much money will I have to live on?

The cost of attendance includes tuition, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses while enrolled in law school. A standard student budget is comprised of these components, as specified by law, and financial aid cannot exceed the student budget amount.

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What if I have a default on a student loan?

If you have a default on a student loan, you must resolve the default status or you are not eligible for financial aid. To receive further financial aid, you must contact the Department of Education to resolve the default, the Department of Education has good resources for repaying your student loan and the steps to rehabilitate your loan if you are planning on going back to school and will need financial assistance.

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When will I get my Award Letter?

Once your file is complete (all documents received):

  • Entering students will receive an award letter within approximately three weeks of receipt of your paper admit letter (but no earlier than mid-March). Limited funding programs are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Continuing students who have completed the FAFSA on time (February 15) will be able to pick up their award letter the first part of May.  An announcement will be made.

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How do I know if I'm work study employment eligible?

If awarded work study funds, the award and amount will be on the Award Letter. Entering students may be eligible for Federal Work Study (on campus).  Continuing students entering their second or third year who are Washington State residents and are eligible based on need may qualify for State Work Study (off campus).  Funds are received as you earn them - you do not receive the funds upfront.  Do not presume if you receive Federal Work Study your first year you will receive State Work Study the following year - there are different criteria.  Continuing students may request Federal Work Study, if eligible, by reducing other aid.

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If I'm in the Joint Degree program, where do I get my financial aid?

The Law School Student Financial Services Office will continue to be your contact for financial aid during your program. If you do plan on enrolling in the Joint Degree Program, you will need to inform our office as soon as possible.  Refunds for living expenses will be processed by the Law School Business Office even during the year of all graduate courses.

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Is there financial aid for study abroad?

Yes. Your financial aid for the summer study abroad program will be based on your financial aid eligibility for the academic year. The Stafford loan will be disbursed equally over three terms: summer, fall and spring. If the study abroad program costs exceed the Stafford disbursement amount, you may apply for an alternative loan and request a summer disbursement.  You must complete a summer study abroad application.

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How do I get financial aid if I plan to visit away?

You will need to notify Student Financial Services that you will be visiting away for the academic year and have approval from Associate Dean Deming. Our office will request a consortium agreement with the host school. A consortium agreement is required in order for you to receive any financial aid for the program. Funds will be disbursed each term to the host school to cover tuition and fees charges. The host school will then process any extra as a refund check for your living expenses for the term.

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What if I have employer assistance?

If an employer will be paying for all or part of tuition, you will need to contact both the Student Financial Services Office and the Business Office. Employer contribution is considered part of student aid and is added to your financial aid award. The Business Office will be the contact for the employer to send the payment and for any billing statements requested by the employer.

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How much do I owe in tuition?

Tuition charges for the term are listed on https://suonline.seattleu.edu.

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How much is tuition?

The cost of tuition for the School of Law is $1,367 per credit for the 2014-15 academic year. The total cost for first year full-time tuition at 30 credits is $41,010. Tuition charges are set by the Board of Trustees every year around the first part of March.  You should expect an annual tuition increase.

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When is tuition due?

Please see the Business Office payment information webpage for tuition due dates and payment plans.

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How do I get my refund check?

Refund checks typically are available to pick up at the Business Office at the end of the first week of classes, provided all documentation and steps required for financial aid are complete. The law school offers direct deposit with the same time frame of availability. However, you should always be prepared to cover your living expenses for the first two weeks of every term.

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Who helps me with Veteran's benefits?

The Office of the Registrar will be your contact for Veteran's Benefits. For more information, please visit the Registrar's Veterans Affairs page and/or the SFS Veterans site. We are proud to be participants in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Principles of Excellence.

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Do you have a loan repayment assistance program?

Please visit our Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) page for information about the program and application materials.

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