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Financial Assistance

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

Applicants to the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution are eligible to apply for financial aid to assist with educational expenses. Students enrolled in the Master's Degree in Dispute Resolution (MDR), LL.M. and Certificate programs are awarded financial aid by the School of Law Office of Financial Assistance. Students are encouraged to begin the financial aid application process prior to receiving an admissions decision, to ensure that financial aid funds are available at the start of school. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the following:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Office of Financial Assistance recommends that students complete the online FAFSA rather than the paper application. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA form as early as possible, but no sooner than January 1st. The Title IV institutional code for Pepperdine University School of Law is 001264. In order to sign the FAFSA form electronically, you must register for a PIN number at www.pin.ed.gov. Once your FAFSA has been processed, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you either through the mail or email. The SAR outlines the information that you reported on the FAFSA, and provides you with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) amount. It is important to review your SAR for accuracy. If corrections must be made to your SAR, please do so and return to the federal processor immediately.

It takes approximately 3-4 weeks to process during peak periods. To check the status of your FAFSA, call (800) 433-3243, or you may check the application status online using your PIN number.

Please be sure to complete both pages of the application, sign and date where appropriate, and return to the Office of Financial Assistance.

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Cost of Attendance

Tuition is charged on a per unit basis for the MDR, LL.M. and Certificate programs.

A full-time enrollment status is 8 or more units per semester. The cost of attendance for a full-time MDR, LL.M. or Certificate student includes tuition (charged per unit), books, and living expenses.

An enrollment status of 4-7 units per semester is below full-time. The cost of attendance for a student enrolled below full-time includes tuition (charged per unit) books, and a reduced amount for living expenses.

Living expenses include: Room, board, transportation, and personal expenses.

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Loan Programs

Students enrolled in 4 units or more may be eligible for a Federal Stafford loan. Students can refer to our Loan Application Process web page for information regarding the on-line Stafford loan application process. Students who are not eligible for a Federal Stafford loan may be eligible for a Private loan.

Once the loan application process is complete and the student has enrolled, funds are disbursed electronically and applied to the student account on or near the beginning of the term.

Please note: Federal loans are not available to non-degree granting programs, therefore, students enrolled in the Certificate program are not eligible to borrow Federal Stafford or Perkins loans.

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Winter Intensive Session

Students may apply for financial aid for the week-long Winter Intensive session. Once students have registered for classes, they must complete and return the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Winter Intensive Financial Aid Application to the Office of Financial Assistance in order for loan funds to be available at the start of the Winter Intensive session. The financial aid application process should be completed no later than December 1st.