Your file is considered complete once the Office of Financial Assistance receives the following: confirmation that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has been electronically transmitted to us from the federal processor, and any other verification documents that may be required by our office.
Admitted students can logon to WaveNet, view the self-service menu, and review the financial aid "To Do List". You will have the ability to view missing information items, and access links to many of the documents needed to complete your file.
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the amount that the student is expected to contribute towards their educational costs. The EFC is a federal methodology that is established by assessing the income, asset and household information provided on the FAFSA. Therefore, it is important to be as accurate as possible when completing the FAFSA. All graduate and professional school students are considered independent for the purpose of financial aid need analysis; therefore, you are not required to report parental information on the FAFSA.
The Office of Financial Assistance awards each student a financial aid package that will fund the full cost of attendance. Students have the option of borrowing the full amount to pay for their educational expenses or borrowing a partial amount and contributing what they can afford.
The cost of attendance is determined by the Office of Financial Assistance and is defined as the total budget required by each student for the nine (9) month academic year.
Students may not receive a financial aid amount that exceeds the cost of attendance. The Office of Financial Assistance stresses the importance of budgeting carefully and living modestly while attending the School of Law.
Once your file is complete and an award determination has been made, an e-mail will be sent to you advising you to view your Award Notification on student self-service. You must "Accept" your financial aid in order for it to be disbursed to your student account. All financial aid is disbursed directly to your student account at the beginning of each semester.
When you "Accept" your Federal Stafford and/or Graduate PLUS loan on student self-serve, the Federal Stafford and/or Graduate PLUS loan is automatically originated and begins processing. You will be instructed to complete an on-line Master Promissory Note, and our office will be notified as to where you are in the process. As a reminder, all first time School of Law Federal Stafford and/or Graduate PLUS loan borrowers must conduct an on-line Entrance Counseling session before federal loans can be disbursed to your student account. You can access Entrance Counseling directly from our website.
If you are a Private/Alternative loan borrower, you will need to apply for the loan directly from your lender's website. Once you apply for a private loan and pass the credit check, our office will receive a certification request from your lender. Private loans are not originated through student self-service when you "Accept" the private loan, as with the Federal Stafford and Graduate PLUS loans. Our office will originate the private loan upon receipt of the lender certification request.
No. On student self-service you will have the option to "Accept" "Reduce" or "Decline" your loans directly. We recommend that you borrow only what you will need to finance your educational expenses, and budget accordingly.
If you are unsure about your credit rating, you can request a copy of your credit report at one of the three major credit bureaus. Students can obtain an annual credit report free of charge. The credit bureaus are as follows:
Refund checks are not available until the start of each semester. If a refund is due to the student, the Student Accounts Office recommends signing up for e-refund through student self-service. E-refund will ensure timeliness of refunds, as they are directly deposited into the student's bank account, as specified when signing up for e-refund. Students are instructed to budget separately for expenses such as books, relocation costs, or securing off-campus housing prior to the start of classes.
Federal Stafford and Graduate PLUS Loan Exit Counseling is a mandatory requirement for students who graduate, are enrolled less than half-time, or withdrew and borrowed a Federal Stafford and/or Graduate PLUS loan during the period of attendance at the School of Law. You can access Federal loan Exit Counseling directly from our website.