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Application Requirements

Applicants to Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law are eligible to apply for financial aid to assist with educational expenses. In order to ensure that their financial aid proceeds are available at the start of school, students are encouraged to begin the financial aid application process prior to receiving an admissions decision. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the following:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete the FAFSA online at studentaid.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 Caruso School of Law is 001264. In order to sign the FAFSA form electronically, an FSA ID is required.  The FSA ID can be created at studentaid.go/fsa-id. 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.

(The recommended deadline to submit the FAFSA is April 1st. 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 FSA ID.)

(The deadlines to complete financial aid files are May 1st for first-year and transfer students and June 1st for returning students.)

Additional Application Requirements


When students apply for federal financial aid, the United States Department of Education verifies information with the following federal agencies:

  • Social Security Administration - for verification of social security number and United States citizenship status
  • Selective Service System - for verification of Selective Service Registration status
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service - for verification of the eligible non-citizenship status
  • Department of Justice - for verification that an applicant has not been denied federal student aid by the courts as the result of a drug-related conviction
  • Department of Veterans Affairs - for verification of veteran status

Students who apply for need-based financial aid may be asked by our office to supply additional documentation to verify the information that was reported on the FAFSA. Students will be awarded financial aid once all documentation has been received and evaluated. If your file is selected for verification, you will be required to submit the following:

 Verification Worksheet V4

Verification Worksheet V5

Non-United States Citizens

If you are an eligible non-United States citizen with a Permanent Resident Visa card (Green card), you must submit a clear photocopy of both sides of your registration card in order to be considered for financial aid.

Non-United States citizens are not eligible for federal financial aid. They are, however, eligible to apply for Private loans. In order to do so, they must have a co-signer that is a credit worthy United States citizen.

Selective Service

In order for male students (with some exceptions) to be eligible for federal financial aid, they must be registered with the selective service. Students can register online at www.sss.gov.