APPLYING FOR AID
1. File your FAFSA.
Financial aid applicants are required to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is utilized to determine eligibility for Federal Aid (Stafford and Graduate PLUS Loans, and Federal Work-Study) and Cardozo's institutional need-based aid.
To file your 2016-17 FAFSA, please visit: www.fafsa.ed.gov
Yeshiva University Federal Title IV Code: 002903
Don’t wait — estimate! Estimate your income and file the FAFSA instead of waiting until you file your tax return. If you wait, you risk missing the school’s deadline. In addition, institutional aid is generally awarded on a first-come first-served basis to eligible students!
Once your FAFSA is officially completed, the federal processor will e-mail you a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of you FAFSA responses. Please carefully review the SAR for errors and make any corrections. An electronic version of the SAR will also be sent to Cardozo (Yeshiva University: 002903). Cardozo's Office of Student Finance (OSF) will utilize your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for Federal Aid and institutional need-based aid. You may also be required to submit additional documentation to satisfy federal compliance. It is common for students to be selected for tax "Verification", to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residence, Social Security Number verification, and Selected Service registration. Cardozo's OSF will notify you directly if additional documentation is required.
Your signature on the FAFSA indicates that you understand that Cardozo's OSF reserves the right to request additional documentation in support of your aid application, and you will not receive a financial award until you have complied with the requirements.
Applicants who have not been financially independent for the entire 2016 calendar year will need to complete the parental information section of the FAFSA in order to be considered for institutional need-based assistance. Additional information may also be requested.
2. Review Cardozo's Financial Aid Award Letter.
Admitted students who have filed the FAFSA and met all of he requirements, will receive a financial aid award letter from Cardozo's OSF. The award letter will detail eligibility for federal student loans and any instititonal aid (merit scholarships, need-based grants, need-based loans). Detailed information regarding these awards will accompany the award letter. It is extremely important that you thoroughly review all of the information provided to you within the award letter and any accompanying documentation. We strongly recommend that you visit Cardozo's Debt Management website for helpful information on budgeting, loan repayment (including Income-Based Repayment and Pay-As-You-Earn), loan forgiveness (including Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Cardozo's LRAP), and other important details.
3. Set Up Your Financial AId.
Deposited students may proceed by accepting and/or applying for the appropriate financial aid, as indicated on the award letter. Detailed instructions will be provided to you on how to officially accept and/or apply for student loans.
International JD Students
International students applying for institutional need-based aid must file the International JD Student Financial Aid Application 2016-2017.
Applicants to Cardozo
Students should not wait until they have been admitted to file the FASFA. Financial aid files for entering students are reviewed when a student has been admitted to the law school.
Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA by the following dates:
- March 1 for summer term;
- April 1 for fall term; and
- December 1 for spring term.
Application files received after these dates will be reviewed in the order in which they are completed.
Earliest month for filing the FAFSA for upcoming academic year.
We begin making financial aid awards for admitted summer and fall students.
Continuing students must have submitted their FAFSA or International J.D. student financial aid application by this date in order to be considered for institutional need-based aid.
April through May
June graduates are required to attend exit consultations arranged by the OSF.
May through July
Suggested period for Cardozo students to apply for their federal student loans on the Cardozo web site.
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