Loan Programs
Long-term educational loans are the primary source of financial assistance. Nearly 85% of Cardozo students receive some kind of loan. Federal Stafford, Federal Graduate PLUS, Cardozo, and private loan programs ensure that virtually every student who needs financial aid for tuition and/or living expenses can receive it.

It is recommended that you visit Cardozo's Debt Management webpage 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 financial aid details.

 

Federal Stafford Loans

William D. Ford Direct Loan Program
Federal Stafford loans do not require a credit check, and include benefits such as a fixed interest rate, six month grace period, deferment options, and a variety of repayment and forgiveness options to help you succeed in repayment.
Eligible students can take out a Federal Stafford Loan to help cover the cost of their education. The loan limit is set by the Department of Education at $20,500 per academic year.
You must have completed a FAFSA and received a Student Aid Award Letter from the Office of Student Finance before you can accept your Stafford loan!
 
Terms:
  • Unsubsidized: As of July 1, 2012, graduate students are eligible to receive only unsubsidized Stafford loans! Subsidized Stafford loans are no longer available to Graduate Students.
  • Interest Rate: Stafford loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, will have a fixed interest rate of 5.41%.
  • Interest begins acrruing at disbursement.
  • In-School Deferment.
  • Origination Fee: A 1.072% fee is deducted by Direct Loans on any new loan disbursed on or after December 1, 2013. Example: a $20,500 Stafford loan will net $20,280. Please keep this fee in mind while budgeting! To use Cardozo's origination fee calculator, click HERE. (Please Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat).
  • Repayment: Automatic 6 month grace period following graduation. Borrowers will have several federal repayment plan options, including Income Based Repayment and Pay As You Earn, as well as loan forgiveness opportunities through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and Cardozo's LRAP.
Eligibility: Unlike the federal Graduate PLUS loan, the Stafford loan does not require a credit check.
Please note the following:
  • Students are required to be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester (Half-Time Status) while in a degree seeking program.
  • Students must meet the citizenship requirement (U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident).
  • Students can not currently be in default on any federal student loan!
  • You must have completed a FAFSA and received a Student Aid Award Letter from the Office of Student Finance before you can accept your Stafford loan.
Reference: For helpful information on budgeting, loan repayment, and other important details, please visit Cardozo's Debt Management website.
 
ACCEPTING THE STAFFORD LOAN: To accept your Stafford loan, please complete the following steps:

STEP 1: Click HERE to complete your Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and Direct Loan Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note.

First time Stafford loan borrowers are required to complete the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note. A completed Entrance Counseling satisfies the federal requirement for the Stafford and Graduate PLUS loan! If you have completed a Stafford Loan MPN with Direct Loans within the last 10 years, you may not be required to complete a new MPN. It is your responsibility to check with Direct Loans. Your Stafford loan cannot be officially processed until both of these requirements are completed!

  • Sign In
  • Clink on the "Complete Counseling" link
  • Select the "Entrance Counseling" option, and then click Start
  • Once you have completed your Entrance Counseling, return to the main menu
  • Click on "My Account" on the left hand side of website
  • Click on the "Complete Master Promissory Note" link
  • Click on the "Graduate PLUS" link
  • Complete the Master Promissory Note
STEP 2: Please complete the online Cardozo Federal Stafford Loan Request Form by clicking HERE.  
Refer to your Student Aid Award Letter to determine your eligible Stafford loan amount, and refer to the Tuition and Expenses section of the website for Cardozo's estimated cost of attendance. Continuing students can view their financial aid account and cost of attendance budget on Banner Self-Service: www.yu.edu/myyu. Please feel free to visit our Financial Aid Tutorial Videos for assistance on accessing your financial aid account and cost of attendance budget. Please also use Cardozo's Student Loan Origination Fee Calculator by clicking HERE. (Please Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat). Your Stafford loan can not be officially processed if any of the required steps (as indicated above) are not completed!
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Finance: clfinaid@yu.edu or 212-790-0392.

Federal Graduate PLUS Loans

William D. Ford Direct Loan Program
Students are eligible to borrow Graduate PLUS loans up to the cost of attendance less any other financial aid received. The Graduate PLUS loan has a fixed interest rate and no aggregate limits. A credit check is required in order to be eligible for this loan. The credit criteria is less stringent than with most private student loans. If you don't meet the credit requirements, you can still obtain the loan with an endorser who does meet the credit requirements. 
To help determine the amount that you may need to apply for, please refer to your financial aid award letter and the Tuition and Expenses section of the website for Cardozo's estimated cost of attendance. Continuing students can view their financial aid account and cost of attendance budget on Banner Self-Service: www.yu.edu/myyu. Please feel free to visit our Financial Aid Tutorial Videos for assistance on accessing your financial aid account and cost of attendance budget.  Please also use Cardozo's Student Loan Origination Fee Calculator by clicking HERE. (Please Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat)
Applicants are required to accept their annual Stafford loan maximum eligibility BEFORE applying for a Graduate PLUS loan!
 
Terms:
  • Interest Rate: Graduate PLUS loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, will have a fixed interest rate of 6.41%.
  • Interest begins acrruing at disbursement.
  • In-School Deferment.
  • Origination Fee:  A 4.288% fee is deducted by Direct Loans on any new loan disbursed on or after December 1, 2013. Example: a $15,000 Graduate PLUS loan will net $14,357. Please keep this fee in mind while calculating the actual net amount needed!  To use Cardozo's origination fee calculator, click HERE. (Please Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat).
  • Repayment: Automatic 6 month grace period following graduation. Borrowers will have several federal repayment plan options, including Income Based Repayment and Pay As You Earn, as well as loan forgiveness opportunities through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and Cardozo's LRAP.
 
Credit Requirement: Unlike the Stafford loan, the Graduate PLUS loan requires a credit check.  To determine eligibility for the Graduate PLUS loan, your credit report cannot reflect any of the following:
  • Currently 90 days or more delinquent on repayment of any debt.             
  • Debt discharged in bankruptcy during the past five years.
  • Evidence of a default, foreclosure, tax lien, repossession, wage garnishment, or write-off of a Title IV debt during the past five years.
  • Collection accounts or charge offs with a balance greater than $0.
What if your credit is denied?

If your credit is denied, you will be immediately notified by Direct Loans through the online application process. You will also receive notification from the Direct Loan Servicer (via email and mail). If you would still like to pursue obtaining a Graduate PLUS loan, please choose from the following options:        

  • You may try to have a credit status override completed by the servicer. Please contact the Direct Loan Servicer at 1-800-557-7394 and Equifax (their credit bureau) at 1-800-685-5000.
  • You may provide documentation to the Direct Loan Servicer if you have extenuating circumstances. Your request for a Grad PLUS will be reviewed again by the servicer.
  • You may have a third party endorser co-sign the Grad PLUS application with you. In this case, please contact the Direct Loan Servicer at 1-800-557-7394.
 
APPLY FOR A FEDERAL GRADUATE PLUS LOAN: 
To apply for a Graduate PLUS loan through the Direct Loan program, please complete the following steps:
STEP 1: Click HERE to complete your Graduate PLUS Loan Application
  • Sign In
  • Click on the "Request a Direct PLUS Loan" link
  • Scroll down and click on the "Graduate PLUS" link
  • Complete the Graduate PLUS Loan Application
  • Applicants must include a dollar amount on the Graduate PLUS loan application! Select the "I would like to specify a loan amount" option, and then input the amount that you would like to borrow within the "Loan Amount Requested" box. DO NOT select the "maximum Direct PLUS Loan amount" option! To help determine the amount that you may need to apply for, please refer to your financial aid award letter and the Tuition and Expenses section of the website for Cardozo's estimated cost of attendance. Continuing students can view their financial aid account and cost of attendance budget on Banner Self-Service: www.yu.edu/myyu. Please feel free to visit our Financial Aid Tutorial Videos for assistance on accessing your financial aid account and cost of attendance budget.  Please also use Cardozo's Student Loan Origination Fee Calculator by clicking HERE. (Please Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat)
  • Complete all of the required fields and submit the application
  • Do Not Log Out of the studentloans.gov website! Proceed to Step 2!
STEP 2: If your Graduate PLUS Loan Application is approved by Direct Loans, then proceed with completing your Graduate PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note on the studentloans.gov website. PLEASE NOTE: If you have completed a Graduate PLUS Loan MPN with Direct Loans within the last 10 years, you may not be required to complete a new MPN. It is your responsibility to check with Direct Loans. This does not apply to any student who received a Graduate PLUS loan with an endorser. Endorsed Graduate PLUS loans require a new MPN for every new loan!
  • Click on "My Account" on the left hand side of website
  • Click on the "Complete Master Promissory Note" link
  • Click on the "Graduate PLUS" link
  • Complete the Master Promissory Note
STEP 3: If your Graduate PLUS Loan Application is approved, you will receive an email notification from Direct Loans. You are REQUIRED to forward that email to the Office of Student Finance at clfinaid@yu.edu in order for your Graduate PLUS Loan to be officially processed.
 
**Applicants are required to accept their annual Stafford loan BEFORE applying for a Graduate PLUS loan! If you have not accepted your Stafford loan on Cardozo's website, do not proceed with completing the Graduate PLUS loan application! Please click HERE and accept your Stafford loan. Once you have accepted your Stafford loan, you can proceed with completing the Graduate PLUS loan application!     
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Finance: clfinaid@yu.edu or 212-790-0392.

Cardozo Loans

 

Eligibility for Cardozo's institutional YU Loan is based on financial need, academic standing, and availability of funds.
Terms:
  • Interest free while the student is in school and during the 6 month grace following graduation
  • Interest Rate: Fixed 5%
  • Interest will start accruing once the student enters active repayment (approximately 6 months following graduation)
  • Repayment may be up to 10 years
Please Note: The Cardozo YU Loan is an instiutional loan, provided to eligible students by Yeshiva University. This loan is not a federal loan, and therefore would not be eligible for any federal loan repayment programs or federal forgiveness programs. This loan cannot be consolidated with federal loans or with other types of private loans.
All J.D. students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or complete the International J.D. Student Financial Aid Application are considered for these loans.

 

Bar Loans

Some private educational loan lenders offer Bar Exam Loans, which are designed to help cover costs pertaining to Bar Review courses, Bar application fees, and other related expenses.  Graduating J.D. and LL.M students may consider applying for a Bar Loan if these related expenses cannot be covered by other means. The Office of Student Finance recommends that interested students first review their financial aid account with our office before applying for a Bar Loan.  Approval of a Bar Loan is determined by the private loan lender, and is based on the results of a credit check. 
Important Information:
Borrow up to $15,000 (maximum amount - check with lender!)
Must be creditworthy
Disbursements are sent directly to the borrower
Please Note: a Bar Loan is not a federal loan, and therefore would not be eligible for any potential federal loan forgiveness or federal repayment options! Please contact us if you have any questions.
Lender Options: Please feel free to search online for various lender options. It's very important to compare the loan terms between each lender before applying! Terms to keep in mind: credit requirements, interest rates, fees, and repayment options.