Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA by the following dates
- Mar 01
- Apr 01
- Dec 01
Application files received after these dates will be reviewed in the order in which they are completed.
Merit Scholarships, Grants and Need-Based Financial Aid
Planning how to finance your legal studies can be daunting. We want to provide you with the tools to understand the many opportunities that Cardozo offers for financing your education.
Once you are admitted to Cardozo Law you will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships and grants based on the strength of your admissions application. After your first year at Cardozo the Dean’s Committee will review your academic performance to determine whether to grant new or additional merit awards.
All applicants are considered for the following scholarships or grants upon admission to Cardozo:
- The Monrad Paulsen Scholarship, named after Cardozo’s esteemed first dean, is the most prestigious and highly selective scholarship at Cardozo. It offers guaranteed three-year full-tuition awards to entering students with exemplary academic credentials who are nominated by the Admissions Committee.
- The Cardozo Scholars Program awards full-tuition scholarships to entering students with outstanding academic credentials who are nominated by the Admissions Committee.
- The Dean’s Merit Scholarship is offered in varying amounts to entering students nominated by the Admissions Committee on the basis of academic credentials and demonstrated potential for success in the legal profession.
- The E. Nathaniel Gates Scholarship, named after a former Cardozo professor, recognizes outstanding potential in those who are first-generation graduate students or who come from backgrounds under-represented in the legal profession. Professor Gates, a member of the Cardozo faculty from 1992 until his death in 2006, was the first member of his immediate family to attend college and law school. He served as advisor to important student initiatives and organizations, including the Diversity Coalition and the Black, Asian, and Latino Law Students Association, and at the time of his death was working on a sweeping examination of race in American law dating back to the colonial period.
- The Cardozo Law Achievement Grant is offered to select entering students, in acknowledgement of academic or professional accomplishments prior to law school. Recipients are nominated by the Admissions Committee. The grant is a one-time offer, awarded during a student's first year, and is not renewable for the student's second and third year.
Dean's Distinguished Scholars Program
The Dean’s Distinguished Scholars Program recognizes exemplary performance after the first year of law school at Cardozo. Students are automatically considered for this distinction, which is typically bestowed on those who place within the top 10% of their first year class. Dean’s Distinguished Scholars may receive a new or additional scholarship award for their second and third years at Cardozo.
Scholarship Retention Data
Cardozo Law does not award scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing.
Cardozo awards a limited amount of need-based grants to qualifying J.D. students. Applicants must file a FAFSA (international students should file the International J.D. Student Financial Aid Application) by April 15 each year to be considered for these awards. Additional information may also be requested.
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 2019-2020 FAFSA, please visit: www.fafsa.ed.gov
Yeshiva University Federal Title IV Code: 002903
Once your FAFSA is officially completed, the federal processor will e-mail you a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of your 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 2018 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. Complete Cardozo's Consent to Participate in Electronic Transactions Form.
Federal law requires that Cardozo's Office of Student Finance (OSF) obtain a student's voluntary consent in order to participate in electronic transactions for all financial information provided or made available to student loan borrowers, and for all notices and authorizations to Federal Student Aid recipients required under 34 CFR 668.165.
This consent will allow OSF to electronically communicate important financial aid information directly to you, which may include notices, disclosures, award letters, and direction to secure websites. Upon request, students are entitled to a paper copy of any of the information electronically communicated by OSF.
Please Note - newly admitted students may student receive a hard-copy paper financial aid award letter in the mail even if they have completed Cardozo's electronic consent form.
Please click HERE to complete Cardozo's 2019-2020 electronic consent form. If you weren't provided a YU ID yet, you may write "Don't Know My ID" in the electronic consent YU ID box.
3. Review Cardozo's Financial Aid Award Letter.
Admitted students who have filed the FAFSA and met all of the requirements will receive a financial aid award letter from Cardozo's OSF. The award letter will detail eligibility for federal student loans and any institutional aid (merit scholarships, need-based grants, need-based loans) if applicable. 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 recommend that you visit Cardozo's Debt Management website for helpful information on budgeting, loan repayment (including Income Driven Repayment plans), loan forgiveness (including Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Cardozo's LRAP), and other important details.
4. Set Up Your Financial AId.
Deposited students may proceed by accepting and/or applying for the appropriate student loans as indicated in the award letter. Detailed instructions will be provided to you on how to officially accept and/or apply for student loans.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Cardozo School of Law proudly participates in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. This program was established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and provides educational benefits to eligible military veterans who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, Cardozo School of Law will contribute an unlimited amount of funding (to be matched by the VA) for an unlimited number of qualifying post-9/11 veterans.
- Unlimited amount of funding means Cardozo School of Law will cover 50% of the remaining tuition and fees that exceeds the Post-9/11 GI Bill contribution. The VA will cover the other remaining 50% of the tuition and fees. For example: If tuition and fees comes to $31,081.00 for the semester, the VA will pay Cardozo $22,805.34 (1718 Post-9/11 Bill annual cap) + $4,137.83 (VA Yellow Ribbon contribution) = $26,943.17 (total VA payment). Cardozo will contribute $4,137.83 (Cardozo Yellow Ribbon contribution). Under this scenario, which would only apply to a fully eligible veteran, 100% of the student’s tuition and fees would be covered!
- Unlimited number of qualifying post-9/11 veterans means Cardozo School of Law will offer Yellow Ribbon to every eligible veteran matriculating at Cardozo. Cardozo does not put a cap on the number of recipients per academic year.
Please visit the following websites for additional information:
External Scholarship Opportunities
For International Students:
Additional External Scholarships: