Cardozo's Office of Student Finance is committed to using its resources to help admitted students attend the law school. A wide range of financial aid is available, including endowed scholarships, private grants, an institutional loan program, and federal, state, and private supplemental loan programs. The financial aid program is designed to reduce the financial impact of a legal education on a student’s resources.
The law school is fortunate in having endowed scholarships in place, so that more than $1 million is available annually for need-based grants. In addition, each year some students are awarded funds entirely on the basis of merit as determined through their application for admission; no additional application is necessary for merit scholarships.
Long-term education loans are the primary source of financial assistance. Federal, Cardozo and private loan programs ensure that virtually every student who needs it can receive some kind of financial aid for tuition and/or living expenses. Using a standard national application (FAFSA), a student’s financial need is calculated by a uniform system.
Financial Aid for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
The 2020-2021 FAFSA is now available (as of 10/1/2019)
- If you anticipate requiring financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year (summer '20, fall '20, & spring '21 semesters), please file your 2020-2021 FAFSA by visiting HERE.
- International J.D. Students: Please click HERE to file your 2020-2021 International J.D. Student Financial Aid Application.
Income-Driven Repayment Plans
The Department of Education has implemented several income-driven repayment plans, such as two versions of Income-Based Repayment (IBR), Pay As You Earn (PAYE), and Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE), which are designed to assist student loan borrwers with more manageable and reduced monthly repayment options. For a detailed comparison of the income-driven repayment plans, please visit HERE.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Student loan borrowers who work in the public sector (government or public interest) may qualify for loan forgiveness through the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. For details on this program, please visit HERE.
Loan Repayment Assistance Program
Cardozo offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for eligible Cardozo J.D. graduates who have chosen to pursue careers in public service by providing funding to help reduce their educational student loan debt. For details on Cardozo's LRAP, please visit HERE.
Federal student loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, will have the following fixed interest rates:
- Unsubsidized Stafford: 6.08%
- Graduate PLUS: 7.08%
Please note the following:
- Loans disbursed during the above mentioned dates will be fixed for the life of the loan (during school and repayment).
- Interest rates are scheduled to reset every July 1st based on the 10-Year Treasury Note Index plus a set add-on.
The Petrie Fund
The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation Student Emergency Endowment Fund is an additional resource for law students with short term financial emergencies.
Through the Petrie Fund, Cardozo can provide emergency grants to students with significant financial need in good standing who have short-term financial emergencies. If you are a current student in need of such assistance, please meet with a member of the office to discuss your situation.
For more information, please email Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org