Applying for Financial Aid

All applicants for financial assistance for the 2014-2015 academic year must file the following:

  • 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) need analysis application
  • 2014-2015 Temple Law School Financial Aid Application

Admitted/Entering students: the priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is March 1, 2014. Do not wait to be admitted to a law school before filing the FAFSA. The Law School Financial Aid Application is only available online and you can access the application by clicking here.

Returning students: the priority deadline is March 1, 2014 for both the FAFSA and the Temple Law School Financial Aid Application. The Law School Financial Aid Application is only available online and you can access the application by clicking here.

Applicants who have filed the required financial aid forms by the priority deadline will be considered for a Temple University Grant, Perkins Loan, and work study (upper division students only) as well as the Federal Drirect Stafford and Grad Plus and private loans. You may apply for financial aid after the March 1st priority deadline; however, you will not be considered for a Temple University Grant, Perkins loan or work study. Therefore, it is very important that your financial aid applications be filed in a timely manner.

If you are applying for a federal or private loan you should follow the additional procedures outlined in Federal and Private Loans.

We suggest that you complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov . The FAFSA form is also available from any college or university financial aid office or you may contact the Law School Financial Aid Office to request that a copy be mailed to you.

In order for the information you report on the FAFSA to be released to the financial aid office at Temple Law School you must list Temple University School of Law as one of your school choices on the FAFSA application. Our school code is 003371. Do not send your FAFSA form to the financial aid office. It should be sent to the federal processor.

You do not have to wait to complete your FAFSA until you have filed your taxes. You may use estimated information if your taxes will not be filed by our priority deadline. However, if you use estimated tax information you must send us a copy of your completed tax return before your financial aid application can be completed.

Law students at Temple are considered to be independent for purposes of applying for and awarding financial aid and parental information is not required for any aid awarded by Temple Law School. Accordingly, you do not have to provide parental information on your FAFSA if you are only applying to Temple. Please note: You may be required to provide this information by another school to which you are applying. If you provide it on your FAFSA, we will not use the information when determining your award.

Shortly after you file your FAFSA you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you signed your FAFSA with your PIN number, you will receive your SAR electronically. Otherwise, it will be sent to you through the mail. The SAR will outline the information you provided on your application. You are given the opportunity to make corrections, if necessary. The first page of your SAR contains very important information. Read it carefully and make sure you keep a copy of your entire SAR for your records. In some cases, you may be asked to provide a copy of your SAR to the financial aid office.

You may be required to provide additional information in order to complete or supplement your financial aid application. It is important that you respond to such requests in a timely manner. You will not receive a financial aid award letter until our office determines that your financial aid file is complete. An award letter will be mailed after your eligibility for need-based scholarships and a Perkins Loan have been determined. If your award letter does not list a federal or private loan that means that you have not yet completed the necessary steps to request one. See Federal and Private Loans , for more information.

Awards are made during the spring and summer prior to the start of the academic year. Applicants are advised that final awards cannot be made at the time of the admission to the law school. Upon request, however an estimated financial aid package is available from the law school financial aid office if the necessary financial aid forms have been filed in a timely manner. Once your financial aid file is completed your actual financial aid package will be awarded.

LL.M. Students

Students enrolled in the LL.M. programs for Trial Advocacy, Transnational Law or Taxation who anticipate the need for financial assistance should follow the same application procedures as JD students. Most LL.M. students are eligible to borrow through the federal or private loan programs and may refer to the section on Federal and Private Loans for more details. The Law School Financial Aid Office does not award any scholarship or grants to LL.M. students, however, students should check with their respective programs regarding any funds awarded directly by the program.