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Financial Aid

The College of Law Office of Financial Aid is committed to serving Syracuse Law students through the administration of financial aid from a variety of sources.  We encourage you to stay in touch with our office.  Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about how to finance your legal education.

Welcome, Class of 2015!

Financial aid awards are calculated on a rolling basis, and notifications are sent out via email to inform students of their grant, scholarship, and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan eligibility.  Follow the application steps below to access your financial aid information on our web portal, MySlice.

If you have confirmed your plans to enroll at SU Law in fall 2012, you may now finalize your Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan application for the 2012-2013 academic year.  New borrowers must complete an MPN (Master Promissory Note) and an online Entrance Counseling Session.  Listen to the instructions to learn more.

You may need to borrow through the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan program to supplement your financial aid awards.  Don't over-borrow!  Please take into consideration that your personal expenses may be less than the budget established by the College of Law.  Use our online Budget Calculator to calculate the amount you need to borrow for the 2012-2013 academic year and then read the details and follow the steps to Apply for a Loan.

Keep track of your total student loan debt and "know what you owe" by logging onto National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).  Additionally, plug your total estimated federal student loan debt into a repayment calculator to compute the amount that will be due in a monthly payment once you leave school. Need more information?  Check out the Loan Repayment section of our site.

Your bill for fall 2012 tuition and fees will be sent to you from the Syracuse University Bursar's Office in mid-June or early-August, depending upon the date of your deposit and intent to register.  A list of acceptable forms of payment are on the Bursar's Office website or your charges can be paid using anticipated financial aid (including student loans).  Learn more about Paying the Bursar Bill.

Fall 2012 loans will disburse just prior to the first day of classes. Once your bill has been paid, if you have excess funds on your student bursar account, you may request a refund from the Bursar's Office.  Refunds take 7 to 10 business days to be processed from the time a credit exists on your account, so your fall refund may not be available until the second week of September.  Please have enough cash on hand to pay for your personal expenses for the first few weeks of classes – refunds will not be available early!

Know Your Financial Aid ABC's

Application Steps:

  • You may access your financial aid information online by signing onto the MySlice, Syracuse University's portal to computing resources. For more information, visit MySlice to View Your Financial Aid Information.

  • To better understand the timeline of applying for financial aid and student loans, a checklist has been created for your convenience. Financial aid applicants must frequently log onto the Financial Aid "To Do List" on MySlice to view the application requirements and to ensure receipt of all financial aid application materials.

  • Financial Aid Priority Deadline:  The priority deadline to submit complete financial aid application materials is February 15, 2012.  If you miss the priority deadline, you should still complete the financial aid applications promptly in order for us to determine your eligibility for any remaining campus-based funds and to begin the application process for federal student loans.


  • Managing Your Debt:  The financial choices you make before attending law school, and throughout your legal education, will have a long-lasting financial impact.  We encourage you to make wise financial decisions prior to attending law school and to manage your debt while in attendance.

  • Cost of Attendance:  In 2012-2013, the cost of tuition for full time first year law students is $44,000. Required fees for full time first year law students are estimated to be $1,700.

    In addition to the direct tuition and fee charges, average indirect costs for a typical law student in 2012-2013 are estimated as follows:
    Books & Supplies: $1,570
    Housing & Meals: $11,190
    Additional Expenses: $2,140 (estimated personal expenses and local transportation costs)

    A worksheet is available to view, download, and print.

  • Residents of the new Campus West Apartments are eligible for a budget that covers the average cost of housing (which includes utilities).

  • On a case-by-case basis, the Financial Aid Office will consider individual requests for an adjustment to the standard cost of attendance.  Appeals will be considered using the standards set by the Department of Education.  If approved, a budget adjustment will allow a student to borrow additional student loans.  Students must submit the Budget Adjustment Request Form to the College of Law Financial Aid Office with receipts and other supporting documentation.


  • Maintaining Good Credit:  Having a clean credit history is important for students who plan to borrow from the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan program.  To obtain Graduate PLUS Loans, borrowers must go through a credit approval process.  We encourage you to review the status of your credit history prior to applying for loans.  Everyone is entitled to a free credit report every 12 months on www.annualcreditreport.com (the only site authorized by Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union).  Read more about maintaining Good Credit.