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Financial Aid Application Process and Review

The financial aid application process begins with completion of the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not already done so, please visit www.fafsa.gov to submit your FAFSA. Law students are automatically considered independent, so you wonít need to include parent income or asset information on the FAFSA.

Once your FAFSA results are successfully loaded into our system, we will determine your financial aid eligibility, and notify you via email that your financial aid award letter is available for review through Campus Connection. In some instances, we may need to obtain additional information from you before we can determine your eligibility. If this is the case with your application, we will notify you via email, and place an item on your Ďto-doí summary, located on the top right corner of your Campus Connect home page. After we receive the required information, we will continue processing your financial aid file.

For more information regarding your financial aid options at DePaul University, please read the Financial Aid Award Guide for Law Students.

Applying and understand your financial aid options are important steps in financing your education, but managing your educational expenses also requires a sounds academic plan and a wise use of resources. Please consider all options available to help you Manage Your Overall Costs.

Financial Aid Contact Information
Jessica Dosik, Financial Aid Counselor: (312) 362-5331 or jdosik@depaul.edu
Joe Maratto, Assistant Director: (312) 362-6414 or jmaratto@depaul.edu
Financial Aid Counseling Line: (312) 362-8091
DePaul Financial Aid Website: www.depaul.edu/financial_aid

The Office of Financial Aid at DePaul Central.
1 E. Jackson Blvd. Suite 9100
Chicago, IL 60604

Scholarships

General Information

All students admitted to the law school are automatically considered for available DePaul administered scholarships. Students who receive a scholarship award are notified in their acceptance letter. Scholarships are awarded to entering law students based upon their achievements, personal qualities and potential to contribute to the DePaul law community. Our scholarships range from a few thousand dollars per year up to thirty- thousand dollars per year. We do not award any full-tuition scholarships.

Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about scholarship awards:

(1) I was not awarded a scholarship in my acceptance letter. Can I be reevaluated for a scholarship award?

Most law students have concerns about how they will finance their legal education. Our scholarship awards are limited and, unfortunately, we do not have the funds to award scholarships to many deserving students who have substantial need. The vast majority of our students will rely heavily upon loans to finance all or a portion of their education. Because of this limited funding, we are not able to reevaluate students who did not receive an award. The scholarship award levels are based upon the availability of funds for the academic year. Scholarships are awarded to entering law students based upon their achievements, personal qualities and potential to contribute to the DePaul law community. Students not awarded a scholarship for their first year of study may become eligible for scholarship awards at a later time (see below).

(2) I received a scholarship, but require additional funding. Will DePaul increase my award to meet my need or to match a scholarship award I received from another law school?

Because our scholarship funds are limited, we are unable to increase the scholarship awards of students who have received an award. Our scholarship award levels are based upon the availability of funds for the academic year and our experience as to the amounts necessary to attract top candidates for law admission. Unfortunately, we never have enough money to meet the daily requests we receive for additional funding. Because our scholarship funds are limited, we are unable to negotiate, match other awards, or otherwise increase our scholarship awards.

(3) When other accepted students decline their admission to DePaul, do their scholarships become available to be awarded to students who did not initially receive an award?

Our scholarship awarding structure already takes into account the fact that some students who are awarded scholarships will not enroll. Because our process anticipates this, new awards do not become available when students decline their admission and scholarship award.

(4) What types of scholarships are available to continuing students, after the first year of law school?

Upper level law students have opportunities to apply for a variety of scholarships offered both within and outside of the College of Law. Many of our centers & institutes at DePaul administer their own scholarship awards. These scholarships are typically awarded to upper-level students who are excelling in a particular class or academic program. Once you begin law school, you will receive a regular newsletter which lists various scholarship awards and competitions. Most of the external scholarships (outside of the university) target upper-level law students with specific interests. For example, a number of bar associations and other groups offer awards to students who are interested in specific practice areas or who reside in certain cities and states. We also suggest that you conduct your own search for scholarships for which you may qualify. A resource that we have in our office is a book called ďHow to Pay for Your Law Degree 2011-2013Ē by Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Weber. That book can be viewed in our office. It can also be ordered for $30 at http://www.rspfunding.com/catalog/item/1414355/881940.htm.

(5) What happens to my scholarship if I switch programs (full-time/part-time) after my first year of law school?

Full-time students must remain in the full-time program to renew their scholarship award. A student moving from the full-time day program to the part-time program will receive a reduced award in the part-time program. The reduction may not be precisely proportionate with tuition in the part-time program. A student moving from the part-time evening program to the full-time program after their first year will renew the same annual amount each remaining academic year.

(6) What must I do to retain my scholarship in subsequent academic years?

Beginning with first-year students entering the College of Law in Fall 2013, Deanís Scholarships do not require that the scholarship recipient maintain a minimum cumulative GPA to renew their scholarship award. The scholarships automatically renew each year a student remains in good academic standing. Scholarships are not reduced or eliminated.

If you have questions regarding your scholarship award, please contact the Office of Admission at lawinfo@depaul.edu. You may also contact Amanda Noascono, Director of Admissions, at anoascon@depaul.edu or Michael Burns, Dean of Admission & Student Administration, at mburns@depaul.edu.