Forms and Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to re-apply for financial aid every year?
    Yes! You must re-apply for financial aid each year. You may file your FAFSA no sooner than October 1, and our recommended deadline to submit the FAFSA is by March 15 each year.
  • Am I required to attend law school full-time in order to be eligible for financial aid?
    Most federal financial aid programs require at least half-time attendance (6 credits). You may be required to attend full-time for some scholarship programs.
  • I don’t remember filling out “Form XYZ” last year, why do I have to do it this year?
    The foundation of your financial aid application—the FAFSA—will not change from year to year. However, based on verification selection, changing requirements and regulations, differences in your financial situation or any inconsistency in your application, the law school’s Office of Financial Aid will request the appropriate documentation. This may change from year to year; thus it is essential to read all correspondence and requests from the Office of Financial Aid carefully and respond in a timely manner.
  • What do I do if I borrowed a federal loan as an undergraduate?
    You must notify your lender of your return to school in order to initiate a loan deferment. The deferment process will halt your loan-repayment obligation while you are enrolled at least half time (6 credits). You may be required to complete deferment paperwork and submit that paperwork to the registrar’s office at the School of Law for processing. 
  • How do I determine what additional amount of funds I can borrow in a Graduate PLUS or private education loan?
    You may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other aid received. If your COA equals the amount of aid on your financial aid award letter, then you cannot borrow an additional loan. If your COA is larger than the amount of aid on your financial aid award letter, then you can borrow the amount of the difference.
  • If I have already started a semester, may I still apply for financial aid?
    Yes. You may apply for financial aid once a semester has started. Keep in mind that all paperwork must be complete, your FAFSA results received by the university, and your federal Stafford loan certified prior to the last date of enrollment for the academic period.
  • Do I have to accept the full amount of the loan offered on my financial award letter?
    No. You may accept all, none, or part of the loan offered. Just indicate the amount you wish to borrow on your financial award letter by accepting or declining the current amount or reducing the loan and accepting a lesser amount. Be sure to submit your response.
  • Do I need to report my parents’ income and asset information on the FAFSA?
    As a law student, you are considered independent and do not need to report parental information on the FAFSA.
  • How are my federal loan funds credited to my account?
    Once you have completed the requirements, your funds will be disbursed by the lender to the university in two equal installments (minus the applicable origination fee) via electronic funds transfer no sooner than ten days prior to the start of each semester. Loan proceeds are applied to your account balance no sooner than the first day of classes. If funds are remaining after the account is paid, the Office of the Bursar will issue a refund within 14 calendar days and notify you when your funds are available. You can request to have the funds directly deposited into your personal bank account or the check will be mailed to your address on file. It is imperative that you make financial arrangements with your landlord and/or creditors in advance of the start of classes. Refunds in excess of your institutional charges will be issued at the time your account is in a credit balance position, which is often well into the semester. We will make every effort to expedite your financial aid; however, please remember this is the busiest time of year for us and your lenders, so please try to be as timely as possible when submitting your paperwork. 
  • Can I borrow educational loans for relocation expenses?
    You will need to budget for these expenses utilizing your own resources. The maximum amount you can borrow is the cost of attendance minus other aid. The nine-month cost of attendance budget does not include your living expenses for the summer and does not take into consideration expenses related to owning a car, relocating to Connecticut, or other debt.
  • What are my repayment options for Federal PLUS Loans after graduation?
    You may elect to defer your payments for six months; however, interest will continue to accrue. Beyond that, you should contact your lender to discuss options, such as forbearance.
  • I would like to live alone. Can I get an increase to my cost of attendance?
    Our academic year budget reflects the expectation that you will have at least one roommate and is not increased if you choose to live alone. You will need to budget for the additional expenses using your own resources.
  • I would like to take 17 law credits this semester. Can I receive additional financial aid for these costs? 
    If you enroll in more than 15 credits in a semester, you will pay the flat full-time tuition rate plus a per credit charge for anything over the 15 credits. If you advise our office of these extra charges, we can increase your cost of attendance to reflect the actual semester tuition. You can request loan funds to assist with paying for these additional charges as our financial aid policy does not allow for scholarships to be increased.
  • When will I receive my financial aid award notification each year?
    Entering law students who have been accepted into the law program and completed their financial aid application will begin receiving award notifications in late March.  Current law students who have completed their financial aid application will begin receiving award notifications in late June, after the spring semester grades have been posted and class ranks have been calculated.
  • If I did not receive a merit-based scholarship for my 1L year of law school, can I receive one the next year if I do well academically?
    Merit-based scholarships are only offered to entering 1L law students and are not awarded in subsequent years to those who did not receive one as an entering 1L law student. There are a few named and endowed scholarships/grants available for returning law students. Those funds are limited.  You may also research and apply for outside scholarship opportunities.

FAFSA

FAFSA Online Information

Most of what you've done manually can now be accomplished electronically. Completing your FAFSA is no different! Some of the benefits of completing your FAFSA online are:

  • It's convenient: You can track the status of your application.
  • It's easy: You can make changes, additions, deletions, and corrections in minutes.
  • It's efficient: Your application will go through a series of edit checks to help eliminate errors.
  • It's fast: Your application will be processed in 7 to 14 days.
  • It's secure: Sending an application over the Internet is safe.

Award

School of Law Electronic Award Self-Service

Self-Service will allow you to follow a "Checklist" to ensure that you have successfully completed the financial aid application process.  You will be able to view and accept your award letter, complete appropriate forms, follow links to financial aid resources, and complete other financial aid requirements.

Self-Service Login Instructions

To access the Self-Service system, you will need Quinnipiac login credentials. New students will need to establish login credentials to access the self-service portal. Once you've established your account, you can click on the "Financial Aid" option to view your "Checklist." Account setup and login instructions are as follows:

New Students

  1. Go to the Quinnipiac University password reset system and follow the steps to set up your login credentials.
  2. Once complete, please use your Quinnipiac username (provided in the award notice email) and newly created password to log onto Quinnipiac University Self-Service.
  3. Once logged in, select the "Financial Aid" option to view your Checklist.
  4. Follow the "Award Letter Instructions" outlined below. (This is a two-step process.)

Returning Students

  1. Log onto Quinnipiac University Self-Service with your Quinnipiac username and password.
  2. Once logged in, select the "Financial Aid" option to view your Checklist.
  3. Follow the "Award Letter Instructions" outlined below.  (This is a two-step process.)

If you are having difficulty in creating your Quinnipiac account, please call our Technology Center at 203-582-HELP (4357) for assistance.

Award Letter Instructions

Once logged in, you can view and accept your financial aid award.  NOTE:  This is a two-step process.

  1. You will first need to select the "My Awards" from the Financial Aid drop down menu to review each individual fund and then accept, decline or reduce each award before you can proceed.
  2. Once completed, please proceed to the "Award Letter" , which will display all of your selections. At the bottom of this page, you will need to verify that each entry is correct by checking the box and then click on the "Accept" button to finalize your selections.
  • If you do not complete step two, your award will remain in a pending status.
  • If you are modifying your student loan amounts, a financial aid counselor will review your information and advise you when you can proceed to step two (the "Award Letter" tab) to finalize your selections.

You can print a copy of your award letter by clicking on the "Award Letter" icon in the upper left corner of the page.

By accepting and submitting your electronic award, you are agreeing to abide by all of the terms and conditions set forth.

Federal Work Study Program

The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program is a federally funded program administered by the Office of Financial Aid. The School of Law uses its funds during the summer for students who are employed by a federal, state, or local public agency, or a non-profit organization whose work is in the public interest. Employment may also be in community service. The number and amount of awards vary from year to year, based upon our federal institutional allocation. To be considered, students must meet the eligibility criteria for federal financial aid, have completed one year of law school, and must be returning to Quinnipiac University School of Law in the fall. Information is available each year during the spring semester.

Veterans' Benefits

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides education benefits for eligible veterans. Quinnipiac University is proud to play an integral part in helping our nation's veterans, their dependents, as well as our active duty and reserve military members reach their educational goals. Whether your goal is to advance in the military, transition to the civilian sector, or support your spouse or dependent gain their degree, you will receive our expert guidance along the way.

As a trusted educational institution, Quinnipiac is dedicated to providing the tools, resources and mentorship needed for you to succeed. We are partnered with both the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to provide you with a comprehensive set of benefits that fit with your military experience.

verification

Verification

Verification is a process used to confirm certain information you provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Not everyone's FAFSA is verified. Only about one-third of all FAFSA applicants will be selected for verification. Verification can be designated either by the U.S. Department of Education or by the university. The following are some common reasons you may be selected for verification.

  • Random selection
  • Incomplete FAFSA data
  • Estimated information
  • Inconsistent FAFSA information

If your FAFSA is selected for verification, our office will contact you via e-mail to request the appropriate documentation such as federal income tax transcripts, W-2 statements and various worksheets to confirm the data submitted on the FAFSA. You cannot receive your financial aid until the verification process is complete, so it's important to respond quickly. 

We recommend, whenever possible, you use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool that is part of the FAFSA on the web, in order to reduce, or in some cases, eliminate the need for the submission of additional documentation. If you are having difficulty in providing the requested information or have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact our office for assistance.

Code of Conduct and Additional Resources

The Offices of Financial Aid are pleased to provide you with a comprehensive set of standards that guide our financial aid practices. Our goal is simple: to advocate for you with the highest level of professionalism and ethical behavior. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Quinnipiac University has been a longtime member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and subscribes to that organization's Statement of Ethical Principals and Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals. Our seasoned staff are longtime members of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA) and our institution belongs to the Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA).

The University has also adopted the Connecticut Code of Conduct. Our office adheres to all of the standards and practices that are outlined in this document.

Connecticut Code of Conduct

On August 27, 2007, the Connecticut Attorney General announced that all Connecticut institutions of higher education had volunteered to adopt the Connecticut Code of Conduct: a clear roadmap that outlines the ethical administration of financial aid. In fact, Quinnipiac University, one of 17 private colleges and universities in the state, had worked closely with the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) in helping to draft this code.

Student Loans and Suggested Lenders

Effective July 1, 2010, all colleges and universities are required to process all Federal Stafford and PLUS loans through the government’s Federal Direct Loan Program. Private lenders no longer participate in the federal loan programs. We do not recommend lender lists for students or parents inquiring about private educational loans, nor do we recommend one loan program over another. Students are strongly encouraged to exhaust all of their grant, scholarship and federal loan options before considering private loans. Private educational loans often come with higher interest rates and fees, as well as other less favorable terms and conditions than those offered through the federal loan programs. Private loans require credit checks and often require credit-worthy cosigners, making them more difficult to secure. 

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