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School of Law Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to some of the most common questions law students have about financial aid, loans and applying for aid. We encourage you to review them, and we always welcome you to reach out to us with your questions.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

As a law student, you are considered independent and do not need to report parental information on the FAFSA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Code of Conduct and Professional Memberships

We 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.

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Our seasoned staff are longtime members of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA).

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Our institution also belongs to the Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA).

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Connecticut Code of Conduct

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

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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. While we do not make private educational loan recommendations, we do guide families toward a website provided by ELM Select, a non-profit organization that provides an unbiased comparison tool for comparing private educational loans. We also suggest that you pay attention to your home state’s loan programs which can often provide better terms, conditions, fees and interest rates.

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