Your Financial Aid

Beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, Brooklyn Law School is instituting an across-the-board 15 percent tuition reduction. The tuition reduction is a significant step toward addressing the national challenge of making law school more affordable and accessible to qualified students. The tuition reduction also is part of a package of aid initiatives aimed at engaging a broader array of students by offering a wide variety of aid programs.


In the past year, 88% of all Brooklyn Law School students received some form of financial aid. Financial aid from federal and state resources is based on eligibility and financial need. Brooklyn Law School awards merit scholarships and need-based grants.

  • In order to receive federal loans, you must be an eligible United States citizen or permanent resident. For all eligibility requirements, visit our website at: http://www.brooklaw.edu/Admissions/financingyoureducation/federalloans/

    Your first semester of study, commencing in May 2015, will be part of the 2014-2015 Federal Financial Aid Award Year. If you wish to receive federal loans for this summer semester, you must complete your 2014-2015 FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ 

    If you already completed the 2014-2015 FAFSA as an undergraduate student, you MUST complete a Correction FAFSA, list yourself as a Graduate/Professional Student with an independent status. Add BLS (G02677) as a school authorized to receive your FAFSA

    As a law student, you are eligible to borrow up to $20,500 in an Unsubsidized Direct Loan for the 2014-2015 academic year. However, if you received federal loans (subsidized or unsubsidized) as an undergraduate in 2014-2015, the amount of the loans you borrowed must be deducted from the $20,500 in the Unsubsidized Direct Loan you are eligible to borrow at BLS. You are also eligible to borrow a Graduate Plus Loan up to the cost of attendance for your first semester.

    You must also complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA in order to receive federal loans for Fall 2015, Spring 2016, and Summer 2016.  You are eligible for another $20,500 for 2015-16. You are also eligible for a Graduate Plus Loan up to the full cost of attendance for Fall 2015, Spring 2016, and Summer 2016.

    List Brooklyn Law School (G02677) as a school authorized to receive your FAFSA information.

    Because of the short time span before your begin classes in May, please complete both of your FAFSAs by April 15.

    Complete the BLS Application for Financial Aid for Accelerated Students on our website .The Office of Financial Aid will originate your Unsubsidized Direct Loans.

    If you wish to borrow a Graduate Plus Loan for Summer 2015, you must complete the loan application at www.studentloans.gov . For this loan, use the loan period 05/12/2015 to 7/25/2015.

    If you wish to borrow a Graduate Plus Loan for Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015, you must complete the loan application at www.studentloans.gov. For this loan, use the loan period 8/15/2015 to 7/25/2016.

    Sign a Master Promissory Note for your Unsubsidized Loan at www.studentloans.gov. This MPN will be good for 10 years.

    Sign a second Master Promissory Note for Graduate Plus Loan at www.studentloans.gov. This MPN will also be good for 10 years. Complete your Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov. No Federal Loans can be disbursed without your completed Entrance Counseling and your signed Master Promissory Note(s).

  • Complete the FAFSA online after January 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you do not have a Federal PIN number, you may apply for a new PIN or receive instructions on how to access your old PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal student aid programs. To receive federal student aid, the student cannot be in default of previous student loans.

    For federal loan programs, all law students are independent, so you should not include parental income or asset information on your FAFSA. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for Federal Unsubsidized Loans, Graduate Plus Loans, and and Federal Work-Study. List Brooklyn Law School, G02677, as a school authorized to receive your FAFSA. When your FAFSA is processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which determines how much aid you are entitled to.

    Complete the Brooklyn Law School Application for Financial Aid 2015. You must reapply for financial aid every year that you attend school. The Application for Financial Aid is now a fillable form. Complete the form, save it to your computer, and then email it as an attachment to fa.app@brooklaw.edu. If you are selected for verification, you will be required to submit your 2014 Federal Income Tax Return. The Office of Financial Aid will contact you if you are selected.

    If you need additional loan funds, you may apply for a Graduate Plus loan up to cost of attendance (less other aid.) Apply directly at www.studentloans.gov. You must esign a Promissory Note for the Graduate Plus Loan each year that you are awarded one. Sign your Pnote at www.studentloans.gov

    Sign a Master Promissory Note for your Unsubsidized Loan at www.studentloans.gov. This MPN will be good for 10 years.

    Sign a second Master Promissory Note for Graduate Plus Loan at www.studentloans.gov. This MPN will also be good for 10 years. Complete your Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov. No Federal Loans can be disbursed without your completed Entrance Counseling and your signed Master Promissory Note(s).

  • Complete the online 2015-2016 Need Access Application at www.needaccess.org. There is a fee for this application. There is a section for parents’ financial information. All students, regardless of age, are required to include parents' financial information on the Need Access Application. If you have a specific issue that makes it impossible for you to fulfill this requirement, please email the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@brooklaw.edu

    Mail or fax signed copies of your parents' 2014 Federal Income Tax Returns (with all accompanying schedules and occupations listed). If your parents are separated or divorced, submit tax returns for both parents. This information is to determine eligibility for a Need Grant whether or not your parents will contribute to your legal education. Parents’ tax returns are required for all Need Grant applicants, regardless of age and circumstances. If your parents have not completed their current Federal Tax Return, they may submit last year's returns.
     
    The deadlines for entering students are: Accelerated (2-Year) students, April 15; Standard (3-Year) and Extended (4-Year) students: June 30.

    No need-based grant applications will be considered after this date. While we will continue to award Need-Based Grants after the deadlines if budgetary funds are available, it is in your best interest to complete your application prior to the deadlines, since funds are limited.

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Office of Financial Aid
One Boerum Place, 2nd Floor
Telephone: (718) 780-7915
Fax: (718) 228-6796
Email: finaid@brooklaw.edu

Mailing Address
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
and until 6:00 pm on Tuesdays during the academic year.