Applying for Financial Aid

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Applying for Financial Aid

Students are eligible to receive aid (scholarships, loans, VA benefits, etc.) up to their established cost-of-attendance budget. (A student’s cost-of-attendance budget includes tuition and fees plus a reasonable amount for room and board, books/supplies, and miscellaneous expenses for the academic year). The maximum amount allocated for room and board, books/supplies, and miscellaneous expenses in 2021-22 is $24,232.

For students who first enrolled between, and including, the fall 2018 and spring 2021 semesters, per semester tuition is $20,550 for full-time J.D. students and $16,512 for part-time J.D. students. For students who entered in fall 2021, per semester tuition is $21,170 for full-time J.D. students and $17,010 for part-time J.D. students. All students pay an annual Student Bar Association fee of $120. Beginning fall 2017, and any start term thereafter, each newly enrolled first-year student, and any entering transfer student classified as a first-year student, will pay a Student Success Fee of $914. Students who enroll in the spring semester will also pay the per semester tuition rate for their second semester (summer term). For all other J.D. students, tuition for Maymester and Summer semesters is charged on a per credit hour rate. The per credit hour rate for students who entered between, and including, fall 2018 and spring 2021 is $1,580. The per credit hour rate for students who entered in fall 2021 is $1,630.

How to Apply for Federal Student Aid

In order to apply for federal student aid you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For an overview of what federal student aid is and how it works, please read the Federal Student Aid Overview. You must also complete the Direct Unsubsidized Loan Request Form and Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Request Form and submit them to the Office of Financial Aid. Please see below for the forms necessary to apply for financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year.

Financial Aid Forms

For students wishing to apply for federal student loans for the 2021-2022 academic year, The Office of Financial Aid will email the loan form via DocuSign to all students in the early part of the summer.

To apply for federal student loans for fall 2020 and spring 2021, please refer to the following forms:

Spring 2021 Enrollees Financial Aid Forms

To apply for federal student loans for spring 2021, please refer to the following forms:

  • Federal Student Aid Overview
  • Financial Aid Process Infographic
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loan Request Form – all accepted students will receive this form via DocuSign
  • Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Request Form – all accepted students will receive this form via DocuSign
  • Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Request Form for new transfer students – please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly, financialaid@CharlestonLaw.edu.
  • Loan Change Request Form – will be available after the spring semester begins
  • Request for Budget Increase Form – will be available after the spring semester begins
Summer Financial Aid Forms

To apply for financial aid for summer 2021, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

VA Benefits Forms

The Charleston School of Law is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Veterans can learn more about the program and eligibility by clicking here. In order to process your benefits, please fill out the following forms:

  • Request for participation in Yellow Ribbon Program – coming soon
  • VA Enrollment Certification Request – coming soon

Please refer to the Financial Aid Checklist to help guide you through the financial aid process.

All students may also apply for need-based scholarship funds through the Office of Admission. You can read more about the need-based scholarship application process here.

Financial Aid Resources

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss federal and private loan options, as well as directions on how to secure loans with a chosen lender.  The Office of Financial Aid can be contacted by email; phone, 843.377.1102; or fax, 843.720.1252.

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