All first-year applicants interested in receiving financial aid
must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Forms
are available at the law school, at all Rutgers financial aid offices,
and at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov,
the Federal Student Aid web site. Applications must be submitted by
March 15 to ensure full consideration for all available funds.
Applicants should request that this information be released to the
School of Law-1D;Newark by listing our Title IV code (#002629) on the
Letters announcing financial aid decisions are mailed to
all students as soon as possible after admission. Many funds are
limited, and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
Therefore, there is an advantage to submitting an early, accurate, and
complete application. First-year students also are eligible for
institutional scholarships. To be considered, applicants must check the
appropriate box on the admissions application. No additional
documentation is required.
Upper-class students must reapply
for financial aid each year by submitting an FAFSA or FAFSA Renewal by
March 15. Financial aid packages are reconfigured each year, and awards
are based on the university`s budget and on the current financial facts
provided by the student. Upper-class students also may apply for any
available law school scholarship funds by completing and submitting the
law school`s institutional scholarship application in early June of
each year. Awards are not automatically renewable and are based on the
availability of funds at the law school or the stated selection
criteria of each individual fund.
Counseling is available at
the law school or by appointment at the university`s financial aid
office to all students regardless of whether or not they qualify for
financial aid. When comparing aid offers from Rutgers with other
institutions, students should remember that charges often differ
significantly from school to school. Therefore, the important thing to
consider is not the dollar amount of a financial aid offer, but the
difference between the total value of the financial aid package awarded
by the institution and the cost of attending that institution.