All applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually and submit it to the federal processor at the address listed on the envelope provided with the form. Applications must be received by the federal processor by March 1 preceding the academic year for which aid is sought. The forms are available at all college financial aid offices, public libraries, high schools, and local community colleges. The FAFSA should be filed at the same time the admission application is submitted but no later than March 15 to ensure full consideration for all available funds. Students may also apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The law school`s federal Title IV code number is 002629.
Letters announcing financial aid decisions are mailed to all students as soon as possible after admission. Funds are limited, and awards are made based on financial need. There is a definite advantage to submitting an early, accurate, and complete application. Financial aid transcripts from prior colleges are not required.
Counseling is available by appointment at the financial aid office to all students regardless of whether 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 value 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.