Financial Aid FAQs

How do I accept my award on GWEB?
If I have been awarded a merit scholarship and do not want any loans, what do I need to do?
What is the status of my loan?
How can I see my student account eBill?
How do I sign up for the monthly payment plan?
How does the seat deposit affect my refund?
When will I get my refund?
How will I apply for my cost of living refund?
What if I did not accept enough of my federal loan eligibility?
What if I have undergraduate and/or graduate student loans? Can I defer them while I’m in law school?
Why has there been a change in my need-based grant?
Are GW Law need-based grants guaranteed for all three years?
Do I need to complete a FAFSA every year to be considered for a GW Law need-based grant?
How do I satisfy GWU’s immunization requirement?
What if I have external tuition benefits?
Does changing my number of my semester credit hours affect my financial aid?


How do I accept my award on GWEB?

Upon successfully logging onto the GWeb Information System using your GWid and PIN (http://banweb.gwu.edu), please complete the following steps:

  1. Click the link to "Financial Aid Menu".
  2. Click the link to "My Award Information".
  3. Click the link to "Award by Aid Year".
  4. Select the "2013-2014 Academic Year” and click "Submit".
  5. Click the "Award Overview" tab to view your financial aid awards.
  6. Click the "Accept Award Offer" tab to "accept" or "decline" each of the awards listed.
  7. You may reduce the amounts offered using the drop-down box.   

Note: Your responses will update the GW Law database in real time.


If I have been awarded a merit scholarship and do not want any loans, what do I need to do?

Your merit award should be reflected on GWeb under the Award Overview Tab.  As long as the scholarship status is accepted, you need not take any action.


What is the status of my loan?

Students should be able to view the status of their loan applications on www.studentloans.gov soon after completing their MPNs.  Once the University Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) originates loans to the Department of Education, students will be able to review the status of their loans on GWeb as well.


How can I see my student account eBill? 

Log in through GWeb using your GWid and PIN (http://banweb.gwu.edu)

  1. Click on "Student Records and Registration"
  2. Click on "Student Accounts Menu"
  3. Select "Student Account eBill"
  4. Once in the system you can select eBills to view your Statement of Account
  5. Sign-up authorized users, such as Parents or Guardians, whom you want to grant access to view and pay your Student Account eBill
  6. Enter your banking information to send payments via ACH and receive refunds via ACH
  7. Opt-in to receive text messages

Note: Paper bills will not be mailed to you.


How do I sign up for the monthly payment plan?

If you are interested in enrolling in the monthly payment plan, please visit http://colonialcentral.gwu.edu/billing/paymentplan. If enrolled in the plan, the first monthly payment is due June 25.  Families enrolling in the payment plan after June 25th will need to make up previous months’ payments. Students receiving federal and Private loans may not utilize the monthly payment plan. 


How does the seat deposit affect my refund?

Incoming students will see a higher credit balance in the fall semester, than the spring semester due to the credit posted for the seat deposit.  All seat deposits are credited in the fall.


When will I get my refund?

Refunds of funds paid to your student account in excess of tuition are processed during the first week of classes.  Generally, students who have accepted their financial aid award by August 1 (and: completed their Federal Entrance Counseling and master promissory notes[MPNs], and are registered for the correct number of hours, and do not have any holds on their account), will see a credit balance appear on their GW student account during the first or second day of classes.  If students have made a refund request (see below) and set up direct deposit on GWeb, they will see funds post to their personal bank accounts within 3-5 days of disbursement to their student accounts.


How will I apply for my cost of living refund? 

  1. Log in through GWeb using your GWid and PIN
  2. Click on "Student Records and Registration"
  3. Click on "Student Accounts Menu"
  4. Click on “Request for Refund”

What if I did not accept enough of my federal loan eligibility?

You have until April 15, 2014 to complete a Loan Increase Form (available on the GW Law intranet financial aid page) and request more federal loan funding up to your total cost of attendance minus all other financial aid.


What if I have undergraduate and/or graduate student loans? Can I defer them while I’m in law school?

Yes.  If you have federal student loans from college or graduate school, you may defer repayment of those loans while you are in law school.  Students’ enrollment is reported to the National Clearinghouse by the University Registrar’s Office approximately 45 days after the start of classes.  National Clearinghouse is a database visited by servicers of federal and private student loans to obtain enrollment information about their borrowers.  You may also obtain a deferment form from your lender(s) prior to the start of law school from their websites. 

Note: If you have a prior Federal Perkins Loan, contact the school servicing the loan to request a deferment.  Many colleges and universities awarding Federal Perkins Loans do not use the National Clearinghouse to obtain enrollment records.  Every year we see at least one law student who has trouble obtaining other federal loans because they did not maintain contact with their Perkins Loan lender and thus inadvertently allowed the loan to go into default status.


Why has there been a change in my need-based grant?

GW Law need-based grants are based on need as documented in the FAFSA that you must submit annually.  The policy for need based grants may be found here: http://www.law.gwu.edu/Admissions/financial_aid/types/Pages/grants.aspx.  GW Law need-based grants may be adjusted by the GW Law Financial Aid Office (LFAO) if there is a change in need due to a change on the FAFSA, or the awarding of a merit scholarship by GW Law or an outside institution.  GW Law need-based grants may only be applied to tuition charges.


Are GW Law need-based grants guaranteed for all three years?

No.  Transfer students, international students and students with merit based scholarships exceeding $15999 are ineligible for GW Law need-based grants.   Students must re-apply annually for consideration of our very limited need-based funds.  The application for 2013-14 consists of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the GW Law Financial Aid Request From (available on GWeb for returning students and via paper for incoming 1Ls).


Do I need to complete a FAFSA every year to be considered for a GW Law need-based grant?

Yes.  Your financial situation may change from year to year.  LFAO needs to document and analyze need on an annual basis in order to determine need-based awards.  Students must also submit the GW Law Financial Aid Request form as mentioned above.


How do I satisfy GWU’s immunization requirement?

Your spring financial aid will not disburse unless you have submitted required immunization documentation to the university.  Please contact the Student Health Services Office for more information about required immunizations at: shs@gwu.edu or via phone at: (202)994-6827.


What if I have external tuition benefits (outside scholarships, employee tuition remission, AmeriCorps, military tuition assistance, etc.)?

If you will be receiving any type of external benefits, please request an External Tuition Benefits Form from LFAO.  All benefits may potentially result in a change to your financial aid award.


Does changing the number of my semester credit hours affect my financial aid?

Yes, any change from full-time to part-time or vice versa affects your eligibility for loans and may affect your institutional funding (merit scholarships and need-based grants).  Students must notify LFAO of any change in enrollment.  Students who are part-time must also notify LFAO of any change in the number of credit hours enrolled.  Full-time students not enrolled in full-time hours will not have any institutional or federal aid disbursement until registered for full-time hours.  If you have questions about the number of credits needed to be full-time or part-time please contact the Law Records Office at records_office@law.gwu.edu.


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