Apply for Financial Aid as an LLM, SJD, or Transfer Student

To apply for aid, LLM, SJD, and Transfer students must follow this schedule.

LLM, SJD, and Transfer JD Students

  Commercial Loans Federal Loans (Stafford, GradPLUS)
Forms Needed

GW Law Financial Aid Request Form

Copy of the Loan Application

Private Student Loan Checklist

 

GW Law Financial Aid Request Form

FAFSA (Student and Spouse)

Federal Loan Entrance Counseling

Master Promissory Note(s), Stafford and GradPLUS

GradPLUS Request

Action Needed  Notify Financial Aid Office Review Aid Package on BanWeb and Accept Awards

 

Deadline

Applying for commercial and/or federal loans: July 15


International Students

International students may apply for commercial loans only.*

*See Commercial Loan box above.

Special Groups

Visiting Students

GW Law Students Attending Another School:

If you have been granted permission by the Dean of Students to attend another law school during a period of the academic year, Law Financial Aid will process your financial aid application.  You will be able to apply for loans only; any GW aid you may have been granted would be revoked (need-based grant) or suspended (merit scholarship).

In addition to the usual forms for financial aid, you will need to provide the Law Financial Aid Office with:

  • a copy of your approval form from the Dean of Students to take courses off-campus
  • contact information for the host school’s financial aid office 

We will send a Consortium Agreement to the host school, which we and they must sign. This gives GW Law the power to process your aid based on the Host School's cost of education.  The Host agrees to monitor your enrollment, provide GW with the cost of your program, and not to award you any financial aid of their own. 

When loan funds arrive at the beginning of the enrollment period, they will be electronically deposited into your GW student account. You are responsible for monitoring your account to ensure that funds are issued to you as a refund, and to pay the Host school its tuition.

Visiting Students Coming to GW Law

Please alert GW Law Financial Aid of your intent to enroll. We will be signing off on your home school's Consortium Agreement, providing them with the cost of attendance for your particular program. We will be able to complete a Consortium Agreement for you after you have been admitted and have registered for courses at the law school. 

International Students

As an international student applying to the law school, you must be prepared to fund all of your educational and living expenses. You are not eligible for GW Law need-based grants.

U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required to qualify for federal loans. If you do qualify as a U.S. or permanent resident, please review our Federal Stafford and GradPLUS loan pages and the Apply for Aid page.  Otherwise, you may borrow commercial, not federal, education loans only if you obtain a credit-worthy U.S. cosigner.

You will need to provide a statement of adequate funding in the amount of the cost of attendance in U.S. dollars for each year of the three-year, full-time JD program, or your expected LLM or SJD program, from your own (or your sponsor's) funds to cover educational and living expenses. The law school does not provide need-based tuition grants, tuition waivers, or graduate teaching assistantships to international JD candidates.

You are required to be covered by a health insurance policy.

Non-U.S. law school graduates seeking financial assistance to attend the LL.M. program should contact the International Graduate Programs Office for more information. 202.994.7242 or igpo@law.gwu.edu.


Online Resources

Many organizations provide websites with information on studying in the U.S., financing, and more, including:

Foreign Born General information site for students entering and living in the U.S.

Aetna Student Health All international students on a J-1 and F-1 visa will be automatically enrolled in the university's health plan which provides comprehensive coverage.

Rotary International Rotary International is a global organization geared toward community services that sponsors opportunities for foreign students

Studyabroad.com Resource for study abroad information

Study In U.S. General website that aids foreign students in calculation of costs and funding options available in the U.S.

Summer Students

Enrollment

Costs associated with taking a half-time or more course load (3 or more credits for a JD or LLM student) in summer may be met with commercial loans or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans.

Cost

The cost of attendance for GW summer courses is charged on a per credit hour basis; living expenses for the two-month academic session are added; these are a percentage of the COA for the previous fall/spring academic year. 

Field Placement

If you enroll in outside placement credits and your field placement work extends beyond the last day of exams for the GW Law summer session, you may request to increase your COA for summer by a per diem, which may extend through the end of the first week of August.

Summer Abroad

If you enroll in one of the law school’s summer abroad programs (Augsburg, Munich, Oxford), the maximum you can borrow is based on each program’s own established COA. 

Loan Applications

Summer sessions are considered the "trailer" for a given academic year, i.e., fall/spring/summer. Therefore, you apply for aid for summer using the same FAFSA you filed for the fall/spring period of the calendar year.  

  • You need to complete and return to us the Law "Summer Addendum" also available on the Financial Aid page of the Law portal by April 1. Please work with us to apply for summer funds. 
  • On www.studentloans.gov, Request a Direct PLUS Loan (apply for credit) for GradPLUS no more than 180 days prior to the first day of your summer session classes. 
  • Consortium agreement required if you attend another school: see page on Visiting Students, and our Forms page.

Disbursement

Funds for summer study at the law school are timed to arrive at the school on the first day of the summer session. If you are borrowing  a loan for a study-abroad program, the earliest the loan funds can be disbursed is ten days prior to the start date of the program. 

Loans are disbursed by the Department of Education electronically into GWU’s database, then pay into your student account, provided you are registered for the proper number of credits for summer. Tuition and any other outstanding charges are paid first.  

Refunds

If the loan payment is so large it causes your account to have a credit balance, you will need to apply for a refund of the credit balance (GW does not automatically process summer refunds , as it does during the academic year). 

If you are using your loan funds to attend another law school/law school program abroad, your loan funds will still be deposited to your GW student account. You are responsible for requesting your refund and paying the tuition, fees, and any other required charges to your host school.

Refund Instructions

If you are expecting a refund and do not receive it, always contact Law Financial Aid for assistance.  Full-time JD students pay tuition on a per credit-hour rate for summer.

NOTE: Should you reduce your course load for the summer after the session has begun, your aid must be reduced or revoked, depending upon your enrollment change.

Veterans

GW Law Yellow Ribbon Program

GW Law and the University have entered into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the maximum base pay amount of 9/11 benefits.


Important Information for Veterans

GW Law, like the University, is committed to providing veterans with the highest level of support. The law school provides a valuable experience to all its active duty and veteran service members. Specific programs that highlight the interests of our students with military backgrounds are the National Security LLM program, the Government Procurement Law Program, the Veterans Law Pro Bono Program, and our annual hosting of the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition.

Learn more about University resources and points of contact for specific needs at: GW Student Veteran Services.

Financial aid is normally awarded after a student has been accepted for admission to GW Law. Learn about veteran financial aid options before the admission process. Veterans who want to learn about their financial aid options before the admissions process.


Major Educational Programs Available through the VA or the Department of Defense

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (also known as The Post 9/11 GI Bill). This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition expenses that exceed the annual maximum paid through the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.  The institution can waive up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.