Types of Aid for Law Students

Most types of financial aid awards fall within one of two categories: gift aid and self-help.

Gift aid refers to awards that do not have to be repaid. Examples include scholarships and grants.

Self-help, which includes loans and student employment, refers to awards that require something from the student in order to receive the funds. Loans require repayment; student employment requires the student to secure and work a part-time position on campus to receive a paycheck.

Entering student scholarships
The University of Dayton School of Law awards scholarships to approximately 50 percent of each entering class. Most of our scholarships are merit-based, with the goal of diversifying the class taken into consideration.

Renewal of merit scholarships is dependent upon academic performance at the end of the preceding two semesters. No separate application for scholarship consideration is required.

Upperlevel student scholarships
We occasionally offer additional scholarships to upper level students, but only when funding is available. These awards are made on the basis of class rank at the end of the first two semesters of law school, and no application is required.

Additionally, several scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to upper level students to recognize their commitment to public service, social justice and the School of Law.

Outside scholarships 
Outside scholarships are highly competitive and often have early application deadlines. Examples include awards by county bar associations and various local, regional and national philanthropic organizations. UDSL notifies law students via their e-newsletter of upcoming opportunities.

The federal direct unsubsidized loan is a low-interest loan option you can use to help cover the cost of education. To be considered for this loan, you must file a FAFSA annually. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Office of Financial Aid will review the results of your FAFSA to determine the amount of direct loan you can borrow based on your enrollment status. For more information, download the direct loan handout (.pdf).

For students who have exhausted their direct loan eligibility for the year, or have reached the aggregate borrowing limit for that program, there may be opportunity to borrow additional federal funds via the Graduate PLUS Loan program. We will notify you of your eligibility for this loan on your annual award notification.

For more information about this loan program and learn how to apply, download the Graduate PLUS Loan handout (.pdf).

Occasionally, students prefer to use a private lender for their educational financing rather than utilizing the federal loan options. Alternative loans are low-interest, unsecured loans. Eligibility for most of these programs is based on the creditworthiness of the borrower. We recommend students apply with a creditworthy cosigner in order to receive the most favorable loan terms.

The University of Dayton does not endorse any particular private educational loan program or lender, but we are happy to provide you with this list of some of the programs and lenders our students are currently using.

Be sure to review the information provided by the lender carefully and contact the lender directly with any questions related to specific terms and conditions. We would be happy to assist with determining the amount needed to cover your expenses.

The University is currently reviewing data to provide students with an updated historical list of private loan servicers.

Bar study loans are available to help finance bar exam costs, such as bar review course fees, bar exam deposits and fees, as well as living expenses during bar exam study periods.

The University of Dayton does not endorse any particular private educational loan program or lender. To assist you in the search for additional financial resources, we provide you, below, with the names of some of the programs/lenders our students are currently using.

Please be aware that the processing timeline from application to disbursement can take up to four weeks, so plan accordingly. Please review the information provided by the lender carefully and contact the lender directly with any questions related to a loan program's specific terms and conditions and how they apply to you.

PNC Bar Study Loan

In an effort to encourage you to devote your full attention to the rigors of the first year of law school, Dayton Law policy prohibits employment during the first year (with the exception of holiday and summer breaks).

After your first year, you may decide to pursue part-time employment to help with tuition and other costs. However, during the periods you are enrolled at least 12 hours, you may not work more than 20 per week.


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