Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to law school. You’ve received your acceptance from the Admissions Office and your Financial Aid Award letter. Now what? What steps do you need to take to receive your financial aid awards?
Just to review, what you’ve likely done to date is completed the FAFSA, and once you were accepted, you received a Financial Aid Award letter. Some schools send this electronically, while other mail a paper copy to you. (This may be one of the few things you receive via snail mail.) Didn’t receive one? Check to make sure the school is not missing any documents, and by all means, contact the school with any questions.
Your Financial Aid Award letter should list the financial aid types and amounts, as well as the costs to attend the school. Costs are broken down into two categories. Direct Costs are what you are required to pay the school - such as tuition and fees. Indirect costs include items such as books, loan fees, and a modest amount for personal/ living expenses.
Review your Financial Aid Award letter:
If you made the decision to apply for student loans to help you cover the net cost of attending law school, you will have to take additional action steps to secure the funding.
So what about work study?
Work-study is a term that refers to part-time jobs on campus, funded either from the federal government or the school. Some schools will list work-study on the Financial Aid Award letter, and others will let you know of student employment opportunities in another way (such as through Career Services.) So do not worry if it is not listed on your award letter, there may still be part-time employment opportunities at the school.
Many law schools (Seton Hall Law included) encourage you to work a minimum number of hours while a first year student and will have a larger number of part-time positions (such as Faculty Research Assistants) available to you after you have completed your first year of law school.
Have any questions?
The Financial Aid Office is here to help you navigate creating a realistic budget, and applying for financial aid. Don't hesitate to call!
You can reach Seton Hall Law School's Financial Aid office at 973-642-8502