All admitted first-year students are considered for merit-based scholarships, which does not require a separate application.
You can apply for all three types of aid through our office. For more information on each of these types and other sources of financial aid, visit
Forms of Aid. Transfer students are eligible for loan assistance, only.
Please read through our application instructions for additional information.
The earliest that you can apply is January 1, for the upcoming fall semester.
For most of you, Grad PLUS is going to be your best option. Federal Grad PLUS loans are eligible for the loan repayment assistance programs (LRAP) that are offered by Michigan Law and the federal government. Grad PLUS also offer generous amounts of deferment for unemployment and economic hardship. Private loans are not eligible for any of the loan repayment assistance programs, and they come with very little flexibility during repayment. Further information is available here.
Non-U.S. citizen students who are pursuing their JD are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, and no separate application is required. Additionally, applicants can be considered for need-based grants through the Financial Aid Office. Complete
application instructions are available on our website. Please note that non-U.S. citizen students are not eligible for federal Direct Unsubsidized or Grad PLUS loans, and private loan programs typically require a U.S. cosigner. Our
non-U.S. citizen sample loan comparison chart/FAQ provides an overview for several lenders.
You are eligible to be considered for loan assistance only. There are two types of loans for which you can apply: 1) federal loans including Direct Unsubsidized and Grad PLUS, and, 2) private loans. Step-by-step
application instructions are available.
Yes, we do! We have an excellent loan repayment assistance program (LRAP). For further information about our Income-Based Debt Management Program and the federal government's programs, please visit the
Loan Repayment Assistance Programs section on our website.
Please visit our
CCRAA FAQ for details.
You should only borrow federal loans (Direct Unsubsidized and Grad PLUS).
Please direct all questions to the Financial Aid Office. Please feel free to schedule an appointment to meet with a financial aid counselor.
Direct Unsubsidized and Grad PLUS loans do not require any monthly payments until six months after you graduate or drop below half-time enrollment. If you have federal loans from before law school, you should request an in-school deferment (contact your lender for the form) to postpone repayment until after you graduate or drop below half-time. Private loans might require payments while you are in school so you should contact the lender.
Federal loans (Direct Unsubsidized and Grad PLUS) come with generous amounts of deferment for unemployment and economic hardship. Private loans do not offer nearly as much flexibility during repayment so proceed with caution.
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