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How to Apply

How to Apply

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All applicants requesting financial assistance (federal loans, institutional scholarships/grants) are required to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by the stated filing dates to ensure priority consideration. We offer specific guidelines for students admitted to the first-year class as well as current students.


First-Year Applicants

At Northeastern University School of Law, we are committed to providing access to all admitted students. Each year, the School of Law awards more than $3.5 million to first-year students based on a combination of need and merit. We recognize that most students require financial assistance to cover the cost of attending law school; our job is to make that process as smooth as possible for you.

The law school offers financial assistance through federal and institutional aid programs. In order to be considered for these programs, students must complete the financial aid process each year.

Some students mistakenly believe they must wait for a decision on their admission application before beginning their aid application. It is important that any student interested in receiving aid apply by the priority application dates. To be considered for all sources of financial assistance students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). NUSL does NOT require parental information on the FAFSA.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Applicants should file this form through the federal government's website: www.fafsa.ed.gov. Northeastern's federal institution code is 002199.

The 2016-2017 Priority Filing Date for FAFSA is February 15, 2016.


Current Students


The Financial Aid staff are committed to supporting you during your three years at the law school and beyond. While it is likely that your financial picture will remain the same during your time at the law school, we encourage you to seek us out if you have questions about your assistance package, changes in your financial situation and for information about loans, loan repayment or any other financing options available to you.

We would like to remind you that:

  • All merit scholarships are guaranteed for the three years you are enrolled at the law school as long as you are in good academic standing
  • You may apply for additional scholarships (endowed scholarships) through the financial aid office for your second and third year of law school
  • You must fill out a FAFSA for each year you plan to be on financial assistance by the stated filing dates to ensure priority consideration
  • We have a Loan, Deferral and Forgiveness Program that we encourage you to look into if you plan to pursue a public interest law career

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Applicants should file this form through the federal government's website: www.fafsa.ed.gov. Northeastern's federal institution code is 002199. 

The 2016-2017 Priority Filing Date for FAFSA is February 15, 2016.

Please note that returning students are NOT required to submit a copy of their Federal Income Tax Return and W-2 Forms unless selected for verification. If an applicant is chosen for verification, separate notification will be made.