Financial assistance in the form of scholarships, loans, and employment/work-study is available to help meet your education-related expenses. Assistance is determined based on your eligibility.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy located on the Liberty University Financial Aid page details the academic standards you must meet in order to be eligible for federal and institutional aid. Your academic record is reviewed at the close of each semester to ensure that academic requirements are met. Some law school scholarships may have more stringent standards for continued eligibility; if so, these standards are specified in the scholarship agreement.
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Financial Aid Assistance
Full and partial scholarships are available through the School of Law’s generous merit-based scholarship program. To qualify for a scholarship award, you must be accepted into the School of Law and meet scholarship criteria.
To receive a scholarship award, you must accept admission to the School of Law, submit your confirmation deposit, and enroll in our Juris Doctor program.
As a scholarship recipient, you must accept any institutional and private grants for which you are eligible. Institutional and private grants, when combined with scholarships, cannot exceed tuition. If an excess occurs, scholarships will be reduced.
Conditional Scholarship Retention data can be found in the Official American Bar Association Data.
AccessLex provides a scholarship databank for law students interested in outside scholarships.
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
If you are interested in receiving federal financial aid, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 15 each year to ensure maximum institutional and federal financial aid opportunities. Contact the law school’s Coordinator of Financial Aid at email@example.com if your FAFSA is selected for verification.
- Liberty University’s FAFSA school code is 010392
Federal unsubsidized student loans are not based on financial need and eligible law students can borrow up to $20,500 per academic year in unsubsidized loans. A new FAFSA must be submitted for every academic year. All first-time borrowers at Liberty University School of Law must complete Entrance Counseling and an electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN) for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan at https://studentloans.gov
Federal Grad PLUS Loans
Students needing additional loans can apply for a Federal Grad PLUS loan at https://studentloans.gov. Grad PLUS loans are credit-based and maximum eligibility is determined by the cost of attendance, minus any scholarships, grants, and unsubsidized loans. First-time Grad PLUS loan borrowers must also complete an electronic PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN).
Private loans are not federally regulated and should only be used to cover necessary educational expenses. Private loans are non-need-based loans with varied interest rates which are based on your credit score and other factors. Students apply for private loans through a private lender.
Additional Loan and Financial Resources
Student Loan Calculator: AccessLex offers a free student loan calculator to help you understand the financial realities of a law degree. The AccessLex Student Loan Calculator can help you plan for your future whether you are just considering law school, are a current law student, or are a law school graduate.
Outside Student Loan Counseling: AccessLex Student Loan Counseling, AccessConnex, offers free advice on creating a financial strategy.
The expected workload for a student enrolled in Liberty Law’s Juris Doctor program is at least 60 hours per week. If you are a law student and want to work during the semester, you must sign and submit a School of Law Work Request Form to the School of Law Director of Student Affairs. The form below must be signed and submitted each semester of your expected employment. The dean’s signature is required for all 1L student employment and any 2L or 3L student employment in excess of 20 hours per week.
Employment and Academic Workload Policy
The rigors of legal education, particularly for first-year students, are such that any employment is discouraged. If necessity requires employment, first-year students must receive prior written approval from the dean to be employed.
After the first year of law school, you may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which you are enrolled in more than 12 class hours. If you are a second-year or third-year law student working 20 hours or less, you must submit a signed certificate each semester you are employed stating that you have read the employment policy and agree to comply with it. If financial circumstances require you as a 2L or 3L student to be employed in excess of 20 hours, you must receive prior written approval from the dean to be employed.
Federal Work-Study provides on-campus employment opportunities in the School of Law and other campus areas. This program provides part-time jobs for students who have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
The School of Law does not find employment opportunities for students and a position is not guaranteed. Available student positions and employment applications can be found on the Human Resources webpage or in the Human Resources on-campus office.
Law Research Assistantships
If you are entering your second or third year of law school, you may be considered for a School of Law Research Assistant position. Research Assistant positions provide financial compensation for valuable work experience and are available during the school year and the summer. Positions are normally publicized through an email announcement from the Center for Career & Professional Development which will direct you to the HR portal to apply.
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