The first step for all students is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students will have to complete a new
application every year.
Completing the FAFSA does not obligate you to take out loans, but it
will allow the Office of Financial Aid to prepare a financial award package for
you to consider as you review all available resources and make sound financial
Complete the FAFSA online: www.fafsa.ed.gov
After your information has been processed by the Department of Education and forwarded
to Capital University Law School, we will prepare a financial aid award package
detailing your eligibility.
In general, the Office of Financial Aid
begins preparing award letters on the following schedule:
If you do not complete the FAFSA before
we begin processing letters for your student group, please do so at your
earliest convenience. The Office of
Financial Aid will continue to process award letters throughout the year. You can expect to receive an award letter
within 7-10 business days of completing your FAFSA online.
your Financial Aid Award Letter
Your award letter will outline scholarships
and federal funds for which you are eligible.
Your total aid eligibility is based on the estimated Cost of Attendance
for your program.
The Total Estimated Cost of Attendance includes
estimated tuition charges and funding to provide a modest lifestyle for the
Columbus and Central Ohio region during the nine-month academic year.
For students taking summer courses, the
letter will include a breakdown of summer expenses based on the number of
registered credit hours.
a Sensible Budget: Most students do not need the entire amount for which
they are eligible. All students should
set a realistic budget and consider areas where you may be able to reduce
spending and subsequently request fewer loans.
Funding Alternatives: Scholarships, work
study, tuition reimbursement, and summer jobs.
For some working students, see if your employer has any kind of
reimbursement – maybe they’ll cover books for a semester.
You should also research rates of
non-federal loan from other entities:
your bank or credit union. Sallie
Mae offers educational loans and for some qualifying students, interest rates
may be lower than the federal PLUS loans (www.salliemae.com)
determine the amount of loans you’ll need, submit your Loan Request form to the
Office of Financial Aid.
Financial Aid Checklist: In order to ensure that your loans disburse,
you must complete a Master Promissory Note for each loan. You must also complete entrance
counseling. Please carefully review and
complete all steps on the financial aid checklist located on our FORMS PAGE. Failure to
complete your MPN or entrance counseling will delay disbursal of funds.
How to Access Your Financial Accounts tutorial: review our video
presentation with instructions for logging onto and reading your bill. The tutorial will walk you through the various
screens and provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to set up direct
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