Grad Law Financial Information

  • Cassandra Jeter-Bailey, Director of Admission, JD & Graduate Law Programs
    Patricia Fitzpatrick, Financial Aid Specialist
    Financial Aid Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
    Phone: (614) 236-6350
    Fax: (614) 236-6972
    Email: financialaid@law.capital.edu 

    Tuition at Capital University Law School is assessed on a strict per credit hour basis. The tuition rate for the 2013-2014 academic year for all of our Graduate Programs is $1,166 per credit hour.

    To apply for federal financial aid, students in all programs of study at Capital University Law School should begin by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Capital University Law School requires that students complete this form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will need to have your 2012 federal tax forms on hand when filing the FAFSA because you will be required to provide specific information about your household income.

    The FAFSA will ask you to provide the federal code for the institutions to which you would like your FAFSA information sent. The federal code for Capital University is 003023. No unique code or branch ID associated with the law school campus. Please use the 003023 federal code for all programs offered through Capital University Law School.

    Once you have filed the FAFSA, your information will be processed by the Department of Education. After receiving your FAFSA information from the Department of Education, a Financial Aid Award packet will be prepared for you. The process takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks (depending on the time of year that you file the FAFSA). The Financial Aid Office recommends that students file the FAFSA as early as possible to allow plenty of time for processing before classes are scheduled to begin.

    The Financial Aid Award packet will detail all financial aid programs for which you qualify. There may be additional steps required to obtain certain types of aid, so please carefully review all information included with the packet and contact the Financial Aid Office with questions.

    Students are required to reapply for financial aid every year. The Financial Aid Office will send out reminders to students throughout the academic year to announce important dates and deadlines.

    Financial Aid Programs:  

    Federal Stafford Loan Program  
    The William D. Ford Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program provides low-interest loans to students to assist with educational expenses. This loan program is federally guaranteed, which means a borrower does not need to pass a credit check to receive funding.  There are three (3) minimum criteria that a student must meet to receive the Stafford Loan:

    1. The borrower must be a United States citizen or national, or an eligible non-citizen.
    2. The borrower must not be in a current "default" status on a previous federal educational loan.
    3. The borrower must not have exceeded the aggregate Federal Stafford Loan limit ($138,500).

    The maximum award for the Stafford Loan Program is $20,500 per academic year. As of July 1, 2012, only unsubsidized loans are available to graduate students under the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program

    Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are not based on financial need. These loans start accruing interest once disbursed, which you can pay while in school or allow to capitalize at repayment.  The interest rates on the Federal Stafford Loans are determined by the federal government and are the same for all students; the current interest rate is 6.8% . 

    Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Program  
    Graduate and professional students have the option of borrowing through the Graduate PLUS program to cover any remaining educational expenses. The Grad PLUS Loan Program is beneficial because it reduces a student’s dependence on private loan programs. The borrower does have to pass a credit check to qualify.  Interest accrues on these loans once disbursed; the borrow may pay the interest quarterly while in school or let it capitalize at repayment.  The interest rate on the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan is fixed at 7.9% for all qualifying borrowers. Repayment of the loan is postponed while the student is enrolled at least half-time. 

    Scholarships 
    A limited number of scholarships may be available through Capital University Law School and other sources. Click here for the Graduate Law Programs' scholarship application. Other scholarship information and applications are distributed when available. For more information, email gradlaw@law.capital.edu.