2021-2022 Law School Supplemental Grant Application

Consideration for the Law School supplemental grant application for the 2021-2022 academic year is for students not currently receiving the $1,000 grant (from HEERF or institutional funds).

The Law School understands many families are experiencing additional financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recognize the financial situations of some individuals may have significantly changed since the tax year used to determine need-based grant consideration. As resources are limited, our guiding principle is to assist students from the neediest families. Therefore, need-based supplemental grant funds will be distributed primarily to students with limited personal and family resources. Regardless of the student’s age, marital status, or dependency status for tax purposes, our grant decision will be based on an analysis of the family’s financial strength.

Application Process

Consideration for the $1,000 ($500 per semester enrolled at the Law School) need-based supplemental grant requires complete family and parental information from both custodial and non-custodial parents. If the student’s parents have separate households (unmarried, separated, or divorced), complete financial information for both households must be provided.

The following information provides a guideline for due dates and required application materials for the 2021-2022 supplemental grant.

Application Deadline

December 10, 2021

For JD and LLM students enrolled at the Law School for the 2021-2022 academic year

The application review process for the need-based supplemental grant will begin during the November/early December time frame.

Required Application Materials

  • 2021-2022 Law School Supplemental Grant Application to the Financial Aid Office
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to federal processor for the 2021-2022 academic year1
  • Columbia Law School Financial Aid Questionnaire for the 2021-2022 Academic Year2
  • 2020 Federal Income Tax Forms for student, spouse, and parent(s) to the Financial Aid Office3

Please note that in order for the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility for a need-based supplemental grant, students may be asked to provide additional supporting documents beyond those originally submitted.

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1
 International students (those who are not US citizens or eligible noncitizens), are not eligible for federal aid and should disregard the FAFSA requirement.
2 If you have already submitted this form, you can disregard this requirement. Otherwise, students can request our office to email it to them.
3 If 2020 tax forms are not available by December 10, 2021, please submit complete 2019 tax forms by December 10, and complete 2020 tax forms by January 10, 2022.

The form for the supplemental grant application for the 2021-2022 Academic Year is available here.

Columbia Law School is committed to supporting our students in the area of financial security. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Law School has implemented temporary policies for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please review the following Financial Aid COVID-19 FAQ regarding questions that might arise during this time.

As always, you are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office ([email protected]) with any questions and concerns regarding financial aid.

Where do I find information on tuition and fees for academic year 2021-22?
The standard cost of attendance for academic year 2021-2022 is available on the Law School’s website. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance with financial planning.

How will the Law School continue to support students, including those with financial need?
Shortly after the pandemic’s effects began to affect our operations, the Law School established an emergency relief fund to assist students experiencing financial insecurity as a result of the global health crisis. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are facilitated through the funding request form on the Law School’s Financial Wellness page.

The Law School will also increase scholarship aid by $1,000 ($500 per semester enrolled at the Law School) for every student during the 2021-2022 academic year who is currently receiving institutional grant aid. The $1,000 supplemental grant will come from either HEERF or institutional funds.

If I am not currently receiving an institutional financial aid grant but my financial circumstances have changed, can I still be considered for additional funding?
For those currently not receiving institutional grants, a need-based process is available to reevaluate eligibility for this supplemental award. The Financial Aid Office will administer the reviews in November and early December. Additional details regarding the process and required documentation is available below. 

For students currently not receiving institutional grants, what application materials will be required for consideration of the need-based supplemental grant review process?
The Law School understands many families are experiencing additional financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recognize the financial situations of some individuals may have significantly changed since the tax year used to determine need-based grant consideration. As resources are limited, our guiding principle is to assist students from the neediest families. Therefore, need-based supplemental grant funds will be distributed primarily to students with limited personal and family resources. Regardless of the student’s age, marital status, or dependency status for tax purposes, our grant decision will be based on an analysis of the family’s financial strength.

Consideration for the $1,000 need-based supplemental grant requires complete family and parental information from both custodial and non-custodial parents. If the student’s parents have separate households (unmarried, separated, or divorced), complete financial information for both households must be provided.

The following information provides a guideline for due dates and required application materials for the 2021-2022 supplemental grant.

Application Deadline

Columbia Law School Need-Based Supplemental Grant Application

December 10, 2021

For JD and LLM students enrolled at the Law School for the 2021-2022 academic year

The application review process for the need-based supplemental grant will begin during the November/early December time frame.

Required Application Materials for the Need-Based Supplemental Grant Consideration

2021-2022 Law School Supplemental Grant Application to the Financial Aid Office

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to federal processor for the 2021-2022 academic year1

Columbia Law School Financial Aid Questionnaire for the 2021-2022 Academic Year2

2020 Federal Income Tax Forms for student, spouse, and parent(s) to the Financial Aid Office3

1. International students (those who are not US citizens or eligible noncitizens), are not eligible for federal aid and should disregard the FAFSA requirement.
2. If you have already submitted this form, you can disregard this requirement. Otherwise, students can request our office to email it to them.
3. If 2020 tax forms are not available by December 10, 2021, please submit complete 2019 tax forms by December 10, and complete 2020 tax forms by January 10, 2022.

Please note that in order for the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility for a need-based supplemental grant, students may be asked to provide additional supporting documents beyond those originally submitted.

How will the Supplemental Grant aid be disbursed? Do I need to do anything in order to ensure that I receive it?
The $1,000 scholarship support will be directly applied to student accounts as a grant ($500 per semester enrolled at the Law School). For the supplemental grant, please see above for necessary application materials. Students awarded the supplemental grant will need to complete the Institutional Grant Certification Form to receive this award disbursement. This aid is typically disbursed as a grant to the student account in order to reduce any outstanding balance. However, if a student's individual situation requires immediate funding or an alternative disbursement method such as a stipend, we encourage you to contact our office in person or by phone (212-854-6522) to speak with a staff member so we can provide you with available options.

Refunds may be processed automatically, generally when a valid credit appears on the student account. Please note, however, that Law School students must elect to participate in order to receive automatic refunds at the start of each academic year. To opt into or out of automatic refunds, students should log in to SSOL (http://ssol.columbia.edu) and under the Account section select "Automatic Refund Options" from the menu and follow the instructions.

If I need to withdraw or take a leave of absence after I start my classes, how will this impact the 2021-2022 need-based supplemental grant?
As with all Law School institutional grant funds, the need-based supplemental grant will be reversed on the student account if the student is eligible for a pro-rated refund of tuition for the semester. Depending on the date of withdrawal, the student may be eligible for a refund based on the University’s tuition refund schedule for withdrawals. Students may access the pro-rated refund of tuition for withdrawals on the University Registrar website (https://registrar.columbia.edu/content/withdrawal).  If a student is not eligible for any refund of tuition based on the University’s tuition refund schedule (i.e., assumes full tuition costs for the semester), then the student retains the grant funds.