Financial Aid

Learn more about financing your law school education.

Transfer students are not eligible for Columbia Law School grant assistance. However, the Financial Aid Office certifies educational loan applications for all Columbia Law School students, so this information may still be useful if you need educational loans to finance your cost of attendance.

Please refer to the Financial Aid website for our policies and procedures as well as instructions on applying for student loans. You will also find up-to-date budget guidelines and links to resources.

In addition, carefully review the following financial aid materials:

From Columbia Law School

Financial Aid Questionnaire
Guide to Receiving Your Financial Aid

The guide contains information about:

  • Billing and payment
  • Loan application materials
  • Loan entrance counseling
  • Student ID cards
  • Disbursement of funds
  • University refunds and direct deposit set-up 
  • Cash advances
  • Financial aid documents
  • Deferment forms for prior educational loans
  • Personal finances
  • Elective tuition refund insurance plan in case of illness or accidents

From Columbia University

Tuition Payment Plan

Columbia's Elective Tuition Refund Insurance Plan in Case of Illness or Accidents

Federal and Institutional Student Loan Entrance Counseling

All Columbia Law School students borrowing any type of federal loan (Direct Stafford, Direct Graduate PLUS) or Columbia University loan for the first time must complete Loan Entrance Counseling by August 1 to avoid loan disbursement.

  • Federal Direct Stafford and Graduate PLUS Loan Entrance Counseling. All new students borrowing through the Federal Direct Loan Program must complete online Entrance Counseling for the Federal Direct Loan Programs (Federal Direct Stafford, Graduate PLUS) at the U.S. Department of Education website. The Entrance Counseling explains your rights and responsibilities as a federal student loan borrower for these loan programs. Your Direct Loan funds cannot be released without the completion of the online Entrance Counseling.  

Contact Us

Financial Aid

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