LL.M. and J.S.D. Degree Students
Applicants to the LL.M. and J.S.D. programs who are interested in grant assistance should note that the Financial Aid Office does not review LL.M. and J.S.D. students for grant assistance.
The Financial Aid Office reviews grant applications for J.D. students only, and the Office of Graduate Legal Studies reviews grant applications for LL.M. and J.S.D. candidates.
However, the Financial Aid Office certifies educational loan applications for all Columbia Law School students, so this page may still be a useful reference for Graduate Legal Studies students needing educational loans to finance their cost of attendance.
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens may be eligible for federal loans (Direct Stafford, Direct Graduate PLUS), as well as for additional funding from private educational loan programs. Please refer to the Law School’s Loans and Credit webpage and the Columbia University Student Financial Services website for more information.
International students (not U.S. citizens and those not holding a U.S. permanent resident visa) are not eligible for federally guaranteed assistance programs. In addition, they need to provide a U.S. cosigner in order to apply for most private educational loan programs. Please refer to the Law School’s Loans and Credit webpage and the Columbia University Student Financial Services website for additional information. We strongly advise all international students seeking educational loans to secure an eligible cosigner as early as possible.
Other Lenders for International Students
Based solely upon historical borrowing data over the past two academic years, some international students may have been able to secure alternative private loans without a U.S. co-signer from the financial institutions listed on the Student Financial Services (SFS) website.