Do I have to apply for financial aid?

Q: I don’t expect to qualify for any need-based scholarships.  Do I still need to fill out the financial aid applications?

A: Yes.  It’s a pain, but unless you’ve got your full law school tuition squirreled away somewhere, you need to fill out the FAFSA and the law schools’ financial aid applications.  The financial aid applications are used to determine your eligibility for loans—the school you attend certifies you for a certain amount of borrowing.  If you don’t fill out and submit the forms, you aren’t certified and therefore cannot apply for educational loans. 

In addition, many schools require financial aid applications and the FAFSA in order to be considered for merit-based scholarships as well. 

Financial aid applications and the FAFSA are due by March 1, 2005.