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Financial Aid Instructions and Checklist

The Debt Management Guide contains Information about the financial aid process, types of aid available and our application process.  In addition, you will find information on debt management, average costs and loan limits. Students must apply each year for financial aid and must remain enrolled on at least a half-time basis to maintain eligibility. Definitions of half-time status can be found in the Delaware Law Student Handbook.

Returning students whose FAFSA results and data form are received by the Office of Financial Aid on or before April 4, 2016 will receive priority in the awarding process and in determining eligibility for Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Work Study.

Incoming student do not have a financial aid deadline as they are considered for institutional aid as part of the Admissions process. We do recommend that you begin the financial aid process soon after application. New students must be accepted to Delaware Law before their completed financial aid files can be reviewed.

Checklist

Please refer to this checklist to assist you with the financial aid process.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  

Students should complete and submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.go. The results of the processed FAFSA (the student aid report or SAR) will be sent to the student and school electronically, provided our school code is indicated. The Delaware Law code is B04724. If Widener University School of Law-DE is not listed on your FAFSA Results, please go online using your pin number to add the code.

Widener University School of Law Financial Aid Data Form (can be found on the Forms & Publications page)

Students should indicate on the form the amount of funding they would like to receive from the Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Program. Incoming students should return the form as soon as possible. Returning students have a priority filing deadline of April 4 to receive consideration for Federal Work-Study funding.

Federal Direct Loan Applications   

The FAFSA is not a loan application, but it is used to determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. Therefore, all incoming students and returning students borrowing for the first time in 2016-2017 must complete a Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at https://studentloans.gov. Returning students that borrowed a Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan in 2015-2016 must complete the requested loan amount box on the financial aid data form authorizing Delaware Law to add to their serial note. Please visit the Federal Direct Loan section of our website for additional questions.

Federal Direct GradPLUS Loan Applications  

Students can log onto www.studentloans.gov and select “Apply for PLUS”, “Graduate”, to complete the Federal Direct GradPLUS Loan application. Students borrowing this loan for the first time will also need to complete a Federal Direct GradPLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN). To do this you must select “Complete Master Promissory Note” from the list located on the home page. Returning students should not need to complete a new MPN as long as they were approved for this loan based on their own credit. However, if you needed an endorser to sign for this loan, you will need to complete a new MPN each time that you request a new Federal Direct GradPLUS loan.

Please see the Graduate PLUS page for more information.

Summer Intent form (can be found on the Forms & Publications page)

Students intending to take summer classes or study abroad and receive financial aid must complete a summer intent form to inform the Office of Financial Aid of their plans.

Students Selected for Verification will be notified in writing of what documentation must be submitted. Selection may occur in two forms. Students may be selected by the Department of Education or at the discretion of the Office of Financial Aid. Some students may be required to complete the following

2016/2017 Verification Worksheet (form can be found on the Forms & Publications page)

A verification worksheet will be sent to you upon review of your file by the Office of Financial Aid. Please complete both sides of the form and return it to the Office of Financial Aid.

2015 Federal Tax Transcript   

If requested, a federal tax return transcript must be obtained from the IRS.  You can obtain it online at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-829-1040. You may also be asked to provide copies of schedules, W-2s, 1099s, and tax forms. If a tax return cannot be submitted because of late filing or not filing at all, you must provide written notification stating the reasons for the delay or why no return will be filed.