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Financial Aid Instructions and Checklist

Financing your Legal Education at Delaware Law School, a Financial Aid Sourcebook, 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 your program's student handbook:

Returning students whose FAFSA results and data form are received by the Office of Financial Aid on or before April 3, 2018 will receive priority in the awarding process and in determining eligibility for 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.

Delaware Law Financial Aid Checklist

Please refer to this checklist in order to complete your financial aid forms accurately.

 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Submit the FAFSA online at https://fafsa.ed.gov . You will be prompted to create a FSA User ID if you have not already done so. You will use your 2016 Federal Tax Information to complete your FAFSA. We recommend that you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool as this will greatly speed up the process and help to eliminate input errors. The results of the processed FAFSA will be sent to the student and school electronically, provided our school code is indicated. Our school code is B04724. If Widener University School of Law-DE is not listed on your FAFSA, please go online to add our code.

Widener University Delaware Law School Financial Aid Data Form (complete and submit online at https://delawarelaw.widener.edu/dataform)

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 3, 2018 to receive consideration for Federal Work-Study funding. Alternatively, the Data Form can be downloaded from https://delawarelaw.widener.edu/faforms or https://www.widener.edu/lawfinaid.

Federal Direct Loan Applications – The FAFSA is not a loan application, but is used to determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs.  Therefore, all incoming students and returning students borrowing for the first time in 2018-19 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 2017-18 should complete the requested loan amount box on the Financial Aid Data Form authorizing Delaware Law to certify a loan.  

Federal Direct GradPLUS Loan Applications(https://studentloans.gov)

Students can log onto https://studentloans.gov after April 3, 2018 and select “Apply for a Direct PLUS Loan”, “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 Loan Agreement (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.

Summer Intent Form(complete and submit online at https://delawarelaw.widener.edu/summerform or download at http://www.widener.edu/lawfinaid ) Students intending to take summer classes and receive financial aid must complete a summer intent form to inform the Financial Aid Office 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 U.S. Department of Education or at the discretion of the Financial Aid Office.

Some students may be required to utilize/complete/provide:


2018/2019 Verification Worksheet: (https://www.widener.edu/lawfinaid )

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

Confirmation of 2016 Federal Tax Return Information:

  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool from the FAFSA to download your 2016 information directly from IRS. OR
  • 2016 Federal Tax Transcript: If requested, a Federal Tax Return Transcript must be obtained from the IRS. You can request it online at http://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. OR
  • If a tax return cannot be submitted because of an extension:
    • a copy of IRS Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
    • copies of all their W-2 forms (or equivalent),
    • If self-employed, a signed statement with the amount of their AGI and their U.S. income taxes paid.
    • Verification of Nonfiling Letter from the IRS dated on or after October 1, 2017, attesting that he/she did not file a 2016 IRS income tax return. This can be obtained by mitting IRS Form 4506-T and checking box 7. OR
  • If not filing a Tax Return, you must provide copies of all W-2’s and a “Verification of Nonfiling Letter” from the IRS dated on or after October 1, 2017, attesting that you/your spouse did not file a 2016 IRS income tax return. This can be obtained by submitting IRS Form 4506-T and checking box 7.