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Financial Aid Instructions and Checklist

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. Information about the financial aid process, types of aid available, cost of attendance and financial literacy can be found by using the left hand navigation pane. In addition, you will find information on debt management, average costs and loan limits at

Returning students whose FAFSA results and data form are received by the Office of Financial Aid on or before April 2, 2023 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 2023-2024 FAFSA online at Select “Complete the FAFSA® Form”. You will be prompted to create a FSA User ID if you have not already done so. You will use your 2021 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 Delaware Law School 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

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 2, 2023 to receive consideration for Federal Work-Study funding.

Summer Intent Form(complete and submit online at 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.

Federal Direct Loan Applications – The FAFSA is not a loan application, but is used to determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs.  All incoming students and returning students borrowing for the first time in 2023-2024 must complete a Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at Select “Loans and Grants” and then “Master Promissory Note (MPN)”. Returning students that have borrowed previously should not need to complete a new MPN.

Federal Direct GradPLUS Loan Applications

Graduate students can log onto after May 1, 2023 and select “Loans and Grants” and then “PLUS Loans: Grad PLUS and Parent PLUS”. You will need to log in using your FSA User ID and password. 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 “Loans and Grants”, then “Master Promissory Note (MPN)”. 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.

Department of Education’s Student Loan Acknowledgment

It is recommended that all borrowers complete the Department of Education’s Annual Student Loan Acknowledgment process at

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.