Applying for Financial Aid

Since Brooklyn Law School offers the flexibility of 2, 3 and 4 year JD programs, our tuition is charged on a per-credit hour basis and differs between the programs in terms of annual cost. However, Brooklyn Law School is committed to addressing the issue of affordability in legal education and has among the lowest average tuition charges of any private law school in New York State. All students must earn a minimum of 85 credits to graduate, and standard tuition covers those 85 credits, plus an additional 3 free credit hours for a total of 88 credit hours.

Since students in the Accelerated 2-Year program earn the same number of credits as standard 3-Year program students in a more compressed timeframe, their tuition charges are higher annually, but breaks down to the same expense on a percredit basis. Merit scholarship awards for 2-year students are also adjusted to apply to the higher number of credits and preserve the affordability of a Brooklyn Law education.

Below are annual tuition estimates based on typical student credit loads per academic year:


In the past year, 88% of all Brooklyn Law School students received some form of financial aid. Financial aid from federal and state resources is based on eligibility and financial need. Brooklyn Law School awards merit scholarships and need-based grants.

  • Your first semester of study, commencing in May 2017, will be part of the 2016-2017 Financial Aid Award Year. If you wish to receive federal loans for this summer semester, you must complete your 2016-2017 FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/  using school code G02677.

    If you have already completed the 2016-17 FAFSA, you MUST complete a Correction FAFSA and list yourself as a Graduate/Professional Student with an independent status.   You must also add Brooklyn Law (G02677) as an authorized school to receive your application.

    Since your classes begin May 2017, please complete both of your FAFSA forms by April 15. You cannot make any changes to the 2016-17 FAFSA application after June 30, 2017.

    As a law student, you are eligible to borrow up to $20,500 in an Unsubsidized Direct Loan for the summer 2017 semester. If you received federal loans (subsidized or unsubsidized) as an undergraduate in 2016-17 the amount you borrowed will be deducted from the $20,500 Unsubsidized Direct Loan eligibility at Brooklyn Law.  You can also apply for a Graduate Plus Loan up to the cost of attendance for the Summer.

    You should also complete the 2017-18 FAFSA to receive federal loans for Fall/Spring 2017 - 2018, and summer 2018.  You are eligible for an additional $20,500 for 2017-18 (Fall-Spring). You can also apply for a Graduate Plus Loan up to the full cost of attendance for Fall/Spring 2017-18, and Summer 2018.

    In order to borrow loans you must submit the Brooklyn Law Loan Request for Accelerated Students and email to desiree.roundtree@brooklaw.edu.  

    If you wish to borrow a Graduate Plus Loan for Summer 2017, you must complete a Plus Loan Request for 2016-17 at www.studentloans.gov (enter the loan period 05/16/2017 to 7/22/2017).

    If you wish to borrow a Graduate Plus Loan for Fall/Spring 2017-18, and Summer 2018, you must complete the loan application for 2017-18 at www.studentloans.gov (enter the loan period 8/15/2017 to 7/25/2018).

    Sign a Master Promissory Note for your Unsubsidized Loan at www.studentloans.gov. This MPN will be good for 10 years.

    Sign a second Master Promissory Note for Graduate Plus Loan at www.studentloans.gov

    Complete your Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.  

    No Federal Loans can be disbursed without your completed Entrance Counseling and your signed Master Promissory Note(s).  

    In order to receive federal loans, you must be an eligible US citizen or permanent resident. For eligibility requirements, visit our website at: http://www.brooklaw.edu/Admissions/financingyoureducation/federalloans/ 

     

  • Complete the 2017-18 FAFSA online after January 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov using BLS school code G02677. You must have an FSA password in order to sign your FAFSA.  Please follow directions at www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply for one as soon as possible.

    For federal loan programs, all law students are independent, so you should not include parental income or asset information on your FAFSA. The FAFSA determines your eligibility for Federal Unsubsidized Loans, Graduate Plus Loans, and Federal Work-Study. Some students are selected for verification; if you are you will be required to submit your 2016 Federal Income Tax Return to the Office of Financial Aid if you are selected.

    Complete the Brooklyn Law Loan Request and email it as an attachment to desiree.roundtree@brooklaw.edu.  This is a PDF form so you will have to complete the form first, then save it and send.

    If you need additional loan funding, you can apply for a Graduate Plus loan up to cost of attendance (less other aid.) Complete a Direct Plus Loan Request at www.studentloans.gov.

    Sign a Master Promissory Note for your Unsubsidized Loan at www.studentloans.gov. This MPN will be good for 10 years.

    Sign a separate Master Promissory Note for Graduate Plus Loan at www.studentloans.gov. You must sign a Master Promissory Note for the Graduate Plus Loan each year that you are approved.

    Complete your Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov. No Federal Loans can be disbursed without your completed Entrance Counseling and your signed Master Promissory Note(s).

    US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal student aid programs. To receive federal student aid, the student cannot be in default of previous student loans.

  • If you would like to be considered for a need-based grant, you must complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov using school code G02677.

    You must complete a Need-Based Grant Request and email it to desiree.roundtree@brooklaw.edu.  This request is separate from your Brooklyn Law Loan Request.

    You must submit your most recent Federal Income Tax Return (or transcript) as well as your parents' most recent Federal Income Tax return (or transcript).

    Parental information is required in order to be considered for need-based funding regardless of age or circumstance.  If you have extenuating circumstances regarding parental tax information contact Desiree Roundtree directly at desiree.roundtree@brooklaw.edu

    The deadline for entering students is April 15 if you were admitted to the law school on or before March 15. If you were admitted after March 15, submit your request as soon as possible.  Funding is extremely limited.

    Please be advised merit scholarships are taken into consideration when calculating need-based grants, and grants are tuition sensitive.

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Have questions? We have answers.

Office of Financial Aid
One Boerum Place, 2nd Floor
Telephone: (718) 780-7915
Fax: (718) 228-6796
Email: finaid@brooklaw.edu

Mailing Address
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Please contact us if you need to schedule an appointment during off-business hours.