Applying for Financial Aid

Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year Brooklyn Law School instituted an across the board 15% tuition reduction. The tuition reduction is a significant step toward addressing the national challenge of making law school more affordable and accessible to qualified students. The tuition reduction also is part of a package of aid initiatives aimed at engaging a broader array of students by offering a wide variety of aid programs.


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 2016, will be part of the 2015-2016 Financial Aid Award Year. If you wish to receive federal loans for this summer semester, you must complete your 2015-2016 FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/  using school code G02677.

    If you already completed the 2015-2016 FAFSA, you MUST complete a Correction FAFSA and list yourself as a Graduate/Professional Student with an independent status. Add BLS (G02677) as an authorized school to receive your application.

    Since your classes begin May 2016, please complete both of your FAFSA forms by April 15. You cannot make any changes to the 2015-2016 FAFSA application after June 30, 2016.

    As a law student, you are eligible to borrow up to $20,500 in an Unsubsidized Direct Loan for the Summer 2016 semester. If you received federal loans (subsidized or unsubsidized) as an undergraduate in 2015-2016, the amount of the loans you borrowed must be deducted from the $20,500 in the Unsubsidized Direct Loan you are eligible to borrow at BLS. You can also apply for a Graduate Plus Loan up to the cost of attendance for the Summer.

    You must also complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA to receive federal loans for Fall/Spring 2016 - 2017, and Summer 2017.  You are eligible for an additional $20,500 for 2016-2017 (Fall-Spring). You can also apply for a Graduate Plus Loan up to the full cost of attendance for Fall/Spring 2016 - 2017, and Summer 2017.

    Complete the BLS Application for Financial Aid for Accelerated Students and email to desiree.roundtree@brooklaw.edu

    If you wish to borrow a Graduate Plus Loan for Summer 2016, you must complete a Plus Loan Request for 2015-2016 at www.studentloans.gov (enter the loan period 05/16/2016 to 7/22/2016).

    If you wish to borrow a Graduate Plus Loan for Fall/Spring 2016 - 2017, and Summer 2017, you must complete the loan application for 2016-2017 at www.studentloans.gov (enter the loan period 8/15/2016 to 7/25/2017).

    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. This MPN will also be good for 10 years. 

    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 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.

    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 2015 Federal Income Tax Return. The Office of Financial Aid will contact you if you are selected.

    Complete the Brooklyn Law School Application for Financial Aid 2016-2017. Complete the form, save it to your computer, and then email it as an attachment to desiree.roundtree@brooklaw.edu.

    If you need additional loan funds, you may 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 awarded one.

    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.  

    You must complete a Need-Based Grant Request and email it to desiree.roundtree@brooklaw.edu.

    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. 

    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, it is in your best interest to complete your application as soon after your admission to the law school as possible because funding is limited. 


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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.