Incoming & Transfer Students

If you’re an incoming student, the steps to apply for aid are listed below.

Students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify for federal aid. The FAFSA should be filed as soon after January 1 as possible. The FAFSA determines a student’s eligibility for Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Work-Study and other aid. A FAFSA can be filed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. A U.S. Department of Education personal identification number (PIN) is required. The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University federal code is 002732.

Note: International students are not eligible to receive financial aid, but may be considered for merit scholarships.


The Financial Aid Process at Hofstra Law

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

This is the basic application for financial aid. You will need to release this information to every school you are considering attending and from whom you would like an offer of financial aid. Applying online is the most efficient and accurate process. This form must be completed every year that you want to receive financial aid. For that reason, the Department of Education has designed a renewal application and made possible electronic signatures with a personal identification number (PIN). If you do not have (or cannot remember, if you are a previous financial aid applicant) your PIN. This speeds up the process considerably and keeps you from having to mail in a signature page.

When you complete the FAFSA you will only need to provide your (and your spouse’s, if you are married) information. The results of the FAFSA are used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid programs and for those purposes, parental data is not required. Be sure to enter the federal school code 002732 for Hofstra Law so that we receive the result of your application from the Department of Education. The first date you can file the FAFSA for each academic year is January 1, and we would like you to file it no later than April 1. If you are worried about not having your taxes done by then, you can estimate your income information — just estimate precisely

Step 2: Complete Direct Federal Stafford, Grad PLUS and/or private loan applications.

You must complete the following in order to receive your loans for the 2013-2014 academic year:

You will need a federal personal identification number (PIN) to complete this process. For PIN information, visit www.pin.ed.gov. For assistance, please call 1-800-848-0979.

For Direct Stafford loans:
Students will need to complete a new master promissory note (MPN) with the U.S. Department of Education and complete a new entrance counseling session. Please visit www.studentloans.gov. Under “Manage My Direct Loan,” click on “Sign In” to complete the MPN.

For Graduate PLUS loans:
Students will need to complete a new master promissory note (MPN) with the U.S. Department of Education and complete a new entrance counseling session. Please visit www.studentloans.gov. Under “Manage My Direct Loan,” click on “Sign In” to complete the MPN.

Step 3: Complete a Stafford Loan Entrance Interview.

All students wishing to borrow a student loan must complete an entrance counseling session before we can certify the loan. The entrance counseling session is interactive and online, and informs students how to manage their educational expenses. The Office of Financial Aid receives a confirmation once you have completed the process.

Important Note: Please do not wait to complete the new MPN and entrance counseling session, as this will result in delays in disbursement of your loan(s).

Step 4: Complete the Hofstra Law Loan Authorization Form (PDF).

After you have reviewed your financial aid eligibility award letter, you should submit this form to the Office of Financial Aid by June 30.

Important Note: Be sure to keep an eye on your mailbox and ensure your postal mail and email addresses are updated! Your aid could be delayed if problems or questions arise and we are unable to track you down due to old or inaccurate contact information.

If you have further questions, please call 516-463-5929 or email the Office of Financial Aid at lawfinaid@hofstra.edu, and we would be glad to help.