Incoming & Transfer Students

Incoming & Transfer Students

If you are an incoming first-year or transfer student, here are the steps to apply for financial aid.

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 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) or FSA ID is required. The Maurice A. Deane School of Law federal code is 002732.

Note: International students are not eligible to receive federal 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 if you are a previous financial aid applicant and cannot remember — your PIN, you can request a duplicate PIN online.) This speeds up the process considerably and keeps you from having to mail in a signature page.

After April 26, 2015, the PIN will be replaced with a FSA ID. The FSA ID system provides enhanced security and allows students to use the same log-in information across all federal student aid websites. Instructions for creating an FSA ID will be posted in mid-April.

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: Accept your federal loan offers.

Log in to the Hofstra portal to accept or decline your federal loan offers, following these instructions: How to Access Your Financial Aid Award (PDF).

Step 3: Complete Federal Direct Stafford, Grad PLUS and/or private loan applications.

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 borrowing a Direct Stafford Loan at Hofstra for the first time are required to complete the following steps:

  • Complete an Entrance Counseling Session at www.studentloans.gov. The entrance counseling is an interactive online activity and informs students how to manage their educational expenses.
  • Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov.

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).

For Graduate PLUS Loans
Students borrowing a Direct Stafford Loan at Hofstra for the first time are required to complete the following steps:

  • Complete a Graduate PLUS Loan Application at www.studentloans.gov. The entrance counseling is an interactive online activity and informs students how to manage their educational expenses.
  • Complete a Graduate PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov.

Important note: Be sure to keep an eye on your Hofstra email account and ensure that your contact information is 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 516-463-8000 or email the Office of Financial Aid at lawfinaid@hofstra.edu, and we would be glad to help.