The two offices have separate administrative functions. The Financial Aid Office, located in Joan Axinn Hall across from the law school, determines eligibility for grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. We also provide services such as financial planning, entrance and exit interviews and other guidance related to managing your money. Student Financial Services, located on the second floor of Memorial Hall, is responsible for billing and collecting payments from students for Law School tuition and other charges. To recap, we've listed who you'll want to contact regarding the following:
|Financial Aid||Student Financial Services|
|Scholarships||Monthly Payment Plan|
|Federal Student Loans||Refund Requests|
|Commercial Student Loans||Refund Check Pick-Up|
|Financial Planning||Your Billing Statement|
|Entrance & Exit Interviews||Your Student Account|
|Credit Issues||Meal Plan Changes|
|Work Study||Residence Hall Charges|
|Loan Repayment Assistance Program||You can contact the Office of Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them in Memorial Hall on the second floor.|
To obtain the funds offered in your financial aid award notice you must: (1) accept the award and follow all instructions in the award notice and return the signed copy (if you are a grant recipient) to Hofstra Law School, and (2) complete other documents as needed to obtain funds offered (e.g., a student loan application/master promissory note or loan entrance interview). It can take up to six weeks to receive disbursements under some financial aid programs. Please plan ahead and enroll with sufficient funds to cover at least your first two weeks of living expenses. Financial aid is disbursed at the beginning of each semester in which funds are awarded. Please remember to direct all questions about your bill to the Student Financial Services Office as the Financial Aid Office cannot assist you with billing questions. For more information about differences between the Financial Aid Office and Student Financial Services see the FAQ above this one.
You will receive a bill for the Fall semester from the Hofstra University Student Financial Services Office in July. You must respond to the bill by the specified due date. The Spring semester bill will generally arrive in early-December and is generally payable in early January. Please follow the due date on the statement. If you have been awarded Hofstra Law School aid, or have applied for loans which have been processed by the Financial Aid Office, a temporary credit for these funds may appear on your billing statement. Please remember to direct all questions about your bill to the Student Financial Services Office as the Financial Aid Office cannot assist you with billing questions.
Don't worry, if you applied for your private loan before July and you have completed your FAFSA, your student account will indicate that you have pending aid and you will not be charged late fees.
Hofstra Grants & Scholarships, Federal Loans and Perkins Loans will appear as pending credits on your tuition bill. Students whose scholarships or federal loans do not appear on their bills should contact the Law School Financial Aid Office. Half of the scholarship and federal loans are applied toward each semester. In order to use a private loan toward the tuition deadline, the loan must be approved by the lender and certified by the University. Most private/alternative loans are not printed on the tuition bill, even if the loan is approved and the University has certified the application. Please keep in mind that private loans are divided into two equal disbursements to be applied to fall and spring semesters.