Law school is an investment that will help you on your career path. We advise that you seek financial guidance and make wise decisions about debt load.
At Carolina Law, every attempt is made to help students meet the cost of tuition and fees, as well as assist with living expenses. Merit-based scholarships and federal student loans, including Direct Unsubsidized and PLUS Loans, are available to law students who meet federal and University eligibility requirements.
Applying for Financial Aid
Applicants for admission or students applying for financial aid should complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the U.S. Department of Education by the March 1 priority processing deadline, on an annual basis. Our school code is 002974. If you are a first-time borrower, you will also need to complete Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note.
If you miss the deadline, you may still be considered for aid. You are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as close to the priority deadline as possible.
Check your To Do list in ConnectCarolina to ensure we have all the required documents. When your financial aid package is available, you will receive an email informing you that is is ready. You will then view your award(s) on ConnectCarolina and accept, reduce, or decline them.
Applying for Additional Loans
After reviewing your financial aid package on ConnectCarolina, you may determine that you require funding beyond the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Your financial aid package will indicate your additional loan eligibility.
We encourage students to first consider the Graduate PLUS Loan because it is a federally sponsored loan. To complete the application, you must sign in with your Social Security number, date of birth, and Federal Student Aid PIN. If you are a first-time Graduate PLUS borrower, you will also need to complete Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note.
Private educational loans are also available through a variety of banking institutions and lending organizations. The terms, conditions, and rates are determined by the banks and lenders themselves and will differ. For more information, directly contact the bank or lender.
Notification of Financial Aid Packages
Students are generally notified of complete financial aid awards by late June.
ABA 20-hour Work Week Rule
ABA law school accreditation rules prohibit students enrolled in more than 12 class hours in a given semester from working for more than 20 hours per week during that time (see ABA Standard 304[F] and Interpretation 304-7). As an ABA-accredited institution, the UNC School of Law's policy is that no student shall be allowed to work more than 20 hours per week while enrolled as a student.
If you have questions about this rule, please contact Dean Kasprzak in the Office of Student Services.