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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. Use your Federal Student Aid ID to access the application. 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.

Student Employment

Except in extraordinary circumstances and with the express written permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, a law student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than 12 credit hours. It is recommended that incoming first-year students allow time to adjust to life as a law student before considering employment during the academic year.

If you have questions about this rule, please contact Dean Kasprzak in the Office of Student Development.

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