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For students enrolling in Summer term courses:
If you plan to enroll in courses for the summer, you may be eligible for Federal Direct Student Loans. Students must be registered for at least four (4) credits pertaining to their degree(s). To begin the loan application process, please complete the Summer Financial Aid Application.
Once your application is received, your loan eligibility will be calculated and you will be contacted with instructions.
2019-2020 Federal Direct Interest Rates have been set. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans for law students disbursed between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020, will have a fixed interest rate of 6.08%. Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans disbursed during that same time frame will have a 7.08% interest rate. The loan origination fee for each loan prior to disbursement is calculated at 1.059% and 4.236%, respectively.
Private educational loans are also available for students to apply and borrow, up to a student's remaining aid eligibility for the academic year and/or other periods of enrollment. You may compare and contrast private educational loans through Syracuse University's Private Loan Database to review available loan products and apply. Citizens/Permanent Residents of the United States should select "Law Student" as the designated program; we suggest that international students select the "International" category (and/or review select products in the "Law Student" category if applying with a US-based co-signer).
Syracuse University Health Insurance Requirement
: all full-time law students are required to have health insurance coverage for the academic year. If you will be a new or returning student, and you have your own health insurance coverage, you will be provided with information on how to waive out of purchasing the University-sponsored plan prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Bar Loans for December 2019 and May 2020 graduates: If you have exhausted your federal loan eligibility for the current academic year you may research and compare private educational loans—most often referred to as "Bar Study Loans"—that are designed to help finance bar review courses, exam fees, deposits, and living expenses after graduation while you study for the February Bar Exam. Compare interest rates, loan fees, and consider applying with a co-signer to help lower the cost of the loan.
Five Tips to Stretching Your Refund:
If you are wondering how to stretch your refund or ways to save more money, check out our Five Tips to Stretching Your Refund
[PDF] to assist with the beginning of the semester.