Application Timeline for Financial Aid

This broad outline will keep you on track in attaining the funds you need to pay for law school.  This timeline begins in the summer a year prior to law school matriculation.


June - August

  • Obtain your credit report from
  • Address any errors or omissions in your report with the credit bureau(s). 
  • Compile a list of all your current debts and estimate your monthly payments.
  • Begin your search for grants and scholarships.

September - December

  • Obtain current financial aid budgets for each school to which you will apply.
  • Research grant and scholarship opportunities.
  • Check law school deadlines for submission of financial aid information.
  • Determine whether additional scholarship applications or letters of recommendation will be necessary for any of your chosen law schools.


  • Prepare your federal income taxes as soon as you have complete documentation (W-2s, 1099s, etc.).
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at .  Complete your law school financial aid applications.

February - April

  • Comply quickly with any requests from law schools for additional financial aid information, such as 1040s, W-2s, or institutional information sheets.
  • Receive financial aid offers.  If you have special concerns or situations, discuss these with the law school financial aid office.
  • Examine the net costs and benefits of attending schools where you have been admitted.
  • Discuss actual housing costs with law students at individual schools.
  • Pay your first law school deposit.

March - July

  • Once you have selected your law school, submit your loan application(s) and finalize your housing arrangements.
  • Pay your second law school deposit.

From this Point Forward ¬タᆭ

  • Make a budget and stick to it!