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Applying for Aid – New J.D. Students

We hope that applying for financial aid is a painless process. It is important to start early, and to compile all the required information and documentation.


Please submit the following to be considered for Cornell Law Scholarship:

Make sure that you:

  • Provide parental information. Applications missing parental information will not be reviewed for scholarship unless you have requested and have received a waiver from the Financial Aid Office.
  • Provide information for both parents in cases of divorce or separation.
  • Apply no later than March 15th, unless your admission decision is pending by that date (if pending, please follow up with required material as soon as possible). Applications received after this date may be placed on hold.
  • Contact the Financial Aid Office if there is a problem or if you have any questions.

NOTE: An applicant is considered independent if he/she has not been claimed on his/her parents' taxes for the past six CONSECUTIVE calendar years. If you believe you qualify for independent student status for scholarship purposes, please contact the Financial Aid Office.


U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for up to $20,500 yearly under the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program. Additionally, you may be eligible to receive a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan to cover the remaining educational costs. To apply for federal aid, please:   

  • File a FAFSA using school code 002711

Once you complete your FAFSA and your eligibility for federal aid has been determined:

  • Visit and sign the online promissory note or notes necessary.
    • Note: the Unsubsidized Loan and the Graduate PLUS Loan have separate promissory notes.
  • Visit and complete the online Entrance Counseling
    • (To fulfill this requirement you have two options: there is a combination entrance counseling option which covers the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Graduate Plus Loan or you can complete one entrance counseling session for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and one for the Graduate Plus Loan).
  • Submit a Cornell Law School Federal Loan Application

Once complete, your financial aid file will be reviewed by our financial aid committee. You will receive communication via email, which will contain information about your financial aid.  


Financial Aid Office
115 Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-5141