Student Financial Services
I am Diana Meyer, the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Lewis & Clark College. I advise law students about their financial aid options at Lewis & Clark.
I am happy to meet with students individually on campus, but we can also discuss your financial aid options over the telephone or by e-mail.
For most law students borrowing student loans will be the primary method of paying for your law degree. Some of the loans are less expensive than others, I strongly encourage students to find ways to minimize their potential loan debt from law school.
To qualify for student loans, students must file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with the U.S. Department of Education. At Lewis & Clark we only require the FAFSA for financial aid consideration. We do not require the CSS Profile, or Need Access forms. We consider you to be an ‘independent’ student and will not ask for any parental information.
File your FAFSA on-line at: www.fafsa.ed.gov
File by March 1, if possible. Use estimates of your federal tax return answers to meet the 3/1 deadline.
List Lewis & Clark (#003197) as one of the schools to access your FAFSA data.
When you are admitted, and we have your FAFSA data, we will produce a financial aid award letter for you. Generally the first award letters are available in early March. Along with reading the award letter, we encourage you to read through the Financial Aid Guide for Law Students which is published each year. The Guide gives more detailed information about the aid programs and the further steps you will need to take secure the funding you have been offered.
Please be aware that some of the student loans are credit-qualified loans. We encourage students to be aware of their credit qualifications and, if possible, to rectify any outstanding issues prior to enrolling in law school.
Investing in a law school education is a significant investment that may require substantial borrowing. Any steps you can take to reduce your living expenses and to eliminate any prior consumer debt (car loans, credit card balances) prior to beginning law school can help you minimize your law school loan debt. Read articles about budgeting, and practice some of the ideas between now and next fall.
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