Need-Based Grants

Through the generosity of alumni and other donors, need-based grant funds are available to students who demonstrate significant financial need. Admitted students will receive instructions on how to apply once the application opens in late fall of each year. The priority deadline is March 1. For continuing students, the priority deadline for financial aid applications is April 15. While we will accept applications after the priority deadline, submitting your application by the priority deadline will yield you your best opportunity to be awarded a need-based grant.

Although the federal government considers all graduate and professional students to be independent, students who wish to be considered for need-based grants from Dickinson Law must report parent information on the FAFSA, despite the FAFSA instructions. A parent contribution is factored into all need-based grant aid evaluations if the analysis indicates that a student’s parents have the ability to contribute. This policy applies to applicants who are younger than thirty years of age who are not supporting a dependent other than a spouse

The need-based grants for returning second- and third-year students tend to be slightly lower than that provided in the students’ first years. The expectation is that after completing the first year of study, students will find part-time and summer employment more easily. Please note that all students awarded need-based grants are generally expected to borrow the maximum federal Stafford Loan amount unless they receive external scholarship funding sufficient to cover the balance of their expenses.