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Filing the FAFSA

Law students who wish to utilize federal student loans and/or work study to assist with the cost of their legal education should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, at www.fafsa.ed.gov using the University of Cincinnati’s school code of 003125. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA by March 1 each year as some sources of aid, such as the Federal Perkins Loan, are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. An early application receives priority consideration for limited funding sources.

A four-digit PIN number is required to electronically sign the FAFSA online. If you do not already have a PIN from the US Department of Education, or you wish to change your PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov. The US Department of Education considers anyone pursuing a law degree to be independent for financial aid purposes; therefore parental financial data and signatures are not required – only the student’s PIN and income and asset information must be submitted on FAFSA. We also encourage students to use figures from a completed federal income tax form to limit any FAFSA corrections that may need to be updated later.

After your FAFSA has been submitted, the US Department of Education will forward the results to the University of Cincinnati. Beginning in late spring each year the University’s Student Financial Aid Office will make awards for incoming and returning students. Awards may be viewed and then accepted or declined at www.financialaid.uc.edu under ‘Check My Aid’.

Students who have questions about completing the FAFSA may contact John Stiles, Associate Director in the College of Law’s Office of Admission & Financial Aid, at john.stiles@uc.edu or 513-556-0106.