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Need Based Grants - Policy Information

Due to limited University resources, we must consider each student’s entire financial situation. Accordingly, the University of Pennsylvania Law School requires applicants applying for scholarship and their families (except those students over the age of 30 by December 31 of the year of enrollment) to complete the parental, student and spouse (if applicable) sections of the Need Access financial aid applications. As a graduate school applicant you are considered independent under federal guidelines and are only required to complete the student sections on the FAFSA.

The parental information will be used to determine the ability of your parents to contribute financial assistance to meet educational expenses. Your financial aid application will not be evaluated unless the required parental/spousal information is provided. This is so even though all graduate students are technically “independent” under federal guidelines. We will take an estimated parental contribution into account when awarding financial aid, but students can make that contribution up in the form of an additional loan; therefore, parents are not obligated to contribute the estimated parent contribution.

Processing Applications

The Law School will review all incoming students for financial aid eligibility. Eligibility for need-based assistance is determined in accordance with Penn Law’s financial aid award policies. Students receive a three-year need-based award determined by our financial need analysis. It is rare that this amount will be increased while you are in Law School. However, if there are significant changes in your or your family’s original financial standing while in Law School, you can appeal for additional funding. Any additional support will depend on available funding at that time.

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