Financial Aid Checklist for Incoming Students

Welcome to RWU Law! We have put together this checklist to help students access the financial aid resources they need to start law school. As always feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

  • Apply for Financial Aid
    Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will need to register for a FSA ID in order to sign and submit the FAFSA electronically. You can obtain a FSA ID by registering at www.fsaid.ed.gov. You will need to complete the financial portion of the FAFSA with your 2016 income information. If applicable, have your 2016 W-2’s and tax returns available. RWU Law’s federal school code is 003410.
     
  • Sign and Return Award Letter
    Once the Office of Financial Aid receives your FAFSA it will be reviewed to determine eligibility for federal student loans. When the review is complete, a financial aid package will be produced and mailed to the address provided on the FAFSA. Carefully review the award letter to determine the amount of federal student loans you will need to borrow to cover tuition, fees, books/supplies and living expenses. If you wish to decline or reduce the loans being offered, please indicate so on the award letter, sign and return it to the Office of Financial Aid. Your letter can be mailed, faxed or scanned and emailed.
     
  • Complete Federal Loan Entrance Counseling
    This is required for all first time Direct Loan borrowers and for students who are first time Graduate Plus Loan borrowers. Follow the Instructions for Direct Loan Borrowers provided in your financial aid package. Entrance counseling is completed online at www.studentloans.gov.
     
  • Complete Master Promissory Note
    This is required for all first time Direct Loan borrowers and for students who are first time Graduate Plus Loan borrowers. Follow the Instructions for Direct Loan Borrowers provided in your financial aid package. Master Promissory Notes are completed online at www.studentloans.gov.
     
  • Submit Verification Forms
    Submit all documentation as requested by the Office of Financial Aid. Disclose any outside scholarships or funding assistance.
     
  • Veterans: Submit Certification of Enrollment
    This must be submitted to the Office of Student Records and Finance so the VA can process your GI Bill benefits.
     
  • Refunds for Living Expenses
    Living expense refunds are issued to students after the start of classes. Student are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit. You sign up for direct deposit on the billing page of your student portal. Refunds are issued by the Office of Student Records and Finance.
     

* Please note that living expense refunds are only issued to students that have completed all the above steps.

Close Course Type Descriptions

Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.