Stetson University

How to Apply for Financial Aid

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At the graduate level, the different types of Title IV financial aid offered are primarily limited to loans to help cover costs during your time at Stetson Law. These loans are the Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan and the Graduate Plus Loan. Please refer to the Types of Financial Aid page to learn more about these resources.

2014-2015 Financial Aid Instructions

Select the link that best reflects your situation:

Incoming J.D. Student
Incoming J.D. Transfer Student
Continuing J.D. Student
Current Student Requesting Summer Aid
Stetson Law Student Studying Abroad
Stetson Law Student Visiting Away
Incoming LL.M. Elder or International Law Student
Incoming Visiting Student
International Student

Incoming J.D. Student [top]

If you are a newly admitted J.D. student who wishes to apply for federal financial aid, please complete steps 1 through 6 below by August 1st. Be sure to complete your taxes before applying for aid to avoid having to go back later and update your FAFSA with the actual amount.

Step 1: Apply for your PIN.

  • Before filling out your FAFSA for the first time, you will need to apply for a PIN (if you don't already have one). Go to www.pin.ed.gov to apply for a PIN. Do not share this with anyone. Keep your PIN in a safe place because you will use it every year to fill out a new FAFSA.

Step 2: Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • This is a FREE application: you should never be asked to pay for filling this out. If you are then you are not using the correct website.
  • Once you have your 4-digit PIN you can fill out your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You will only need your tax information (and your spouse's if applicable). Regardless if your parents claim you as a dependent, only YOUR information is needed on the FAFSA at the graduate level.
  • Enter Stetson University College of Law's School Code: E00342.

Step 3: Review your award email.

  • After receiving your completed FAFSA, the Office of Admissions and Student Financial Planning will send you an email containing the breakdown of your award and information on using StetsonConnect to help complete the next steps for receiving financial aid. The steps outlined include: accepting/denying your financial aid award on Banner Web (which can only be done after paying your seat deposit), signing and submitting the Terms and Conditions of Receiving Financial Aid form electronically through Banner Web, Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and signing a Master Promissory Note(s) for all loans. Be sure to read through this information carefully and follow all of the steps.
    Note: We typically don't start sending out award emails until March.
  • When you are reviewing your offered financial aid and have questions regarding scholarships, budgeting, types of loans, accepting/declining your offered financial aid or anything else please don't hesitate to contact our office to set up an appointment to speak to a counselor in depth either in person, over the phone, or Skype. You can email us at finaid@law.stetson.edu, call us at 727-562-7813, or Skype us at  stetsoncol.jenn.pottsdebatista.
  • If you know you are receiving a scholarship, it should be reflected in your award email. You do not have to accept the scholarship on Banner Web; it is automatically accepted. If you know you are receiving a scholarship and it is NOT in the award email, please contact us at finaid@law.stetson.edu, 727-562-7813, or stetsoncol.jenn.pottsdebatista on Skype.
  • If we need any more information or documentation from you, you have been denied for the Graduate Plus Loan, or any other missing steps you need to take in order to receive financial aid, our office will EMAIL you. Please check your email frequently to ensure timely processing on your side.
  • If you have Florida Prepaid or other 529 Plan funds, or have remaining Bright Futures eligibility, please email us for further instructions.
  • Please see Cost of Attendance for information regrading the breakdown of the student budget.
  • For charges and current tuition rates please see Tuition and Fees.
  • Quick questions? Skype us at stetsoncol.jenn.pottsdebatista.
  • VA Benefits: http://www.stetson.edu/law/admissions/veterans/index.php

Step 4: Submit your seat deposit.

  • Once you have decided that you will be attending Stetson, you will submit a $500 non-refundable seat deposit. You will pay via credit card on StetsonConnect, mail or drop off a check or money order to:

    Stetson University College of Law
    Office of Admissions and Student Financial Planning
    1401 61st Street South
    Gulfport, FL 33707

Step 5: Electronically submit the Terms and Conditions of Receiving Financial Aid form through Banner Web.

  • The Terms and Conditions of Receiving Financial Aid form needs to be signed electronically and submitted annually for all new and continuing students through your Banner Web account no later than August 1. You will NOT receive a refund check until this step is completed.

Step 6: Pick up your refund check.

  • If you have accepted financial aid to cover your living expenses and you have NOT received an email from us with any problems, you would receive your refund check the first Friday before your classes start. Please contact the Business Office about picking it up, any special delivery requirements, or if you have questions about charges to your account.

Incoming J.D. Transfer Student [top]

  • If you are transferring to Stetson for the fall or spring semester, please be sure to contact your previous university to make sure they are aware of your transfer decision and that all future financial aid disbursements are cancelled.
  • Then follow steps 1 through 6 above for Incoming J.D. Students.

Continuing J.D. Student [top]

If this is your first time borrowing financial aid while at the College of Law, please follow steps 1 through 6 above for Incoming J.D. Students.

The Terms and Conditions of Receiving Financial Aid form needs to be signed electronically and submitted annually for all new and continuing students through your Banner Web account no later than August 1. You will NOT receive a refund check until this step is completed


Current Student Requesting Summer Aid [top]

If you intend to take classes during the summer at the College of Law, study abroad, or visit another school you will need to fill out a Financial Aid Summer Request Form. These forms are available in March once the class schedule is finalized in the Registrar's Office.

Step 1: Complete your Summer Request Form.

  • You need to complete a Summer Request Form even if you ONLY receive a scholarship and no loans. If you do not fill out a request form, you do NOT get loans or your scholarship for the summer. The due date of the form is indicated on the request form and you can submit these via drop off, email or fax. Only submit the form once you have finalized your schedule and will not make any more changes.
  • In order to receive financial aid for the summer you must be at least half-time status, taking at least 3 credit hours, and have completed the current aid year FAFSA.
  • Financial aid living expense money is awarded for the duration of the classes you will be taking only. (For example, if you are only taking a class that lasts two weeks, you only get living expenses to cover 2 weeks.)
  • If you are taking summer classes to graduate early you must take a minimum of 5 credit hours to receive the ½ residency credit and take two summer semesters. Please contact the Registrar's Office about residency credits and requirements to graduate early.

Stetson Law Student Studying Abroad [top]

To receive financial aid to cover the expenses related to the study abroad trip you wish to attend, you will need to fill out a Financial Aid Request Form for that specific trip in the Office of Admissions and Student Financial Planning. You can email us to request a form at finaid@law.stetson.edu. A student's enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the College of Law may be considered enrollment at the College of Law for the purpose of applying for loans.

For summer:

If you are only taking a summer study abroad trip(s) and no additional classes during the summer semester at Stetson, then you only need to fill out a Study Abroad Request Form for that trip.


Stetson Law Student Visiting Away [top]

  • If you plan to take classes at another University and have them count toward your degree at Stetson you must get approval from the Registrar. Once the Registrar has approved it, you should contact Jennifer Potts de Batista at jpottsde@law.stetson.edu to send a Consortium Agreement to the school you will be visiting to package your financial aid at Stetson Law. You will pick up a check in the Business Office at Stetson Law which will include the tuition, fees and living expenses for the school you will be attending. If you are receiving financial aid from Stetson Law to pay for the host school's tuition it is your responsibility to make that payment.
  • The host school will indicate on the Consortium Agreement the dates of the semester and your financial aid for that semester will pay onto your account 10 days prior. You would receive the check 2 to 3 days after that disbursement in the Business Office. Please contact them about special pick-up arrangements and availability.

Incoming LL.M. Student [top]

If you are an incoming student, admitted to the LL.M. in Elder Law or International Law, and plan to borrow financial aid, you will first need to complete Steps 1 and 2 above for Incoming J.D. Students.

Step 3: Contact our office to request financial aid.

  • Once you have completed Step 1 and Step 2, you may contact the Office of Admissions and Student Financial Planning to let us know that you would like to receive financial aid and have filled out your FAFSA. You can email us at finaid@law.stetson.edu, call 727-562-7813, or Skype us at stetsoncol.jenn.pottsdebatista.

Step 4: Review your award email.

  • After receiving your completed FAFSA the Office of Admissions and Student Financial Planning will send you an email containing the breakdown of your award and links to the next steps you will need to complete to receive financial aid. The steps outlined include: accepting/denying your financial aid award on Banner Web, signing and submitting the Terms and Conditions of Receiving Financial Aid form electronically through Banner Web, Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and signing a Master Promissory Note(s) for all loans. Be sure to read through this information carefully and follow all of the steps.
  • For information regarding current tuition rates and fees for the LL.M. in Elder Law program please visit their Tuition and Fees page.
  • For information regarding current tuition rates and fees for the LL.M. in International Law program please see Tuition and Fees page.

Note: The tuition amounts for the LL.M. in International Law program are the same as the J.D. program.


Visiting Student [top]

If you have been approved to attend Stetson University College of Law by your home University and would like to receive financial aid during your time at Stetson, you will need to have your HOME Financial Aid office send a Consortium Agreement to our office at finaid@law.stetson.edu or contact Jennifer Potts de Batista at 727-562-7813 with further questions.


International Student [top]

If you have been accepted into one of Stetson Law's programs and would like to receive Federal financial aid as an eligible non-citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) you may follow the steps outlined under the program you have been accepted into above.

If you are currently in the United States under a student, visiting or work Visa, your options to financing your education at Stetson University College of Law are limited to commercial loans. You can apply for these private loans at the bank of your choice; however, you must have a co-signer that is a permanent resident.

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