Who We Are
The Law Financial Aid (LFA) Office oversees financial aid processing for all Law School students, as well as oversees Law School-funded programs for public interest alumni. LFA determines financial aid eligibility and packages, determines the cost of attendance, processes and disburses student loans, manages entrance and exit loan counseling for federal loans, and certifies private/alternative loan certification requests. LFA also provides financial assistance to students and alumni who choose to work in public interest or government with our student Summer Public Interest Funding Program and the alumni Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).
The University of Chicago Bursar’s Office is a related office outside of the Law School that can provide information regarding tuition and fees, billing policies and dates, agency billing, payment plans, direct deposit of refunds, electronic billing and payments, tax information, and lost checks.
Financial Aid Updates
On August 24, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Department of Education announced a federal student loan debt relief program. You can find more information about the Federal Student Loan Debt Relief program online at studentaid.gov. As of November 2022, debt relief implementation has been put on hold by court order so the Department of Education is not accepting applications. If you've already applied, the Department will hold your application. If you wish to monitor application availability, you can subscribe for updates from the Department of Education.
As of November 22, 2022, the Department of Education has extended the student loan repayment pause and interest accrual that began in March 2020. The student loan payment pause is extended until the debt relief program litigation is resolved. Payments will restart 60 days later. If the debt relief program has not been implemented and the litigation has not been resolved by June 30, 2023 - payments will resume 60 days after that.
Financial Aid Calendar
- 10/01/2022 - The 2023-2024 FAFSA opened at studentaid.gov
- 11/24/2022 - 11/25/2022 - LFA Office Closed for Thanksgiving Break
- 12/23/2022 - First disbursement date for Winter Quarter student loans and aid awards
- 12/26/2022 - 12/30/2022 - LFA Office Closed for Winter Recess
- 12/28/2022 - Winter Quarter Bill Due
- 03/10/2023 - First disbursement date for Spring Quarter student loans and aid awards
- 03/29/2023 - Spring Quarter Bill Due
- 05/15/2023 - Priority deadline for 2023-2024 FAFSA submission