Financial Aid Eligibility

In order to receive federal financial aid, you must be enrolled at least half-time, be a degree-seeking student and demonstrate reasonable academic progress toward graduation or completion. Also, you must not be in default on federal student loans and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Please contact the Registrar's Office  to find out how many credits are required for half-time status for your program of study.

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application students must complete to apply for federal financial aid, including federal work study. This is online application must be completed each academic year. We recommend that you submit the FAFSA online no later than April 1ST in order to receive full consideration for need-based financial aid. Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov anytime after October 1st. Chicago-Kent's FAFSA code is E00773. If you need help completing the FAFSA, the Department of Education provides this helpful pdf document with complete instructions, videos, and phone numbers if you need more help. The awarding process typically begins in March of each year, and we receive FAFSA's on a weekly basis.

Cost of Attendance Budget and Components

The Department of Education requires that the IIT Downtown Campus establish and publish a general student budget (also known as the "Cost of Attendance") that is designed to provide students with a modest but realistic standard of living.

Your financial aid eligibility is based on this budget. A student's total financial aid package, including scholarships, loans and any other financial aid resources, may not exceed the Cost of Attendance Budget, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

The Department of Education requires that students be enrolled in qualifying programs and make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to qualify for federal financial aid. This section discusses satisfactory academic progress only as it relates to financial aid eligibility.

Visiting Another Law School

If you have been granted permission to study at another law school for credit toward your Chicago-Kent law degree and are borrowing educational loans to meet your educational costs, you must notify the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible and complete the Financial Aid Request Form providing the contact information for your host school. The financial aid process for visiting away students can take at least 5-6 weeks.

We will ask the host school's Financial Aid Office to complete a Consortium Agreement with cost of attendance amounts, and their Registar's Office to provide enrollment verificaion with dates of attendance, and credit hours. Once we receive all the required documentation from the visiting school, we will finalize your financial aid award, and you can accept the loans you wish to borrow on the myIIT portal. The funds will be scheduled to disburse to your student account according to your enrollment period at the visiting school. If you are expecting a refund to use toward your balance at the visiting school please contact the Student Accounting Office. It is the students responsibility to pay tuition at the visiting school. Please be sure that you have set up direct deposit of your refund. See the Student Accounting Office website for more information about the refund process.

If you do not enroll or withdrawal from the visiting school please notify the Office of Financial Aid immediately.

The Office of Financial Aid does not determine the Cost of Attendance for host schools. For this reason, it is very crucial for each student to thoroughly research the host school's charges and costs of living prior to their departure. It is the students responsibility to budget themselves until their financial aid is processed.

Study Abroad

If you have been granted permission to study abroad through Chicago-Kent College of Law, Office of International Law & Policy, and are borrowing financial aid to meet your educational costs, you must notify the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. The Office of International Law & Policy will contact you to complete a Google Doc in which you will list your program details. The Office of Financial Aid will use this the information in the Google Doc to award you federal financial aid. Once your award has been finalized you will receive an email from our office. The financial aid process for the study abroad program can take 4 to 6 weeks.

If academic credit is approved, a student may be considered enrolled at Chicago-Kent for financial aid purposes. You must still follow the same eligibility criteria as if you were taking classes at Chicago-Kent. You must complete a FAFSA, be enrolled at least half time, and be degree seeking. You must be enrolled at least half time in courses that count toward the 87 credits required for graduation. Any credits taken above the 87 credits required for graduation are not eligible for federal financial aid. Please plan accordingly.

Please be aware that your Cost of Attendance during your study abroad term will be based on the living expenses and tuition charges of the partner program, not the standard Chicago-Kent budget. The Office of Financial Aid does not determine the Cost of Attendance for host schools. For this reason, it is very crucial for each student to thoroughly research the host school's charges and costs of living prior to their departure. It is the students responsibility to budget themselves until their financial aid is processed.

Your financial aid disbursements will be scheduled to post to your student account 10 days before the program starts. This means you will need to make financial arrangements to secure your travel, books, room and board, and other personal expenses ahead of time. Please be sure to sign up for direct deposit on the myIIT portal. This is how you will receive your funds for living expenses and program/administrative fees, if applicable. 

Joint-Degree Students

Students that plan on attending the JD program plus another IIT program please read this section and contact our office for more information.

International Students

Federal Financial Aid is not available for international students. For information on alternative funding options click on this link.

Visiting Chicago-Kent from Another Law School

If you have been accepted to Chicago-Kent College of Law as a visiting student and need financial aid to meet your educational costs, you must arrange to process your financial aid with your home institution. Your home institution must forward a consortium agreement form to the Office Financial Aid at Chicago-Kent College of Law, so that we may provide information regarding your dates of attendance, cost of attendance, and enrollment status.

Complete Withdrawal

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 includes provisions governing the return of federal financial assistance for financial aid recipients who completely withdraw from school in any semester. This section discusses the Federal Refund and Return of Title IV Funds policy as it relates to financial aid eligibility.

Summer Financial Aid: Continuing Students

In order to be eligible you must have completed the current academic year's FAFSA and have completed all required documents. If you are registered at least half-time for the summer term (3 credits), you will be automatically offered federal loans. If you are registered less than half time for the summer term (less than 3 credits), you are ineligible for federal loans. Click on the link above for more information.

Flexible Scheduling Option Students (Summer Starts)

Students starting the JD program in the summer term are eligible for federal financial aid. In order to receive loans for the summer term you must complete the correct FAFSA as soon as possible. Once your FAFSA is complete and you are registered for the summer term you will receive a financial award notification for the summer term. Click on the link above for more information.