New 2017-2018 Student Loan Interest Rates
Federal Direct Loan interest rates have increased for the 2017-2018 academic year effective July 1, 2017. The interest rate will be fixed for the life of the loan. Since 2013 interest rates on federal student loans have been set annually according to the 10-year Treasury note rate, plus a fixed percentage that differs by loan type.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: 6%
Federal Direct Plus Loan: 7%
See our website for more information.
New Loan Origination Fees Effective October 1, 2017
As of October 1, 2017 the Federal Direct loan origination fees will be reduced for the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year and will remain in effect until October 1, 2018.
New Loan Origination (effective 10/1/17-10/1/18):
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan: 1.066%
Federal Direct Plus Loan: 4.264%
The new loan fee percentages will apply only to loans where the first disbursement of a loan is made on or after October 1, 2017. This means, if your loan was already disbursed for the fall semester it will not be affected. The second disbursement for spring will still have the prior fee.
2017-2018 FAFSA Reminder
In order to qualify for financial aid each upcoming academic year you must complete a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each calendar year.†The priority completion date is April 1st.†
You can complete your FAFSA online at†http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.†In order to apply you will need your FSA ID. Please remember to include our school code, E00773, when completing your FAFSA and keep in mind that†the school name will be listed as Chicago-Kent College of Law.†
If you need help completing the FAFSA, the†Department of Education†provides several helpful resources with complete instructions, videos, and contact numbers. Additionally, if you have any questions please feel free to call the Office of Financial Aid at (312) 906-5180, or send an email to†firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAFSA Changes Effective 2017-18 Aid Year:
Department of Education Video Announcement
The 2017-2018 FAFSA will collect income information from two years prior versus the previously required one year prior. This means you will use your 2015 income information on the 17-18 FAFSA. We encourage all students to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).
Please note that the Office of Financial Aid will not be able to provide you with a 2017-2018 award notification until March of 2017.
The table below summarizes the changes in detail.†
Yearís Income Required
July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017)
January 1, 2016-June 30, 2017
July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
(Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018)
October 1, 2016-June 30, 2018
July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019
(Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2018)
October 1, 2017-June 30, 2019
- You do not need to complete your taxes before filling out the FAFSA.
- Since tax data from two-years prior will be readily available upon application, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) easily allows applicants to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the FAFSA, and transfer the required information directly into the FAFSA from the IRS. The FAFSA includes a link to the IRS if an applicant is eligible to use the IRS DRT. It is a fast and most accurate way to input income and tax information into the FAFSA. Use of the IRS DRT will dramatically reduce the likelihood of your FAFSA being selected for verification.
3L Students: May not be eligible for courses over 87 credits
In order to receive federal financial aid at Chicago-Kent College of Law you must meet certain enrollment criteria. Students that do not meet these criteria are not eligible for federal financial aid. The enrollment criteria are as follows:
- 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.
- According to the Registrarís Office, at least half time enrollment is considered to be: 6 credits for fall and spring semester and 3 credits for the summer term. For more information about registration, see the†Registrarís Office.
- If you plan to take between 6 and 11 credits, it is best to send your fall and spring enrollment intentions to our office via†email. This will prevent delays of your disbursements and refunds. Once we receive your enrollment intentions, we will customize your cost of attendance budget to reflect your projected enrollment. It is best to let us know your enrollment intentions at least 3 weeks before classes start to ensure your financial aid is not delayed.
We understand that you may be close to graduation and not need as many credits as in past semesters. However, you must still demonstrate at least half time enrollment to maintain your federal financial aid eligibility. If you do not meet the enrollment criteria your options are make to payment arrangements with the†Student Accounting Office†or to apply for a†private educational loan†(tuition only).
Chicago-Kent Scholarship Eligibility
If you are in your last year and are taking less than 12 credits per semester, no action is required of you to receive your scholarship. Your scholarship will be posted to your student account, but the total amount of scholarship funds cannot exceed your tuition.
2L Student: Awarding changes from 1L year
Your financial aid award will be less than the financial aid package you received your 1L year. Please read the below and if you need to make changes please emails us with the required information below.
These are the awarding differences going from 1L to 2L:
- A one-time lap top allowance is included in your first year Cost of Attendance (COA) budget. This line item is not included in the COA for continuing students.
- As a first year JD student, your COA is based on a flat rate tuition charge. As a continuing student your initial COA is based on a per credit tuition charge. The tuition component of the COA is based on a minimum of 12 credits per term for full time and 6 credits for part time students.
- Eligible continuing students are awarded Federal Work Study (FWS). It is a need based employment program that requires students to earn their award amount through work. FWS reduces the amount a student can borrow in federal student loans. If you do not plan on participating in the program and need additional funds you may email to request the amount be converted into additional loan funds.
- If your current cost of attendance does not meet your financial requirements please send your fall and spring enrollment intentions, and if you are authorizing a FWS conversion, via email to the Office of Financial Aid. In your email, please specify the following in your email authorization request:
- Exact dollar amount that you need
- Number of credits that you intend to take in both semesters
- If you are declining FWS
Please note, the Office of Financial Aid cautions students against borrowing up to the Cost of Attendance limit.
1L Students: Your Award Breakdown
Financial aid is awarded for the entire academic year. Not per semester. This means you will receive an equal half of your accepted aid for the fall semester and the other half for the spring semester, minus the loan origination fee.
The tuition billing for first year students is based on a flat rate of 30 credits for the year. Students have a set registration schedule of 16 credits for the fall semester and 14 credits for the spring semester (unless they opt to do the 1L Your Way alternative). Tuition is billed per credit hour per semester. This means your charges for the fall and spring semester will not be equal, but your financial aid disbursements will be equal. As a result, your accepted financial aid may not cover all of your charges or provide you with the refund amount you were expecting.
We strongly recommend students plan accordingly and have created this form to help you determine your aid and refund per semester.
Planning to Study Abroad?
In order to determine if your study abroad program/course is eligible to receive financial aid please stop by the Office of Financial Aid. If you've been granted permission to study abroad through Chicago-Kent College of Law and are borrowing educational student loans to meet your educational costs, please contact the Office of International Law and Policy and you will be provided an electronic application to complete via Google Docs. The financial aid process for the study abroad program can take 4 to 6 weeks.
If credit is approved by home school (Chicago-Kent), the student may be considered enrolled at the home school 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, be degree seeking, and the credits must count toward the required credits required for graduation. Student registered in credits over the graduation requirement (87 credits) may not be eligible for federal financial aid for those credits. See the headline, "Information for 3L Students". 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 program, not the standard Chicago-Kent budget. Additional fees may be charged by the program.
The Office of Financial Aid does not determine the Cost of Attendance for study abroad programs. For this reason, it is very crucial for each student to thoroughly research the programs charges and costs of living prior to their departure. It is the students responsibility to budget themselves until their financial aid is processed.
Planning to Visit 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. You must complete the Financial Aid Request Form to Visit Another Law School, if you wish to use federal student loans.
We will ask the host school's Financial Aid Office to complete a Consortium Agreement with cost of attendance amounts, and their Registrar's Office to provide enrollment verification 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, the Student Accounting Office will process it. It is the student's responsibility to pay tuition at the visiting school. Please be sure that you have set up direct deposit of your refund.
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.
Bar study loan information
Bar Examination loans are intended to assist students in paying for bar preparation courses and meeting other financial needs while studying for the Bar Exam.
Students may submit the application for the Bar Exam Loan funds during their last year before graduation. The terms, conditions, and credit criteria for Bar Examination Loans are similar to those for alternative loan programs. Unfortunately, students with negative credit ratings are generally not eligible for Bar Exam loans.
To apply for a Bar Examination Loan, review the Bar Loan Information, on our website. Once you are approved, the lender will contact our office to certify your loan. The funds will be disbursed directly to you from the lender.
See our website or stop in the office for more information.
NASFAA Financial Literacy Report
The Opportunities to Improve the Financial Capability and Financial Well-being of Postsecondary Students report describes current efforts to enhance financial education among students to help them make informed decisions about choosing where and how to finance postsecondary education, and to aid students in making sound financial decisions when enrolled and beyond. Key topics include:
- Policies and resources to help students make decisions on college choice and financing;
- Tools for navigating the college search and decision-making process;
- Tools for navigating postsecondary education financing and repayment;
- Financial decisions facing currently enrolled students and recent graduates;
- Institutional efforts to improve the financial capability of enrolled students;
- Recommendations and next steps for higher education institutions
Free Credit Report
Did you know that you are now able to
receive a free credit report once every 12 months?
We encourage students to review their credit reports
annually to check for inaccuracies and identify any
To receive your free credit report,
please visit the following link: http://www.annualcreditreport.com.
This central site allows you to request a free credit
file disclosure, commonly called a credit report,
once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer
credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and
Please be aware that other sites may
advertise free credit reports, but this is the only
site that is sponsored by the federal government and
the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. Other
sites may charge fees.
Financial Aid Contact Information
The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to assisting students in financing their education and making financially informed and responsible decisions. Please feel free to contact our office at any time during the office hours listed below.
- Suite #230
Phone: (312) 906-5180 - Fax: (312) 906-5274