How to Apply for Financial Aid

For each academic year you intend to receive financial aid at the University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth, you must: 

  • File a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete and submit a UMass Law Financial Aid Application

Scholarships & Fellowships

Merit and need based scholarships and fellowships are offered to qualified law students.

Go to to complete your FAFSA. Our federal school code is 002210. You do not have to wait to be admitted before filing your FAFSA.

Complete and submit to Law School Financial Aid Services, the UMass Law Financial Aid Application. Use the Application Instructions to complete all sections. Both the Application and Instructions are available on our Policies and forms page.

The combination of all of your financial aid resources, scholarships and loans, cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance (COA).  Your COA includes your educational costs based on your enrollment and residency status and is listed under the financial aid tab in your COIN account. It can also be obtained by contacting the Law School Financial Aid Staff at 508.985.1187 or

For additional information and instructions, please see our Financial Aid Q&A (PDF)How to Apply for Federal Direct Loans (PDF), and  Navigate Financial Aid in COIN (PDF) handouts in the Policies and forms section of this website or contact the financial aid staff with your questions.

Federal direct student loans

Direct unsubsidized

By submitting your FAFSA, your eligibility for Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, up to $20,500 annually, will be determined. You will be notified if additional information is required. An award letter notifying you of your eligibility will be mailed or emailed to you. Please read the How to Apply for Federal Direct Loans (PDF) at UMass Law handout in the Policies and forms section of this website for instructions.

Direct Graduate Plus Loan

Should you need additional funding, the Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan is available to supplement educational expenses up to your Cost of Attendance (COA) at the Law School. Graduate Plus Loan applications are processed electronically. 

Please see the Grad Plus Q&A 2016-2017 (PDF) for detailed information about Graduate Plus Loans and the How to Apply for Federal Direct Loans‌ (PDF) at UMass Law handout in the Policies and forms section of this website for instructions.

Private education loans

The law school financial aid staff strongly advises students to borrow through the federal loan program. However, we recognize that under certain exceptional circumstances a private education loan is necessary. MEFACitizens BankSallie MaeDiscover Student Loans, etc. are lenders offering private educational loans. Please contact the financial aid staff for information and application details.


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