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New England Law | Boston offers the following aid programs to help you finance your legal education.

Merit-Based Scholarships

A variety of generous merit-based scholarships are available to incoming New England Law | Boston students. In recent years, more than 60 percent of students have received merit-based scholarships.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Merit Scholarships

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, shared her unique perspective on the law during several visits to New England Law | Boston, the first law school founded exclusively for women. Full-tuition Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Merit Scholarships are awarded to incoming students who show exceptional academic promise. All students are considered upon admission to the school, without further application. These scholarships are renewable annually, provided the recipient meets specified academic requirements.

New England Law | Boston Academic Achievement Merit Scholarships, Dean's Merit Scholarships, and Portia Awards

These scholarships are awarded to incoming students who demonstrate outstanding academic promise. All students are considered upon admission to the school, without further application. These scholarships are renewable annually, provided the recipient meets specified academic requirements.

Charles Hamilton Houston Merit Scholarships

Charles Hamilton Houston was the first general counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund and a dean of Howard University Law School. The Charles Hamilton Houston Merit Scholarships—in amounts up to full tuition—were established to recognize incoming minority students who demonstrate superior academic promise. All eligible students are considered upon admission to the school, without further application. These scholarships are renewable annually, provided the recipient meets specified academic requirements.

Trustee Academic Scholarships

A total of 10, half-tuition scholarships are awarded each year to the two students in each class of the Day and Evening divisions who earn the highest grade-point average during the previous year at New England Law. No application is required to receive this scholarship, and students will be notified in late summer of their award.

Other Grant Programs and Scholarships

Robert S. Marcus Memorial Scholarship

A $5,000 scholarship is awarded to one, full-time day student in the final year of law school. The student must be from a single-parent household, have shown a commitment to trial practice, and demonstrate financial need. Applications are available in early spring and are awarded before the end of the academic year.

Yellow Ribbon Grant Program

New England Law, together with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, awards unlimited matching grant funds (up to the cost of tuition and fees) to an unlimited number of eligible veterans. More information on this program and student veteran eligibility can be found on our Veterans’ Benefits page.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan

The Federal Direct Stafford Loan is a low-interest, unsubsidized loan available to students to help offset educational expenses.

The maximum annual amount that can be borrowed with a Federal Direct Stafford Loan is $20,500. The maximum cumulative borrowing is $138,500, including any previous subsidized borrowing you may have had. 

A loan origination fee will apply to your loan, based on the time of its first disbursement. Stafford loans that originate in the 2016–2017 academic year before October 1, 2016, have an origination fee of 1.068 percent. Stafford loans that originate in the 2016–2017 academic year with a first disbursement on or after October 1, 2016, will have an origination fee of 1.069 percent.

The interest rate on the Federal Direct Stafford Loan is fixed at 5.31 percent for new loans disbursed in the academic year 2016–2017. You are responsible for the interest payments for this loan while enrolled; however, you have the option to allow the interest to accrue and capitalize. To be eligible for this loan, you must be enrolled in at least six credits during the academic year or three credits during the summer (i.e., half-time or greater enrollment status.)

During periods of enrollment for which you are enrolled at half-time or greater status, this loan will be eligible for automatic in-school deferment. This loan will generally enter repayment after a six-month grace period following your graduation or less than half-time enrollment.

Application Process

To apply for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, please complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New England Law E-App. For further details, please see our aid process information page.

Disbursement of Funds

Generally, Stafford Loans are disbursed in two equal installments: at the start of the fall semester and the start of the spring semester. Any refund check due to a student after payment of tuition will be available after the start of classes in either semester.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

The Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Program allows eligible graduate students to borrow additional funding, capped annually by their cost of attendance, minus all other financial aid. There is no maximum cumulative borrowing limit for this loan program.

Grad PLUS loans are subject to credit review, and the appearance of the loan on your My Fin Aid award screen does not guarantee approval. We recommend that you review your credit report prior to applying, as approval requires satisfactory credit. Free credit reports can be obtained once every 12 months.

If you are denied the loan based on credit, you will be contacted by Direct Loans with the option to appeal the decision or to secure an endorser for the loan. For information about what the Department of Education will be looking for in its credit check, visit the following site.

A loan origination fee will apply to your loan, based on the time of its first disbursement. Grad PLUS loans that originate in the 2016–2017 academic year before October 1, 2016, have an origination fee of 4.272 percent. Grad PLUS loans that originate in the 2016–2017 academic year with a first disbursement on or after October 1, 2016, will have an origination fee of 4.276 percent.

The interest rate on the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is fixed at 6.31 percent for new loans disbursed in the academic year 2016–2017. You are responsible for the interest payments for this loan while enrolled; however, you have the option to allow the interest to accrue and capitalize. To be eligible for this loan, you must be enrolled in at least six credits during the academic year or three credits during the summer (i.e. half-time or greater enrollment status).

During periods of enrollment for which you are enrolled at half-time or greater status, this loan will be eligible for automatic in-school deferment. This loan will generally enter repayment after an automatic six-month deferment, following your graduation or less than half-time enrollment.

Application Process

To apply for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, please complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the New England Law E-App. For more details, please see our aid process information page.

Disbursement of Funds

Generally, Grad PLUS loans are disbursed in two equal installments: at the start of the fall semester and the start of the spring semester. Any refund check due to the student after after payment of tuition will be available after the start of classes in either semester.

Private Education Loans

Private education loans are available from a variety of lenders. As with Federal Grad PLUS Loans, private loan eligibility is based on a student’s budget, and satisfactory credit is essential for approval. We recommend you review your credit report before applying. Free credit reports can be obtained once every 12 months.

Federal loans may have more beneficial terms than the private loans available. We advise students to compare closely the terms and repayment plan options.

The Office of Financial Aid can provide more information on private loans and federal loans.

International Student Loans

International students who are attending New England Law and are not eligible for federal loans may contact the Office of Financial Aid for a listing of appropriate private lenders, along with an estimated budget.