LL.M. Student Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $900 per credit hour.

In order to apply for Federal Financial Aid, you will need to complete the below steps at www.studentloans.gov. Our school code is G12627.

  1. 2016/17 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  2. Entrance Counseling
  3. Master Promissory Notes:  Subsidized/Unsubsidized and/or
    Graduate Plus (Two step process: Master Promissory Note & Application)
  4. Estimated Cost of Attendance »

Students must be officially enrolled for the upcoming term before financial aid will be awarded. "Officially enrolled" means that your class schedule must appear on your billing statement. We recommend registering by Friday of Week 13 to avoid financial aid delays.

For all new LL.M. students this also means paying your $25 Enrollment Fee. This includes all Cooley JD/LL.M. students that have graduated and are now 1st term LL.M. students.


LL.M. students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 credits each term in order to be eligible for federal financial aid and student loan deferments. 3 credits is considered half-time/part-time status and 6 credits is considered full-time status.

LL.M. students must meet all the same federal eligibility requirements as JD students. The Aggregate Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized loan total is $138,500. If eligible, we can process federal unsubsidized loans up to the aggregate limit for an LL.M. student. You may review your federal loan history at www.nslds.ed.gov.

Federal Work Study - LL.M. students are eligible for work study, if the student meets federal aid eligibility. A work study award must fit into your financial aid cost of attendance.

Graduate Plus Loans - LL.M. students are eligible to apply and must be enrolled in 3 credits or more each term, and meet federal eligibility requirements. A Grad Plus loan must fit into your financial aid cost of attendance along with all other educational awards.


1st term: Financial aid for new students will disburse about week 2 of the term. Please plan accordingly for your books and expenses.

2nd term: Financial aid will not disburse until the Registrar’s Office has released official grades. Please plan accordingly for your books and living expenses. Loan funds will be available around week 6 of the term.

3rd term and beyond: For those students that are in Good Academic standing, a 3.0 GPA or better, financial aid is disbursed one week after student has attended class, and has met all disbursement criteria.

Note: No financial aid proceeds will be disbursed until student is confirmed in attendance in class.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Students who drop a class in week 2 and beyond will have a “W” reflected on their transcript.

Students are expected to earn a minimum of two credits per semester on average, are required to pass 66% of all classes attempted, and must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Any class that a student is enrolled in, or has received a "W" in, will count toward the total credits attempted.

Students who do not fulfill this requirement may jeopardize future financial aid eligibility.

Please see the Student Policy Handbook on the portal for the SAP Policy in its entirety.


For questions regarding financial aid for the LL.M. program, please contact Melissa Crips at cripsm@cooley.edu.

Contact Us

Contact us by email at ess@cooley.edu or by phone to Enrollment and Student Services at 1-800-874-3511.

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