Application Steps - Prospective Students

For Prospective JD students:

Step 1: Complete Financial Aid Paperwork

Use code E00428 for Villanova Law School.   Applications for 2015-2016 will be available after January 1, 2015.

Applicants interested in being considered for specific institutional support and some of our need-sensitive scholarships must also file Access Group’s Need Access Application.  Note:  You will be required to provide parental information.  Applications for 2015-2016 will be available after January 1, 2015.

  • Merit-based Scholarships

All applicants to Villanova Law School are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Your initial application to the Law School automatically serves as an application; this includes the Public Interest Scholars Program. Merit-based scholarships are awarded beginning in January and through March; admitted students may be evaluated and reevaluated for scholarships at any point during this period. 

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Step 2: Review Award Letter

After you have been accepted, an initial review of your processed FAFSA and Need Access data (if applicable) will take place and the Office of Financial Aid will prepare an Estimated Award Letter.  This letter will outline the types and amount of financial aid that you may receive and it will also provide you with information for completing any additional requirements that may need to be satisfied before your loans can disburse.  You will be notified by email when your award letter is ready to view.  Award letters are accessed via Villanova Law School’s secure site known as My Nova.

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Step 3: Complete Loan Requirements

If you plan to borrow either the Federal Direct Stafford Loan or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, you must complete all of the following before any loans can disburse (Note:  final approval of all federal loans is determined by the Department of Education). The following requirements can all be completed online at www.studentloans.gov  (you will need your FAFSA pin to access this site):

  •  Master Promissory Notes (Only needs to be completed once for each loan type for the duration of time you will be enrolled at Villanova Law School). Click on Sign Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov  to complete a Master Promissory Note for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan.   The maximum Stafford Loan eligibility per academic year is $20,500 (refer to your Estimated Award Letter for your eligibility).  If you have remaining eligibility and need to borrow federal funds in excess of this amount and wish to borrow the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan, you must also complete a separate Master Promissory Note for that loan. 

  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Application  Click on Complete PLUS Request Process at www.studentloans.gov to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.   This must be completed each time you apply for the Graduate PLUS loan. Make sure to include the amount you wish to borrow; refer to your Estimated Award Letter for your eligibility.

  • Entrance Counseling - (Only needs to be completed once for the duration of time you will be enrolled at Villanova Law School).  Click on Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov to complete the Entrance Counseling requirement.  All first time borrowers for either the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford or the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan at Villanova Law School must complete the Entrance Counseling requirement before any loans can disburse.

 

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Step 4: Disbursement Requirements

  • Cash Management Authorization Statement – (Only needs to be completed once for the duration of time you will be enrolled at Villanova Law School).
    All first time borrowers for federal loans must complete the Cash Management Authorization Statement before any loans can disburse.   We are required to obtain your permission to use Federal Title IV funds to pay for educationally related charges other than tuition and fees. These other charges can include, but are not limited to, items such as parking fees and health insurance fees. This authorization will remain in force for as long as you are enrolled at Villanova Law School but can be cancelled or modified at any time with written notice to the Office of Financial Aid. You can complete the Cash Management Authorization Statement electronically by signing into My Nova and accessingVIEW MY LAW SCHOOL AWARD INFORMATION and then See Cash Management Statement.

 

  • Direct Deposit 
    Any money that has been received on your behalf that exceeds charges on your account can be refunded either by paper check or by direct deposit. It is recommended that you sign up for direct deposit in order for you to receive your refund in a more timely and efficient manner. For more information and instructions on how to sign up for direct deposit, please visit the Bursar’s Office at e-Refund page.

 

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Step 5: Monitor your Disbursements

After your loans have been processed, the Office of Financial Aid will notify you via email that you can view your Revised Award Letter by signing into My Nova.  If you completed all of the above steps in a timely manner, then your funds will disburse to your student account at the Bursar’s Office no earlier than 10 days before the first day of classes each semester.

 If you have funds in excess of your expenses, the Bursar’s Office will issue you a refund check or deposit the funds directly into your bank account if you set up direct deposit through My Nova.  You will be notified via email when your refund is available to you, which will be approximately 2-5 business days after your loans have been disbursed to your student account. The time frame for disbursing loan funds and receiving refunds cannot be changed; therefore, it is recommended that you be prepared for any expenses you may incur before your refund becomes available such as: moving expense, rental deposits, etc.

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Application Steps for International (Non-U.S. Citizen) Students:

Students who are not U.S. citizens are not eligible to receive federal student aid. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for federal student aid, then it may be possible for you to borrow a private loan provided a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is willing to co-sign the loan. Complete the following steps to be certified for a private loan:

Step 1: Complete Financial Aid Paperwork

Villanova Law School International Student Aid Application along with a valid I-20 form and a copy of your I-94 card.

Step 2: Review and Return your Award Letter

The Office of Financial Aid will review your completed file (additional information or documentation may be requested as a result of this review).   Once the review process is complete, an Estimated Award Letter will be prepared for you. You will be notified via email when your award letter is ready to view. Award letters are accessed via Villanova Law School’s secure site known as My Nova.    

Step 3: Complete Loan Paperwork

Choose a lender for your private loan and apply and complete loan paperwork with that lender. The lender will determine your eligibility for the loan.  After you have been approved for a loan, the lender will send the Office of Financial Aid a school certification form to complete. Your loan will be certified by our office once Step 1 & 2 is completed. Please be aware that the terms and conditions for private loans may vary from lender to lender, but with most you will be required to have an eligible U.S. cosigner. 

Step 4: Monitor your Disbursements

After your loans have been processed, the Office of Financial Aid will prepare a Revised Award Letter.  You will be notified via email that you can view your Revised Award Letter by signing into My Nova.  If you completed all of the above steps in a timely manner, then your funds will disburse to your student account at the Bursar’s Office no earlier than 10 days before the first day of classes each semester.

If you have funds in excess of your expenses, the Bursar’s Office will issue you a refund check or deposit the funds directly into your bank account if you set up direct deposit through My Nova.  You will be notified via email when your refund is available to you, which will be approximately 2-5 business days after your loans have been disbursed to your student account.  It is recommended that you be prepared for any expenses you may incur before your refund becomes available such as: moving expense, rental deposits, etc.

Office of Financial Aid

Villanova University School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA  19085-1682

Academic Year Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon

Email
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: 610-519-7015
Fax: 610-519-6597

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