1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is required of all students applying for financial aid. You will need to fill out a FAFSA (or renewal FAFSA) for each year you attend New England Law. The New England Law FAFSA code is G08916. Once your FAFSA is completed, the Department of Education will forward an electronic copy of your records to the school for use in verifying your eligibility.
Starting with the 2017-2018 academic year, students are now able to submit the FAFSA starting October 1, 2016. Students are required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, your 2015 income and tax information will be reported.
We strongly encourage students to choose the IRS Data Retrieval option when completing the FAFSA, if you are eligible to do so. Using this option will pull the data from your 2015 tax return into the FAFSA. If you are selected for verification by the Department of Education, this option will help to reduce any additional paperwork that might be necessary for our office to review.
To successfully use this option you must:
- Have a federal tax return filed with the IRS
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Have a Federal Student Aid ID
You will be unable to use this option if:
- You are married and either you or your spouse filed as Married Filing Separately
- You are married and either you or your spouse filed as Head of Household
- You filed a Form 1040X amended tax return
- You filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return
If you are not eligible to use this option for any of the reasons listed above, you may need to submit a tax transcript to the Financial Aid Office; we will contact you if this is necessary and provide you with the steps to make this request with the IRS. DO NOT REQUEST A TRANSCRIPT UNLESS WE INSTRUCT YOU TO DO SO. DO NOT SUBMIT A PAPER COPY OF YOUR TAX RETURN; WE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT THIS DOCUMENT.
2. Documents for the New England Law Financial Aid File
All students requesting financial aid are required to submit a New England Law Financial Aid E-App in addition to completing the FAFSA form. This application gathers information about financial aid for law students that is supplementary to that collected by the FAFSA. The E-App can be completed on the My Fin Aid website. Log-in information for the site will be e-mailed to you.
3. Additional Documents That May Be Requested
If any of the following documents are needed, you will receive an e-mail notification from the Office of Financial Aid.
- Student Income Verification Form: This form is used to verify untaxed income you have received as well as your tax-filing status.
- Tax Transcript: This may be requested if your federal tax return is needed, and you are not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Option on the FAFSA. Instructions will be sent to you in the e-mail request on how to obtain a tax transcript.
- W-2 Forms: These may be requested if you indicate on the FAFSA that you did not file a federal tax return, but you did have income.
Incoming admitted students will receive a financial aid award notification email approximately two to three weeks after your completed file has been reviewed.
You will be directed to sign in to My Fin Aid to review the award terms and accept or decline your federal loans. At this time, students should also review the Documents and Messages tabs on the My Fin Aid site to make sure that all necessary documentation has been received for the office’s review and for loan disbursement. Entrance Counseling must be received before the Office of Financial Aid will initiate your loan request. Master Promissory Notes must be received before Direct Loans will disburse your fund request to the school.
*Please note: completing documents after the suggested deadline may result in late fees charged by the Office of Student Accounts, if the loans are not originated or disbursed in a timely manner due to late award acceptance or MPN/entrance completion.