Summer Financial Aid for Law Students

Important Dates for Summer Financial Aid

  • The preferred deadline to request summer financial aid is May 2, 2022.
  • The final deadline to submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA is June 30, 2022.
  • The final deadline to request summer financial aid is July 15, 2022.

Processing of Summer Financial Aid Requests

  • Requests for summer financial aid are processed in date order.
  • Summer Financial Aid Requests must be submitted by May 2 in order for the request to be processed, and for aid eligibility to be determined, by the summer payment deadline.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Submitting a Summer Financial Aid Request does not guarantee eligibility for summer financial aid.
  • You must meet the basic eligibility criteria for federal student aid.
  • UA Little Rock must have received valid results from the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before we can determine summer aid eligibility. The deadline to file the 2021-2022 FAFSA is June 30, 2022.
  • The online Summer Financial Aid Request is also required in order to request summer financial aid.  The request form will be available beginning March 28, 2022.You must be registered at least half-time (a minimum of 4 hours) before you can submit the request in BOSS.
  • You must be registered at least half-time (a minimum of 4 hours) before you can submit the request in BOSS.
  • All required documents financial aid documents must be complete before you can receive summer financial aid. .Additional financial assistance from any source will affect federal loan eligibility. Failure to report other sources of aid may result in the required reduction or repayment of federal loan funds.
  • Additional financial assistance from any source will affect federal loan eligibility. Failure to report other sources of aid may result in the required reduction or repayment of federal loan funds.

How to Request Summer Aid

  1. Complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   If you previously completed the 2021-2022 FAFSA, you do not need to complete a new one.
  2. Register for summer classes.
  3. Complete the online Summer Financial Aid Request – available beginning Monday, March 28, 2022 – in BOSS.

Summer Registration Requirements

  • You must be registered in at least 4 hours for the summer term, before you are eligible to submit a Summer Financial Aid Request.
  • If you change your summer enrollment after submitting your application, you must notify the Office of Financial Aid immediately.  Any change in enrollment could affect aid eligibility.

 Eligibility for Federal Student Loans during the Summer Term

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds received during the preceding fall and spring terms will determine eligibility for summer loan funds. If you received the maximum annual Unsubsidized loan amount, $20,500, during the fall and/or spring semesters, you will not be eligible for a summer Unsubsidized loan.
  • If you have exhausted your annual unsubsidized loan eligibility, you should pursue a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan.
    • Eligibility for a Graduate PLUS loan is based on your credit history.
    • An endorser (co-signer) may be required for loan approval.
  • You must be enrolled at least half-time.
  • If you are pursuing a dual degree program and are enrolled in graduate hours only for the summer semester, you must meet the half-time enrollment requirements for a graduate student in order to be eligible to receive federal loan funds.
  • Additional financial assistance from any source could affect federal student loan eligibility. Failure to report other sources of aid may result in the required reduction or repayment of federal loan funds.

Summer Disbursement of Federal Student Loan Funds

  • Summer loan disbursements will begin on June 6, 2022, the first day of law school summer session.
  • If you are attending a summer study abroad program, the loan disbursement dates will be determined by the study abroad program dates.
  • You must be enrolled at least half-time, as of the disbursement date, in order to receive a payment of loan funds.
  • A financial aid refund will be created when
    All summer charges have been paid in full; and
    The amount of financial aid funds credited to your UA Little Rock student account is greater than the charges due.

Private Education Loans

  • Law school students who are eligible for federal financial aid are encouraged to pursue a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan instead of a private education loan.
  • Private education loans are private sources of student financial assistance offered by banks or other financial institutions.
  • You may apply for a private education loan if you do not qualify for federal financial aid or if you need additional financial aid resources to meet the cost of attendance.
  • Eligibility for the loan is based on your credit rating.
  • A co-signer may be required.
  • The Office of Financial Aid provides a historical list of lenders for private education loans. However, you may pursue a private education loan from any lender you choose.
  • The total amount of aid received from all sources cannot exceed your summer cost of attendance.