Instructions for Incoming Students Applying for Financial Aid
The priority application deadline for grant money that does not have to be repaid (Tuition Remission Grant, Opportunity Grant, etc.) has been extended to April 15, 2013. The April 15, 2013 deadline is mandatory, even if a student has not yet received an offer of admission from the Admissions Office. Funding for grants is limited. Students who apply for grant assistance and submit all required forms after this deadline will be considered for grants based on available funding. Late applications may not be considered for grants until October 2013 based on whether additional funding becomes available.
Requirements for a Tentative Award Letter
All students applying for any kind of financial assistance (grants and/or loans) must submit the following forms/items to the Student Finance Office and complete the FAFSA on line for a tentative award letter to be processed upon acceptance to the Law School. Please allow two weeks after acceptance for a tentative award letter to be mailed. Award letters will be sent to students beginning in March.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (2013-14; FAFSA - Title IV School Code: E00387. This will be available 1/1/13.)
Students should apply on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Paper forms are also available at any high school Guidance Office or college/university financial aid office. Estimated income figures may be used if the student's tax return is not completed by April 1, 2013. The student must indicate on the FAFSA that the income figures are estimated.
- University of Connecticut School of Law Application for Financial Assistance (2013-2014)
Unsigned or incomplete forms will be returned to the student and may possibly result in a late application.
Requirements for a Final Award Letter
Once a tentative award has been made that includes grant assistance, a final award will be processed after ALL of the following items are received. (Students who are applying only for federal and/or alternative loans are not required to submit 2012 federal tax information unless selected for verification by the federal processing center. See number 4 below. Students will receive notice of this by email from the federal processing center after the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is filed.)
- Student's 2012 Federal (or Puerto Rican) tax return. Copies of all schedules and forms filed with the student's (and spouse's) tax return must be submitted. If a 2012 federal tax return was not/will not be filed, a Statement of Non-Filing Form must be submitted. All tax returns and 1040 PC forms, must be signed. IRS Form 8453 for electronic filing is not acceptable. A student who owns a business must submit all corporate and partnership returns (including 2012 Forms 1065 and Schedules K). PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT TAX WORKSHEETS OR STATE INCOME TAX RETURNS.
- Statement of Non-Filing Form. A student who did not file a requested tax return for any year must complete a Statement of Non-Filing Form and submit verification of any income received (W-2 forms).
- Documentation of untaxed income. Documentation of 2012 untaxed income, including child support (a copy of the court order), Social Security, or money paid on the student's behalf (for rent, food, utilities, personal expenses, tuition and fees, insurance, etc.) must be submitted. When documenting money paid on a student's behalf for the 2012 calendar year (1/1/12-12/31/12), a detailed statement from the payer is required. This includes any money that was contributed by parents, even if the parents are no longer paying bills on a student's behalf.
- 2013-2014 Independent Verification Worksheet. When FAFSA's are processed by the federal processor, the federal government randomly selects a percentage of students to be verified. If a student's federal application is selected for verification, it will be indicated on the Student Aid Report (SAR) that will be emailed to the student once the FAFSA has been processed. Federal regulations require that students request a tax transcript directly from the Internal Revenue Service even if a copy of the actual tax return has been submitted. In the interest of time, a student may go back to the FAFSA website and do a correction by going to adjusted gross income and utilizing the IRS download option. THIS OPTION MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS, in which case the IRS transcript would have to be requested.
- Other Documentation. Upon review of a student's application, further information may be requested. This may include, but is not limited to: a copy of a lease; a copy of a divorce decree or separation agreement; verification of medical bills and/or mortgage debt; date and amount of purchase of real estate; balance of assets; and an expense statement for 2012.
A file is not considered complete until all information requested has been received and reviewed. Please submit all parts of the financial aid application, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FAFSA, to:
University of Connecticut School of Law
Student Finance Office
45 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105