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Michigan State University College of Law


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Summer Aid Information

**PLEASE NOTE THAT SUMMER 2013 FINANCIAL AID IS PART OF THE 2012-2013 FINANCIAL AID YEAR IN EFINAID SO YOU WILL NEED TO CHANGE THE AID YEAR AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN.**

** Now available: Summer Financial Aid - What You need to Know, a webinar reviewing general summer aid information, is available at https://msulaw.ilinc.com/join/bkrcmsx **

In order to receive summer aid you must have a valid 2012-2013 FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid. The application deadline for the 2012-2013 FAFSA is June 30, 2013.  You do not need to update the 2012-2013 FAFSA to indicate your interest in summer aid.

You must have at least three (3) credits to receive a Stafford Loan and/or GradPLUS for summer. However, some private loans can be processed for less than half-time enrollment. *Please note that summer Stafford Loans can impact your eligibility for Stafford Loans for fall.*

Summer aid is not awarded automatically, even if you indicated summer enrollment on your FAFSA. You must request summer aid by logging in to eFinaid clicking on "SUMMER aid application/status" under "Action Items".

We encourage students to sign up for direct deposit, especially students who will be studying abroad for summer. Download the direct deposit form (PDF) from the Office of Accounting.

Summer budgets are listed below.  All budgets will be adjusted for students enrolled in fewer than four credits who are receiving a private loan.  Summer tuition for MSU Law courses including externships is $1,212 per credit hour.

Scholarships from the College of Law will be automatically added for summer and will cover College of Law credits only, including reduced-tuition study abroad courses (see below). Students who also want loan for the summer must follow the regular application process above.

You may contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@law.msu.edu if you have questions.

Please note: students who receive a federal loan disbursement and drop below three credits before the end of the 100% refund period will have all federal loan funds returned to Direct Loans resulting in a bill.

Thrifty Summer Budget*

Tuition (based on 4 credits)
$ 4,848.00
Books and Supplies $ 365.00
Room and Board $ 1,273.00
Transportation $ 50.00
Personal and Misc. $ 243.00
Loan Fees
$ 103.00
TOTAL $ 6.882.00

* The Thrifty Summer Budget is the default budget for summer 2013.  A standard budget of $8713 is available to students who 1) may be doing an externship for summer and/or 2) may need additional loan for summer expenses.  A request for the summer budget should be submitted to finaid@law.msu.edu

Summer Study Abroad (MSU College of Law programs)

Financial Aid for MSU College of Law study abroad programs will function similarly to regular on-campus courses. MSU College of Law will process your financial aid and disburse it to your student account. You can find information about MSU Study abroad programs here.

**Please note that all airfare costs for study abroad programs can be added on a case-by-case basis using a projected cost or paid cost documented by the student.  However financial aid for airfare is not available until summer. **

Tuition for the Poland, Croatia, London and Japan programs only is $900 per credit hour.

Costs can be dramatically affected by individual budgetary habits and the fluctuations of currency exchange rates against the dollar. All students should approach the prospect of living abroad with maturity and a sense of financial responsibility.

Canada Program

Tuition (based on six credits - block rate)
$ 5,400.00
MSU Program Fee (Study Abroad Insurance Program) $ 100.00
MSU COL Program Fee (pro-ratable) $ 100.00
Books and Supplies (included in program costs)
N/A
Room and Board $ 2,500.00
Transportation
N/A
Personal/Miscellaneous (included in board)
N/A
TOTAL $ 8,100.00

Japan Program

Tuition (based on five credits)
$ 4,500.00
MSU Program Fee (Study Abroad Insurance Program) $ 100.00
Activity Fees $ 500.00
Books and Supplies $ 300.00
Room and Board $ 1,850.00
Transportation
N/A
Personal/Miscellaneous $ 242.00
TOTAL $ 7,492.00

Poland Program

Tuition (based on five credits) $ 4,500.00
MSU Program Fee (Study Abroad Insurance Program) $ 100.00
MSU COL Program Fee (pro-ratable) $ 400.00
Books and Supplies $ 100.00
Room and Board $ 550.00
Transportation
N/A
Personal/Miscellaneous $ 242.00
Field Trip $ 350.00
TOTAL
$ 6,242.00

London Program

Tuition (based on three credits) $ 2,700.00
MSU Program Fee (Study Abroad Insurance Program) $ 100.00
MSU COL Activity Fee $ 200.00
Books and Supplies N/A
Room and Board $ 1,712.00
Transportation
N/A
Personal/Miscellaneous $ 121.00
TOTAL
$ 4,833.00

Croatia Program

Tuition (based on four credits) $ 3,600.00
MSU Program Fee (Study Abroad Insurance Program) $ 100.00
MSU COL Activity Fee $ 350.00
Books and Supplies N/A
Room and Board $ 800.00
Transportation
N/A
Personal/Miscellaneous $ 207.00
TOTAL $ 5,057.00

Budget Increases

Requests for budget increases for additional credits above the the four already included in the budget will be considered AFTER the drop/add period has ended.  ***Please note that if you drop credits after a budget increase has been processed, then your loans may be reduced and you may receive a bill.***

Summer Study Abroad or Visit Out (non-MSU College of Law programs)

If you wish to receive summer financial aid for a study abroad program or courses at another school you must first complete a Visiting Student Permission Form (VSPF), which is available at the Registrar's Office. If your courses from the "host" school are approved for transfer to MSU College of Law (the "home" school) then a copy of your VSPF will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid. The Office of Financial Aid will then complete and email a consortium agreement to the host school asking the host school to detail costs for your program and courses. Once the consortium agreement is returned to the Office of Financial Aid, we will compile a specific budget for your program and make a financial aid offer. You must then follow all necessary steps (for example, logging into eFinaid, accepting your Stafford Loans, pursuing a private/GradPLUS loan) in order to secure your summer aid.

MSU College of Law will process your financial aid; you need do nothing for financial aid with the host school. We will disburse financial aid 10 days prior to the first day of your program.

Refunds will be issued by MSU College of Law and we do encourage you to enroll in direct deposit (PDF).

Please note: The Office of Financial Aid will issue a check directly to your host school for any expenses you owe to them, unless we have written confirmation from the school that you have paid all expenses in full, before issuing you a refund. If you need a cash advance then you should see the Office of Accounting, room 306.

Summer Aid and Externships

Students enrolled for an externship for summer 2013 will follow the thrifty summer budget. However, the budget can be increased once the Office of Financial Aid receives a copy of the externship form from the Office of Career Services, or if the student requests the standard budget as noted above. We will need the dates of employment before a budget increase can be processed.


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