Financial Aid Award Instructions

Financial Aid Award Instructions

Accessing Your Financial Aid Award Information

All Financial Aid Awards will be posted to the Student Information System (SIS). Admitted students will first need to set up their access.  Login into SIS and view information under the "Financials" menu.  A link to your award information will appear once financial aid is posted. You will also receive email notification from the Law School Financial Aid Office when your financial aid package is available.

How to Apply for a Direct Loans (Direct Unsubsidized and Direct Grad PLUS)

  1. Complete the FAFSA. Check your “To Do List” in the Student Information System for additional required items.
  2. You will be awarded the maximum allowable amounts under each loan program.  Go to "Accept/Decline Financial Aid" under the Finances section of your Student Center in SIS and accept your loan(s). At this point, you may also reduce or decline any loan. Utilize Direct Unsubsidized eligibility before Direct Graduate PLUS eligibility.  To reduce your loan amount, click "accept" and the loan amount box becomes an editable field. Enter your reduced loan request amount, and hit "enter."  Your requested loan amount will be disbursed half in the fall term, and half in the spring term.  Loan fees will be deducted from the gross loan amount prior to disbursement.  
  3. Sign your Master Promissory Note(s) (MPNs) with your Federal Student Aid ID.  REMINDER:  There are two separate MPNs for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Direct Grad PLUS Loan.  Make certain you are signing the correct MPN, and if necessary, have completed both.
  4. If you are a first-time borrower, you will also be required to complete student loan Entrance Counseling.  Please make certain you are completing the combined Direct Unsubsidized and Direct Grad PLUS loan entrance counseling.  
  5. If you previously reduced the amount of your loan or declined your loan and you wish now to increase the amount, you must contact the Law School Financial Aid Office.

More About the Direct Loan Program

How to Apply for Alternative Private Loans

Some lenders offer alternative private student loans. Rates and conditions vary, so it is wise to carefully review a variety of lending options. Please contact the lender of your choice for instructions about applying. The University will certify the loan once all other financial aid has been completed. The UVA Law School requires that all borrows requesting a private loan complete a private loan counseling session with a financial aid officer.  The University can only certify loans for the total cost of attendance for the current academic year.  Contact the Law School Financial Aid Office to schedule a private loan counseling appointment.  

More About Alternative Private Loan Programs

Submitting Other Documents Required for Financial Aid Processing

Please consult your SIS “To Do List” for other documents that may be required by the Financial Aid Office to process your financial aid. Students selected for verification by the Department of Education will see a requirement to provide necessary documentation in the SIS “To Do List.” Common items that may be required include proof of citizenship, a copy of your Alien Registration Card or verification of Social Security Number. All required documents should be submitted to the Law School Office of Financial Aid. Documents can be faxed directly via a secure fax machine, at 434-982-2128.  Please do not submit documents unless requested.  In some cases, documents may be uploaded directly to SIS.  Click on "To Do" items for additional instructions.

If You Receive Outside Scholarship Assistance

Any student who receives financial assistance from any source outside of the University of Virginia School of Law must advise the Financial Aid Office of the amounts and types of assistance received. Your financial aid award may be adjusted to reflect any outside assistance. Please send an e-mail to with the details of your outside award.

Deferment of Previous Loan Balances

If you borrowed under the federal student loan program prior to enrolling at UVA, you may be eligible for a deferment or forbearance.  The university certifies enrollment centrally, and submits that information electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse.  Additional information is available on that process from the University Registrar.