Frequently asked questions

  • Who should file a FAFSA?
  • Any student wishing to receive federal student loans in the coming year should file a FAFSA. Without a current FAFSA, The Office of Financial Aid cannot process any federal loan funds.  Please note: You are required to fill out a FAFSA each year to receive aid, even if you have filed in the past.
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  • When should I file my FAFSA?
    Duke's priority deadline for the FAFSA is March 15.  Students should file their FAFSA by the priority deadline for several reasons. Filing by the priority deadline ensures that you will receive any aid that you are eligible for (such as low interest Perkins loans). Students filing after this deadline can still receive aid, but it may be in the form of less advantageous loans than they were originally eligible for. Filing by the priority deadline assures the Office of Financial Aid has all required information to properly package you with financial aid. This aids our office in assuring funds are disbursed in a timely manner at the beginning of each semester.
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  • How do I fill out my FAFSA?
    1) Log on to www.fafsa.ed.gov
    2) Click the "Start Here" button
    3) Complete the requested information (Name, SSN, Birthdate)
    4) Click "Start FAFSA"
    5) Follow instructions on the form

    We strongly recommend you utilize the new IRS Data Retrieval feature when filing your FAFSA online. IRS Data Retrieval enables filers to automatically import the tax information into the FAFSA form, saving applicants time and also ensuring accurate completion of the form. Furthermore, applicants that are selected for verification by the Department of Education who have not utilized IRS Data Retrieval may be required to resubmit the FAFSA using this option.
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  • What FAFSA Code should I use?
    Duke University’s prefers that law students use their FAFSA Code - 002920.  However, using the Law School's code, E00167, will also work.
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  • Do I need to include parental information on my FAFSA?
    No. Parental information is not required on the FAFSA.
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  • I forgot my PIN. What do I do?
    If you have lost or forgotten your PIN you need to request a duplicate. You can request a duplicate PIN by selecting Request A Duplicate PIN from the list on the left side of the PIN Home Page. You must provide your Challenge Answer in order to request a duplicate PIN. Complete your request and select the delivery method for receiving your PIN. You may receive your PIN instantly by viewing it online or requesting a PIN e-mail. Or, you can request that your PIN be mailed to you.
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  • I have more questions. What do I do?
    Email, call, or stop by the Financial Aid Office. Our door is always open and we work diligently to assure our students are informed about all financial aid processes.

  • Phone: (919)-613-7025
    Email: financialaid@law.duke.edu