Types of Financial Aid & Eligibility

Federal Aid Programs in Which Institution Participates

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Federal Workstudy
  • Veteran's Benefits/GI Bill & Yellow Ribbon program

Institutional Programs

  • Institutional Scholarship Funds
  • Yellow Ribbon program (Law School match)

Federal Eligibility Requirements

Federal aid is awarded in accordance with the Department of Education guidelines. Federal loans are awarded after any grants or scholarships, and are applied toward any unmet cost of attendance.  In order to be eligible for federal Title IV aid, a student must meet the requirements outlined in federal regulations (34 CFR 668.32), including:

  • Be enrolled at least half time (based on the Law School Registrar definition) in an eligible program of study.
  • Be a U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident or reside in the United States for other than temporary purpose (supportive documentation may be required to verify residency or citizenship).
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in their course of study.
  • Must resolve any Drug Conviction Issues
  • Must resolve any issues with NSLDS Financial Aid History
  • Must resolve any issues with SSN
  • Must resolve any issues with Selective Service
  • Must complete federal verification, if required

Federal Title IV aid cannot be disbursed to a student until any issues listed above have been resolved as specified in Volume 1 (Student Eligibility) of the Federal Student Aid Handbook.

Institutional Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

All institutional scholarships are awarded prior to the student’s matriculation – students cannot apply again in subsequent years. Students retain this scholarship in subsequent years unless the recipient fails to comply with the terms of his/her scholarship contract, withdraws from the Law School, is placed on academic probation, fails to write an acknowledgment letter to the donor responsible for his or her scholarship and attend an appreciation event, if requested by the Associate Dean, or visits away at another law school, except for one of Duke Law School's international exchange programs. 

Veteran's Benefits/GI Bill & Yellow Ribbon

Eligibility information can be found at:

For initial application Procedures please visit our Registrar’s website on Veterans Benefits and review information for “New Benefit Applicants.”