Mitchell Hamline’s robust scholarship program is designed for students from all walks of life. Federal financial aid, including loans and work-study eligibility, combine with your scholarship to pay tuition and living expense costs. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid collects your income and asset information and establishes access to all types of federal aid.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Use Mitchell Hamline’s code: G02391
Types of financial aid
Mitchell Hamline Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded on admission based upon a variety of factors including previous academic excellence, professional experience, service and leadership experience, personal experience, and interest in specific areas of law. Scholarships range in value from 10 percent of tuition to 100 percent of tuition.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law participates in the VA Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance act of 2008. We administer all veteran’s benefit programs including Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, 1607, 1606, and the Minnesota GI program. Contact the Financial Aid Office to get the VA Benefit certification process started
Federal Work Study
Mitchell Hamline students work on or off campus to earn part of the cost of attending law school. Off-campus employment, typically with legal services employers, provides valuable experience and community networking opportunities. On-campus employment is available as department clerks, research assistants, and library staff. Work-study eligibility, like federal loans, requires a FAFSA application.
Federal Perkins Loan
Perkins Loans are a federal lending program that is expiring in 2016-17. Only students who received a Perkins loan disbursement before October 1, 2015, while in the JD program at MHSL can qualify for a Perkins loan in 2016-17, the last year of the program.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Up to $20,500 annually is available in this federal loan program.
Loan terms and details:
Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan
After other aid is in place, Federal Grad PLUS Loans fund up to the maximum cost of the program, including tuition and living expenses. This federal loan is credit based. Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions or concerns you may have about credit worthiness for the Grad PLUS Loan
Loan terms, details and an application/promissory note is available at:
Private, Commercial Non-Federal Loans
Commercial banks and credit unions provide non-federal student loans. Our FASTChoice loan page provides private loan options for the J.D degree, LL.M, certificate, bar study and international students. Loan amounts are counted in the financial aid total, and funds are disbursed through your student account. The loans are credit based, with varying terms. Be sure to understand the interest rate, fees, and repayment terms of any loan you are considering. We can help you evaluate loan terms.
State and Federal Loan Repayment Options
Loan repayment options and and assistance include several choices for managing loan debt. Income sensitive payments scaled to your household income are available in the Income Based Repayment (IBR) and the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) options. Your federal loan servicer can help you with repayment option advice and applications. The federal loan forgiveness program, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), is based on full time public service employment. We can help you understand loan repayment to manage your debt at graduation and during repayment.
The Minnesota Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) provides repayment assistance for both federal and non-federal loans to legal aid attorneys.
Off-Campus Sources of Financial Assistance
Off-campus based tuition assistance includes scholarships, employer tuition assistance, and Americorps funding. Free scholarship search services include FastWeb and Scholarships.com. Begin your searches early, and be persistent! Don’t forget employer associations and unions, community resources, and fraternal organizations in your search for funding.