If you are a new or continuing J.D. or LL.M. student seeking financial aid, please follow all of the required steps below. Please note that financial aid is set up on a per academic year basis. If you require financial aid for more than one academic year (for example, J.D. students may require financial aid for 3 academic years), then you will need to repeat this Financial Aid Process for each year of law school.

Financial Aid Process

In order to be eligible for federal financial aid, your citizenship status must meet one of the following requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • U.S. permanent resident, with a Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as an Alien Registration Receipt Card or "Green Card")
  • Other eligible noncitizen

If you do not hold any of the above statuses, please refer to the “Financial Aid Process (International Students)”  section.

Step 1: Apply for a federal Personal Identification Number (PIN).

  • Go to www.pin.ed.gov and complete all steps in order to receive a federal PIN. If you already have a PIN and do not remember your PIN, you can request a duplicate PIN on this site as well.
  • Having a PIN is necessary to electronically sign federal student aid documents such as the FAFSA, Master Promissory Notes (MPNs), etc.

Step 2: File your FAFSA.

  • Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete the application. All financial aid applicants are required to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is utilized to determine eligibility for Federal Aid (Stafford and Graduate PLUS Loans, and Federal Work-Study) and Cardozo's institutional need-based aid.
  • Yeshiva University Federal Title IV Code: 002903. Once your FAFSA is officially completed, the federal processor will e-mail you a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of you FAFSA responses. Please carefully review the SAR for errors and make any corrections. An electronic version of the SAR will also be sent to Cardozo (Yeshiva University: 002903).
  • Don’t wait — estimate! Estimate your income and file the FAFSA instead of waiting until you file your tax return. If you wait, you risk missing the school’s deadline. In addition, institutional aid is generally awarded on a first-come first-served basis to eligible students! A new FAFSA is required each academic year and is available January 1st at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Step 3: Review your financial aid award. Students who have filed the FAFSA and met all of the requirements, will receive a financial aid award from Cardozo's Office of Student Finance (OSF).

  • Newly admitted students will receive their award letter in the mail. This letter will include instructions on how to proceed with securing their aid.
  • Continuing students will receive an email notification once their award is available on the Banner Self-Service site.

Please feel free to visit our Financial Aid Tutorial Videos for assistance with the Financial Aid Process and accessing the Banner Self-Service site.

Financial Aid Process (International Students)

Students who do not meet the required US citizenship status in order to qualify for federal aid, may review the following financial aid options:


  • Once the Office of Student Finance receives your International JD Student Financial Aid Application, your application will be reviewed to determine your eligibility for the following:
    • Need- based Cardozo grants and/or
    • Need- based Cardozo loans


  • If you are a LL.M. student, you may want to consider the following options:
    • Financial assistance from your home country
    • A U.S. private loan (which may require you to have a U.S. citizen as a co-signer
    • An institutional tuition payment plan through Cardozo


Please feel free to visit our Financial Aid Tutorial Videos for assistance with the Financial Aid Process.