Institutional Need-Based Grants

The WCL Financial Aid Office is proud to announce the launch of its own institutional need-based aid application for JD students!

The application is offered free-of-charge to all full-time JD students and must be completed electronically on an annual basis.

WCL grants are available to U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens as defined by federal criteria. Institutional financial aid awarded by WCL cannot exceed tuition. Parental information is required of every applicant for need-based grant support, regardless of age or dependency status. Applications without parental information are incomplete and will not be considered. Grant recipients must maintain full-time enrollment (12 credits per semester) in the JD program and are limited to three years of support, irrespective of dual degree status.

The deadline for submitting the WCL Institutional Need-based Aid Application is March 1.

Applicants filing after the deadline cannot be guaranteed assistance. Do not wait for an offer of admission to apply.


How Do I Apply?

Before you begin, you will need your federal taxes to answer application questions. For the 2017-2018 grant application, you will need your 2015 federal taxes.

Please note: The information submitted on the application is confidential and secure. Only the particular user has access to edit/view their data. In other words, student applicants cannot see the parent data and vice versa.

Step One: Student applicant is required to complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. Select American University title IV code 001434.

Step Two: Student applicant completes their section of the WCL Need-Based Aid Application online at https://www.wcl.american.edu/finaid/nba/index.cfm/secure/login. Detailed instructions are found on the application.

Step Three: The finalized student application sends a secure email to the parent email address(es) granting them access so they can complete their section. The email will be sent by finaid@wcl.american.edu.

Step Four: Parent and non-custodial, if applicable, complete and submit their section of the application. Detailed instructions are found on the application.

Step Five: The WCL Financial Aid Office reviews the completed application to determine need-based grant eligibility. Award decisions for incoming students are typically sent via email in mid-March and continuing students in June.

Helpful Tips and Information

First-time users of the institutional application will create a login. Current WCL students must use their AU credentials. Prospective/admitted students can use a personal email account to create their login and then will submit their application either using their AUID or LSAC number. Parents will use their personal email address given on the student application.

Once you submit information on the WCL Need-Based Aid Application, it cannot be updated and you will need to notify the WCL Financial Aid Office of any necessary changes in writing to finaid@wcl.american.edu.

Completed applications can be printed after submission; however, you can only print your section that you completed.

For more information on the grant process, please email finaid@wcl.american.edu.