The federally mandated formula used to determine financial aid eligibility is based on the premise that students are expected to contribute toward the cost of their education since they are the primary beneficiary of that education. Based on the information that the student (and spouse) provide on the FAFSA, the Central Processor will determine an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and indicate this figure on the SAR. Financial aid is to assist you and relying on financial aid without any personal resources will make your financial situation very difficult.
The Cost of Education (COE) or budget is determined by the SFA office each spring. This budget is developed based on the cost of living in this geographic area. Plan ahead for a successful budget. Be aware of your available resources. The decision to take on debt will affect your lifestyle during law school as well as the years that follow. Many students are limited to the funds they receive with financial aid and have no savings or personal resources on which to fall back. This will make your financial situation very difficult.
To reduce the stress and aggravation often associated with being a student on financial aid, plan your own personal budget by charting your expenses. Keep a journal. If your expenses seem to leave you with minimal discretionary income, make adjustments accordingly.
The amount of financial aid a student is eligible to receive is based on the COE which includes:
Below is the fall 2013-spring 2014 COA based on 9 months. If you attend summer classes, financial aid is a separate process with a separate COE. To receive financial aid you must be in a minimum of 6 hours in any given semester.
University of Houston Law Center
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6060
School code 003652