Financial Aid Policies

Credit Requirements

Pursuant to federal regulations a student enrolled during the fall and/or spring terms must complete a minimum of 10 credits in order to qualify for full federal financial aid. During the summer a student must complete a minimum of two credits per session to qualify for full federal financial aid. No federal financial aid will be available for any credits taken beyond the 90 required for graduation. For further information contact the law school financial aid officer Katie Stefano;(509) 313-6587.

Direct Deposit Policy

Pursuant to law school financial aid policy direct deposit of refund checks is mandatory for students enrolled at Gonzaga Law. Students enrolled that have not registered for direct deposit will receive a paper check that may be delayed, and will remain at the student accounts office on main campus until the first day of class. After the first day of class, checks will be mailed to the address on file. For instructions to enroll in direct deposit.

Third-party Tuition Sponsors

If your student account balance is to be paid by a corporate or foreign sponsor, a government agency, a religious institution, a scholarship foundation or trust account, we require proof of sponsorship before confirming your classes. You may submit it at the Student Accounts Office on the main campus.

Tuition Adjustments for Dropped Courses

After classes commence, tuition adjustments for dropped courses will be computed as follows:

  • During the first week of classes you will receive 100% refund.
  • During the second week of classes you will receive 80% refund.
  • There will be no tuition refund made after the second week of classes.

Complete Withdrawal

To withdraw from all classes, students must obtain a Complete Withdrawal form from the Registrar’s Office.

  • Tuition adjustments are calculated by the Financial Aid Office, based on the date of complete withdrawal;
  • Financial aid refunds will be returned in accordance with governmental and University regulations;
  • The University reserves the right to change any costs and/or provisions without notice;
  • It further reserves the right to withhold student information, including transcripts of record and diplomas, until said student’s account has been paid in full. No student will be allowed to register for an ensuing semester if a balance is owed for a prior semester.

Note: A finance charge of 12% per annum pro rata (365 days) or a rebilling fee of 1% of the total amount due or $3, whichever is greater, will be added to a student’s account on any amount more than thirty days past due.

Student Budget Increase Policy

A. Purpose

  •  A student budget represents an estimate of the costs a student will incur for a specified period of enrollment, usually one academic year.
  • The total aid a student may receive from Student Financial Assistance programs and other sources cannot exceed the student’s budget.
  • The Student Financial Aid Office has set student budgets that represent the amount of tuition and fees needed to attend Gonzaga University.
  • Additional amounts are built into student budgets to represent estimated expenses for books, a modest cost of living allowance*, transportation, personal and student loan fees.
  • A student’s budget may be increased on a case-by-case basis beyond the set standards for reasonable expenses.
  • Reasonable expenses and the accompanying required documentation are defined below.

*Financial aid programs are meant to fund the student and may not cover a spouse or family.

B. Budget Increases Can Be Considered With Required Documentation:

Medical insurance for the student only is considered a valid expense for which a student’s budget may be increased. The maximum allowable increase for any student health policy is $3,220 a year. Contact the law school financial aid counselor for details.

Child care costs for the student’s dependents are considered a reasonable budget expense. In determining reasonable expenses, consideration will be given to the age of the dependent(s), the student’s enrollment status (full-time vs. half-time) and the student’s employment status. Current full-time day care expenses for a newborn can range from $500 to $700 per month. Required documentation consists of a signed, written statement or a company receipt from the child’s care provider itemizing the monthly costs. Tuition and fees for preschool or private school are excluded.

PC or laptop computer adjustments require documentation in the form of a PAID invoice or receipt. Reasonable computer expenses will not exceed a one-time only adjustment of up to $2,000 or the cost of the receipt, whichever is less. This does not cover printers or cases and only covers essential software.  This loan will be split between the two semesters.

Transportation expenses such as automobile repairs will be considered. Only those repairs necessary to keep the automobile in safe working condition will be evaluated. Auto repair costs will be considered up to $1,700 in any three-year period. Acceptable automobile repair documentation is a copy of a PAID receipt and an invoice outlining the repairs. Normal upkeep and maintenance such as oil changes, tires and tune-ups cannot be considered.

Note: Automobile expenses such as car payments or car insurance cannot be considered.

C. Procedures

If you would like to make a budget adjustment, contact your designated financial aid counselor. The counselor will only consider an adjustment that meets one of the above definitions.