Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

North Carolina Central University School of Law is committed to providing all possible financial assistance to eligible students to help pursue and plan a legal education. The School of Law offers three-year merit scholarships to incoming students who are high academic achievers and have demonstrated financial need. To retain the scholarship, a returning student must remain in good academic standing. All scholarships and grants are awarded in tandem with any other financial aid that a student may receive so that the total award does not exceed demonstrated need. Students who would like to be considered for scholarships should apply early.

Please click here to review the Financial Aid Summary Sheet.

The University Scholarship Database opens on October 1st of each year and closes February 28th. When the University Scholarship Database opens, it is for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. Please click here to apply.


Students seeking financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the need analysis document that must completed by all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will apply for any federal aid (i.e., Federal Stafford Loans). Previous aid applicants/recipients must also complete a renewal FAFSA. Students receiving financial aid must submit a FAFSA every year.


NCCU is recognized by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School” and has established Eagle Vets, a recognized chapter of Student Veterans of America. The NCCU Veterans Affairs (NCCU VA) office aims to provide a smooth transition from the military to college life for veterans, service members, and dependents. The NCCU VA team will assist you with the VA Educational Benefits process and offer overall support to ensure academic progress towards graduation. Those who may be eligible for veterans’ education and training benefits should contact the NCCU Veterans Affairs Office for further assistance.

Direct Deposit

Arrange for the direct deposit of your financial aid refund into your personal checking account. Direct Deposit helps to ensure that you receive your funds quickly. In order to set up this service, please see Student Direct Deposit Instructions.


Don’t put it off.Education loans have a variety of deferment and forbearance options that can help you if you truly need a break from payments. By keeping these options to a minimum, you can reduce the cost of your loan and shorten repayment periods. Know your cash flow. People who budget typically do it monthly, but it makes more sense for students to build a spending plan around each academic period. First, tally up the money you expect to have for the semester. It’s likely to be “lumpy.” You may have a chunk from savings or refunds from financial aid (that’s money left over after loans, scholarships, and grants are applied to your tuition, room and board, and fees) at the start of the semester, as well as some regular income. To read more about financial literacy please click here.


Impact on Financial Aid: If the law student is a recipient of financial aid (federal loans and/or scholarships), then the University may require that the law student return all or a portion of his/her student loans and/or scholarships when he/she officially withdraws.

To remain eligible for student aid during the semester, the student must be attending classes, taking exams, and completing the required course work. Federal regulations require the University to calculate a return of federal student aid funds for any student who withdraws (officially or unofficially) from all classes on or before the 60% attendance point in any semester or summer session. To read more about withdrawal and financial aid please click here.