Fordham MSL Online Tuition, Billing, and Financial Aid FAQs

Tuition and Billing

How much does the online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program cost?
The cost of each course for the online MSL program is determined by the number of registered credit hours. To determine the cost of one course, multiply the current tuition rate by the number of credits required.

For example, for the 2020–2021 year, the cost of tuition is $1,898* per credit:

  • 3 credits (one course) x $1,898 = $5,694
  • 6 credits (two courses) x $1,898 = $11,388

Please keep in mind, tuition per credit does not include per-semester fees. For a complete outline of the online MSL program tuition and fees, visit our tuition and fees page.
*Tuition rate and fees vary by program

Are there additional required fees assessed in addition to tuition (e.g., fees for technology support, registration, labs, immersions, placements, student life, and activities)?
Yes. Fees are determined by program. For a detailed account of fees, visit our tuition and fees page.

Are students required to accept university health insurance?
Students who do not complete a waiver prior to the deadline will automatically be enrolled in and charged for each semester in which they are enrolled. Once the waiver is submitted, the charge will be removed from the student’s account. Students and authorized payers can verify the adjustment by logging in to my.fordham.edu ("My EBill"). Students are responsible for verifying that their waiver was submitted correctly. Students will receive an email confirmation after completing the waiver application to confirm that the application is either approved or denied.

How much is the enrollment deposit?
The nonrefundable enrollment deposit is $500 and is applied to your first semester’s tuition.

Can I use financial aid to cover the deposit?
Federal student aid cannot be used to pay the deposit.

Will I be able to view my award package before submitting the deposit?
Once you are admitted and complete the financial aid process, any Federal Direct Loan requested will be posted to your account on the my.fordham portal.

When will I be billed?
Fall invoices are generated in mid-June through early July. Spring invoices are generated in December. Summer invoices are generated at the beginning of May. Generally, the due date is two to three weeks after the invoice is generated and will be reflected on the invoice. For help in understanding your invoice, visit Understanding Your Bill.

When is tuition payment due?
The payment due date will be approximately two to three weeks from the date of your invoice (see above). Payments are due prior to the start of classes.

What are the accepted forms of payment?
There are various payment methods offered that will assist you in paying your tuition and fees. The options include electronic, credit cards (application and deposit fees only), checks and money orders, in person, third-party billing, wire transfer (both domestic and international), monthly payment plan, tuition reimbursement, and tuition stabilization plan.

Fordham utilizes electronic billing (E-Bill) to generate invoices. In addition to viewing invoices, a student can authorize a third party (e.g., parent or sponsor) to view the bill. The student is required to provide the email address of the user they wish to authorize.

How does my employer go about paying the school?
Students who receive a voucher from their employer to finance their education must present it to the Office of Student Accounts. The voucher must be received by the initial bill due date for the semester. If the voucher is received past the bill due date, you will be responsible for any late fees incurred. The voucher must include the following student information: student name, Fordham identification number (FIDN), semester, courses, and amount to be paid. The voucher must also include the following employer information: company name, billing address, and contact information. Subsequent to the receipt of your voucher, the Student Accounts office will send an invoice to your employer. The employer should remit payment directly to the University. View Fordham’s third-party billing information.

Does Fordham offer a payment plan for the online program?
The University offers a monthly payment plan through Tuition Management Systems (TMS). Students who are receiving financial aid also may participate in this plan. The plan is administered on either an academic-year basis with 12 or 10 monthly payments, or on a semester basis with five monthly payments. The enrollment fee ranges from $75 to $110. You may enroll directly with TMS by calling 1-800-722-4867. You may also log in to the Fordham website to enroll in a payment plan.

What are the consequences if my tuition bill is not paid when classes begin?
You may start classes, but need to have the bill completely satisfied before you are able to register for the next term. You will be held responsible for any unpaid tuition. Late fees are assessed monthly until the bill is satisfied.

What is the process if I’m eligible for a refund?
A credit balance occurs when a student has funds credited to their account that exceed the total amount of their direct charges. Credit balances are refunded directly to the student as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after the first day of classes or the date the funds were applied to a student's account—whichever comes last. Regulations stipulate that a student's unpaid charges on their bill must be satisfied before a refund can be processed.

Federal regulations also require that the University documents that a student begins attending classes in order to be eligible for a refund of a credit balance. Therefore, the Office of Student Accounts begins processing refunds once the add/drop period for a college has passed.

If eligible for a refund, you may receive it via direct deposit at no cost or have your refund sent via check. Further details are available here: Fordham University Refunding of Credit Balances.

Who can I contact at Fordham for billing questions?
For billing questions, email Student Accounts at studentaccts@fordham.edu or call 718-817-4900.

Fordham Student Portal/Account Setup

What is the Fordham student portal?
My.Fordham.edu is the gateway to Fordham's online services for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Information available includes bookmarks, calendar, an online directory, announcements, an email interface for accessing your Fordham University email, financial aid, bill payment, and academic course information.

When will I get access to my Fordham user account?
You will receive access to MyFordham upon admission and receipt of your enrollment deposit.

How do I set up my Fordham ID and password?
In order to access the features listed above, you MUST claim your MyFordham account. To claim your account, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to my.fordham.edu.
  2. Click on “First Time Users.”
  3. You will then be taken through the account claim process to retrieve your AccessIT ID.

The retrieval process involves answering several security questions, one of which involves the last five digits of your Social Security number, or in the case of international students, the last five digits of your Fordham identification number (FIDN).

Once you have claimed your ID, you can now log in to the system. If you have issues claiming your ID or accessing my.fordham.edu call the University Help Desk at 718-817-3999.

How do I set up my Fordham email address?
All students at Fordham University are automatically given a fordham.edu email account that is powered by Google. You should be aware that the University administration will send official messages only to your Fordham address. Therefore you should check this account regularly.

For further information about your Fordham email, including ways to access it from a smartphone, see the Fordham IT help page.

Financial Aid at Fordham

Do I need to include my Social Security number (SSN) in my application for admission to be eligible for aid?
Yes, your SSN must be included in your application for admission so your FAFSA can be downloaded by Fordham. If you submit your application without your SSN, please submit a copy of your Social Security card at my.fordham.edu/fasubmitdocs and email the Office of Student Financial Services letting them know you have filed a FAFSA.

When should I apply for financial aid?
You should apply for financial aid while applying for admission to the program. If you wish to apply for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be completed along with your loan request form at least two to four weeks before you need loan proceeds. You will need your Fordham IT ID credentials to submit an online loan request.

Complete details on the financial aid application process for graduate students at Fordham are available in the Financial Aid Guide and Federal Direct Loan Request Form for Graduate and Professional Schools.

Are there any school-specific supplemental financial aid forms I need to complete?
If you would like to apply for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, you must complete the online Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Request Form. The maximum annual Direct Unsubsidized Loan eligibility is $20,500. If you need to borrow more than your maximum eligibility in the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, consider the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. This form is available once you have been admitted and claim your Fordham ID IT credentials.

You will also need to complete Entrance Counseling and electronically sign the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN) in order for your loans to disburse. Complete loan counseling on the Federal Student Aid website.

What is the minimum number of credits required to receive federal student aid?
You must be registered for six or more credit hours per term (fall, spring, and summer) to be eligible for federal student aid.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

What is the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application the Department of Education uses to determine if you are eligible to receive federal student aid.

Where can I find the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is available online by visiting the Federal Student Aid website. The FAFSA is a free application; you will not be asked to pay.

What is the Fordham FAFSA school code?
The Fordham University FAFSA school code is 002722.

Do I need my parents’ tax information to complete the FAFSA if I live on my own?
If you are applying for graduate school, you are considered an independent student and do not need to include your parents’ information to complete the FAFSA.

What is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measurement of your ability to contribute toward your educational costs. As a graduate/professional student, your EFC is not a factor in your eligibility for federal student loans.

When should I complete the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is available every Oct. 1 for the upcoming academic year. New students planning to use federal student aid should complete a FAFSA while applying for admission. The FAFSA must be completed each academic year in order to remain eligible for federal student aid.

Please reference the table below to determine which FAFSA to complete based on your desired start date:

Fordham MSL Online
Start Term FAFSA Year
August 2020 Fall 2020–2021
January 2021 Spring 2020–2021
May 2021 Summer 2020–2021

Keep in mind that summer terms (both April and July) are considered “trailers” and are part of the previous school year. In order to receive aid for the summer, you must submit the previous year's FAFSA no later than June 30. There are no exceptions, as this is a federal guideline.

What constitutes an academic year for federal student aid?
An academic year is the year for which financial aid is used to fund your education. Generally, this is the 12-month period that begins on July 1 of one year and ends on June 30 of the following year.

What federal student aid is available to graduate students?
The types of federal student aid graduate students are eligible to apply for include the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Learn more about the types of federal student aid.

Keep in mind that to be eligible for any Federal Direct Loan, you must be:

  • Matriculating in a degree granting program
  • Enrolled at least half-time as determined by your academic department
  • Making satisfactory academic progress

Will I need to fill out the FAFSA each year?
Yes, you will need to complete the FAFSA for each academic year in which you plan on applying for federal student aid.

Why am I not eligible for the Pell Grant or Federal Subsidized Loan?
The Department of Education awards Federal Pell Grants and Subsidized Loans to eligible undergraduate students who have not yet completed their bachelor degrees and who demonstrate financial need. The Department of Education does not evaluate need nor income for loans at the graduate/professional level. Therefore, graduate students are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant nor the Direct Subsidized Loan.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

What criteria are used to determine eligibility for federal student aid?
The Direct Unsubsidized Loan is not based on income. In order to apply for federal student aid, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number (SSN)
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you are male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree program
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program. [If you are involved in degree requirements with a credit equivalency that will raise your enrollment to at least half-time (e.g., dissertation or comprehensive examination preparation), you can file an enrollment certification form with your school or department to become eligible. This certification must be processed by Academic Records before your loan proceeds can be disbursed.]
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP). [The SAP criteria are defined by each of the graduate schools. You will be notified before the start of the fall term if you are not making SAP and given options on how to appeal your status.]
  • Not currently be in default on previous student loans borrowed through FSA
  • Not have exceeded the maximum aggregate loan limit

You must also provide acceptable documentation to clarify any existing data conflicts from your FAFSA upon request from Fordham. Learn more about federal student aid eligibility criteria on the Federal Student Aid website.

What is the aggregate loan limit?
The aggregate loan limit is the total amount that you may borrow in federal student loans for undergraduate and graduate study. In addition to borrowing limitations based on the cost of attendance for the program, students are also limited in terms of lifetime borrowing. The maximum aggregate loan limit for federal loans is $138,500. This amount does not include PLUS loans, nor private loans.

If the total loan amount you receive over the course of your education reaches the aggregate loan limit, you are not eligible to receive additional loans. However, if you repay some of your loans to bring your outstanding loan debt below the aggregate loan limit, you could then borrow again, up to the amount of your remaining eligibility under the aggregate loan limit. You can learn more about graduate annual loan limits on the Federal Student Aid website.

How do I find out if I am near my aggregate loan limit or have defaulted on a federal student loan?
Log in on the Federal Student Aid homepage to view your federal student loan borrowing history and loan servicer details. Please note that private education loans are not listed on this site. Students in default are not eligible for additional federal loans. Contact your lender for default resolution options.

What is the difference between a Direct Unsubsidized Loan and a Direct Subsidized loan?
Direct Subsidized Loans are available to undergraduate students with financial need. The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on subsidized loans while you are enrolled in an undergraduate program. The Direct Unsubsidized Loan is available to undergraduate and graduate students; there is no requirement to demonstrate financial need. The Unsubsidized Loan begins accruing interest as soon as funds are disbursed. Learn more about the difference between unsubsidized and subsidized loans.

How much am I eligible for with the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?
Most graduate-level students are potentially eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year from the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Learn more about graduate annual loan limits.

How do I apply for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?
To apply for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

What is the current Direct Unsubsidized Loan interest rate?
The Direct Unsubsidized Loan interest rate is determined on an annual basis. Learn more about interest rates on the Federal Student Aid website.

Are there any additional loan fees for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?
There is a loan origination fee that is a percentage of the total loan amount. The loan origination fee is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement you receive. Information on Unsubsidized Loan origination fees can be found on the Interest Rates and Fees page of the Federal Student Aid website.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

What is the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federal loan that graduate or professional degree students can use to help pay education expenses in addition to the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Learn about Direct PLUS Loans.

Do Direct PLUS Loans affect my aggregate loan limit?
Only Direct Subsidized/Direct Unsubsidized Loans (formerly referred to as Stafford loans) and federal loans made through the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program count toward your aggregate loan limit.

What are the eligibility criteria to apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
A credit check will be conducted when applying for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. In addition to the federal student aid eligibility criteria listed above, applicants cannot have an adverse credit history.

What are the credit criteria to receive the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
One of the eligibility requirements to receive a Graduate PLUS Loan is that you must not have an adverse credit history. A credit check is performed to determine whether a Graduate PLUS Loan applicant meets this requirement. A list of what constitutes adverse credit history can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

How much can I borrow with the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
If approved for the Grad PLUS Loan, you can borrow up to the cost of attendance as determined by Fordham.

When can I apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
You can apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan within 180 days of the start of your program, or once you are enrolled.

How do I apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
You must first secure a Grad PLUS credit decision—log in to the Federal Student Aid website and select the "Request PLUS Loan" link. Select "Graduate PLUS" as your loan type and complete the credit check. When you receive credit approval, complete an Entrance Counseling session and the Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the Federal Student Aid website if you have not previously completed them. Finally, you should complete your Fordham Grad PLUS request. You must have your Fordham ID IT credentials to complete this form.

What are my options if I'm denied the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
If you are denied the Graduate PLUS Loan, you may reapply with an endorser or follow instructions on the Department of Education's website to appeal the denial.

What is the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan current interest rate?
The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan interest rate is determined at the beginning of each academic year and is available on the Federal Student Aid website’s Interest Rates and Fees page.

Are there any additional loan fees for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
There is a loan origination fee that is a percentage of the total loan amount. The loan origination fee is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement you receive. Information on Direct Graduate PLUS Loan origination fees can be found on the Interest Rates and Fees page of the Federal Student Aid website.

Private Education Loans

Can I use a private education loan to pay all or a portion of my balance?
Yes. ELM Select is a great research tool to help you compare lenders and make an informed decision. The lenders listed on ELM Select are lenders Fordham has worked with in the past and are offered for your convenience. You are not limited to these lenders and you may choose any lender you wish.

When will I receive my financial aid award?
Once you are admitted and complete the financial aid process, any Federal Direct Loan requested will be posted to your account on the my.fordham portal. You will receive an email notification once they are available.

How will I receive my financial aid award letter?
You will be notified by email once your financial aid offer is posted to your account on the my.fordham portal.

How do I accept my student loans?
If you wish to borrow, we ask that you make your loan request online. Your loan(s) will be posted as “accepted.”

Am I required to accept the full amount that I am offered on my award letter?
If you would like to decrease your Unsubsidized Loan or have loan proceeds returned, email the financial aid office at financialaid@fordham.edu. Your email should come from your Fordham email address and include your Fordham ID and how much funding you would like returned.

Does my Direct Loan eligibility cover the entire cost of the program?
Students are eligible for up to $20,500 per year (fall/spring/summer) in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. You regain eligibility for another $20,500 each fall. If you wish to borrow more, we encourage you to consider the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. If approved, you can borrow up to your full cost of attendance in a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

When will loans disburse to my student account?
If you are attending during the fall and spring terms, there are two disbursements. Half of your loan will disburse at the beginning of the fall term and the other half at the beginning of the spring term.

You may also choose to have your loan cover the fall, spring, and summer terms. These loans will have three disbursements. One-third of your loan will disburse at the beginning of each term.

If you are attending for only one term, there will be one disbursement at the beginning of the term and your total loan amount will be sent to Fordham in one payment. Your loan period should cover all the terms you plan to attend.

Student loans must be requested for each academic year you wish to borrow.

Can I use loans to cover additional expenses (e.g., housing, books, supplies)?
The total cost of attendance (COA) for the academic year includes tuition, fees, and living expenses. If you have eligibility for additional loan funds based on your COA, you are able to use those resources to cover expenses such as books, supplies, and other miscellaneous expenses.

Who can I contact at Fordham for financial aid questions?
For tuition and financial aid questions, email Student Financial Services at financialaid@fordham.edu or call 718-817-3800.

Loan Deferment and Repayment

Do I have to repay my student loans while I’m in school?
You can defer payment on your federal student loans if you are enrolled at least half-time. You should be aware that although you can defer payments while you are in school, interest will still accrue on your loan(s).

Your Unsubsidized Loan will go into repayment six months after you graduate, fall below half-time status, take a leave of absence, or withdraw from the program. Most private loans also have deferred payment options while you are in school; however, you will need to check with your loan servicer.

When do I have to repay my loan?
After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you will have a six-month grace period before you are required to begin repayment. During this period, you'll receive repayment information from your loan servicer, and you will be notified of your first payment due date. Payments are usually due monthly. You are not required to pay while in school; however if you choose to, there is no penalty to prepay. Learn more about repayment timelines.

What are the repayment plan options, and how do I select one?
The Department of Education (DOE) offers multiple options for repayment. You may visit the DOE website for more information on loan repayment plans.

Is there a repayment calculator or estimator that I can use?
Yes, visit the DOE website for repayment calculators.

Can I consolidate my graduate loans and my undergraduate loans?
A Direct Consolidation Loan allows you to consolidate (combine) multiple federal education loans into one loan including both graduate and undergraduate loans. The result is a single monthly payment instead of multiple payments. Learn more about loan consolidation.

Are there any loan forgiveness options available?
Please review the Department of Education website for more information on federal loan forgiveness programs.

Military Education Benefits

How do I apply for military education benefits?
To begin the process of applying for military education benefits for which you are eligible, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

What documents are required to process military education benefits?
Visit Vets.gov to complete the Education Benefits Application, which generates a request for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Once approved for benefits, the VA will mail the COE to you within six to eight weeks of submitting the application.

What is the difference between active and non-active duty?
Active duty means in the military full time and not currently eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP). Non-active duty means not currently serving or no longer serving in any capacity of military service of the United states and eligible for YRP if at 100 percent per the COE.

What are the eligibility factors for the Post-9/11 GI Bill?
You are potentially eligible for this VA-administered program if you have at least 90 days of aggregate active-duty service after Sept.10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

What is the current tuition and fee payment rate and the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)?
The tuition and fee payment rate and the MHA are determined at the beginning of each military academic year on Aug. 1. The current rate table is located on the Education and Training page of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs site.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)?
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the annual maximum cap per military academic year. Veterans who are utilizing Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and who are entitled to 100 percent of their benefit may be eligible. There are a limited number of Yellow Ribbon awards available.

Fordham has been committed to assisting veterans achieve in their higher education. We are an approved Yellow Ribbon Program University. Our commitment to this program guarantees that ALL tuition and fees are fully covered for admitted veterans who are classified in the VA’s maximum benefit category of eligibility.

Who can I contact at Fordham for questions about using military education benefits?
Visit Fordham Veterans Association for more information, including the veteran’s checklist and FAQs. You may also contact Anne Treantafeles, the veteran’s entry academic adviser, at 212-636-6602 or atreatafele@fordham.edu.

Tax Benefits for Education

How do I qualify for a tuition tax credit?
For details on tax benefits for education, see IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Higher Education, which provides detailed information. Fordham University is unable to provide tax advice. We urge you to contact your tax adviser or call the IRS (at 800-829-1040 or visit the IRS website) if you have any questions regarding the HOPE or Lifetime Learning Tax Credits.

What is the 1098-T Form?
It is an informational form filed with the Internal Revenue Service to report the amounts billed to you for qualified tuition, related expenses, and other related information. The primary purpose of IRS Form 1098-T is to inform you that we have provided this required information to the IRS.

What information is included in the 1098-T Form?
Form 1098-T reports amounts paid for qualified tuition, scholarships, and grants processed in 2020 to students enrolled in courses at Fordham for which they received academic credit. The information reported on the form helps students evaluate whether they are eligible for an educational tax credit.

Fordham University provides the 1098-T to students with reportable charges who were matriculated and pursuing a degree between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the reporting tax year.

Exceptions: Please note Fordham University is not required to provide 1098-Ts to non-matriculated or non-resident alien students. If a student is in one of these two categories, Fordham University can generate a 1098-T by student request. Please email studentaccts@fordham.edu to request a 1098-T to be generated for you if you fall into one of the two categories listed.

How do I obtain my 1098-T Form?
The generation of the 1098-T Tuition Statement for Fordham University is administered by Educational Computer Systems Inc (ECSI). ECSI mails and electronically presents your 1098-T.

**By Jan. 31, all eligible students receive a 1098-T tax statement.**

Retrieving an electronic copy of your 1098-T
In order to retrieve your 1098-T electronically, you will need to log in to my.fordham.edu.

  • Select “My E-Bill Suite.”
  • In the “Statements” section, you will see your 1098-T; select “View.”
  • In the “1098-T Tax Statement” section, on the far right, select the icon under “Action” and then select “View.”
  • You will be redirected to the ECSI website.
  • Here you can select which tax year you wish to view and then select “View.”

You can also view your 1098-T on the ECSI website. In order to view your 1098-T, you will need to provide your:

  • First and last name
  • Social Security number
  • ZIP code that appears on your 1098-T