Loan Programs

Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be a candidate for loans or work-study monies. January 1 is the first day the FAFSA form can be submitted. March 1 is the latest filing date recommended by the College of Law.

The FAFSA is available online. A paper version is available from Willamette's Office of Financial Aid. Send an e-mail to or call 503-370-6273 or 877-744-3736 (toll free) for a paper version of FAFSA. Inquiries regarding the status of loan processing or work-study awards should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.

The Federal Stafford Loan Programs

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are available at a combined maximum of $20,500 annually. A FAFSA and a Federal Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) are required. You will receive the MPN after you accept the loan(s) on your award response.

Graduate PLUS/Private Educational Loans

There are a number of sources for these credit-based educational loans. Some will require a cosigner. Graduate PLUS/ Private Educational Loans are more expensive (interest rates, fees, etc.) than Federal Stafford Loans and should be utilized only as a last resort.

Other Private Loan Programs

Several private loan programs are also available to law students. These are credit-based private loans and, in some circumstances, may require a co-signer. Contact the Willamette University Office of Financial Aid for more information at, 503-370-6273 or 877-744-3736 (toll free).