Financial Aid

Welcome to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Financial Aid Office! We provide information and assistance regarding scholarship aid, federal and private loans, and financial wellness. We are committed to partnering with you to be a financially well and financially wise law student. We know that providing you with the tools and knowledge now will help you plan for a healthy financial future. The information in the financial aid pages is designed to answer frequently asked questions and provide helpful information about the financial aid process, the types of financial aid (loans, scholarships, and work-study), and tips to help you succeed.

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    What is Financial Aid?

    Simply put, financial aid is any assistance a student receives to help pay the student’s educational costs while attending college. Educational costs are those expenses a student NEEDS to attend school, as determined by the educational institution in conjunction with survey figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and/or other agencies. Each school determines its own Cost of Attendance (COA). The COA is based on its tuition, fees, books, the student’s living arrangements, transportation costs, etc.

    Financial aid may come in many forms, including, but not limited to, scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, grants, student employment, tuition remissions, third-party payments from outside agencies, government and private loans, lines of credit, and in Canada, bursaries. On the graduate level, the bulk of financial aid comes from federal student loans, as neither the US Department of Education nor the State of Michigan provides grant funds for graduate or professional students. While most aid comes from the federal government, students may apply for institutional and private scholarships as well as funding from private lenders and government- or institutionally-funded work programs. The University also certifies enrollment for the VA, Vocational Rehabilitation, and other governmental, quasi-governmental and private funding agencies.

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    Types of Assistance

    Loans

    The most common type of financial assistance is in the form of loans. There are federal and private educational loans available to assist students in financing their law degree. For more information about these, please visit the Loans section of our website.

    Bar Study Loans are also available for alumni to assist them in focussing on the bar exam. For more information about Bar Study Loans, please visit the Information for Graduating Students section of our website (Coming Soon).

    Scholarships

    Scholarships are funds that are awarded to a student and are generally based on merit, talent, or service rather than on financial need. Scholarships may be available both from University and outside sources. Scholarships must be considered part of a student's total financial aid package as they are resources to be used for the student's educational costs. Students are responsible to notify the Financial Aid Office of any outside scholarships or other resources they receive so that their awards can be adjusted to accommodate the outside funding. 

    More information about Detroit Mercy Law scholarships and external scholarships can be found on the Scholarship section of our website (Coming Soon).

    Student Employment Programs

    Students who demonstrate financial need may be employed at Detroit Mercy Law through the Federal Work Study program for a maximum of 15 to 20 hours per week during the regular academic year. Students desiring a work-study award are encouraged to submit their FAFSA before March 1 each year as funds are extremely limited. Law students who qualify for work-study funds may find positions at the School of Law or in law-related jobs with nonprofit agencies.

    Payment Plans

    Detroit Mercy offers this payment option to help you afford your education expenses. You may enroll in the Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option, which allows you to maximize your savings and income by spreading your education expenses over interest-free monthly payments.

    The Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option allows you to choose 10 or nine monthly payments if enrolling for the academic year, or five or four monthly payments if enrolling in a semester plan. These convenient options eliminate larger annual or semester payments. Your only cost is a $70 enrollment fee for the full year or a $50 fee for each semester. You will have toll-free access to knowledgeable and friendly education payment counselors six days a week and automated account access every hour of every day. 

    Please note that credit/debit payments to TMS will be charged a 2.99 percent convenience fee.

    Detroit Mercy offers these services in partnership with Tuition Management Systems.

    The payment plan can be accessed through their website UDMercy.afford.com. Visit the Tuition Management Systems web site for more information on payment options, free education payment counseling and the many ways they can help you afford education.  

    Tuition Management Systems’ Education Payment Counselors are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. (EST) at 800-722-4867. From outside of the U.S. dial, 401-921-3999. Or you can email tmsservice@afford.com.

    Other Programs

    VA Benefits

    For more information on veterans benefits at Detroit Mercy Law, please visit the University of Detroit Mercy website. This site lists both the numerous programs Detroit Mercy participates in and the process for securing VA educational benefits. The homepage for benefits, including education and training, at the US Department of Veterans Affairs is: www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/.

    Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

    Students needing training as part of vocational rehabilitation should begin by contacting Michigan Rehabilitation Services, a part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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    Contact Us

    If you couldn't find the information you were looking for on our website or you'd like to talk to someone in Financial Aid, please contact us or stop by. 

    General phone number:

    (313) 596-0213

    General email address:

    LawFinAid@udmercy.edu

    Fax:

    (313) 596-0280

    Address:

    651 E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226

    If you would like to speak to your specific financial aid administrator, please refer to the table below

    Name Title Contact Student Group
    Philip Krauss Financial Aid Officer

    (313) 596-9416

    krausspm@udmercy.edu

    Students Last Name A - L
    Jessica Rouser Assistant Director Law Financial Aid

    (313) 596-9417

    rouserjm@udmercy.edu

    Schedule a Meeting

    Students Last Name M - Z; Dual JD Students

     

Financial Aid e-Guide

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    Accept your Financial Aid Award

    1. Log in to My Portal
    2. Click on "Self Service."
    3. Click on "Financial Aid."
    4. Click on "Award."
    5. Click on "Award for Aid Year."
    6. Select your aid year; click "Submit."
    7. Click on “Terms & Conditions” tab.
    8. Read Terms & Conditions; click "Agree."
    9. Click on “Accept Award Offer” tab.
    10. Determine the aid you would like to accept, click "Submit Decision."
    11. Scroll down to "Requirement Messages."
    12. Please submit all required documentation as requested.

    Important: If you have accepted loans, you must complete the listed requirements or the loan funds will not pay out to your account.

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    Have your financial aid refund direct deposited

    If you are using financial aid for your indirect expenses, you will be refunded any remaining balance after your University tuition and fees are paid. The fastest way to receive the refund is to have your funds direct deposited to your US bank account.

    1. Log in to My Portal
    2. Click on "Self Service."
    3. Click on "Student."
    4. Click on "Student Account."
    5. Click on "Direct Deposit Student Refunds."
    6. Type in the routing number for your bank and your account number.
    7. Check either "Savings" or "Checking."
    8. Click "Submit."

    Note: If you choose not to participate in direct deposit, your refund check will be mailed to your address as listed on My Portal.

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    Make an online payment

    1. Log in to My Portal
    2. Click on "Self Service."
    3. Click on "Student" tab.
    4. Click on "Make a Payment" tab. You will be redirected to the online payment site.
    5. Select "Click Here to Make A Payment" tab.
    6. Click on "Current Balance" to pay full amount due or select "Make a payment on your student account" to enter the amount you want to pay in U.S. Dollars.
    7. Click "Add to Shopping Cart."
    8. Accept Terms & Conditions of Service Charge, if paying with debit/credit card only.
    9. Click "Continue to Checkout."
    10. Select method of payment.
    11. Enter account Information and click "Continue Checkout."
    12. Click "Submit Payment and Email receipt."
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    Get proof of enrollment

    1. Log in to  My Portal
    2. Click on "Self Service."
    3. Click on "Student."
    4. Click on "Student Records."
    5. Click on "National Clearing House" (NCH). You will be re-directed to the NCH website.
    6. Click on "Students and Alumni" (top of page).
    7. Click on "Verify Current Enrollment."
    8. Enter your personal information.
    9. Print your proof of enrollment.
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    View your account balance

    1. Log in to My Portal.
    2. Click on "Self Service."
    3. Click on "Student."
    4. Click on "Student Account."
    5. Click on "Account Summary by Term."
    6. View your charges and payments for each term.

Student Accounts

The Student Accounting Office is located at the Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus. However, students can do the majority of Student Account processes online through My Portal.

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    Payment Deadline

    Payment is due the first day of classes each semester. If you are mailing your payment, please mail it two weeks before the start of the semester to allow ample time for processing. If student accounts are not settled by this time, late fees will begin to accrue each month.
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    Make a Payment

    Pay online

    Students must pay online if using a debit or credit card. Students may pay online by accessing their account information through My Portal

    Please note — A convenience fee of 2.75 percent will be added to all credit/debit payments. We are not able to accept payments over the phone. We are able to accept Mastercard, Discover, American Express and Visa. There will be no fee for payments made by check (paper or electronic) and cash. All credit/debit payments must be made online. Please follow the link below:

    • Sign into your My Portal account
    • Click on "My Portal Self-Service"
    • Click on "Student"
    • Click on "Student Account"
    • Click on "Make a Payment"

    Your payments can be viewed in the My Portal immediately after the payment has been processed and approved through your bank. Payments may be made by electronic debit to a checking or savings account or by credit or debit card.

    Mail your payment

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
    ATTN: Student Services Center
    651 East Jefferson Ave.
    Detroit, MI 48226

    Important to note: When mailing, remember to write your student account number on your check, and to allow at least eight business days for the payment to be processed to your account.

    Pay in person

    If paying by check or cash, students may settle their accounts by paying at the front desk of the Student Services Center. Please make sure your T number is listed on the check.

    Students may also pay at the Student Accounting Office (Fisher Administration Center, McNichols Campus, Room 40 Ground Level), the cashier there can accept cash and check payments in person. All credit/debit payments must be made online.

    Wire Transfer

    Detroit Mercy works with Fifth Third Bank for all wire transfers. Please contact someone in the Student Accounting Office or Law Financial Aid for wire transfer instructions.

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    Monthly Payment Option (CashNet)

    University of Detroit Mercy offers this payment option to help you afford your education expenses. You may enroll in the Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option, which allows you to maximize your savings and income by spreading your education expenses over interest-free monthly payments.

    The Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option allows you to choose 10 or nine monthly payments if enrolling for the academic year, or five or four monthly payments if enrolling in a semester plan. These convenient options eliminate larger annual or semester payments. Your only cost is a $60 enrollment fee for the full year or a $35 fee for each semester. You will have toll-free access to knowledgeable and friendly education payment counselors six days a week and automated account access every hour of every day. 

    Please note that credit/debit payments to Cashnet Payment Plans will be charged a 2.75 percent convenience fee.

    Detroit Mercy offers these services in partnership with Cashnet Payment Plans

    The payment plan can be accessed through their website

    • Contact Cashnet at 888-381-8054. Cashnet will be available after 07/28/2020.