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.

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.

The Financial Aid Office works closely with the Student Accounting Office which is located on the McNichols campus. Therefore, we have provided some information regarding your student account here as well. However, if you have specific questions about your fees or charges on your student account, please contact them directly at studentaccounts@udmercy.edu.

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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 degrees. 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 focusing on the bar exam. For more information about Bar Study Loans, please visit the Information for Graduating Students section of our website.

    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. 

    Student Employment Programs

    Through either need-based federal work-study or through institutional student employment (not based on need), on-campus employment offers law students the opportunity to work in a position that may be available at Detroit Mercy. Students should only pursue employment while attending classes if it does not interfere with their pursuit of academic success. A job can help defray the costs associated with enrollment in law school and reduce the need for student loans. There is a limited number of positions working as Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, Clinic Assistants, Library Assistants, and Office Assistants.

    Students who demonstrate financial need may be employed at Detroit Mercy Law through the Federal Work-Study program for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the regular academic year. Students desiring a work-study award are encouraged to submit their FAFSA before April 1 each year as funds are 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. 

    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. 
    Financial Aid Office Contact Information

    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

    Financial Aid Staff Contact List
    Name Title Contact Student Group
    Philip Krauss Financial Aid Officer

    (313) 596-9416

    krausspm@udmercy.edu

    Schedule a Meeting

    Students Last Name A - L
    Jessica Rouser Assistant Director

    (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 "Student Profile"
    3. Select "Financial Aid" from the left column
    4. On the Financial Aid landing page, you will see any missing requirements. If you have not completed these, make sure to do those right away
    5. Next, choose Award Offer Tab
    6. Review your Cost of Attendance - this includes your direct and indirect costs
    7. Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see the federal financial aid that was offered to you
    8. You can accept, modify, or reject these as you choose

    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 "Personal Profile"
    3. Choose "Direct Deposit"
    4. Select "Add New"
    5. Input your bank routing number, account number, and account type
    6. Check the box authorizing the University to initiate direct credits on your behalf
    7. Choose "Save New Deposit"

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

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    Get proof of enrollment

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

    1. Log in to My Portal.
    2. Click on "Student Profile."
    3. Click on "Student Account."
    4. Select the breakdown of your student account you would like to see.

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 on 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 will no longer be 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:

    1. Sign in to your My Portal account
    2. Click on "Student Profile"
    3. Select "Student Account"
    4. Choose "Make a Payment"

    Your payments can be viewed 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.

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    International Student Payments

    Detroit Mercy accepts international payments via our partner Flywire. It's a secure and trusted way to pay online from any country and any bank, typically using your home currency and preferred method. 

    • Pay from accounts from outside of US
    • Choose from various payment methods that range from bank transfer, online bill pay, credit and debit cards, PayPal, and more from most countries and territories
    • Save on currency exchange rates and avoid fees assessed by your bank
    • Track the progress of your payment anytime online and receive email and text alerts each step of the way, including when your payment reaches Detroit Mercy
    • 24/7 multilingual customer support available via phone, Live-Chat, WeChat, and email

    To begin the payment process visit: https://flywire.com/pay/udmercy

    pay online with flywire

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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.

    At this moment, you must have a U.S. Bank account or credit card to sign up for the payment plan.

    Detroit Mercy offers these services in partnership with Cashnet Payment Plans, to set up a plan:

    • Log in to My Portal
    • Choose Student Account on the left side of the page
    • Choose Set Up a Payment Plan, you will be directed to the Cashnet site to complete your plan
    • If you have questions for Cashnet after you sign into the portal, you can call 888-381-8054