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Financial Aid

Evaluating one’s current and long-term financial objectives is an essential part of the admission process. St. Mary’s strongly encourages applicants to assess their borrowing needs and to learn about the types of loans and scholarships available to them.

Understanding one’s rights and responsibilities as a borrower and one’s ability to manage the expenses involved in attending law school is critical.

Although it is the applicant’s responsibility to gather this information, St. Mary’s can help students to become educated consumers. The best time to begin to gather financial information is now.

Law Financial Aid Checklist

To Review/Accept your loan offer, you can follow the steps below:

  • Under LAUNCHPAD > Select Financial Aid
  • In the new window, select Award then View Award Offer and Select Aid Year
  • Select the Accept Award Offer tab and begin Accepting or Declining your loans

Then complete the Unsubsidized Federal loan requirements via

  • Entrance Counseling
  • Master Promissory Note for Graduate/Professional Students

Optional: If you need help finding credit-based loan options to assist beyond the Unsubsidized Stafford loan amount, the following are available:

Student Loan Information

  • Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
    • The Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is automatically awarded when students submit their FAFSA. You can find details on loan limits, interest rates, and terms of repayment at
    • You will need to complete Loan Entrance Counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN) at
    • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are non-need based and may be offered up to a maximum of $20,500 per academic year. The maximum aggregate for Stafford loans is $138,500, of which no more than $65,500 may be subsidized.
  • Credit-based Loan options

Forms and Resources


If you fail to meet the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress standards (SAP), you will be placed on Suspension.

You can appeal this suspension by writing a letter to the Appeals Committee after receiving the official notification. Please include the reason why you did not meet the minimum academic standards and state why financial aid should not be terminated. You may also include supporting documentation regarding your plan of action. Appeals must be submitted prior to established deadlines.

The Appeals Committee will review your appeal and determine whether the suspension is justified. You will be notified in writing of the final decision. If your appeal is granted, the status will be updated to Probation and you will be eligible for financial aid for the next semester. If your appeal is not approved, you may become eligible again by meeting the standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Contact Us

Office of Financial Assistance
St. Louis Hall, Suite 301

St. Mary’s University Box #41
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228
fax 210-431-2221