Please read all relevant sections pertaining to your request(s).

The standard budget includes tuition and estimated costs for health insurance, books and supplies, long-distance travel, utilities/internet, rent, food, local travel and miscellaneous/personal expenses during the nine (9) month academic school year. A budget adjustment may be requested to cover certain additional costs above the standard student budget. The deadline for all budget adjustment forms is December 6th for Fall adjustments and April 15th for Spring adjustments. Please read all relevant instructions below AND on the form before submitting your request.

Certain eligible expenses incurred due to extenuating circumstances may be approved and added to your student budget if the expense occurred within the academic school year provided you submit all supporting documentation. (Students who received aid during the Summer should consult with the Office of Financial Aid as their deadlines may vary.)

Upload your documents to the Financial Aid Office.

COMPUTER

A request for a computer reimbursement can only be made once during your academic enrollment at Georgetown Law (JD and Graduate). The increase may not exceed $1,800 (or the cost of the computer and accompanying allowed software and hardware, whichever is less).

Computers must be purchased by the student submitting the request within two weeks before or during the academic school year. The actual receipt must accompany the request and must show proof of student payment and payment type. Order confirmations, bills and invoices are NOT sufficient documentation.

HOUSING

A request for housing increase may not exceed 150% of the current standard budgeted amount and must be accompanied by a counter-signed copy of your full current lease agreement listing all occupants. If your most current lease has expired, please attach copies of the two most recent rent receipts. Certain other lease charges such as pet fees, amenities, parking and refundable security deposits ARE NOT eligible for adjustment.

Students living within eight blocks of Georgetown Law must offset higher rental costs by utilizing their local transportation allowance. If utilities are included in your rent, Georgetown will decrease your adjustment by the budgeted utility allotment. If you live in Gewirz, where both are the case so your adjustment will be offset by local travel and utility allowances. If you have a roommate we will automatically assume that housing costs are shared equally unless sufficient documentation is provided showing otherwise and a note is left on page 2 of the form. Guarantors/co-signers must be listed on lease agreement as such.

MEDICAL

All students over eight credit hours per semester must have health insurance. Reimbursement for expenses may be submitted to cover certain costs associated with medical, dental and eye exams or emergency procedures after your insurance company has made its adjustment and you have made your required payment to your healthcare provider.

A reimbursement adjustment will be considered when complete documentation has been received showing paid charges above what is allotted in the student budget. Please document all dates and procedures on page 2 of the form. For any ongoing medical appointments, procedures, or prescriptions please provide a cost and course of treatment from your healthcare provider. Each receipt should have the date of service and description along with proof of payment by the student. Cosmetic procedures are not reimbursable unless it is medically necessary & documented by a doctor.

LONG-DISTANCE TRAVEL

Reimbursement adjustment for long-distance travel will be approved only in emergency situations, including illness or death in the immediate family. You must provide documentation that you spent more than the allotted long distance travel amount in the standard budget. Increases for job search-related travel are not allowable.

STANDARD FAMILY INCREASE

Calculated increases in food, utilities, local travel and miscellaneous expenses to the standard budget based on a student’s eligible dependents, legal marital status, and spouse’s employment and/or student status can be approved. Students with working spouses or those who are students at Georgetown law or elsewhere are expected to split family costs equally. Please list the names of all dependent children and their ages in the ‘Additional Information’ box on page 2 of the form.

Please note that all requests for a standard family increase must be accompanied by your current counter-signed lease agreement listing ALL occupants (whether a housing increase is requested or not). In addition, students with families may submit documented medical expenses for their dependents as per above as well as enrollment documentation and receipts showing at least two months of payments for childcare expenses. Childcare or tuition shall not exceed the current basic tuition rate for Voyagers at the Georgetown Law Early Learning Center. The Early Learning Center’s rates are reasonably equitable with those in the surrounding area.

 

All requests to increase a student’s standard budget must be made utilizing the online budget adjustment form. Documented rare and special circumstance requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please ensure that you are already at your maximum budget before submitting a budget adjustment form. If not, please refer to the Loan Increase Form.

Please allow at least 10 business days (excluding weekends & holidays) from receipt of completed form with supporting documentation for your request to be reviewed and processed. Additional documentation may be required upon review of your initial request. Requests WILL NOT be processed and additional loan funds WILL NOT be certified until all required documentation is complete and submitted in an organized fashion. The notes section is available to you to explain any special circumstances regarding your request.

*If you have an endorser on your current Grad Plus or private loan, that endorser must first re-apply and be approved for a new loan prior to submitting the budget adjustment form.

Federal regulations limit the types of expenses that may be added to a student’s budget. Common NON-ALLOWABLE expenses include, but are not limited to:

• Car payments, parking, gas, insurance and associated costs
• Credit card debt (unless used as a proof of payment receipt
• Job search costs (including suits and travel)
• Moving costs (including security deposits) and apartment furnishings
• Expenses incurred in previous loan periods or during the summer (if you are not enrolled)
• Cosmetic medical expenses
• Court or Attorney’s fees
• Bar preparation fees
• Pets (care and related costs)
• Other expenses related to life before or after law school

Please remember — your student loans are debt obligations and we encourage you to stay informed of your borrowing by checking your student account and financial aid awards through MyAccess and your complete federal loan history at the NSLDS regularly. We also encourage you to utilize us in the Financial Aid Office as you go to source for financial planning, goal setting and repayment strategies as well as using free financial aid tools, debt calculators and advice available through sites such as finaid.org and AccessLex.

Budget Adjustment Request Form

If after reading the above information you believe you qualify for and need an adjustment to your standard Cost of Attendance please complete the required form below (in Excel format - enter/update all orange fields), be sure to print in Portrait orientation, hand sign and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid with all required supporting documentation.

Please allow up to 10 business days (excluding holidays and weekends) for your request to be processed. More time may be added if we need to contact you for correct or collect additional information. The Budget Adjustment Request Form is available now.