- How to Fund Law School
- A Rock and a Hard Place
Overview and Objective
As part of our commitment to promoting the financial accessibility of law school, Osgoode has designed an innovative income contingent loan program (ICLP) that provides recipients with bursary and loan funding to cover the entire cost of tuition. In each year of the pilot program, Osgoode will select 7 eligible students to participate in the ICLP. Recipients will not pay any tuition while they are law students, but will agree to repay the entirety of their loan after graduation over a 10 year period. Contingent on their income level in any of the years of the repayment period, the loan repayment for those years may be forgiven in whole or in part.
The primary objective of the ICLP is accessibility through opportunity. The ICLP will achieve its mission if it encourages and enables highly talented and qualified potential law students to apply for admission to Osgoode when they otherwise would not have done so due to the “sticker shock” of tuition and other barriers involved for students financing their legal education. In addition, the ICLP is meant to enable participants to pursue careers of their choice after law school, without the burden of significant debt and overwhelming loan repayment obligations impacting their choices.
For complete details, including information on the ICLP application and selection process, please see the ICLP Guide for Students.
In each of the three years of the ICLP, the loan will be the amount of tuition minus $15,000 ($15,000 will be covered by a bursary each year). If selected, a student who starts their legal studies in September 2018 will receive loans totalling approximately $40,000 and bursaries totalling approximately $45,000 over the three years of law school.
- Review ICLP information in the OLSAS Information Booklet
- Complete the online Financial Statement, including the supplemental ICLP portion, when you complete your application for admission to Osgoode through OLSAS. Your application must be submitted by the application deadline of November 1. To be eligible for the ICLP you must have written the LSAT by November 2018. January 2019 LSAT scores will not be considered for ICLP applicants
- Upon receipt of an offer of acceptance to Osgoode, you will be notified that you have two weeks to submit supporting documentation to complete your ICLP application. Required documentation is specified in the supplemental ICLP portion of the online Financial Statement.
- Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in early March
- Recipients will be selected by the end of March
Eligibility and Selection
Eligibility criteria for the ICLP will include (1) high financial need and (2) aptitude for legal studies. Selection criteria will mirror the eligibility criteria: selection will be based on the most compelling circumstances. In other words, recipients will be highly talented potential law students who have high financial need due to financial or other barriers they may face in accessing legal education.
Financial need: At a minimum, to be eligible, you must meet the criteria for receiving a high level bursary from Osgoode. The basic criterion will be a resource-expense shortfall of greater than $20,000. This means having a resource-expense shortfall of greater than $20,000 plus several other indicators of high financial need, which may include:
- A low income background;
- Extraordinary expenses, such as medical or caregiving expenses;
- A very high debt load;
- Minimal assets; and
- Other barriers in obtaining equal access to education.
Aptitude for legal studies: The holistic admissions criteria will be reapplied with a view to selecting the most highly talented and qualified law students.
Participants will be required to provide documentation demonstrating their continued eligibility for the ICLP in their second and third years of the program.
Repayment Plan and Loan Forgiveness
The expectation is that participants will begin to repay their loans approximately two years following graduation from the JD program.
Participants will have up to 10 years following their articling year to repay their loan.
Each year during the repayment period, participants will be expected to pay back one tenth (1/10) of their loan and an annual administrative fee of $750.
Students must apply to have a loan installment considered for loan forgiveness. Along with their application, students will be expected to supply Osgoode’s Office of the Executive Officer with proof of individual/household gross income (i.e., notice of assessment(s)) from the previous tax year. All or a portion of a student’s loan and annual administrative fee could be forgiven. If income is below a minimum threshold, the entire year’s repayment amount (loan + program fee) is forgiven. If income is above an upper threshold, there is no loan forgiveness. In between these income thresholds, a certain portion of the loan is forgiven, along a sliding scale. The table below shows the percentage of the loan and program fee to be forgiven at various income levels. This table applies for the 2015 entering class and will be updated for each new cohort.
|Gross Income||% of Loan Instalment and Program Fee Forgiven|
|$ 0||$ 59,999||100%|
|$ 60,000||$ 61,500||82%|
|$ 61,501||$ 63,000||77%|
|$ 63,001||$ 64,500||72%|
|$ 64,501||$ 66,000||67%|
|$ 66,001||$ 67,500||62%|
|$ 67,501||$ 69,000||57%|
|$ 69,001||$ 70,500||52%|
|$ 70,501||$ 72,000||47%|
|$ 72,001||$ 73,500||42%|
|$ 73,501||$ 75,000||37%|
|$ 75,001||$ 76,500||32%|
|$ 76,501||$ 78,000||27%|
|$ 78,001||$ 79,500||22%|
|$ 79,501||$ 81,000||17%|
|$ 81,001||$ 82,500||12%|
|$ 82,501||$ 84,000||7%|
|$ 84,001||$ 85,500||2%|
|$ 85,501||And up||0%|