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USF School of Law’s Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping you take advantage of every available financial aid opportunity while you’re a student here. Latest updates below!

Financial Aid Office Hours Spring 2019 Semester

Beginning March 11, 2019
Monday & Wednesday
8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Debt Management Appointments

The School of Law has once again obtained the services of Dr. Jeffrey Hanson, a nationally recognized financial advisor, to meet individually with our students (and their partners) in private counseling appointments (45 minutes), March 26, 27, 28 & 29 (Tue, Wed, Thurs, and Friday).

These appointments should reduce the stress associated with borrowing by equipping students with a financial action plan. Dr. Hanson will explain how to get the most out of your financial life (during and after law school), by providing you with loan repayment options and debt management advice. These appointments are extremely popular with medical and law students across the country.

Appointments are available to our students free of charge and are made on a first come, first serve basis. You can book appointments HEREThe schedule fills very quickly and there is no wait list, so if you’re interested please book as soon as possible. If you have any additional questions regarding the counseling appointments, please feel free to email me, call 415.422.6210, or stop by the Law Financial Aid Office at 238 Kendrick Hall (2nd Floor).

Public Interest Presentation

Financial Aid Office is hosting a Public Service Loan Repayment Presentation that will be delivered by Dr. Jeffrey Hanson on Tuesday, March 26 at 12 pm, at Kendrick Hall – Room 100.  Come and learn of new developments to assist you in your financial planning and debt management. Lunch will be provided.

Applying for Financial Aid for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019

It is not too late to apply for federal loan aid for the 2018-19 academic year.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 academic year is now available online. All students who wish to receive financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year are required to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA and must do so by April 1, 2019.  

Our Title IV code is 001325 and must be included in your FAFSA application.

In addition to completing a new FAFSA, those students who wish to be considered for the Graduate PLUS loan program for the Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 academic year, must also complete a new PLUS loan application for each academic year.  Graduate PLUS loan applications for the 2018-19 academic year are available online.  Students can begin applying for a 2018-19 PLUS Loan beginning in early June but only AFTER you have completed a 2018-19 FAFSA and have been offered the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan for 2018-19 and have “accepted” the Unsubsidized Loan online via your myUSF student portal.

Applying for Financial Aid for the Summer 2019

Information on applying for Summer 2019 financial aid can be found online.  The Summer 2019 ITE form, which is needed to apply for summer aid, will be available in early March. Check the online site at that time or stop by the Law Financial Aid Office. Summer 2019 ITE forms will be due on April 1.

Important Information for 2L, 3L and 4L Part Time Students Regarding Add/Drop

Add/Drop began on Thursday, January 3, 2019, AFTER you may have already been processed for a Spring 2019 semester financial aid refund.  Adjustments to your financial aid may be necessary if any of the following situations occur during Add/Drop:

  • If you Add a class AFTER your refund has been processed, you will be immediately billed for the additional units. You will need to submit a payment with personal funds to pay for the additional units (or make a personal payment using the funds you received as a refund).  If you are already receiving the maximum financial aid for the semester prior to the addition of your added class, you can request additional financial aid to cover the cost of the additional units. For more information, please contact Alan Guerrero, the Sr. Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at
  • If you Drop a class AFTER your refund has been processed, with the intention of adding another class with the same unit value, you must Add and Drop on the same day, otherwise the  tuition for the Dropped class will be noted as a credit on your USF student account and it may be inadvertently refunded to you if you don’t Add a class on the same day as the Drop. If the Added class has a higher unit value than the Dropped class, the additional unit(s) will create a balance due on your account, which must be paid with personal funds (or make a personal payment using the funds you received as a refund). 
  • If you Drop a class AFTER your refund has been processedand you do NOT intend to add another class, you will create a credit on your USF student account. You must notify the Law Financial Aid Office immediately by contacting Alan Guerrero.   Otherwise you will inadvertently be issued a refund for this credit, which you will be required to repay the University since you are not eligible to receive financial aid for this dropped class.

IMPORTANT:  The Law Financial Aid Office has completed its audit of all Part Time students' financial aid records after the January 28 census date (last day to withdraw without penalty).  If your financial aid for the Spring semester is not appropriate for the unit load you are registered for, we have made the necessary adjustments to your aid and you will be notified via email this week.  Please remember that any over-award (receiving financial aid in excess of your unit load), will result in the USF Student Accounts Office returning those funds to the lender and creating a balance due on your USF student account. 

It is critically important that you review your student account after the census date to insure that your account is reconciled.  Any unpaid balance will result in late fees assessed on your student account and a Hold placed on your student record, which will prevent you from registering for the Summer or Fall semester.  You can review your student account online via your myUSF student portal. 

Applying for Financial Aid for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 academic year is now available online. 

All students who wish to receive financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year are required to complete the new 2019-20 FAFSA.  

The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible but no later than March 1, 2019 in order to receive the maximum financial aid consideration for 2019-20 (this date is especially important for those continuing students who wish to be considered for the Federal Work Study award). Our Title IV code is 001325 and must be included in your FAFSA application.

IMPORTANT: The 2019-20 FAFSA can be completed after March 1, and you will still be able to receive federal educational loan aid for this upcoming year. However, delaying completing your FAFSA will affect when you receive your award notice as well as your eligibility for Federal Work Study.

Financial aid awards for the 2019-20 academic year will be made available to continuing law students by early April 2019 as long as the 2019-20 FAFSA is completed and USF receives your FAFSA information by mid-March 2019.  You will be sent an email notification at that time by the University Financial Aid Office indicating that you can review your financial aid award online via your myUSF online student portal.

The University Financial Aid Office will begin downloading 2019-20 FAFSA information for continuing USF students in mid-March.  If you recently completed a 2019-20 FAFSA, we will not be able to verify receipt of your 2019-20 FAFSA until that time.

In addition to completing a new FAFSA, those students who wish to be considered for the Graduate PLUS loan program for the Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 academic year, must also complete a new PLUS loan application for each academic year.  Graduate PLUS loan applications for the 2019-20 academic year are available online.  Students can begin applying for a 2019-20 PLUS Loan only AFTER you have completed a 2019-20 FAFSA and have been offered the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan for 2019-20 and have “accepted” the Unsubsidized Loan online via your myUSF student portal.

Bar Loan Information

Spring 2019 graduating students can apply for private bar loans to help with living expenses during the February 2019 or the July 2019 bar preparation period. These loans are private lender loans subject to credit approval. Information is available at the Law Financial Aid Office or online.

Upcoming Private Scholarship Deadlines

Arnold  & Porter LLP- Diversity Scholarship

Applicants must be  currently enrolled at a first-year law school that is ABA accredited, and who Contribute to the diverse background of a law school's student body, demonstrates strong academic achievement, and Demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Deadline: 3/31/2019

Amount: $10,000

Earl Warren Shearman and Sterling Scholarships

Earl Warren Shearman & Sterling Scholarships are two special stipends for African-American law students. The scholarship is sponsored by Shearman & Sterling, a large commercial law firm with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and several foreign locations. Recipients are assigned attorney-mentors from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) and from Shearman & Sterling, and gain experience working with LDF on issues related to civil rights and public interest law.

Deadline: 3/31/2019

Amount: $15,000

American Association of Law Librarians

Educational scholarships are available from AALL to assist individuals studying to become law librarians with their educational expenses.

Amount: varies

Deadline: 4/1/19

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Scholarship

AFB administers a scholarship program for deserving students.  Each year individuals who are legally blind or visually impaired can apply for financial awards to support their post-secondary/graduate education.

Deadline: 4/1/2019

Amount: Varies

Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Rule of Law Competition

The Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, with a history of over 50 years of scholarship support for law students in Southern California, awards the Annual Rule of Law Writing Competition Scholarship for a written work that promotes appreciation and understanding of the rule of law. The competition encourages law students to integrate Rule of Law concepts into their writings, but does not seek any particular point of view on the Rule of Law.

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: 4/1/2019

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship and Application

Applicant is a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their community; Applicant is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the U.S.; Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least on semester of classes completed at an accredited law school.


Deadline: 4/1/2019

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle. 

Amount: $10, 000

Deadline: 4/1/2019

Fitch LLP Scholarship

Fitch Law Partners LLP will be awarding a scholarship to a current law school student as well as an undergraduate student with aspirations of going to law school. The goal of these scholarships is to help a promising lawyer of tomorrow with the financial cost of higher education. Our firm is proud to be investing in the education of future attorneys by helping students with their tuition expenses.

Amount: $10, 000

Deadline: 4/1/2019

Diversity Scholarship - California Change Lawyers (formerly California Bar Foundation)

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: 4/4/2019

San Mateo County Women Lawyers Section  Educational Foundation

Deadline: 4/5/2019

Founded in 1996, the San Mateo County Women Lawyers' Section Educational Foundation is a nonprofit fundraising organization, which establishes scholarships for needy law student who have ties to San Mateo.

Brown,PC National Tax Law Scholarship

Brown, PC is now accepting applications for the firm's National Tax Law Scholarship, a $500 stipend which will be awarded to a second or third year full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. The award will be paid directly to the student, and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.

Deadline: 4/5/2019

Amount: $500

18-2019 ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made, while other parties have brought constitutional and common-law claims in support of preserving or expanding environmental protections. ELI invites law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond PC, one of the nation’s premier environmental law firms.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: 4/8/2019         

MPower and La Unidad Latina Foundation (International and DACA Students)

At MPOWER, we believe that we’re not just expanding access to higher education. We’re also creating globally-minded, multi-lingual, culturally-competent graduates poised to take on the world’s most pressing problems in science, technology, business, and public policy! In recognition of the extraordinary potential of these students, we’ve created the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship. We’ve intentionally designed this scholarship program to be as broad as possible to match the broad, diverse experiences of international students. And there’s no requirement to be an MPOWER borrower to apply!

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: 4/8/2019

One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship

Are you the next great legal mind? In partnership with the Phi Alpha Delta Law  Fraternity, Law Preview will be awarding one hard-working incoming law student $10,000 towards their 1L year.

Deadline: 4/15/2019

Amount: $10,000

Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program

Our scholarship program was established in 1998 to reaffirm a commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession.

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: 4/19/19

George H. Nofer Scholarship

The George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is for full-time graduate students with a moderately-severe to profound pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss who are attending an accredited law school or a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration.

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: 4/19/19

The Tang Scholarship

Mr. Edward C. Tang established this award in 2007 to provide financial assistance to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (g/l/b/t) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary education. This scholarship is to help GLBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. This scholarship awards up to four outstanding students annually, a scholarship of up to $15,000. These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of three additional years (for a total of four years), provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements.

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: 4/30/19

Fresno County Women Lawyers/Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship 

As a tribute to the memory of the late Associate Justice Pauline Davis Hanson, Fresno County Women Lawyers has established a Scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by women law students.

Deadline: 4/31/2019

Amount: $2,000