Financial Aid

USF ID Number

In order to better assist law students and reply to your financial aid inquiries in a timely manner, please be sure to include your USF ID Number in any email inquiries to the Law Financial Aid Office.  In addition, any requests to update your financial aid record should come directly from your USF email account. We cannot process any requests for assistance sent from your personal email accounts.

Financial Aid Office Hours

The Financial Aid Office is working remotely, as recommended by the University’s COVID-19 Management team, informed by the current guidance from city, county, and state public health officials.  The Law Financial Aid Office’s phone line is closely monitored including voicemail and email messages daily. Rest assured that any inquiries will be answered as soon as possible.  We are available to answer your call from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time.  For any emergencies, you can also contact Alan Guerrero, the Sr. Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, at guerrero@usfca.edu.

Applying for Financial Aid for the Summer 2021

Information on applying for Summer 2021 financial aid can be found online.  Once you register for a Summer 2021 class (registration began end of March), submit a Summer 2021 Intent to Enroll (ITE) form to notify the Law Financial Aid Office of your intent to apply for summer aid. You can obtain the form ONLINE or request by email from the Law Financial Aid Office. The Summer 2021 ITE form was due on April 15.  The Summer ITE form can still be submitted after April 15 and will be processed and monitored accordingly.  Please note that students on Academic Probation are ineligible to receive Summer financial aid until Spring grades are all posted in mid-June and you regain good academic standing.  We cannot process ITE forms for students on probation until you return to good standing.

IMPORTANT: Please note that any summer session registration completed AFTER May 1 will result in an immediate summer tuition bill, which must be reconciled immediately.  You can still apply for summer financial aid at this time, but you may be required to pay your bill with personal funds or enroll in the summer payment plan and make the first installment payment to retain your summer registration. Students with outstanding summer tuition bills after the May 1 payment deadline will be subject to class registration cancellation by the USF Student Financial Services.

Applying for Financial Aid for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 academic year is now available online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.  All students who wish to receive financial aid for the 2021-22 academic year are required to complete the new 2021-22 FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov.  Our Title IV code is 001325 and must be included in your FAFSA application.  Financial Aid award notification for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022 began in mid-April for current students who have completed a 2021-22 FAFSA. You will be notified via email. Award information will be available to view online via your myUSF student portal.

The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible in order to receive the maximum financial aid consideration for 2021-22.
 
Financial aid awards for the 2021-22 academic year were made available to continuing law students around mid-March as long as the 2021-22 FAFSA was completed and USF received your FAFSA information by the priority date of March 1, 2021.  You were be sent an email notification at that time by the University Financial Aid Office indicating that you could review your financial aid award online via your myUSF online student portal.

IMPORTANT: The 2021-22 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.

Bar Loan Information 

Spring 2021 graduating students can apply for private bar loans to help with living expenses for the July 2021 bar preparation period. These loans are private lender loans subject to credit approval. Information is available at the Law Financial Aid Office or online at: 
https://www.usfca.edu/law/admissions/tuition-aid/jd/types-of-aid/loan-programs 

Upcoming Private Scholarship Deadlines   

Antonoplos & Associates Legal Scholarship
At Antonoplos & Associates, we approach the complex legal needs of our clients from a results-driven perspective. By structuring our legal practice in a way that focuses on this goal, we are able to identify the root of our client’s problems and give them the necessary advice to quickly solve their legal issue. Our law firm focuses on estate planning, probate, real estate, construction, and business law. We believe that each of these practice areas allows us to directly benefit individuals with their personal or business legal issues.  To encourage and empower future attorneys to pursue the same legal values that our firm embodies, we have decided to create the Antonoplos & Associates Legal Scholarship.  
Deadline: 5/31/2021
Amount: $2,500

The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship
The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia is pleased to offer The Pearce Law Firm – Empowering Women In Law Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States. This scholarship is intended to encourage & support outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law.
Deadline: 5/31/2021
Amount: $2,000

Laws101.com Law School Scholarship
At laws101.com, we believe that the legal profession is a noble profession – and one that protects our freedoms in this country that we hold so dearly. As such, we are offering a once-yearly $2,500 scholarship to students who are currently attending or planning to attend law school in the Fall 2020 semester.
Deadline: 5/31/2021
Amount: $2,500

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship
As part of a commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. Must be a US Citizen accepted to or currently attending (1L or 2L) an accredited law school in the United States, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
Deadline: 6/1/2021
Amount: $2,000

One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship
In the right hands, a law degree can be a powerful tool. History is filled with great accounts of leaders who made it their life’s work to embody the law and serve as agents of change. Each year we honor 10 future change agents who are heading to law school. All ten finalists will be rewarded with scholarships to help pay for the first year of law school.
Deadline: 6/1/2021
Amount: $1,000 - $10,000

The Accident and Injury Law Office of Terry Bryant
The accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant is proud to announce the availability of a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded to a student who has been accepted to or is currently enrolled in an ABA- or AALS-accredited law school.  We believe that attorneys can be agents of change and advocates for those who deserve a voice. We’ve centered our practice around this philosophy, and we’re hopeful that tomorrow’s lawyers will continue this mission.
Deadline: 6/1/2021
Amount: $2,500

McDowell South American Heritage Scholarship
Must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited law school, Must be of South American Heritage, and must maintain a 2.9 GPA. All applicants have to write an essay of at least 900 words about how their experience studying law in the United States impacted the way they think about legal systems in South America.
Deadline: 6/10/2021
Amount: $1,000

ChapmanAlbin Scholarship for Law Students
Since 2015, ChapmanAlbin has sponsored a yearly $1000 scholarship for incoming and current law students. To apply, a U.S. law student must write a 300-500 word essay on a specific topic and meet a few other criteria for consideration.  Scholarship is to be used exclusively to cover law school tuition and other related expenses such as books or room/board.
Deadline: 6/15/2021
Amount: $1,000

When There Are Nine Project Scholarship
A group of 33 women, most of whose careers overlapped in the Southern District of New York in the late 2000s and early 2010s, announced a new scholarship program for female law students Friday, created to honor the legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The mission of the program is to advocate and open doors for women in the legal industry, but it is also meant to provide a network for women who may not know where to turn in the early stages of their careers.
Deadline: 6/15/2021
Amount: $10,000

Funk & Associates Law Student Scholarship
Funck & Assiciates is dedicated to helping the next generation of attorneys reach their goals.  Applicants should be enrolled in an accredited US law school and have completed at least ONE year of legal studies. The winner will have to prove academic eligibility and a transcript showing the completion of their first year of legal studies. The winner of the scholarship agrees that his/her essay may be posted on the Funk & Associates website for an unlimited duration.
Deadline: 6/16/2021
Amount: $500

Business Law Scholarship
At The Curley Law Firm, I believe that everyone, regardless of background, is entitled to high-quality legal representation. In order to fill the need for high-quality lawyers and legal professionals, I am committed to helping students in need to afford higher education. In order to enable more students who are passionate about law to pursue a degree, the Curley Law Firm is sponsoring an annual scholarship, awarded to one law student, to be put towards their law school costs.
Deadline: 6/30/2021
Amount: $1,000

Robert C. Watson Award
AIPLA has sponsored this student competition for many years to encourage interest in intellectual property issues. Students are encouraged to submit articles on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property.  Judges consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by an author.
Deadline: 6/30/2021
Amount: TBD