Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office Hours Spring 2019 Semester

Monday & Wednesday
8:30 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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. In addition to submitting the Summer ITE Form, once you are registered for summer classes, you will need to complete a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS application for Summer 2018 online at

The priority deadline to submit the Summer 2019 ITE form was April 1, 2019. We will continue to accept the Summer 2019 ITE Form and process them after this date. We cannot guarantee that forms submitted after April 1 will be processed in time to meet the May 1 Summer tuition payment deadline but we will do our best. Please be aware that any delay in submitting the ITE Form may result in your summer financial aid not showing at “Authorized Financial Aid” by the May 1 summer tuition payment deadline, which may require you to pay your summer tuition bill with personal funds.

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 One Stop Student Accounts Office.

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.

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 University Financial Aid Office began award packaging for continuing law students during the week of April 8 but only for those continuing students who have a 2019-20 FAFSA on file. Continuing students with completed award packaging were notified via email to your USF email account. You can view award information online via your myUSF student portal. Information for accepting financial aid for the upcoming academic year can be found online at:

Click on Accepting Financial Aid.

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.

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.Continuing law students should begin to apply for a PLUS Loan for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year beginning June 1, but no earlier than that as credit approvals may expire before the fall term begins.

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

Edward C 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 LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame.
Deadline: 4/30/2019
Amount: $6,000

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

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and completing law school.
Deadline: 5/1/2019
Amount: $5,000 - $15,000

Academic E PipelineToPractice.nrichment / Mentoring Opportunity For Entering 1Ls
The Pipeline to Practice Foundation seeks to support members of groups that are historically underrepresented in the legal progression.
Deadline: 5/1/2019
Amount: Varies

AAJ Richard Hailey Scholarship
AAJ's Minority caucus will award $5,000 scholarship to a minority law student who is entering his/her first, second, or third year of law school.
Deadline: 5/1/2019
Amount: $5,000

Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship
Charles E. Joseph dedicated his career to fighting for workers’ rights as a plaintiff’s employment lawyer. His work has protected victims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage theft. Charles E. Joseph founded Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP, a New York firm that has recovered more than $120 million for workers. He also createdWorking Now and Then, a resource on employment law and worker’s rights. In order to encourage future employment lawyers, the Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship awards $1,000 annually to a law student who plans to work in plaintiff’s employment law.
Deadline: 5/1/2019
Amount: $1,000

Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship
Applicants for the Jones Johnson Scholarship must be a member of the NAACP and under 25 years of age. Awards are based on GPA and academic achievement.
Deadline: 5/15/2019
Amount: Up to $2,000

GJEL Law Student Scholarship
The Attorneys at GJEL understand the financial burdens law students go through when working towards their degrees and are providing this essay contest for eligible students.
Deadline: 5/15/2019
Amount: $2,000 

American Indian College Fund
Eligible applicants must be American Indian or Alaska Natives who are enrolled tribal members or who are lineal descendants of an enrolled parent or grandparent.
Deadline: 5/31/2019
Amount: Varies