Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office Hours   

 

  Open Closed
Monday 9:30 am 6:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am 5:00 pm

Financial Aid New Office

The Financial Aid Office has moved to Kendrick Hall, Room 202.  Please come visit our new office for any financial aid inquiry. 

Fall 2019 Semester Loan Deferment Information

All USF students who borrow funds from the federal government are eligible to receive loan repayment deferments while enrolled in law school at least half-time.  The University Registrar will send class registration confirmation to the National Student Loan Clearinghouse in mid-September AFTER our law school census date (late date to withdraw with full tuition refund less withdrawal fee).  This Clearinghouse is used by all lenders to confirm your registration for the academic year.  No additional forms are needed for you to complete to receive loan repayment deferments for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Graduate PLUS Loan.

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

Late registration and Add/Drop began today at 9:00 am, Thursday, August 15.  Please note that you may have already been processed for a financial aid refund.  Adjustments to your financial aid may be necessary if any of the following situations occur during ADD/DROP:
•    If you were offered and “accepted” the maximum financial aid award for part time students but you were registered for less than the expected unit load for the Fall semester as of August 12, your aid refund may have been in excess of your anticipated cost of living expenses for the Fall semester. If you are not planning on adding any additional units, you will be required to return the excess financial aid awarded to you since you cannot receive aid for units that you are not registered for. 
•    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 new class, you can request additional financial aid to cover the cost of the additional units. For example, if your financial aid for Fall 2019 was based on a 8 unit load, but now you are registered for 10 units, you can request additional aid to cover that additional cost for two units. For more information, please contact Eufemia Aquino, the Assistant Director for Law Financial Aid at eaquino@usfca.edu or call 415.422.6210.  
•    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 have ADD on the same day.  A dropped class will create a credit on your student account which could be refunded back to you if you don’t ADD a class with the same unit value on the same day. 
•    If you DROP a class after your refund has been processed, and 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 Eufemia Aquino, the Assistant Director for Law Financial Aid at eaquino@usfca.edu.   Otherwise you will inadvertently be issued a refund for this credit, which you will be required to repay back to the University since you are not eligible to receive financial aid for this dropped class.
 
Important:  The Law Financial Aid Office will conduct an audit of all Part Time students' financial aid records after the September 9 census date (last day to withdraw without penalty).  If your financial aid for the fall semester is not appropriate for the unit load you are registered, we will make the necessary adjustments to your aid and you will be notified via email.  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 Spring semester.
 

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.

It is not too late to apply for federal loan aid for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year. If you need aid to help with your Fall 2019tuition payment, you must apply immediately, otherwise the aid will not be in place by the August 1 tuition payment deadline.

 The University Financial Aid Office has begun 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: https://www.usfca.edu/law/admissions/tuition-aid/jd/deadlines-documents

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 accept your financial aid offer at your myUSF student portal 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 

December 2019 or Spring 2020 graduating students can apply for private bar loans to help with living expenses during the February 2020 or the July 2020 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   

Cherepinskiy Law Firm, PC Scholarship
Cherepinskiy Law Firm, PC offers its annual Legal Scholarship to both (1) undergraduate students who intend to become lawyers and pursue a legal career and (2) law school students.  The recipient of the scholarship award will receive a check in the amount of $1,000, which will be made payable directly to the recipient’s law school.  The application period is August 1, 2019 – October 25, 2019.
Deadline: 10/25/2019
Amount: $1,000

AAUW Grants & Fellowships

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing $4.3 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 270 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2019–20 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide. AAUW seeks a diverse applicant pool.
Deadline: 11/1/2019
Amount: varies

 

Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men
The Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain additional education; to aspire to positions in which they contribute to society; to be out about their sexual orientation; and to act as role models for other gay men with similar potential..
Deadline: 11/1/2019
Amount: up to $20,000
 

Answering Legal Scholarship
Answering Legal’s Future Attorneys of America Scholarship is dedicated in choosing one law student, of academic excellence, every year and awarding them with the FAAS merit scholarship.
We consider it a great honor to be able to support law students who show ambition, perseverance, and of course, merit in their studies, in the legal community and in their lives.
Deadline: 11/5/2019
Amount: $5,000

 

MPOWER and La Unidad (DACA)
Our signature scholarship program, the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship, awards up to $5,000 to international students at schools we support. 
Deadline: 11/15/2019
Amount: up to $5,000

Emery Reddy, PLLS Scholarship
Emery Reddy is proud to announce its third annual round of scholarships. Each year we offer financial assistance to students with an interest in pursuing careers in the legal field.
Deadline: 11/30/2019
Amount: $500 - $2,500