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, and in recognition of increasing COVID-19 cases throughout the Bay area.  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 Fall 2020/Spring 2021

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 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 2020-21 academic year are required to complete the new 2020-21 FAFSA on https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa website.  Our Title IV code is 001325 and must be included in your FAFSA application.
 
The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible in order to receive the maximum financial aid consideration for 2020-21.

It is not too late to apply for federal loan aid for the 2020-21 academic year.  The priority deadline to apply for a 2020-21 FAFSA is April 1, 2021.   

Applying for Financial Aid for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 academic year will be available online on October 1All 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.

Bar Loan Information 

Spring 2021 graduating students can apply for private bar loans to help with living expenses during the February 2021 or 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   

Farella Braun & Martel, LLP 1L Diversity Scholarship
Our firm represents a diverse group of clients in one of the most diverse regions of this country, and we believe our firm’s success is founded upon our diverse workforce.
Deadline: 3/4/2021
Amount: varies

The Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students
Our Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for Graduate Students helps aspiring grad students pay for their graduate or professional degree.  Beginning in 2021, The Sallie Mae Fund, our charitable foundation, will expand the Bridging the Dream Graduate Scholarship Program to further promote diversity in higher education among minority students and other historically underserved communities. In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, we’ll award thirty $10,000 scholarships over the next three years to graduate students, totaling $300,000.
Deadline: 3/8/2021
Amount: $10,000

Arnold  & Porter LLP- Diversity Scholarship
Arnold & Porter is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work culture where all talent is supported and accorded equal respect. Our approach enhances our ability to provide excellent service to our clients; strengthens our ability to attract, develop, and retain top talent; and inspires innovation and creativity.
Deadline: 3/15/2021
Amount: $10,000

WLS Scholarship
The Women Lawyers of Sacramento (“WLS”) scholarship is awarded to a financially needy student who will be a first or second year law student in the Fall of 2019. The successful candidate will possess achievements that are consistent with WLS’s goals of advancing the position of women in law and society.
Deadline: 3/19/2021
Amount: $2,500
 

Zelle LLP 2021 Diversity in Law Scholarship
On behalf of the national law firm Zelle LLP, we are pleased to announce a call for applications for our 2021 Diversity in Law Scholarship. The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.
Deadline: 3/29/2021
Amount: $15,000

Earl Warren Shearman & Sterling Scholarship
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: 3/31/2021
Amount: $15,000

Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship
The Rhode Island Bar Foundation’s Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1989 to support and foster high legal practice standards by assisting Rhode Island residents who show promise that they will become outstanding lawyers and who need financial assistance to study law. The Scholarship is in honor of the late Thomas F. Black, Jr., a person known for his impressive ability as a lawyer and banker, his deeply rooted legal scholarship and his notable participation in civic and charitable causes.
Deadline: 3/31/2021
Amount: TBD

George H. Nofer Scholarship
The George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is for full-time graduate students with a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, who use listening and spoken language as their primary method of communication, and who are attending full-time an accredited mainstream law school or graduate school working towards a masters or doctoral degree in public policy or public administration.
Deadline: 4/12/2021
Amount: $5,000

Nancy E. O'Malley Scholarship
The scholarship was founded in 2016 to honor CWL Past President Nancy O'Malley (2009-2010) for her dedication and commitment to promoting California Women Lawyers and protecting all women and children in our society. The scholarship is awarded annually to a law student whose prior and current activities, and future plans demonstrate a commitment to issues affecting women and/or children in the community. Everyone who meets the requirements may apply.
Deadline: 4/12/2021
Amount: $5,000

The American Bar Legal Opportunity Scholarship
The purpose of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to and attend law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years.
Deadline: 4/17/2021
Amount: $5,000 - $15,000

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties 2021
The fellowship is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Fellows each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.
Deadline: 4/17/2021
Amount: $1,000

Drew Lewis Scholarship
Drew Lewis, PC is a California Employment Law Firm that represents workers in some of the most vulnerable positions–including immigrants and low-skill, low-wage positions. Every year, Drew Lewis, PC awards a $1,000 scholarship to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to one of the firm’s core values. While obtaining an education and excelling academically are indispensable to your future success, how you yield the power you obtain from those endeavors is far more important to the people on whose lives you will impact. Because of that, our firm wants to support and encourage the development of character in our future leaders of family, education, business and politics.
Deadline: 4/30/2021
Amount: $2,000