Law 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.

Law Financial Aid Walk-in, Appointments (In-Person, Virtual)

The Law School’s Financial Aid Office is taking the necessary measures to implement and improve our customer service strategies. We want you to have the best experience with our office so we would like to provide information on new changes to our customer service support methods. 

Our office will be available for in-person visits and appointments as well as virtual appointments. Getting in-person assistance is easy.

You can schedule an appointment on the following methods below:

1.    Text USFDonsLAW to 415-914-9982 then text the code for the type of service you wish to receive help with.
2.    Day to day appointment. Make an appointment online through the Home Kiosk.   Enter your Name and phone number.
3.    Future virtual Appointments (24 hours and later) Here.

Debt Management Appointments

The School of Law has once again obtained the services of Dr. Jeffrey Hanson, a nationally recognized financial advisor, to virtually meet individually with our students (and their partners) in private counseling appointments (45 minutes), January 31, February 1, 2 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).

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 HERE. The 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 at eaquino@usfca.edu or call 415.422.6210.

Spring 2023 Refund Process

Once Spring 2023 financial aid disburses, the refund process for any remaining aid/credit left over after your semester charges are paid will begin on Wednesday, January 4.  Refunds should be received in your designated bank account 3-5 business days later, if you are enrolled in direct deposit refund processing. If you are not enrolled in direct deposit, a refund check will be issued and you should receive a check 7-10 business days AFTER the refund process begins.  Information on enrolling in direct deposit can be found online at: https://myusf.usfca.edu/billing-tuition/refunds. Direct deposit refund processing is the quickest way to receive a refund and you are encouraged to enroll in this process if you have not already done so. 

Applying for Financial Aid/FAFSA Application for Fall 2022/Spring 2023

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 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 2022-23 academic year are required to complete the new 2022-23 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 will begin in early 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.

It is not too late to apply for federal loan aid for the 2022-23 academic year.  The priority deadline to apply for a 2022-23 FAFSA is April 1, 2023.   

IMPORTANT: The 2022-23 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.

Applying for Financial Aid/FAFSA Application for Fall 2023/Spring 2024

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, for the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 academic year will be available online on October 1.  All students who wish to receive financial aid for the 2023-24 academic year are required to complete the new 2023-24 FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov.  Our Title IV code is 001325 and must be included in your FAFSA application.

Bar Loan Information 

December 2022 or Spring 2023 graduating students can apply for private bar loans to help with living expenses during the February 2023 or the July 2023 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/bar-examination-loans  

Upcoming Private Scholarship Deadlines   

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 complete law school. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 10 - 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial aid over their three years in law school. Since its inception, more than 350 students from across the country have received the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship.
Deadline: 2/1/2023 – 4/15/2023
Amount: $5,000 to $15,000

P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Studies Fund (for Finnish and American Law Students)
Pertti LIndfors, a Finnish-American Attorney in San Francisco, established the Pertti Lindfors legal studies funds and P.J.C Lindfors Legal Scholarship to encourage cross-cultural study and understanding by law students in Finland and the United States.
Deadline: 2/1/2023
Amount: $1,000 - $3,000

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Diversity Scholarship (First Year law students)
As part of our commitment to enhance that diversity, we invite qualified candidates to apply to our annual diversity scholars program. In recent years, we’ve awarded more than $300,000 in scholarship money to numerous recipients, who represent a range of diversity. This year, Keker, Van Nest & Peters will award up to $75,000 in scholarship grants, split among up to four recipients. The exact amount and number of scholarships will depend on the number, qualifications and financial needs of applicants.
Deadline: 2/3/2023
Amount: varies

JABA Educational Foundation Scholarship
The Japanese American Bar Association ("JABA") Educational Foundation is pleased to offer up to four scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each.  Applications are currently being accepted from law students and recent law school graduates with a connection to the Japanese American and/or Asian/Pacific Islander (“API”) community who have a demonstrated commitment to community service.  Additional factors may include financial need, adversity, academic achievement, leadership, service to the Japanese American and/or API community, and present and/or potential future involvement with JABA and/or the JABA Educational Foundation. 
Deadline: 2/11/2023
Amount: $3,000

Citywide Law Group Scholarship
Citywide Law Group is proud to offer a $1,500 scholarship to a current or aspiring law student. Los Angeles personal injury attorney Sherwin Arzani is a graduate of University of Michigan School of Law and has dedicated his career to helping accident victims.
Deadline: 3/1/2023
Amount: $1,500

Andrew Cores Family Law Group
Andrew Cores Family Law Group provides extensive trial experience and thoughtful legal counsel to our clients. The attorneys at our Illinois firm believe in investing resources and time into the legal community for the betterment of future generations of lawyers and the profession as a whole. Having dedicated our lives to the legal profession, the attorneys with Andrew Cores Family Law Group are excited to assist law students with expenses related to their college education. Each semester, the firm is offering an aspiring or current law student the opportunity to win $2,000 through the Andrew Cores Family Law Group Future Lawyers Scholarship.
Deadline: 3/23/2023
Amount: $2,000

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: 5/1/2023
Amount: $15,000