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

With the City of San Francisco order in place, please be aware that the Law School and University are committed to continue and provide essential services to our students.  The Financial Aid Office is working remotely, as suggested by the University’s COVID-19 Management team, informed by the recent City of San Francisco Department of Public Health’s social distancing guidelines.  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.  Our Office hours are from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  For any emergencies, you can also contact Alan Guerrero, the Sr. Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, at guerrero@usfca.edu.  Take care.

Spring 2021 Tuition Payment Deadline- January 2, 2021

All law students who completed online registration for Spring 2021 classes will be billed for Spring 2021 tuition and fees by the USF Student Accounts Office in early December. You will be notified via email notice by the USF Student Accounts Office when your Spring tuition bill is available to view online via your myUSF student portal.  Please note that all registered students will be charged for USF Health insurance for the Spring semester, unless you have already applied and been approved for a waiver of this fee.  If you have not yet applied for a waiver you can do so online for the Spring semester beginning November 30, by completing the online waiver application on the USF Health Promotions Services web site at: https://myusf.usfca.edu/hps/insurance
 
Tuition and fees are due on January 2, 2021 and can be paid with Authorized Financial Aid, personal funds, a combination of both or enrollment in the payment plan,
https://myusf.usfca.edu/billing-tuition/payment-plan.  Please note that any Authorized Financial Aid for Spring 2021 will be noted on your student account once your Spring 2021 tuition bill is posted.  If your total Authorized Financial Aid is sufficient to pay your Spring bill, you do not need to make any payment with personal funds.  If your student account still shows a balance due even with Authorized Financial Aid, you can make an online payment via  your myUSF student portal.

Spring 2021 Financial Aid Disbursement Date

The Disbursement date is the earliest possible date that funds from both federal and private sources can be sent to the University each semester.  Funds are sent electronically by each provider in two equal installments, once each semester. Federal regulations require that aid be disbursed no earlier than approximately one week before the start of each term. Scholarship funds are also disbursed at the same time federal and private loan funds are disbursed.

The earliest scheduled disbursement date for both federal and private sources for the Spring 2021 is Monday, January 4, 2021.

Once funds disburse, your Spring semester bill is paid off and any remaining funds left over after your bill is paid, is refunded to you.  Aid will continue to be disbursed throughout each semester as individual student financial aid files become complete later in the term and/or additional federal or private loan applications are processed and approved.

Spring 2021 Refund Process

Once Spring 2021 financial aid disburses, the refund process for any remaining aid/credit left over after your semester charges are paid will begin on Wednesday, January 6.  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.

SAP Policy

The federal government requires each institution to monitor each student’s academic progress. To remain eligible for federal and state aid programs, students must meet all SAP requirements:
•    GPA: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 is required. Students are ineligible to receive aid after two consecutive semesters under 2.30.
•    Pace: Students must complete/passed 67% of their attempted units. An attempted unit is defined as any registered class the student remains enrolled in after the add/drop period (September 14 for Fall 2020).  This includes units that a student withdraws from any semester.
•    Minimum Units: Federal guidelines require at least “half time” enrollment (3 Units) for federal aid eligibility. Please be aware that the USF School of Law School requires full time students to be enrolled in at least 12 units each semester and part time students to be enrolled in at least 8 units each semester (6 with permission from the Associate Dean).
•    Maximum Units: A law student must successfully complete 87 course units for graduation (84 units for the Fall 2017 entering class and earlier), and students at the USF School of Law School are only eligible for financial aid for 131 attempted units (150% of required units, or 126 units for Fall 2017 entering class or earlier).

Students are evaluated annually after the Spring Semester to ensure that SAP standards are being met and will be effective for the following Fall semester (or the next semester that the student enrolls at USF). Students failing to meet the minimum SAP standards will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and ineligible to receive Financial Aid. Students may appeal a Financial Aid Suspension status and be placed on Financial Aid Probation for Financial Aid purposes.

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 

December 2020 or 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   

AAUW  Selected Professions Fellowships
Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 
Deadline: 12/1/2020
Amount: $5,000 - $18,000

Carr & Weatherby Law Scholarship
Both Pitts and Alex are first generation lawyers. Pitts’ dad worked as a well digger in South Georgia. Alex’s dad is a plumbing contractor in Atlanta. Working outside in the hot Georgia summers taught both Pitts and Alex the meaning of hard work. At our firm, we greatly admire folks who work with their hands, and we also value education for folks who are looking to branch out from their family business. That is why we have developed a scholarship for first generation law students.
Deadline: 12/1/2020

Amount: TBA

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 $140 million for workers. He also created Working Now and Then, a resource on employment law and worker’s rights.
Deadline: 12/1/2020
Amount: $1,000

Cooley Diversity Fellowship
As part of Cooley's ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to offer Diversity Fellowships to outstanding first year law school students. Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. The award will be paid in three installments: $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the firm as a full-time associate.* Students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 12/1/2020
Amount: up to $30,000

Denver Trial Lawyers Annual Scholarship    
Denver Trial Lawyers wants to know what does justice mean to you? Our Denver serious injury attorneys are asking YOU, the citizen, to write a compelling and strong 750+ word essay.
Deadline: 12/1/2020
Amount: $1,000

NW Corporate Law Scholarship
Law school in the United States is expensive. Our firm wants to help a law student avoid some of the costs associated with law school, and we are now accepting applications for the NW Corporate Law scholarship, which will be awarded to one second or third year law student who is in financial need and who is actively enrolled in an ABA-approved law school. The award will be paid to the student, and the awarded funds may be used by the student for any expenses related to the student’s law school education. All of the details are below, including a link to the application. We offer this scholarship award biannually, in the spring and fall. The application requirements may change during each award period.
Deadline: 12/1/2020
Amount: $1,000

Ottinger Law School Scholarship
Ottinger Employment Lawyers is excited to reintroduce the Ottinger Employment Lawyer Scholarship contest. Our employment firm is dedicated to helping employees in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  We understand the challenges college students face in paying for college.  This is why we want to extend our help to students pursuing law degrees and selecting one student to be awarded a $1,500 scholarship to put towards their law school tuition.
Deadline: 12/1/2020
Amount: $1,500

National Tax Law Scholarship
Brown, PC is now accepting applications for the firm’s National Tax Law Scholarship, a $500 stipend which will be awarded to a second or third year full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. The award will be paid directly to the student, and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.
Deadline: 12/7/2020
Amount: $500

National Business Law Scholarship
Brown, PC is now accepting applications for the firm’s National Business Law Scholarship, a $500 stipend which will be awarded to a second or third year full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. The award will be paid directly to the student, and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.
Deadline: 12/7/2020
Amount: $500
 

The Criminal Defense Student Law School Scholarship
The Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C. are happy to support student education with our annual Criminal Defense Student Law School Scholarship. Students who are attending an undergraduate, JD, LLB, or LLM program at a college, university, or law school in the United States are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 12/15/2020
Amount: $2,500

Talkov Law's annual Future of the Law Scholarship
America has an incredible justice system, but it could use more exceptional advocates with a passion for innovation in the future of the law. For our Annual Scholarship Contest, we are pleased to support a future lawyer who demonstrates through past, current and expected future deeds a genuine commitment to provide innovation and a new perspective to the legal system.  As Real Estate Lawyers, Bankruptcy Attorneys, Family Law Lawyers, and Business Litigators, Talkov Law specializes in representing all parties involved in these civil disputes by providing innovative solutions that help forge the future of the law.
Deadline: 12/15/2020
Amount: $1,000

Fob James Law Firm Scholarship
We are asking students to write a 300-400 words essay about the following: Describe how you plan on giving back to your community once you become a lawyer. We want law students to explain how they plan on helping their community with their law degree; and their experiences in law school that motivated them to do so.
Deadline: 12/15/2020
Amount: $1,000

MPOWER and La Unidad Latina Foundation (DACA/International Students)
We’re looking to fund students with high potential as a leader and advocate. In recognition of the extraordinary potential of these students, we’ve created the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship. We’ve intentionally designed this scholarship program to be as broad as possible to match the broad, diverse experiences of international students. There’s no requirement to be an MPOWER borrower to apply!
Deadline: 12/31/2020
Amount: $1,000 - $3,000

The Johns Law Firm - Law School Scholarship
At Johns Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers specialize in representing victims of accidents, injuries, and even insurance companies disputes. As attorneys, we feel that it is our responsibility to advocate for those who have been injured in accidents that were not their fault. In fact, helping those in need is one of the reasons our law firm exists.
Deadline: 12/31/2020
Amount: $1,500

V & E  Diversity Fellowship (Diversity)
Vinson & Elkins awards some of the brightest law students from the nation's top law schools with a Diversity Fellowship each year.
Deadline: 1/1/2021
Amount: up to $10,000

McAndrews Held & Malloy Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship
Candidate must be a first year law student at an accredited law school with a diverse background, that would improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law; have a degree in science, or engineering  and intend to practice patent law in Chicago, Illinois.
Deadline: 1/15/2021
Amount: $5,000

Schiffmann Injury Lawyers Scholarship
Education is the cornerstone of a full and rewarding life. Unfortunately, many families have to make a difficult choice after an accident: Pay expensive medical bills or fund a child’s college fund. We help deserving scholars keep education within reach, no matter what curveballs life throws at them.  Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys couldn’t hold the people and organizations that cause injuries accountable without a high-quality university education. The financial strain of an accident shouldn’t mean that you have to struggle to attain a quality education that sets you up for a successful life. We encourage you to apply for our Toronto Personal Injury Scholarship. Review the prompt below and submit your application by the deadline to be considered. We look forward to reading your submission.
Deadline: 1/15/2021
Amount: $1,000

Point Scholarship (LGBTQ Community)
Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
Deadline: 1/29/2021
Amount: varies