Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office Hours   

  Open Closed
Monday - Thursday, August 12-15 8:30 am 5:30 pm
Friday, August 16 8:30 am 5:00 pm
Monday - Thursday, August 19-22 8:30 am 6:00 pm
Friday, August 23 8:30 am 5:00 pm

Office Hours beginning August 26th:

  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 Tuition Payment Deadline

The USF Student Financial Services emailed all registered students a Fall 2019 tuition billing notice on July 5. Notices were sent to your USF email account. Your fall bill can be viewed online via your myUSF student portal. Fall tuition and fees are due by August 1, 2019.  Your bill must be reconciled by Authorized Financial Aid, personal payment, a combination of the two, or enrollment in the four month payment plan. Payment options are available when viewing your bill online via your myUSF student portal.

Please be aware that all registered students will be automatically billed for University sponsored health insurance, unless you complete the online insurance waiver form. Information on the University sponsored health insurance including the online waiver form is available at:

If you applied for a waiver last year for 2018-19 academic year, it is no longer valid for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year. You must apply for a waiver every year.  Once you apply for and are approved for a waiver, please allow  5-7 business days  before the insurance charge on your student account is reversed. The deadline to apply for a waiver is September 1, 2019. 

IMPORTANT: If your Fall 2019 semester charges are not reconciled by the tuition payment deadline, your fall class registration will be  cancelled  by the USF One Stop Student Accounts Office and you will not be allowed to re-register until you have made the appropriate payment to your student account, with either sufficient Authorized Financial Aid, personal payment, a combination of the two, or enrollment in the four month payment plan and  payment of the first installment.

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.

Fall 2019 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 Fall 2019 is  Monday, August 12, 2019 .

Once funds disburse, your fall 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.

As an FYI, the earliest disbursement date for the Spring 2020 semester will Monday, January 13, 2019. 

Fall 2019 Excess Aid Refund Process

If your total financial aid exceeds your tuition bill, you will be refunded any excess aid funds once your aid disburses and after your tuition bill is paid. Your excess aid funds should be used to cover your cost of living expenses (food, rent, etc.) for the semester.  The University Student Accounts Office will begin refund processing on Wednesday, August 12 and refunds processed as a direct deposit to your bank account can be expected 2-5 business days AFTER refund processing begins.

IMPORTANT: The disbursement date is NOT the date you receive the excess funds in your bank account. 

A paper check refund is typically made available 10-15 business days AFTER the aid funds have disbursed to the University. Refunds as a result of an overpayment from a personal check may take up to 15 business days to process.

If you are already enrolled in direct deposit, you do NOT need to re-enroll. Please be sure however, that your assigned bank account on file is still active by viewing the information online via your myUSF student portal.

If you are relying on a refund for living expenses including the purchase of your books, food, etc., please plan accordingly. The USF One Stop Office will make every effort to insure that you receive your refund in a timely manner, but there can be unanticipated delays due to excessive refund processing as the University processes aid refunds for all USF students around the same time.  Please note that the earliest that a student can expect to receive a direct deposit aid refund in their bank account may not be until the week of August 20. Be sure to plan your finances accordingly for the beginning of the semester as aid refunds may not be available until the first week of classes.

The direct deposit refund process is the quickest way to receive excess aid funds for living expenses.  It is highly recommended that you sign up for this refund process.  If you are not enrolled in direct deposit refund processing, the enrollment information is noted below.   Online Instructions.

  • Log on to myUSF.
  • Click on the link for “Student Self Service”
  • Click on the "Student Account" link and then "Direct Deposit Authorization" to enter the requested information.

You may update or change your direct deposit information at any time. Once you enroll, please allow 5 business days for your bank account to be verified and the direct deposit process to be activated. Any excess aid funds after tuition is paid will be processed as a paper check refund if direct deposit is not activated. 

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 not too late to apply for federal loan aid for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. If you need aid to help with your Fall 2018 tuition 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:

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.

Health Insurance Waiver for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

All USF students are required to have insurance. To insure this mandate, USF will automatically bill and enroll all students in University sponsored health insurance. If you are currently on a comparable plan or plan to be on one during the upcoming academic year, you can apply for a waiver of the USF health insurance. The waiver period for the Fall 2019 is from June 6 through September 1.  There are no exceptions to the wavier period.  Information and an online application to waive the University sponsored health insurance fee can be found on the USF Health Promotions web site.  Please note that if you apply for a waiver during the Fall 2019 waiver period and are approved, you do not need to do it again for the Spring 2020 as a waiver approved during the Fall waiver period will also apply for the Spring.

Upcoming Private Scholarship Deadlines   

The McCorma & Erlich Employment Law Firm Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to a student with an interest in employment law, employment policy, or workers' right in general; or a student who has worked at a nonprofit organization or community group focused on employee rights, such as a legal aid society or labor organization.
Deadline: 8/31/2019
Amount: $1,000

The Honorable Patricia Herron and Ellen James Scholarship (rising 1L)

This scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving law student (or students) with demonstrated leadership potential, academic success, and a commitment to women’s issues and Contra Costa County. 

Deadline: 9/13/2019

Amount: $1,000 - $10,000

Skadden Foundation Fellowship (rising 2L, LLM)

It is the Foundation's hope that, through their efforts and their example, Skadden Fellows will increase and improve the legal services available to the less fortunate in our society. The foundation will award two-year fellowships for 2020 law school graduates, outgoing judicial law clerks, and LL.M. candidates who want to work in the public interest.

Deadline: 9/16/2019

Amount: $2,000

Weiss & Paarz Annual National Scholarship
As a law firm that exclusively handles medical malpractice, our attorneys, paralegals, and staff members have dedicated their careers to helping victims of preventable catastrophic injury.
Deadline: 9/30/2019
Amount: $1,000