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.

Debt Management Appointments

The School of Law has once again obtained the services of Dr. Jeffrey Hanson, a nationally recognized financial advisor, to meet individually in virtual with our students (and their partners) in private counseling appointments (45 minutes), September 29, 30, and October 1 (Tue, Wed, and Thurs).


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, if you are 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, call 415.422.6210

Fall 2020 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 (last date to withdraw with partial tuition refund).  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

Add/Drop began on Monday, August 20, 2020, AFTER you may have already been processed for a Fall 2020 semester 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 14, 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 added class, you can request additional financial aid to cover the cost of the additional units. For more information, please contact Eufemia Aquino, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at eaquino@usfca.edu or call 415.422.6120.
•    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 Add and Drop on the same day, otherwise the tuition for the Dropped class will be noted as a credit on your USF student account and it may be inadvertently refunded to you if you don’t Add a class on the same day as the Drop. If the Added class has a higher unit value than the Dropped class, the additional unit(s) will create a balance due on your account, which must be paid with personal funds (or make a personal payment using the funds you received as a refund). 
•    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.   Otherwise you will inadvertently be issued a refund for this credit, which you will be required to repay 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 14 census date (last day to withdraw and qualify for prorated financial aid).  If your financial aid for the Fall semester is not appropriate for the unit load you are registered for, 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.  You can review your student account online via your myUSF student portal.

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.

Upcoming Private Scholarship Deadlines   

Independence Foundation Legal Fellowship Program
The Independence Foundation is a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serving Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.  The Foundation is specifically interested in addressing the need for legal aid and assistance to the disadvantaged.  In order to help to meet this need, in 1996 the Foundation established the Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship Program.  Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowships provide support for law school graduates, outgoing judicial law clerks and attorneys who are currently employed and who want to work in the public interest for a legal services organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) organization and provides legal services to individuals who are disadvantaged, including the elderly, the disabled, the homeless or those deprived of their civil or human rights.
Deadline: 9/28/2020
Amount: varies

Higbee & Associates and the Foundation for Continuing Justice 
The competition is intended to expand the awareness of consequences of criminal records and the laws that govern their retention, dissemination and expungement, as well as encourage research into the ways to improve laws.
Deadline: 9/30/2020
Amount: $200 - $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: 9/30/2020
Amount: $1,000

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship and Application (Diversity)
Applicant is a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues ofdiversity within their community; Applicant is a U.S. citizen currently attending an addredited law school within the U.S.; Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least on semester of classes completed at an accredited law school.
Deadline: 10/1/2020
Amount: $1,000

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship and Application (Disability)
The Disability Scholarship was established in 2014 as part of the law firm’s commitment to helping students with disabilities or injuries who are in need of financial assistance for educational purposes.  The scholarship is available to students of any age, with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental or psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions.
Deadline: 10/1/2020
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: 10/1/2020
Amount: $1,000

California Consumer Attorney P.C.’s Annual Consumer Advocacy Scholarship
California Consumer Attorneys, P.C. (“CCA”) is a Los Angeles-based law firm that is firmly committed to consumer advocacy, particularly with respect to enforcement of California’s lemon laws.  CCA is offering an annual $1,000 scholarship for students who are currently enrolled in law school or intending to attend law school that are passionate about consumer advocacy.  While major corporations have the resources to hire bevies of young attorneys to advocate on their behalves, today’s consumer has fewer and fewer options on where to turn for zealous and skilled representation.   We offer this scholarship in the spirit of our firm’s founding: a commitment to excellence in advocacy on behalf of individuals. We encourage all college/law school students that are passionate about consumer advocacy to apply.  The winner will be selected based on the quality of the applicant’s essay and the strength of his/her academic credentials.
Deadline: 10/1/2020
Amount: $1,000

GAR Disability Advocates Law School Scholarship (Disability)
At GAR Disability Advocates, we believe that everyone, regardless of background or social status, is entitled to high-quality legal representation to fight for their rights. In order to fulfill the need for high-quality lawyers and legal professionals in the workforce, we are committed to helping students in need to afford higher education. To help more students who are passionate about law pursue a degree, we are sponsoring an annual scholarship, awarded to one law student, to be put toward their law school costs.
Deadline: 10/15/2020
Amount: $1,000

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.
Deadline: 10/26/2020
Amount: $1,000