Financial Aid

Moot Court Students

USF School of Law’s Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping you take advantage of every available financial aid opportunity while you’re a student here.


Latest Updates

Financial Aid Office Hours Spring 2019 Semester

Beginning January 2, 2019
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm 

Staffing Update for Law Financial Aid Office

Eufemia Aquino will be on Maternity leave beginning Monday, October 29th.  The Law Financial Aid Office will continue to be staffed by our Law Financial Aid Assistant, Audrey Jones.  All Law school financial aid matters should be directed to Alan Guerrero, the Senior Director of Law Admissions and Financial Aid at guerrero@usfsa.edu or his direct line at 415.422.2975.   Part-time evening students who seek Counseling after 5 pm should contact Alan Guerrero to arrange an appointment via email or direct number noted above. 

Applying for Financial Aid for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019

It is not too late to apply for federal loan aid for the 2018-19 academic year.
 
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 academic year is now available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  All students who wish to receive financial aid for the 2018-19 academic year are required to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA and must do so by April 1, 2019.  
 
You can access the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Our Title IV code is 001325 and must be included in your FAFSA application.
 
In addition to completing a new FAFSA, those students who wish to be considered for the Graduate PLUS loan program for the Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 academic year, must also complete a new PLUS loan application for each academic year.  Graduate PLUS loan applications for the 2018-19 academic year are available online at www.studentloans.gov.  Students can begin applying for a 2018-19 PLUS Loan beginning in early June but only AFTER you have completed a 2018-19 FAFSA and have been offered the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan for 2018-19 and have “accepted” the Unsubsidized Loan online via your myUSF student portal. 

Important Information for 2L, 3L and 4L Part Time Students Regarding Add/Drop

Add/Drop began on Thursday, January 3, 2019, AFTER you may have already been processed for a Spring 2019 semester financial aid refund.  Adjustments to your financial aid may be necessary if any of the following situations occur during Add/Drop:
 

  • 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 Alan Guerrero, the Sr. Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at guerrero@usfca.edu.
  • 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 Alan Guerrero. 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 January 28 census date (last day to withdraw without penalty).  If your financial aid for the Spring 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 Summer or Fall semester.  You can review your student account online via your myUSF student portal.

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 at www.fafsa.ed.gov
 
All students who wish to receive financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year are required to complete the new 2019-20 FAFSA.  
 
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). You can access the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  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.
 
Financial aid awards for the 2019-20 academic year will be made available to continuing law students by early April 2019 as long as the 2019-20 FAFSA is completed and USF receives your FAFSA information by mid-March 2019.  You will be sent an email notification at that time by the University Financial Aid Office indicating that you can review your financial aid award online via your myUSF online student portal.
 
The University Financial Aid Office will begin downloading 2019-20 FAFSA information for continuing USF students in mid-March.  If you recently completed a 2019-20 FAFSA, we will not be able to verify receipt of your 2019-20 FAFSA until that time.
 
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 also complete a new PLUS loan application for each academic year.  Graduate PLUS loan applications for the 2019-20 academic year are available online at www.studentloans.gov

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.

Bar Loan Information

Spring 2019 graduating students can apply for private bar loans to help with living expenses during the February 2019 or the July 2019 bar preparation period. These loans are private lender loans subject to credit approval. Information is available at the Law Financial Aid Office or online.

Upcoming Private Scholarship Deadlines

Zelle LLP Diversity Scholarship   
https://www.zelle.com/news-updates-454.html Diversity             
Amount:$20,000             
Deadline: 3/15/2019       
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.

San Mateo County Women Lawyers Section  Educational Foundation

http://www.smcwlef.org/
amount: Varies
Deadline: 4/5/2019
Founded in 1996, the San Mateo County Women Lawyers' Section Educational Foundation is a non=profit fundraising organization, which establishes scholarships for needy law student who have ties to San Mateo.
 

018-2019 ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

https://www.eli.org/constitution-courts-and-legislation/current-diamond-constitutional-environmental-law-writing-competition
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: 4/8/2019
 

Diversity Scholarship - California Change Lawyers (formerly California Bar Foundation)

https://www.changelawyers.org/apply.html 

Amount: $5,000
Deadline: 4/4/2019