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.

Virtual Drop-in Hours 

The Law Financial Aid Office will be hosting a virtual drop-in hour on the following days and times:
•    Tuesdays from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, join here
•    Wednesdays evenings from 5:00pm – 6:00 pm, join here

Summer Financial Aid 2022

Information on applying for Summer 2022 Financial Aid can be found online.  Once your registered for Summer 2022 class (registration begins end of March 22, 2022), submit a Summer 2022 Intent to Enroll (ITE) online form to notify Law Financial Aid of your intent to apply for summer aid. You can obtain the form ONLINE. The Summer 2022 ITE online form will be due on April 1.  The Summer ITE online form can still be submitted after April 1 and will be processed and monitored accordingly. However, we cannot guarantee that any forms submitted after April 15 will be processed in time to meet the May 1 Summer tuition payment deadline but we will do our best.  Please note that students on Academic Probation are ineligible to receive Summer financial aid until Spring grades are all posted in mid-June and you regain good academic standing.  We cannot process ITE online forms for students on probation until you return to good standing.

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.

The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible but no later than the priority date March 1, 2022 in order to receive the maximum financial aid consideration for 2022-23 (this date is especially important for those continuing students who wish to be considered for the Federal Work Study award).
 
Financial aid awards for the 2022-23 academic year will be made available to continuing law students around mid-March as long as the 2022-23 FAFSA is completed and USF receives your FAFSA information by the priority date March 1, 2022.  You will be sent an email notification at that time by the Law Financial Aid Office indicating that you can review your financial aid award online via your myUSF online student portal.

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 for the Fall 2021/Spring 2022

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 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 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.  

It is not too late to apply for federal loan aid for the 2021-22 academic year.  The priority deadline to apply for a 2021-22 FAFSA is April 1, 2022.

Bar Loan Information

December 2021 or Spring 2022 graduating students can apply for private bar loans to help with living expenses during the February 2022 or the July 2022 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: 2/1/2022 – 4/15/2022
Amount: $5,000 to $15,000

Nancy E. O'Malley Scholarship
The scholarship was founded in 2016 to honor CWL Past President Nancy O'Malley (2009-2010) for her dedication and commitment to promoting California Women Lawyers and protecting all women and children in our society. The scholarship is awarded annually to a law student whose prior and current activities, and future plans demonstrate a commitment to issues affecting women and/or children in the community. Everyone who meets the requirements may apply.
Deadline: 4/14/2022
Amount: $5,000

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: 4/15/2022
Amount: $5,000 to $15,000

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties 2022
The competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Fellows each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. 
Deadline: 4/22/2022
Amount: $5,000 to $15,000

Drew Lewis Scholarship
Drew Lewis, PC is a California Employment Law Firm that represents workers in some of the most vulnerable positions–including immigrants and low-skill, low-wage positions. Every year, Drew Lewis, PC awards a $1,000 scholarship to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to one of the firm’s core values. While obtaining an education and excelling academically are indispensable to your future success, how you yield the power you obtain from those endeavors is far more important to the people on whose lives you will impact. Because of that, our firm wants to support and encourage the development of character in our future leaders of family, education, business and politics.
Deadline: 4/30/2022
Amount: $2,000

NW Corporate Law Scholarship
NW Corporate Law scholarship 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.
Deadline: 5/1/2022
Amount: $1,000