Financial Aid

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.  For any emergencies, you can also contact Alan Guerrero, the Sr. Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, at guerrero@usfca.edu or call 415.422.2975.  Take care.

Applying for Financial Aid for the Summer 2020

Information on applying for Summer 2020 financial aid can be found online.  The Summer 2020 Intent to Enroll (ITE) form, which is needed to apply for summer aid, is now available. Check the online site or request by email from the Law Financial Aid Office. Summer 2020 ITE forms will be due on April 15.  Summer ITE forms can still be submitted after April 15 and will be processed on a first come first serve basis. We cannot guarantee that 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 forms for students on probation until you return to good standing.

The priority deadline to submit the Summer 2020 ITE form was extended to April 15, 2020.  We will continue to accept the Summer 2020 ITE Form and process them after this date.

Please be aware that any delay in submitting the ITE Form may result in your summer financial aid not showing at “Authorized Financial Aid” by the May 1 summer tuition payment deadline, which may require you to pay your summer tuition bill with personal funds.
 
IMPORTANT: Please note that any summer session registration completed AFTER May 1 will result in an immediate summer tuition bill, which must be reconciled immediately.  You can still apply for summer financial aid at this time, but you may be required to pay your bill with personal funds or enroll in the summer payment plan and make the first installment payment to retain your summer registration. Students with outstanding summer tuition bills after the May 1 payment deadline will be subject to class registration cancellation by the USF Student Financial Services. 

Add/Drop began on Monday, June 1, 2020, AFTER you may have already been processed for a Summer 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 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 summer term 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 Law Financial Aid at eaquino@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 Summer students' financial aid records after the June 11 census date (last day to withdraw without penalty).  If your financial aid for the Summer term 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.

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, 2020 in order to receive the maximum financial aid consideration for 2020-21.
 
Financial aid awards for the 2020-21 academic year will be made available to continuing law students by mid May 2020 as long as the 2020-21 FAFSA is completed and USF receives your FAFSA information by mid-March 2020.  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.

IMPORTANT: The 2020-21 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.

Health Insurance Waiver for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

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 2020 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 2020 waiver period and are approved, you do not need to do it again for the Spring 2021 as a waiver approved during the Fall waiver period will also apply for the Spring.

Bar Loan Information 

Spring 2020 graduating students can apply for private bar loans to help with living expenses during the July 2020 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   

Zief Scholarship, Flynn and Bretzlaff applications are now available.
Deadline: 6/29/2020

Business Law Scholarship
At The Curley Law Firm, I believe that everyone, regardless of background, is entitled to high-quality legal representation. In order to fill the need for high-quality lawyers and legal professionals, I am committed to helping students in need to afford higher education. In order to enable more students who are passionate about law to pursue a degree, the Curley Law Firm is sponsoring an annual scholarship, awarded to one law student, to be put towards their law school costs.
Deadline: 6/30/2020
Amount: $1,000

Robert C. Watson Award
AIPLA has sponsored this student competition for many years to encourage interest in intellectual property issues. Students are encouraged to submit articles on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property.  Judges consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by an author.
Deadline: 6/30/2020
Amount: TBD

San Luis Obispo County Women Lawyer’s Association
Scholarships will be awarded from the Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County. The number of scholarships and the amount of funds per scholarship will be determined upon review of the applications received and funds available. Award recipients will be notified and invited to attend the annual judicial reception to be held in October of 2020.
Deadline: 7/1/2020
Amount: $1,000

Patrick Malone & Associates Scholarship
Our goal is to make a dent in the high cost of law school for students who want to represent individuals, to make it a little easier to choose such a career path.
Deadline: 7/1/2020
Amount: $5,000

Philadelphia Injury Lawyers P.C. Scholarship
Philadelphia Injury Lawyers are known for obtaining high judgments in Court for victims of medical malpractice. We want to help the future generation of Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers with their education expenses by offering an annual $1,000 scholarship. The Scholarship will be based on an essay competition with a topic focused on medical malpractice law.
Deadline: 7/15/2020
Amount: $1,000

The Adam Z. Rice Memorial Scholarship
The Adam Z. Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund celebrates the life of a young man who died at age 21. Adam was always trying to help others in need, whether it was the homeless or his classmates. The CJF now has an incredible opportunity to continue Adam’s legacy and fulfill its mission, promote education, and make a lasting impact on future generations devoted to the rule of law and equal access to justice. This scholarship is open to anyone attending an ABA-Approved law school in California or any California resident attending an ABA-approved law school. The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.
 

Siutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship Contest
Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm is proud to sponsor a nationwide scholarship contest for minorities pursuing a legal career. According to ABA’s National Lawyer Population Survey, only 12 percent of active attorneys identify as Hispanic or Latino, African American, or Asian.  To do our part towards promoting diversity within the legal profession, we are offering an annual $1,500 minority scholarship to be put towards legal education costs. To qualify, candidates must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in an accredited law school or paralegal program.
Deadline: 7/31/2020
Amount: $1,500

Leukemia & Lymphoma Scholarship for Law Students
This scholarship was established to provide financial support to a law student whose life has been impacted by lymphoma or leukemia and is seeking to continue his or her education through law logo for leukemia lymphoma school.
Deadline: 7/31/2020
Amount: $1,000

Levinson Law Group Law School Scholarship
We are asking law school students to write an essay in which they illustrate how they hope to help victims of personal injury and why they chose this area of law. The student with the most compelling essay, as judged by the Levinson Law Group, will receive $2,000 to put towards their law school tuition.
Deadline: 8/1/2020
Amount: $2,000

Leukemia & Lymphoma Scholarship for Law Students
This scholarship was established to provide financial support to a law student whose life has been impacted by lymphoma or leukemia and is seeking to continue his or her education through law logo for leukemia lymphoma school.
Deadline: 7/31/2020
Amount: $1,000

Miller Leonard Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship
Miller Leonard, offers a semi-annual scholarship and we'd love your help getting the word out. There is no cost to apply. Students are asked to submit an essay as an entry to the contest.
Deadline: 8/1/2020
Amount: $1,000

Sonoma County Women in Law Scholarship
The Sonoma County Women in Law Scholarship was established in 2001. The Scholarship is funded by donations from private individuals and law firms in Sonoma County. Each year, Sonoma County Women in Law raises funds to provide scholarship opportunities to promising law students with ties to Sonoma County, who have demonstrated a commitment to increasing women's access to, and involvement in, the law.
Deadline: 8/1/2020
Amount: $5,000 - $7,000

Brown, PC 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 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: 8/10/2020
Amount: $500

The Baumgartner Law Firm Scholarship
The Baumgartner Law Firm is pleased to offer an annual law student scholarship to needy individuals to who are enrolled at an accredited Law School in the US. 
Deadline: 8/31/2020
Amount: $3,000