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 1.  Summer ITE forms can still be submitted after April 1 and will be processed on a first come first serve basis. We cannot guarantee that forms submitted after April 1 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.

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 but no later than March 1, 2020 in order to receive the maximum financial aid consideration for 2020-21 (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 2020-21 academic year will be made available to continuing law students by early April 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.

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.  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 current 2019-20 academic year. To receive financial aid for the current 2019-20 academic year, you should complete a 2019-20 FAFSA no later than April 1, 2020.

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   

CLEO Edge Pre-Law Scholarship
The 51-year old Pre-Law Summer Institute is CLEO’s premiere program to help students prepare for the rigors of the first year of law school.  It is held annually at and hosted by an ABA-approved law school.
Deadline: 3/31/2020
Amount: $2,500

Knifegeeky Law School Scholarship
A $1000 scholarship is being offered to students who are able to effectively demonstrate a talent in writing about knife laws in their home state. The writer of the most compelling article, as judged by the admin panel of knifegeeky.com, will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Submit Application/Contact: scholarship@knifegeeky.com 
Deadline: 3/31/2020
Amount: $1,000

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship (Disabled Students)
To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships
Deadline: 3/31/2020
Amount: up to $12,000

Earl Warren Shearman and Sterling Scholarship
Earl Warren Shearman & Sterling Scholarships are two special stipends for African-American law students. The scholarship is sponsored by Shearman & Sterling, a large commercial law firm with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and several foreign locations. Recipients are assigned attorney-mentors from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) and from Shearman & Sterling, and gain experience working with LDF on issues related to civil rights and public interest law.
Deadline: 3/31/2020
Amount: $15,000

Gleason/Kettle Summer Law Fellowship
The Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowship is committed to inspiring law students to pursue careers in sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy and to identifying the next generation of leaders committed to promoting rights and equity for the LGBT community. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much-needed support to various organizations and scholars. Fellows must spend at least ten weeks at their placements.
Deadline: 3/31/2020
Amount: $5,000

Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship
This scholarship was established for Berks County residents entering their second year at an accredited law school. The fund is in memory of Howard Fox, who was a member of the Berks County Bar Association and an attorney in the Public Defender’s Office. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
Deadline: 4/1/2020
Amount: Varies

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle. 
Deadline: 4/1/2020
Amount: $10,000

Fitch LLP Scholarship
Fitch Law Partners LLP will be awarding a scholarship to a current law school student as well as an undergraduate student with aspirations of going into law school.
Deadline: 4/1/2020
Amount: $1,500

Davis-Putter Scholarship (DACA)
The Fund considers the applicant’s contribution to social justice, ability to perform academically, and relevance of educational program, as well as their financial need. This scholarship opportunity is open to undocumented students. 
Deadline: 4/1/2020
Amount: $10,000

American Association of Law Librarians
Educational scholarships are available from AALL to assist individuals studying to become law librarians with their educational expenses.
Deadline: 4/1/2020
Amount: varies

The George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
The George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need.
Deadline: 4/1/2020
Amount: $3,500

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: 4/1/2020
Amount: $1,000

George H. Nofer Scholarship
The George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is for full-time graduate students with a moderately-severe to profound pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss who are attending an accredited law school or a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration. Students must use Listening and Spoken Language.
Deadline: 4/9/2020
Amount: $5,000

The Asian American Bar Association
AABA recognizes the importance of fostering the growth of law students to improve the future development of the Asian Pacific American bar. AABA will award scholarships to deserving law students who are committed to advocating and improving their communities.
Deadline: 4/9/2020
Amount: Varies 

Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program
Our scholarship program was established in 1998 to reaffirm a commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession. Most scholarships involve a three-year commitment to qualified students. The vast majority of scholarships awarded are $10,000 per year.
Deadline: 4/17/2020
Amount: $10,000

American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition
We invite papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.
Deadline: 4/20/2020
Amount: up to $2,000

AAJ Richard D. Hailey Scholarship
AAJ’s Minority Caucus will award a scholarship to a minority law student member who is entering his/her first, second, or third year of law school.
Deadline: 5/1/2020
Amount: up to $5,000

AAJ Leesfield Law Student Scholarship
Sponsored by AAJ, and AAJ member Ira Leesfield, this scholarship awards $2,500 to a Law Student Member to subsidize attendance at AAJ’s 2020 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. AAJ's Annual Convention is a great opportunity for the scholarship recipient to network with top trial lawyers from around the country, attend CLE programs, and meet members of AAJ's New Lawyer DIvision (NLD). This scholarship is available to first- and second-year AAJ Law Student Members.
Deadline: 5/1/2020
Amount: up to $2,500

Academic E PipelineToPractice Enrichment (Mentoring Opportunity For Entering 1Ls)
The Pipeline to Practice Foundation seeks to support members of groups that are historically underrepresented in the legal progression.
Deadline: 5/1/2020
Amount: varies

Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship
Charles E. Joseph dedicated his career to fighting for workers’ rights as a plaintiff’s employment lawyer. His work has protected victims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage theft. Charles E. Joseph founded Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP, a New York firm that has recovered more than $140 million for workers. He also created Working Now and Then, a resource on employment law and worker’s rights. In order to encourage future employment lawyers, the Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship awards $1,000 annually to a law student who plans to work in plaintiff’s employment law.
Deadline: 5/1/2020
Amount: up to $1,000

Earl Warren Scholarship
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Earl Warren Scholarship Program awards are $10,000 per year, over three years, for a total of $30,000 - - provided funds remain available. Scholars must be in good academic standing and continue to meet the scholarship criteria to maintain eligibility.
Deadline: 5/1/2020
Amount: up to $10,000

Rizio Liberty Lipinsky Lawyer Scholarship
Rizio Liberty Lipinsky Law School Scholarship, we provide financial aid (in the form of money for law school) that an aspiring advocate needs, so you can focus on your post-graduate legal studies, internships, legal clinics, and other hands-on experiences, which will aid in your development, as you become the type of attorney your fellow Americans need.
Deadline: 5/1/2020
Amount: up to $10,000

GJEL Law Student Scholarship
The Attorneys at GJEL understand the financial burdens law students go through when working towards their degrees and are providing this essay contest for eligible students.
Deadline: 5/1/2020
Amount: up to $2,000

AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship
A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a commitment to aaj and dedication to its mission through extensive involvement in AAJ student chapter activities, expresses a desire to represent victims, exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy and shows financial need for the scholarship.
Deadline: 5/1/2020
Amount: up to $5,000

Legal Scholarship by Moses & Roth, Attorneys at Law Legal
Moses and Roth Attorneys at Law, a Criminal Defense Law Firm located in Orlando, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to one incoming 1L or currently enrolled Law Student.
Deadline: 5/1/2020
Amount: $1,000

The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law scholarship
The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia is pleased to offer The Pearce Law Firm – Empowering Women In Law Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States. This scholarship is intended to encourage & support outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law.
Deadline: 5/1/2020
Amount: $1,500

The George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
The George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need.
Deadline: 4/1/2020
Amount: $3,500