Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office Hours

  Open Closed
Monday 9:30 am 6:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am 5:00 pm

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

Add/Drop began on Thursday, January 2, 2020, AFTER you may have already been processed for a Spring 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 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 27 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 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, will be available in min-February. Check the online site at that time or stop by 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.  All students who wish to receive financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year are required to complete the new 2020-21 FAFSA.  Our Title IV code is 001325 and must be included in your FAFSA application.

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.

It is not too late to apply for federal loan aid for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year. If you need aid to help with your Spring 2020 tuition payment, you should apply as soon as possible to insure aid is in place by the January 2 tuition payment deadline.  Spring 2020 tuition bills we be emailed to you by the USF Student Accounts Office in early December for all registered students.

Bar Loan Information 

December 2019 or Spring 2020 graduating students can apply for private bar loans to help with living expenses during the February 2020 or 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   

California ChangeLawyers 3L Diversity Scholarship (DEADLINE TODAY, APPLY NOW)
Are you a diverse law student committed to a career in public interest and social justice? Bar Exam related costs add thousands of dollars to a law school graduate's debt. We want to support the brightest ChangeLawyers of tomorrow by eliminating the roadblocks that exists between you and success.
Deadline: 1/27/2020
Amount: $5,000

California Indian Law Association (DEADLINE TODAY, APPLY NOW)
For all Native American/Alaska Native 3Ls and recent grads who plan to serve California Indian Country following graduation, CILA is pleased to announce the 2020 3L Diversity Scholarship with California ChangeLawyers. CILA has created a special Affinity Scholarship that specifically targets Native American and Alaska Native students who intend to take the California Bar exam in 2020.
Deadline: 1/27/2020
Amount: $5,000


Justice Hollis G Best Scholarship
Each candidate must be a law student who has successfully completed at least one year of law school. Strong preference will be given to current residents of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare or Tuolumne Counties.
Contact Margo Feldkamp, at email margo.feldkamp@jud.ca.gov for Application
Deadline: 1/31/2020
Amount: $2,000

Constantine Cannon Law School Scholarship
This is a gilded age for whistleblowers.  Relatively speaking that is.  It was not all that long ago that whistleblowers were treated as mere opportunists ratting out their friends or colleagues.  Squealing not for the greater good, but for a quick buck, or to cover up their own failings or misdeeds.  Many still see it that way.  After all, we are trained at an early age that nobody likes a snitch.
Deadline: 2/15/2020
Amount: up to $2,500

CityWide Law Group
Citywide Law Group is proud to offer a $1,500 scholarship to a current or aspiring law student. Los Angeles personal injury attorney Sherwin Arzani is a graduate of University of Michigan School of Law and has dedicated his career to helping accident victims.
Deadline: 3/1/2020
Amount: $1,500

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