This website is designed to provide you with information regarding the financial aid process and how to apply for assistance.
It is your responsibility to submit all the required material by the announced deadlines. See the Financial Aid Calendar for detailed information on requirements and deadlines.
Prospective students are encouraged to apply early for priority consideration. Applicants should not wait for an admission decision before applying for financial aid. Admission decisions are made independent of financial aid decisions.
This site should answer most of your general questions about financial aid. If you have any other questions, or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
For financial aid consideration, applicants need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Renewal FAFSA.
The Department of Education has recently switched to a username and password system called FSA ID. The FSA ID replaces the FAFSA PIN previously used to log into the Federal Student Aid websites such as FAFSA.gov. Both new and continuing FAFSa filers will need to create a FSA ID to access, complete and electronically sign their Renewal FAFSA on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov as well as to view their federal loan history at www.nslds.ed.gov or to view the status and results of your processed FAFSA as well as to make corrections to their Student Aid Report.
If you have not created your FSA ID, you can do so at www.fsa.ed.gov. This can then be used to complete your FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. To prevent delays, please designate USD School of Law (code G06976) as recipient for the processed forms.
The priority filing date for the FAFSA is March 1; this means the Central Processor must receive your application on or before this date if you wish priority consideration for programs that have limited funding.
Students applying for Summer financial aid must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 units and must submit the Summer Institutional Financial Aid Application, generally available in February. The priority filing date for Summer is April 1.
Financial Aid Award Letter
The Financial Aid Office will prepare a tentative award based on the evaluation received from the Department of Education. The award notice will detail which programs may help finance a student's education. In addition, students will be asked to complete the loan application(s) and other documents needed to establish their eligibility, as required by federal regulations.
Entrance Loan Counseling
Students who are first-time borrowers at the School of Law under the Federal Direct Loan Programs need to complete the entrance loan counseling requirement. The purpose of the counseling is to give students the opportunity to review borrowing limits and disbursement procedures, and confirm that students understand their rights and responsibilities as borrowers. More information.
Students can check on the disbursement of loans to their account by visiting the MySanDiego portal, and clicking on “My Student Account.” If your enrollment status has changed and you have not notified the Financial Aid Office, this will delay your loan disbursement. If you need to notify our office of any changes, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or bring written notification to our office. Please be sure to include your student ID number, your first and last name and your anticipated units for the applicable semester. Please note that 8-11 units is part-time, 12-16 units is full-time and LLM students are charged on a per unit basis.
If you would like information about filling out the FAFSA, or other information related to financial aid, please view the links below.