Policies and Procedures

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 issued a PIN code to all continuing financial aid recipients who filed a FAFSA for the current 2012-13 academic year. The PIN is used to access, complete and electronically sign the Renewal FAFSA on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov as well as to view your federal loan history at www.nslds.ed.gov. Instructions on filing the Renewal FAFSA on the web will be included with your PIN mailer. Please be sure to save your PIN number since it can be used to view the status and results of your processed FAFSA as well as to make corrections to your Student Aid Report.

If you have not received your PIN, or if you did not apply for financial aid for the 2012-2013 academic year but want to for 2013-2014, you can either request a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov, file a new FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, or file a paper FAFSA. Paper FAFSA's be obtained from the U.S. Dept. of Education by calling 1-800-4FEDAID. 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, 2013 ; 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.

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 will 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 lawaid@sandiego.edu 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.


Financial Aid
Warren Hall, Room 203
Phone: (619) 260-4570
Fax: (619) 260-2218


M, T, Th: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
W: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.