The Financial Aid Process

Qualifying

In order to qualify for need-based grants, and federal financial aid  students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The electronic form is available online at FAFSA on the Web. UCI Law's Federal School Code is 001314. UCI Law's FAFSA priority deadline is established to ensure that loan funds disburse before the beginning of instruction to provide students with access to cash to pay for books and housing costs. The deadline is set for early March each year.

Students who are not eligible to file a FAFSA and qualify for the AB540 fee exemption can apply for certain types of financial aid by completing the California Dream Application.
The application is available at www.caldreamact.org.

Awarding

Once the university has received a student’s FAFSA information and any required verification documents, the Law School will authorize a release of the electronic award notification that includes all eligible awards, including non-federal financial aid. Students can accept or decline the awards offered and/or reduce the loan amounts at this site.

Loan Counseling

The awarding process requires first-time borrowers of federal direct loans at UC Irvine to undergo an online loan entrance counseling session, formally accept offers through an online portal and sign a Master promissory note on behalf of each type of loan.

Disbursing

UC Irvine School of Law will be able to release borrowed funds after all of the above requirements have been met and the student is enrolled in at least six units of coursework. Federal funds will be released no earlier than 5 days before the start of each semester.

Refunds

After all tuition and fees are paid, the remaining financial aid funds will be sent to students, by mail or directly deposited (DEFT) to students' personal bank accounts, at the beginning of each semester. Students must log on to their Zot Accounts after August 1st  to tell us where to send their funds.

Maintaining Eligibility for Federal Student Aid

Beginning July 1, 2011, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards changed in accordance with federal regulations. The new SAP standards will be monitored annually at the end of the spring semester, beginning with the completion of the 2011-2012 academic year.

In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility, students must meet: a grade point average requirement, a pace requirement, a minimum cumulative unit requirement and a maximum time frame requirement.

For more detailed information about the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and the Appeal Process, please save and review this PDF.

Maintaining Eligibility for Institution Scholarships and Grants

The terms and conditions of the institution scholarships, grants and fellowships require 6 consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment at UC Irvine School of Law and good academic standing. This award is not a stipend; therefore, it cannot be used to pay for ancillary university charges or living expenses.

Effective for the class entering in August 2015, the terms and conditions of the institution scholarships, grants and fellowships require 6 consecutive semeters of full-time enrollment at UC Irivne School of Law and a minimum grade-point average of 2.5. For detail information please see the Academic Rules.

Repaying

Federal direct-loan borrowers will receive a six-month grace period on loans certified by UC Irvine School of Law. In addition, UCI students have the option to apply for a Direct Consolidation Loan during this grace period.

In order to fully utilize the grace period benefit, borrowers must include the “grace period end date” on the Federal Direct Consolidation Loan Application and Promissory Note. If an applicant provides this information, the Department of Education will not initiate the consolidation process until he or she has benefited from the full grace period during which payments are not required.

There are several repayment plans: standard, extended, graduated, income contingent, income based, and pay as you earn. How much you pay and how long you take to repay your loans will vary depending on the repayment plan you choose. Consolidation loans also have varying repayment plans. Use this link to determine your repayment amounts under each of the different plans.

Withdrawal Policy

Students who withdraw from UC Irvine School of Law prior to completing 60% of the period for which they received federal financial aid will be subject to both the UC Fee Refund Policy and the Federal Return of Title IV Funds Policy. Federal Direct Loans are federal funds awarded to students to meet educational expenses.

Any law student contemplating withdrawing from the School of Law should contact the UCI Law Financial Aid Office concerning the financial ramification of withdrawing. For more detailed information about withdrawal, click here.

State of California Disclosure: Federal student loans are available to most students regardless of income and provide a range of repayment options including some income-based repayment plans and loan-forgiveness benefits, which other education loans are not required to provide.