Types of Aid

Scholarships

UC Irvine School of Law Dean’s Merit Scholarships

Every student admitted to the UCI School of Law is considered for Dean's Merit Scholarships. The scholarship will be offered to those whose academic records demonstrate exceptional promise for outstanding law school performance. The Merit Scholarships may be valued up to full tuition and fees.

The Dean's Merit Scholarship is renewable for the 2L and 3L years. This scholarship requires six (6) consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment and the student to remain in good academic standing at the end of each year.

UC Irvine School of Law Public Service Fellowships

As an expression of the law school's commitment to supporting students interested in the public sector, admitted students who show evidence through their application of previous service and a commitment to pursuing careers in the public sector will be considered for Public Service Fellowships. Public Service Fellowships may be valued up to full tuition and fees.

The Public Service Fellowship is renewable for the 2L and 3L years. This scholarship requires six (6) consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment and the student to remain in good academic standing at the end of each year.

Scholarships from other sources

For a list of other scholarships for law students, please go to our Outside Scholarships page.

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Grants

UC Irvine School of Law Need-Based Grants

To ensure that the law school remains financially accessible, UCI Law provides need-based grants to qualified newly admitted students. Students who wish to be considered for these need-based grants must submit complete parental information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 3 application deadline. Students who are not eligible to file a FAFSA and qualify for the AB540 fee exemption can submit the California Dream Application. The application is available at www.caldreamact.org. Each student’s eligibility for a need-based grant is determined by utilizing the information submitted on the FAFSA and the California Dream Application.

Students must provide parents' information on the FAFSA application unless they fall in one of the following categories:

  • Student is 30 years of age or older at the beginning of the academic year for which he/she is applying.
  • Student can provide documentation that parents did not claim him/her on their tax returns for the last seven years.
  • Student has a dependent other than a spouse.
  • Student is a veteran.
  • Student was considered as an independent by his/her undergraduate institution through dependency override, however, not based on age or marital status. Documentation required.

Students who do not fit the above criteria and do not provide parents' information will not be considered for a need-based grant award.

Scholarship Retention Data

Scholarship Retention Data Worksheet

Students Matriculated in

#Entering with Scholarships

#of Scholarships Reduced or Eliminated

#Entering with Conditional Scholarships*

#Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated

2013-2014 Academic Year

117

0

0

0

2012-2013 Academic Year

96

2

0

0

2011-2012 Academic Year

89

0

0

0

 *The ABA defines a conditional scholarship as follows: “A conditional scholarship is any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing.”  Data updated as of August 2014.

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Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows degree-granting institutions in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses. More detailed information may be found at www.gibill.va.gov/.

UC Irvine School of Law is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2013-2014 school year and will provide funding for any gap in tuition and fees not already covered by the VA or other sources. Total aid including Yellow Ribbon Program awards may not exceed the total cost of tuition and fees.

Under the program, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will allow UCI Law to assist non-resident students with $5,000 of their non-resident tuition. Applicants will be considered and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and only 10 awards of up to $5,000 each will be made for each academic year, including participants carried over from the previous year. If chosen, the award is renewable for two more years as long as the eligibility requirements are met each year.

In order to apply for Yellow Ribbon benefits at UC Irvine School of Law, an applicant must:

  1. Be admitted to UC Irvine School of Law
  2. Have 100% of his/her benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program
  3. Submit an application to the School of Law Financial Aid Office.

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Education Loans

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

A maximum of $20,500 per year is available. Interest accrues during periods of enrollment and continues through repayment, which begins six months following graduation or after a student’s enrollment status drops to less than half-time. Repayment is made over a 10-25 year term. 

In August 2013, Congress passed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. The changes go into effect on July 1, 2013 and affect all Federal Direct Loans for graduate and professional students for the 2013-14 academic year and beyond. Interest rates and loan fees are published by the Federal Government. The latest rates and fees are available on-line at http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/interest-rates

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Graduate and professional students are eligible for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan. The Direct Graduate PLUS loan has no annual or aggregate loan limits (other than cost of attendance less other financial aid), and a credit review requirement. Just as with Direct Unsubsidized loans, Graduate PLUS Loan borrowers are eligible for in-school deferments if they are enrolled at least half-time. This loan has the same payment options, same deferments and forbearances, and same cancellation provisions as Direct Unsubsidized loans; interest accruals begin immediately upon disbursement.

All applicants must submit a FAFSA in order to be considered. Once the FAFSA has been processed and the data has been received by the admitting school, the borrower will receive electronic Financial Aid Notification indicating the types and amounts of financial aid awarded.

All federal loans certified for students enrolled at UCI will be processed through the Federal Direct Loan Program. This program format eliminates the need for borrowers to select a secondary market lender because the institution receives the loan proceeds directly from the Department of Education. This program format is beneficial to borrowers because of the option to consolidate at graduation.

Private Educational Loans

Private Educational Loans are available from a variety of banks and lenders. The terms and rates for Private Educational Loans are usually not as good as those of Federal Direct Loans, and we encourage students to take advantage of the Federal Direct Loans rather than Private Educational Loans.

To apply for a Private Educational Loan, submit an application with the lender of your choice and inform the School of Law Financial Aid Office of your pending application. You may use any lender, but we suggest that you compare loan terms with those on our Preferred Lender List. Maximum eligibility is based on the cost of attendance less other financial aid received as reflected on your financial aid offer letter.

Private Educational Loan funds are disbursed directly from the lender to the UC Irvine Central Cashier. Students must go to the Loan Services Office at 101 Aldrich Hall to pick up the loan check, or to sign the check over to UC Irvine to be deposited into their ZotAccount to pay fees.

SB 1289 Disclosure

Students considering student loans need to be aware of the differences between federal student loans and private student loans:

  • Federal student loans are required by law to provide a range of flexible repayment options including, but not limited to, income-based and income-contingent repayment plans as well as loan forgiveness benefits that private lenders are not required to provide.
  • Federal direct loans are available to most students regardless of income. Other qualification criteria do apply. For more information, please visit http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility.
  • Private student loan lenders can offer variable interest rates that can increase or decrease over time, depending on market conditions.
  • The interest rate on a private loan may depend on the borrower's and/or co-signer's credit rating.
  • Private student loans have a range of interest rates and fees and students should determine the interest rate of, and any fees associated with, the private student loan included in their financial aid award package before accepting the loan. Students should contact the lender of the private student loan or their UC campus' financial aid office if they have any questions about a private student loan.

University of California Code of Conduct in Regard to Preferred Lender Arrangements

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Bar Exam Loans

These loans are designed to assist graduating law students with bar exam-related expenses such as bar examination fees, bar review courses, and living expenses during the period after graduation and prior to being notified of the exam results. More information on the Bar Exam Loans page.

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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.