Types of Aid

At UCI Law, we completely understand a student’s aspiration to minimize the financial impact of attending our J.D. Program. We do our best to provide financial aid packages to admitted students. Nearly 98 percent of J.D. candidates receive financial aid in the form of scholarship funding.

We are committed to guiding our students to explore all resources to pay for the cost of their legal education and ultimately make the best short-term and long-term decision for their financial and professional life.

UCI Law Scholarships

Every J.D. student admitted to the UCI School of Law is considered for UCI Law Scholarship. The scholarship will be offered to those whose academic records demonstrate exceptional promise for outstanding law school performance.

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

UCI Law Public Service Scholarships

As an expression of the law school's commitment to supporting students interested in the public sector admitted J.D. students may be considered for a Public Service Scholarship by submitting a separate application demonstrating their history of public service and dedication to entering a career in public interest law after graduation.

The Public Service Scholarship is offered to a few incoming students and is renewable for the 2L and 3L years. This scholarship requires the student to remain in good academic standing at the end of each year, work both their 1L and 2L summers in the public interest, and work at least three years in public interest law after graduation.

UCI Law Donor-Funded Scholarships

UCI Law's donor-supported program consists of numerous endowments and scholarships funded by alumni and friends of the school, as well as law firms in our community. The applications will be available following an email announcement in early summer.

Outside (Private) Scholarships

To assist you in your search for outside privdate scholarships, we have provided a list of scholarship opportunities awarded by outside agencies. All outside agency scholarships have specific application procedures, criteria and deadlines. We encourage you to let us know of any other scholarships you find that may be available to others.

If you are awarded any outside agency scholarship, please advise the Office of Student Financial Services so that we may assist you in determining how the scholarship will affect your cost of attendance.

For a list of outside scholarships, please go to our Outside Scholarships page.

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

2019-2020 Academic Year

155

0

0

0

2018-2019 Academic Year

229

0

0

0

2017-2018 Academic Year

156

1

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 September 2020.

UCI Law Academic Center Scholarships

Members of the Class of 2023 may apply for the Academic Center Scholarships in the following areas:

Center Scholars are awarded an increase of $10,000 on their current UCI Law Scholarship. Please note: Total scholarship awarded by UCI Law cannot exceed actually billed and assessed tuition and fees. Enrolled students who are eligible for and receive any University of California approved waivers, will have their Center Scholarship adjusted accordingly.

UCI Law Public Service Scholarships

As an expression of the law school's commitment to supporting students interested in the public sector, continuing J.D. students may be considered for a Public Service Scholarship articulating their dedication for pursuing a career in public interest law after graduation.

The Public Service Scholarship is offered to select current students and is renewable for the duration of a student’s education at UCI Law. This scholarship requires the student to remain in good academic standing at the end of each year, work all remaining summers in the public interest, and work at least three years in public interest law after graduation.

The current student Public Service Scholarship application is distributed via e-mail to current students in March and is due by April 15. Awardees are notified by July 1.

UCI Law Student Technology Assistant Fund

The Student Technology Assistance Fund was established to support students who need financial assistance purchasing technology related to ongoing remote learning. In an effort to alleviate some of the challenges with remote learning, students with demonstrated need can apply to receive a grant from the Technology Assistance Fund. The application deadline has now passed.

Outside (Private) Scholarships

To assist you in your search for outside privdate scholarships, we have provided a list of scholarship opportunities awarded by outside agencies. All outside agency scholarships have specific application procedures, criteria and deadlines. We encourage you to let us know of any other scholarships you find that may be available to others.

If you are awarded any outside agency scholarship, please advise the Office of Student Financial Services so that we may assist you in determining how the scholarship will affect your cost of attendance.

For a list of outside scholarships, please go to our Outside Scholarships page.

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 first-year J.D. students. J.D. 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 February 2 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 csac.ca.gov/california-dream-act. 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 or the California Dream 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 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.

UC’s Native American Opportunity Plan

UC’s Native American Opportunity Plan ensures that in-state systemwide Tuition and Student Services Fees are fully covered for California students who are also enrolled in federally recognized Native American, American Indian, and Alaska Native tribes. Learn More

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 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

Educational Benefits For Veterans And Their Dependents

Children and spouses of veterans who have a service-connected disability or died of a service-related cause may be eligible for one or more of the following programs: Chapter 35-VA Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, VA Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors (REPS) and the California College Fee Waiver Program. Chapter 35 and REPS are Federal programs administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The California College Fee Waiver Program is a State program administered by the California Department of Veterans Affairs, with applications reviewed by each county's Veterans Service Office.

For further information, please visit Veteran Student Services.

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. 

 The latest rates and fees are available on-line at 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.

COVID-19 & Federal Student Loans

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed a COVID-19 relief package called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act includes relief for federal student loan borrowers, primarily in the form of suspended payments and interest accrual on federal Direct and FFEL loans held by the Department of Education from March 13, 2020 until September 30, 2020.

On August 8, 2020, the President issued an Executive Memorandum extending some provisions of the CARES Act. On August 21, the Department of Education announced that, under the authority of the Executive Memorandum, they intend to extend the full benefits of the CARES Act through December 31, 2020.

On January 20, 2021, the Department of Education announced the extension of the federal student loan administrative forbearance period, the pause in interest accrual, and the suspension of collections activity through September, 2021. On April 6, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) extended the student loan payment pause through Aug. 31, 2022. The pause includes mearsures for the following eligible loans.

For more information, visit Federal Student Aid COVID-19 FAQs as more updates become available.

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

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.


Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year 2021-2022 may be delivered remotely.  Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year.  Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final.  Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate.  Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented. 

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.

Contact

Student Financial Services
401 E. Peltason Dr.
Suite 1000
Irvine, CA 92697-8000

finaid@law.uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-8080
Fax: (949) 824-5848

Due to COVID-19 UCI Law has instituted policy of telecommuting for the entire law school community.

  • Click here to schedule a meeting appointment with Nasreen B. Zia, Director of Student Financial Services

  • Click here to schedule a meeting appointment with Jennifer Terrazas, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services

As you schedule your appointment, please select whether you would prefer to hold your appointment via phone call or Zoom.