U.S. Federal Student Loans

Federal student loans are loans made by the U.S. federal government. U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens eligible for federal student loans must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to obtain a Federal Direct Unsubsidized or Graduate PLUS Loan. See eligibility criteria for more information. Become familiar with the terms and repayment options for federal student loans. All U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who apply are typically offered loans up to the Cost of Attendance.  Please note that you must be enrolled at least half-time (defined by Berkeley as 6 credit units) to qualify for federal student loans. Students enrolling in the LL.M. hybrid option should plan accordingly for the fall term.

Not sure which FAFSA to submit? Visit the financial aid checklist for instructions on which FAFSA to file depending on your planned enrollment track.

 

Federal Loan Eligibility by Program/Track

NEW – If you have opted to enroll in either the spring 2021/summer 2021 or spring 2021/fall 2021 enrollment periods (instead of fall 2020/spring 2021), please contact the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office to discuss your eligibility for federal student loans. Federal student loan eligibility for these alternative enrollment periods is not guaranteed. Email financial-aid-law@berkeley.edu as soon as possible with concerns.

Term Max. Unsubsidized Loan Max. Graduate PLUS Loan
Fall $10,250 Up to Cost of Attendance 
Spring $10,250 Up to Cost of Attendance 
Term Max. Unsubsidized Loan Max. Graduate PLUS Loan
Summer 1 $10,250 Up to Cost of Attendance 
Summer 2 $10,250 Up to Cost of Attendance 
Term Max. Unsubsidized Loan Max. Graduate PLUS Loan
Spring  $10,250 Up to Cost of Attendance 
Summer  $10,250 Up to Cost of Attendance 
Fall  N/A  N/A 
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