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) 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) for the courses that are required to complete your degree program to qualify for federal student loans. Therefore, students enrolling in the LL.M. executive track for remote + summer program in the fall term MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS FOR THE FALL TERM, and those students should plan their course schedules accordingly. Students should have no more than 18 units completed by the end of the summer term to ensure there are 6 units remaining to maintain federal loan eligibility during the fall semester.

**If you attend the LL.M. executive track for two summer semesters you are NOT ELIGIBLE  for US Federal Loans.**


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