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. Therefore, students enrolling in the LL.M. executive track in the fall term ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS FOR THE FALL TERM, and those students should plan accordingly.

**If you attend the LL.M. executive track for two summer semesters you are currently 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