For Faculty and Staff

This form is created and owned by the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office and is the appropriate channel to pay the following awards to a student:

  • Prize or reward, such as writing prizes and trial competition awards
  • Award for a limited contribution to a one-time activity that benefits student’s education and is related to a class or course material (so long as the student is not being compensated for work that would otherwise be fulfilled by a hired individual.)

Financial Aid Award Payout Request Form


1.) A student must be registered during the previous academic year (fall-spring-summer) and/or registered or eligible to register for the current or next academic year (fall-spring-summer)

2.) If term ‘reward’ is used, cannot be for work performed if job would otherwise be fulfilled by a hired individual. ‘Compensation’ implies work, and this implies a employee-university relationship and there are benefits & tax withholding implications. Please contact Berkeley Law HR if you have questions about this.

3.) Financial aid (FA) awards may, in some cases, interfere with other aid sources (i.e. accepted loans) if the student is
already at their FA limit, thus student may not always receive additional cash-in-hand as a result of your award. For this reason, students should not be promised awards as if they are compensation. However, usually awards for educational travel/research related expenses do not impact other financial aid awards, as the FA limit can be increased to accommodate these educational expenses.

If you have any questions about the above information, please contact the Law School Director of Financial Aid (