The information on this webpage applies to international J.D. students only. The information does not apply to LL.M. or J.S.D. students. LL.M. and J.S.D. students should click here for financial aid information.
International J.D. students are eligible to apply for Berkeley Law’s entering student gift aid as well as continuing student scholarships. Students who are not U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents are not eligible for any federal aid such as federal educational loans, but they may be eligible for private educational loans (see Loans section).
Please see the Entering Student Scholarships and Gift Aid page for instructions.
Federal loans are not available for international students. International J.D. students may apply for private educational loans, however many lenders require a qualified co-signer who is a U.S. Citizen.
Other lenders such as Prodigy Finance and MPOWER Financing offer loans to international students without the need for a co-signer. These lenders will have varying qualifications, loan terms and loan maximums. Students are encouraged to carefully explore all loan options available to them.
You can find additional information on Private Educational Loans on our Loans page. Apply directly with the lender of your choice. Once you apply, the lender contacts the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office to certify the amount you are eligible to borrow.
The financial assistance our office is able to offer to international J.D. students is limited. We encourage you to seek as much outside aid as possible. You should conduct your own research as to which scholarships are available for international students who are studying in the U.S. as well as any scholarships in your home country. The scholarships listed in our Outside Scholarships webpage may or may not be available to international students. Please contact each scholarship organization directly to determine whether or not you are eligible. You may also find useful the scholarship listing on the LL.M. student financial aid website.
For financial aid information available for International LL.M. or J.S.D. students, please see the LL.M./J.S.D. Costs & Financial Aid page for more information.