Financial Aid for International J.D. Students

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.

What aid is available?
How to apply for aid
Tips on completing your applications
Grants and Scholarships
Loans
Other Resources
For international LL.M. students

 

What aid is available?

International J.D. students are eligible to apply for Berkeley Law’s need-based grant as well as entering and continuing 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 if they have a co-signer who is a U.S. Citizen (see Loans section).

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How to apply for aid

To be considered for the need-based Berkeley Law Grant, you must submit the CSS Financial Aid Profile Application. Please see the Financial Aid Checklist for Entering Students for instructions on how and when to complete this application.

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Tips on completing your applications

  • Please do NOT send us your income tax statement. We will contact you by e-mail if we need this information from you.
  • The most common mistake is not including parent financial information on the CSS Financial Aid Profile. Unless you turned in a Statement of Independence and it has been approved, parent information must be included.
  • If you believe you are an independent student based on Berkeley Law’s criteria and are under the age of 30, please contact us to request a Statement of Independence.
  • Applications are considered on a first-come first-served basis as long as funds remain available.

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Grants and Scholarships

Berkeley Law Grants

  • Berkeley Law Grants are determined solely by financial need and not by merit.
  • Your eligibility for need-based grants is based on the information contained on the CSS Financial Aid Profile and available funding.
  • Grants are considered gift aid, and therefore you do not need to repay them after graduation.
  • More information can be found on our Berkeley Law Grants page.

Scholarships

  • Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, and some require financial need as well.
  • All entering students are automatically considered for scholarships for their first year, and most are renewable for two additional years (three years total).
  • Applications for specific scholarships for continuing (2L and 3L) students are announced each spring. The announcement contains details on how and when to apply.
  • More information can be found on our Scholarships page.

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Loans

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.

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.

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Other Resources

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.

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For LL.M. and J.S.D. International Students

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.

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