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.
University policy requires international students to demonstrate the ability to pay their expenses through their first year. Please see our International Students page. Continuing international students may apply for limited student aid funds through the university and should contact the Berkeley International Office at the International House for additional information.
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.
Gift-aid at Berkeley Law is competitive and not all applicants will receive a gift-aid offer. 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.