Berkeley Law Grants

Berkeley Law provides grants to assist J.D. students from low-income backgrounds, such as those who were Pell Grant recipients as undergraduates. Eligibility for a Berkeley Law Grant is determined prior to the first year and is renewed automatically for three years (six semesters), provided that enrollment in at least 10 credit hours is maintained each semester and the student remains in good academic standing. While initial eligibility may be subject to verification, there is no requirement to re-apply each year. This enables students to create a financial plan for all three years of the J.D. program. Furthermore, summer earnings do not impact the grant award. Funding for this program is not unlimited therefore a determination of need or prior receipt of a Pell Grant does not necessarily guarantee that a Berkeley Law Grant can be offered.

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A BERKELEY LAW GRANT?

Entering Students

You must complete and submit both the CSS/Financial Aid Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) , both available beginning October 15. Assuming you have completed the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile applications, your applications will be reviewed only after you are recommended for admission to Berkeley Law. Funding is not unlimited, so students are encouraged to apply early around December/January. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis as funds remain available. If considered for need-based aid, documentation to verify eligibility may be requested by the Financial Aid Office. Review the Financial Aid Checklist for entering students for detailed instructions.

 International students who do not qualify for federal student aid are required to complete only the CSS/Financial Aid Profile for need-based aid consideration.

Transfer Students

To apply for a need-based grant, you must complete and submit both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and a CSS/Financial Aid Profile by July 15.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis as funds remain available.

DO I NEED TO SUBMIT PARENT INFORMATION?

Yes, all students are required to submit parent information on the CSS/Financial Aid Profile (custodial and non-custodial) and FAFSA to be considered for need-based aid, except in certain situations.  Please click here for more information.  Absent complete parent information, applicants will not be considered for need-based grants. If you are in doubt whether you need to submit parent information, please contact the Law Financial Aid Office.

HOW DOES BERKELEY LAW CALCULATE ELIGIBILITY?

Each student’s eligibility for the Berkeley Law Grant is determined by utilizing the information submitted on CSS/Financial Aid Profile. The elements for determining eligibility are subject to change every year. 

TIMELINE FOR GRANTS

  • October 15 – FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile become available
  • March 2 – See below regarding deadlines. March 2nd is Final Deadline for FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile (Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as need-based grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and we anticipate exhausting funding prior to this date.)
  • February – April – Berkeley Law Grant award notifications are dispatched
  • May – Financial aid offers become available on CalCentral student portal
  • Mid-August – Financial aid pays to student billing accounts
  • Late-August – First refunds are deposited into students’ personal bank accounts if Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) is activated

Please see the Entering Student Checklist for an in depth timeline on the financial aid process. 

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?

Students will be considered for the Berkeley Law Grant on a first-come, first-served basis as funds remain available. We therefore encourage you to apply as early as possible.

WHAT IF I AM MARRIED OR HAVE A CHILD/DEPENDENT?

Parental information is still required unless you qualify for one of the exceptions listed above. If married, your spouse’s income and assets must also be reported on the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile. If you have dependent children, be sure to report this on the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile.