Frequently Asked Questions
How can I apply for financial aid?
Applicants are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early in the application process. Our federal school code is E00254. Upon admission to the school, the Office of Financial Aid will send an Estimated Award Letter detailing LLS’s cost of attendance (COA), as well as the initial types and amounts of financial aid you are eligible to receive. It also notifies applicants of the additional steps needed to obtain their awards.
When is the financial aid deadline?
The priority deadline to submit your FAFSA to LLS for the new school year is the second week of March every year.
What types of aid are available?
Law students are eligible for institutional scholarships and federal loans. Direct Unsubsidized loans and Direct PLUS loans are largely available. Federal Perkins loans are available to a small number of students with great financial need. Direct Unsubsidized loan is awarded in the standard amount of $20,500, while the Direct PLUS loan is available to supplement other financial aid in order to meet the COA established by the Office of Financial Aid. Further details can be found here.
How can I apply for institutional scholarships?
Scholarships are merit-based and awarded by the Office of Admissions on a rolling basis. All admitted students are considered for scholarships; there is no separate application required. For prompt consideration, apply early and well before the priority deadline. The Scholarship Committee requires an additional statement for admitted students interested in the Public Interest Scholars Program.
When can I expect my financial aid package?
Financial aid awards are emailed to registered students who have completed the FAFSA and LLS Entering Student Application in late June. Upon receipt, students should promptly accept, reduce, or decline each award amount offered to them in order for aid to be processed by the start of school.
Why do I need to check my credit?
The Office of Financial Aid advises incoming students do a free credit check to make sure they do NOT have adverse credit, as this can hinder one’s ability to obtain the Graduate PLUS loan. This way, minor problems can be fixed beforehand and will not impact receiving this loan by the start of school. Should a student’s credit history be a problem, awareness will give the student ample time to make other arrangements to fund their education. The official site for a free credit report is www.annualcreditreport.com.
When do I receive my disbursements?
Federal regulations do not allow the release of aid funds before the first week of classes of each semester. For students who have completed the financial aid application process, a tuition credit will first be applied to their account, and any remaining aid money will be disbursed to the student during this time.
Office of Financial Aid
919 Albany St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015