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Financial Aid: Prospective Student FAQs

If you have additional questions not answered below, or on the Admitted Students website FAQ section, please contact us at and include your LSAC account number.


Tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 Academic Year are $47,286 for California residents. For non-residents, tuition and fees are $56,537. Please note these figures are subject to change without notice. For the most current information, please visit the Budget and Institutional Analysis (BIA) website at and scroll down the “Law School” link. Estimated figures for the 2015-2016 Academic Year are available on the Cost of Attendance page; the estimated 2015-2016 J.D. figures listed on the BIA website are NOT current.

We offer need-based gift aid (grants), merit-based (scholarships) gift aid, and student loans. All admitted students receive consideration for merit-based gift aid using the application for admission. Those students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will also be eligible for federal student loans.

To receive consideration for the maximum amount of gift aid, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) by March 2 for priority consideration. Parent information is required on the FAFSA application even if you claim independent status unless you meet one of the exception criteria (Those students who submit the FAFSA after the March 2 deadline will still receive consideration subject to available funding.) Without this application, an admitted student will not receive any need-based gift aid. Approximately 83 percent of students receive gift aid in one or both forms and the median gift aid award is $25,000.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship recognizes demonstrated commitment to public service, a passion for social justice and a commitment to a career in the public interest sector. The Scholarship – named to honor the School of Law’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – is awarded to two (2) students in each incoming class. The $60,000 award (disbursed equally over each of the three years of study) also includes an individual faculty mentor to guide the scholar’s academic and professional path. The deadline to apply is March 30 and scholars receive notification of selection within the first two weeks of April. Please note that those students admitted after the March 30 deadline may still receive consideration for the award and all interested applicants are encouraged to apply early. Application materials, including additional information and instructions, are available here. Please direct questions to

Prospective Students

No! We encourage all applicants to submit the FAFSA and Need Access application as early as possible to ensure they receive full consideration. Both applications are available on or around January 1. You can complete these applications prior to completing your income tax returns for the year by using the income estimator tool offered on the website. 

Admitted Students

For comprehensive information about financial aid, including access to the campus financial aid system, for admitted students, visit the secure Admitted Students website at and check the email account listed on your application for admission.

In most cases, admitted students will receive information about gift aid shortly after the offer of admission, but gift aid awards could come several weeks after admission. Admitted Students receive all gift aid information electronically via email.

Not necessarily. We award merit-based gift aid on a rolling basis. Although our goal is to provide a comprehensive gift aid notification that includes need-based and merit-based information as close to the time of admission as possible, we award gift aid on a rolling basis throughout the spring and may update awards at any time. Please read all electronic communication from the Office of Admission and Financial Aid carefully for updates and direct any unanswered questions about gift aid to

No, you may apply for need-based gift after March 2; however, your award is subject to available funding and you may not receive the maximum award.

Any outside scholarships do not affect your consideration for gift aid from the School of Law and will apply to your account in addition to your law school gift aid. We will apply the funds, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, to reduce your loans, beginning with the loan with the highest interest rate.

UC Davis School of Law does not offer a scholarship or gift aid-matching program. For questions about your individual gift aid award, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at