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Types of Assistance

To be considered for need-based federal, state, and university loan funds, law students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Unsubsidized loans and private loans, which are not based on need, are available for students who don't qualify for need-based financial aid. UC Davis participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. Under this program, the loan funds come directly from the U.S. government.

Federal student loans are available to most students regardless of income and provide a range of repayment options including income-based repayment plans and loan forgiveness benefits, which other education loans are not required to provide.

Merit-Based Gift Aid (Scholarships)

Law scholarships for prospective and current students are awarded on a competitive basis for academic achievement and, in some cases, financial need. Scholarship criteria may also include participation in extracurricular activities; specific major; career interests; geographic origin; high school or community college attended; parentage; perseverance; and many other personal characteristics. UC Davis offers both renewable and one-time scholarships. None of our renewable scholarships are contingent upon maintaining a particular cumulative GPA or class rank -- students need only stay in good academic standing (defined as cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher) to retain their awards.

Need-Based Gift Aid (Grants)

Grant funds available at UC Davis include Law School Grant and State UC Grant. Grants do not need to be repaid as long as the student remains eligible. Full-time enrollment for grant funding is 10 units per semester. Students taking less than 10 units may be billed for aid received.

Federal Perkins Loan

Federal Perkins Loan is federal loan borrowed through the university based on financial need with a fixed interest rate of 5%. Repayment begins nine months after graduation or withdrawal from school. You may receive multiple Perkins Loans under one Master Promissory Note while you are enrolled at UC Davis.

Direct Loan Information

SUBSIDIZED FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS ELIMINATED FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: Federal Direct (subsidized) loans are no longer available for graduate and professional students. The Budget Control Act of 2011 eliminated the in-school interest subsidy for graduate and professional students beginning July 1, 2012.

Federal Direct (Unsubsidized) Loan: Eligibility is not based on financial need. The loan has a fixed interest rate of 5.84% for 2015-2016 and interest is charged to you beginning the day the loan is disbursed until the loan is repaid in full. You may pay the interest while you are in school, during the grace period, or during deferment, or you may capitalize the interest (by adding it to the total principal of the loan when you graduate). You will be charged a loan fee of 1.068%, which is deducted proportionately from each disbursement of your loan.

Federal Direct Graduate Plus and Private Educational Loans

Students who need to borrow funds beyond the Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan limit can choose between Federal Direct Graduate Plus and Private Education Loans.

The Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan has a fixed interest rate of 6.84% for 2015-2016 and no annual or aggregate borrowing limits other than cost of attendance less other financial aid received. While credit checks are required to be eligible, the credit criteria are less strict than those associated with private student loans. Furthermore, if you do not meet the credit requirements, you may still obtain the loan with an endorser who does meet the credit requirements. You will be charged a loan fee of 4.272%, which is deducted proportionately from each disbursement of your loan.

To receive the Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan for the current academic year, you must complete an online Master Promissory Note (MPN) at

If you have already received Direct Graduate Plus Loan for the current academic year, and you want to borrow additional loan, you will need to contact the Law School Financial Aid Office to determine your remaining loan eligibility.

For general information about Private Education Loans, click here. To apply for a private education loan, visit the University of California Preferred Private Lender List. (managed by ELMSelect)

Federal Work Study

Federal Work-study funding is awarded based on need, which is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal Work-study provides an opportunity to earn financial aid through employment with public interest and non-profit organizations. Instead of a financial aid check, a Work-study award is paid in the form of a payroll check for time/hours worked. Only second and third year law students will be eligible to apply for federal work-study.

Private Bar Study Loans

Private Bar Study Loans are available to graduating students who are scheduled to take the Bar Exam.

Bar loan approval is subject to satisfactory credit history. Graduating students can only borrow from one private lender. Repayment begins nine months after graduation, and the interest accrued during the interim period will be capitalized (added to the loan principal) once the loan goes into repayment. Information regarding guarantee fees, origination fees and repayment options, is available from the University of California Preferred Private Lender List.(managed by ELMSelect)

Regents Bar Loan

UC Davis School of Law offers a Regents Bar Loan to third year students in need of assistance with costs related to Bar Study and the State Bar Examination. The maximum loan available is $4,000 at a 5% fixed interest rate. Interest will begin to accrue as of the date of disbursement of the loan and will continue for the life of the loan. Repayment will begin six months after the date of disbursement and end ten years later. Regents Bar Loan applications are available online.