The USC Gould School of Law Admission and Financial Aid Committee awards tuition scholarships to greater than one-half of the students in each entering class. All scholarship offers are made in the incoming year and are guaranteed for all three years of law school. We do not reserve any funds for making new awards in the 2nd or 3rd year and so it is generally the case that the financial aid package will remain the same for all three years. Our three-year scholarships, with no strings attached, enable our admitted applicants to have a clear understanding of the full cost of their USC legal education, rather than just having that information for the first year. We wish you to be fully informed prior to making the important decision about where you will spend the next three years investing time and money in your professional education.
Scholarships are awarded based on merit, or the overall strength of the applicant's admission application, along with consideration given for diversity characteristics. USC Gould seeks to enroll a diverse class of individuals, one which will broaden the scope of world views represented, and which consists of students we believe will thrive and excel, not just academically, but also personally and professionally. No single factor determines whether a scholarship award will be made. If you believe our scholarship offer is not competitive with another offer you have received from a similarly-ranked school and you are serious in your desire to enroll at USC Gould, please give us the opportunity to reconsider our offer. We will not enter into a bidding competition with another school but we are happy to take a second look and determine whether our initial offer will stand or whether we are able to revise our final offer.
Grants based solely on financial need are not awarded by the law school and federal grant programs are not available to graduate students. The Law School Financial Aid Office actively seeks out and publicizes scholarship opportunities from external sources which may become available throughout the year. You will be notified of any opportunities which come to our attention for incoming students. Applicants are also encouraged to seek out such opportunities on their own through organizations they or their family members may have affiliations with, through internet searches, or any other resources that can be found.
Loans are money you borrow that must be repaid with interest, and may involve extra fees. USC Gould participates in several federal low-interest loan programs for students. Some of these loans are need-based, while others are not. For details, see the description for each program.