McGeorge School of Law awards a considerable number of scholarships. Many of these awards are made available by the allocation of University general funds, as well as the generosity of donors by means of endowed funds and alumni contributions. Financial aid, in the form of scholarships and fellowships, is based on full-time enrollment, financial need, academic merit and personal achievement. Scholarships and grants, when combined cannot exceed the banded rate of tuition.
There are three types of scholarships:
Scholarship recipients are determined during the admission review process based upon information in application materials. No separate application is required. Recipients are notified of an award in the letter of acceptance.
Continuing students can take advantage of numerous scholarship opportunities. They include a wide range of endowed scholarships, which have various selection criteria. The most significant program which recognizes academic achievement is the Academic Achievement Scholarship. Some of the scholarships and awards are automatic and do not require an application or establishment of need.
Many endowed scholarships also include financial need as part of the selection criteria. Therefore, if you are applying for any endowed need-based scholarships, you must complete the FAFSA and submit the scholarship applications by the first Friday of March each year. All continuing students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please do not wait for grades to be released. The selection of recipients will occur after grades are released for the academic year. Not all scholarships specify academic achievement as a requirement.
All scholarships, awards, and grants administered by McGeorge are credited directly to the students' account in two equal installments, one-half for the Fall semester and one-half for the Spring semester. A student must register for a particular semester to be eligible for that semester's portion of the scholarship. In the event a student registers for a semester but withdraws prior to the start of the semester, the amount of the scholarship will be reduced to an amount equal to the portion that was allocated to the semester in which the student was actually enrolled. In addition, if a student withdraws during the semester, the student's scholarship will be pro-rated to the percentage the student was charged for tuition for that semester. If a student will be graduating in December, the student's award will be reduced to receiving a Fall semester allotment only.
The Financial Aid Office encourages students to take advantage of outside scholarship opportunities and services. McGeorge does not endorse fee-based scholarship search organizations; we do support students' efforts by providing resources to help guide them in the appropriate direction. The most valuable tool in searching for scholarship opportunities is the Internet. There are also a number of informative publications available at your local bookstore or library. Scholarships may also be available through local bar associations, state government offices, public organizations, private organizations or employers. Numerous private agencies notify our office of scholarship opportunities and provide application materials to be distributed to students. All scholarships are posted on the bulletin board located near the Financial Aid Office, TWEN and on the University's portal insidePacific in the Financial Aid self-service channel.