Federal Financial Assistance is available to eligible students at both campuses of San Francisco Law. Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a required first-step to qualify for and receive any federal financial assistance. Financial Aid applications are processed throughout the year.


Eligible part-time students may apply for and receive Federal Direct Loans. . There are two types of loans available: subsidized (need-based with a maximum of $8,500 per year) and unsubsidized (non-need-based with a maximum of $20,500 per year, less any subsidized loans received). The maximum annual combined loan limit will be the lesser of $20,500 or the cost of attendance minus other financial aid.


Under the Federal Graduate Plus loan program, graduate students are eligible for financial assistance up to the cost of attendance minus other estimated financial assistance. Application for Federal Direct subsidized/unsubsidized loans is a prerequisite. There is an origination fee of 4 percent with an interest rate is 7.9 percent. An adverse credit history may affect the application. The interest rate applicable to PLUS is capped at 9%, and PLUS loans may be consolidated with Federal Direct subsidized/unsubsidized loans upon graduation. Loan repayment begins on the date of the last disbursement of the loan, although it may be possible for students who are still in school to obtain a forbearance which could postpone repayment.


Students are advised to consult with their accountants to see if they qualify for the lifetime learning tax credit. This tax credit is equal to 20 percent of the first $10,000 of qualifying tuition paid or $2,000 maximum per qualifying family per year.

Alternatively, students may be eligible to receive a reduction of their taxable income by up to $4,000 for qualified higher-education expenses paid during the tax year, especially if their income is too high to qualify for the Lifetime Learning tax credit.


Student will find full information on available financial-aid programs on the Department of Education (FSA) website. If you have any further questions about financial-aid policies, please contact Deborah Spindler at dspindler@alliant.edu or call 858-635-4700.


If a recipient of Title IV student financial aid withdraws from Alliant International University or does not complete the term for which they have paid, they may be entitled to a partial refund of tuition based on the Return of Title IV Funds Policy. Under this policy, the University will determine how much Title IV student financial aid a student has earned based on the period they were in attendance. Any unearned Title IV student financial aid will be returned to the Title IV programs. This pro rata schedule is calculated up through the 60% point in time of the enrollment period at Alliant International University for which the student was charged (measured from the first day of classes through the end of formal instruction, the end of session, or end of term, whichever is earlier).

Funds returned to any Title IV student financial-aid program may not exceed those disbursed to the student (or credited to his or her account) from that program. All Title IV refunds will be made within 45 days after  the date the student officially withdraws, the date the school determines that the student has unofficially withdrawn, or within 45 days after the date the student fails to return from an approved leave of absence or notifies the school that they will not be returning, whichever is earlier.

Any recipient of Title IV federal student financial aid who withdraws or does not complete the term must complete a clearance process, including a financial-aid exit interview for students who have received educational loan assistance. The clearance and exit interview will explain students’ rights and responsibilities as they pertain to tuition refunds, financial-aid refunds and return of Title IV funds and educational loans. (See Return of Title IV Funds examples, below.)

New-student tuition deposits become tuition paid as of the first day of class and will be treated accordingly in any refund calculations.

Any refund calculated must be returned first to the Title IV programs. Refunds are allocated in the following order:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Direct Loan Program
  2. Subsidized Federal Stafford Direct Loan Program
  3. Federal PLUS/GRADPLUS Loan Program
  4. Federal Perkins Direct Loan Program
  5. Federal Pell Grant Program
  6. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program
  7. Any other Title IV program
  8. Other federal, state, private, or institutional student financial aid programs.

San Francisco Law School Scholarships and Grants

American Board of Criminal Lawyers

The American Board of Criminal Lawyers Scholarship Fund was created in recognition and appreciation of Nathan Cohn. Mr. Cohn, a 1947 San Francisco Law School graduate, was the founder and first president of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. The fund is designed to aid deserving San Francisco Law School students.

Leon A. and Esther F. Blum Foundation (Students Registered in San Francisco)

A 1914 graduate of San Francisco Law School, Leon A Blum established a foundation to encourage and promote legal education through grants, scholarships and student loans. Law schools in San Francisco that are accredited by the State Bar of California share in the annual proceeds. The funds are distributed as “grants, scholarships and student loans to worthy and needy students.”  San Francisco Law School uses the Blum Awards to further its students’ success on the California General Bar Examination.

Eric Falconer Memorial Fund

The family of Eric Falconer established a scholarship fund in the name of this 1929 graduate. Interest obtained from the principal is divided equally among the students who have earned the highest academic ranking in their first-, second- and third-year classes.

Marvin E. Lewis Scholarship Fund

The family of Marvin E. Lewis, a 1929 graduate of San Francisco Law School, established this scholarship to encourage and assist promising law students to attain their goal of becoming attorneys.

John P. McFarland Loan Fund

In 1971, Helengrace McFarland Poynter, alumni, students, and other friends of Dean McFarland established a loan fund in his name as a self-perpetuating memorial. Loans from this fund are granted to a fourth-year student on the basis of need and are designed to aid in preparation for taking the Bar Examination after graduation.

Zach L. Ogg Memorial Scholarship

This fund is the result of a generous bequest by 1955 San Francisco Law School graduate Zach L. Ogg. The fund provides a scholarship that is applied toward the tuition of a deserving student each year.

Judge Michael J. Roche Scholarship

The fund was created in 1992 by the late Justice Buell A. Nesbett, Chief Justice of Alaska (retired), a 1942 San Francisco Law School graduate, in honor of Judge Michael J. Roche. Income from the fund is used to assist financially disadvantaged students in any year of their law-school career.

San Francisco Law School – Coleman Bresee Memorial Fund

In memoriam of Coleman Bresee, class of 1966 and dean of the law school from 1978-1983. The scholarship is awarded to a worthy student.

A.L. Shapiro and Sophie Shapiro Fund

1966 graduate Everett H. Shapiro has established a trust fund in the names of his father and mother, A.L. and Sophie Shapiro. The income is used to help deserving students who are in their third or fourth year of study.

Rita B. Tyler Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in 1992 by Rita B. Tyler in memory of William B. Tyler, San Francisco Law School president from 1944 to 1968. The fund provides assistance to students with demonstrated academic qualities and financial need.