Federal Loans

Federal William D. Ford Direct Loans

Law students are eligible for The Federal Direct Loan program generally known as Federal Stafford Loans. This loan program provides you a simple and convenient way to borrow money to pay for your education.

Graduate PLUS Loans

Beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year and onward, all Federal loans, including Graduate PLUS Loans, will be processed exclusively in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan program. If you would like to learn more about the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan program and how to apply, please click the link above.

Perkins Loans
Santa Clara University participates in the Perkins Loan program. A Federal Perkins Loan is a low interest (5 percent) loan available to only a few students that have exceptional financial need. Click on the above link for more information about the Perkins Loan program.

Federal Work-Study

First-year day students will generally not be awarded work-study, and are advised not to seek employment. If they do choose to work, their employment should not exceed ten hours per week. An upper-division day student should not accept employment that exceeds 20 hours per week. Those who need to work more than 20 hours per week should enroll in the evening program. An evening student should not accept employment that exceeds 40 hours per week.

The Federal Work-Study program provides jobs for a limited number of law students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help them pay educational expenses. Federal Work-Study wages will be at least the current minimum federal minimum wage, but can be higher depending on the type of work you do and the skills required. Your total Work-Study award depends on when you apply, your level of need, and if the funding is still available.

How will I get paid?

Once you find a job you will receive a paycheck for each pay period you work. Law students are paid by the hour or may receive a salary.