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JD Fees & Financial Support

Financial Aid

The purpose of student financial aid is to assist students who would otherwise be unable to pursue a legal education at Stanford. Approximately 78 percent of the student body receives tuition fellowship or loan assistance, with the average fellowship portion per recipient totaling about $23,000 annually. Aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated need and is provided through a combination of tuition fellowships, government guaranteed loans and private loans.

Financial aid applicants should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Need Access application soon after January 1. The FAFSA is a service of the U.S. Department of Education and is free to all applicants. Please note that the Title IV School Code for Stanford Law School is E00341. The completion of both applications is required by March 15 in order to receive an aid package prior to the May 1st admissions response deadline.

In general, the financial award system operates as follows: Each year the school determines a standard budget to cover basic costs (tuition plus living expenses). Each student's need is calculated by subtracting reported resources from the standard budget. These resources include one–third of reported assets; 57% of summer gross earnings over $6,000; assumed earnings of spouse (if married); and an imputed parental contribution (based on the Need Access analysis) if the student is dependent. Each student is then expected to borrow or otherwise raise a portion of this need, with the remainder being an outright grant, subject to a limit of full tuition. Financial aid is evaluated annually; one cannot, therefore, be guaranteed the same level of aid over three years of attendance.

Stanford Law School uses an age-based test to determine the dependency percentage from your parent contribution.  We will require that financial resource information from your parents be submitted on the Need Access analysis unless you are 29 years of age as of September 1st.  Parental information is never required on the FAFSA for graduate students. 

Under the guidelines of our policy, the following rules are in place:

  • If you are 25 or younger as of September 1, we will take into consideration the full extent of our calculated parental contribution when determining your eligibility for our need-based scholarship assistance.
  • If you are 26 as of September 1, we will protect 25% of your calculated parental contribution and use only 75% of that contribution when determining your eligibility for our need-based scholarship assistance.
  • If you are 27 as of September 1, we will protect 50% of your calculated parental contribution and use only 50% of that contribution when determining your eligibility for our need-based scholarship assistance.
  • If you are 28 as of September 1, we will protect 75% of your calculated parental contribution and use only 25% of that contribution when determining your eligibility for our need-based scholarship assistance.
  • If you are 29 as of September 1, no parental resources are considered when determining your eligibility for our need-based scholarship assistance. Therefore, you need not submit any parental financial information to Need Access.

Loans available to law students come primarily from three governmental programs: Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans.  All graduate and professional students are independent for purposes of determining federal loan eligibility.

Additional financial aid information is provided in the School's Financial Aid Handbook .