University description (as per official university website)
California Western School of Law, located in downtown San Diego, is among the few independent, nonprofit law schools in the country.
Chartered in 1924, California Western was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1962 and became a member of the Association of American Law Schools in 1967.
In 1968, California Western University, which included undergraduate studies, changed its name to the United States International University. The law school retained the name California Western School of Law.
In 1973, the law school relocated from its Point Loma location to the first of its three downtown campus buildings at 350 Cedar St. In 1975, California Western ended its affiliation with USIU and became an independent law school. In 1980, the new trimester system was announced, allowing two entering classes in one academic year, reducing individual class size and further increasing the quality of education.
In 1993, the law school opened a new administrative and campus center, housing faculty and administration offices, including student affairs, admissions, and financial aid.
Dean Steven R. Smith joined the law school in 1996. In January 2000, California Western proudly opened its new, state-of-the-art Law Library, which was dedicated by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Financial Aid Application Process, 2010-11
The following is a brief list of steps that should be taken when applying for financial aid at California Western School of Law:
1. Before completing any forms, read the Financial Aid section of this Web site. Be sure to take note of the applicable deadline dates: while you may apply for aid after these dates, the full array of aid sources may not still be available if you apply late.
2. Complete a 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to indicate the California Western School of Law institution code, which is G13103, when indicating which schools should receive your FAFSA information. You may complete your application electronically, via FAFSA On The Web, or you may complete the paper version of the application. It may take the processor four to six weeks to process a paper application. Once processed, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be mailed to you by the processor and an electronic version of the SAR will be transmitted to the schools you indicated on your FAFSA.
3. Complete a California Western School of Law Online Financial Aid Application for 2010-2011 and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. Students must be accepted for admission before they submit an application; instructions on establishing a login will generally be emailed to you within a week of your admission.
4. Once the Financial Aid Office has determined your aid eligibility, we will send you an email directing you return to the Online Aid System to accept, reduce, or decline the aid in your award package.
5. Once you have accepted one or more loan awards, the Financial Aid Office will begin to process the loans you requested. The Direct Loan Servicing Center will then process the loan, which, in the case of Graduate PLUS includes a credit check. You must also complete a promissory note (usually a Master Promissory Note) for each loan type either electronically at the eMPN website or on paper; if you receive a promissory note in the mail, complete and return it to Direct Loan Servicing as soon as possible.
6. All students must conduct entrance counseling prior to receiving federal student loan aid. Students who have not previously received aid at CWSL should visit the Entrance Counseling pages at the Direct Loans website.
7. If selected for verification, submit the following materials to the Financial Aid Office: a signed copy of your 2009 Federal income tax return, copies of all 2009 W-2s, and a completed 2010-2011 Verification Worksheet (also available in the Financial Aid Office).
8. You may defer payment of tuition and fees by filing a Tuition Deferment/Promissory Note with the Business Office. You may only defer the amount of tuition and fees that will be covered by your financial aid. Tuition deferments based on student loans are valid only after you submit your FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA to the federal processor and your California Western Financial Aid Application to the Financial Aid Office. Be aware that if your lender denies your Graduate PLUS or private loan application, the portion of tuition deferred based on those loan funds becomes due and payable immediately. Applicants with derogatory credit should be prepared to secure another method of financing. California Western School of Law will not provide funds to replace your Graduate PLUS or private loan if it is denied by your lender.
Once all of the necessary documents have been received and reviewed, your eligibility for financial aid will be determined and an Award Notification indicating the types and amounts of aid you have been awarded will become available on our Online Aid System. Note: Graduate PLUS and private loans are subject to lender credit criteria. Your lender will decide whether to approve or deny your Graduate PLUS or private loan application. For these reasons, the appearance of an Graduate PLUS or private loan on your Award Notification does not guarantee lender approval.