University description (as per official university website)
About UC Hastings College of the Law
SF City HallHastings College of the Law was founded in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California, and today is one of the top-rated law schools in the United States. Its alumni span the globe and are among the most respected lawyers, judges and business leaders today. Our faculty are nationally renowned as both teachers and scholars.
Our electives offer many opportunities:
* clinical training
* more than 50 seminars in wide-ranging areas
* concentrations for advanced study in taxation, litigation, international and comparative law, and public interest law
* opportunities to work on scholarly journal publications
* a moot court training program that regularly produces national championship teams for appellate advocacy competitions throughout the United States
Financial aid applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens who are making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree. Eligibility for different categories of aid is based on financial need as determined by the financial aid system developed by the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education (ED). To receive Perkins and Stafford Loans or a Hastings Grant, applicants cannot be in default on a student loan or owe a repayment. Campus-based aid (grants, Perkins Loans, O'Neill Loans, and UCH Scholarships, are available only for the first six semesters of enrollment. Similarly, students are eligible for a maximum of six semesters of campus-based aid.
A financial aid package contains a combination of different types of aid. The first step in determining a student's financial aid package is through the process of need analysis. There are two levels used in need analysis. The first is conducted by the federal government to determine eligibility for its programs. The second is used by Hastings College to determine how to distribute its own institutional aid.
The process of need analysis determines how much students are expected to contribute from their own resources ("expected family contribution," or EFC) and how much aid students are eligible to receive. Financial need analysis considers the student's income and assets and the size of the household (whether the student is married or has dependents).
The total amount of aid a student qualifies for cannot be higher than the total Cost of Education for an institution. This figure includes tuition, fees, room and board, and other living expenses. The amount of need-based financial aid a student qualifies for is determined by subtracting expected family contribution from the Cost of Education.
There are also credit-based education loans. The Federal Graduate PLUS and alternative/private loans fit into this category. These loans can meet any part of the Cost of Education not filled by other forms of aid. Eligibility for these loans is based on good credit. Most students find they need to access these loans. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you get a copy of your credit report and resolve any negative issues right away. You may access a free credit report online at AnnualCreditReport.com.