Financial Aid Information

When it comes to financing your education, there are a number of options to consider for securing funding. While this list is not exhaustive, it provides links to a variety of resources for learning more about scholarship, fellowship, grant, and loan opportunities through private, non-profit, and governmental sources. International students are encouraged to seek financial aid funds from additional sources in their home countries. Consider contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country to inquire about sponsoring organizations and agencies.


UCLA School of Law Resources

Dean's Tuition Fellowship Awards

All applicants receive full consideration for our very limited number of Dean's Tuition Fellowship awards. No application is necessary; grantees will be notified by the LL.M. Program after receiving their offer of admission. Awards are granted on both a need-based and merit-based basis, typically in the amount of 25% to 50% of the total cost of tuition. In the "Finances" section of the online LL.M. Program application, you are welcome to bring to the Graduate Studies Committee's attention any additional information that will assist the Committee in making a determination regarding a financial aid award.

Law Library Research Assistant-ships

Research Assistants are hired to help law professors with their research needs. Students typically work 10 hours per week for a rate of approximately $15.00 to $16.00 per hour. Successful candidates must demonstrate academic excellence as well as research proficiency. The number of positions available in a given year is dependent on the needs of the faculty, and thus is highly variable. In some years, there may be no open positions. Openings for Research Assistant positions are posted with the Office of Career Services, and applications will be accepted after the start of the academic year in August.

Financial Aid Resources for US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Best Schools
Best Schools provides a useful guide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Resources include a checklist on determining FAFSA eligibility, the types of aid available through FAFSA, how to apply, deadlines, and more.

FinAid provides detailed information about scholarships, loans, military aid, and other funding opportunities for U.S. students seeking financial assistance for graduate study.

Financial Aid Resources for International Students

EduPASS provides financial aid information for international students who plan to pursue higher education in the U.S. This site presents information about how to calculate college costs, scholarships and loans for international students, and other tools and resources for financing education as a foreign student in the U.S. serves as a resource for international students who will be entering and living in the U.S. Along with immigration, visa, and health insurance information, the site provides a guide for foreign students seeking financial aid to study in the U.S. in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and other kinds of financial assistance.

Institute of International Education
IIE offers foreign students a “toolkit” of resources for funding study in the U.S., with a focus on sources such as the Fulbright Program, Education USA, and Funding For U.S. Study.

International Student Organization of America (ISOA)
ISOA provides a detailed list of organizations which offer scholarships and grants to international students based upon factors such as background and area of interest. provides financial aid resources, articles, videos, and comparison tools to help students navigate their financial aid options. The site offers loan information for international students pursuing study in the U.S.

Financial Aid Opportunities for International Students

Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries.

Institute for Humane Studies
The Institute for Humane Studies offers Humane Studies Fellowships to individuals who intend to pursue full-time graduate study and have demonstrated a research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society. Applications are considered from outside the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, but fellowships are generally awarded to applicants who live or study in those countries. Fellowships are awarded in the amount of $2,000 to $15,000.

Postgrad Solutions Global LL.M. Study Bursary
Postgrad Solutions offers two global and U.S. LL.M. study bursaries per year of £500 each to international and UK students who have been accepted to an LL.M. Program in the U.S. or abroad. Eligible candidates must have already accepted an offer at the chosen institution where they intend to pursue the LL.M. 


American Association of University Women (AAUW)
AAUW helps women around the globe break through barriers and pursue their dreams of obtaining graduate degrees or making an impact in their communities. International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study in the U.S. to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the amount of $18,000 (Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowship).

Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International
The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund provides scholarships up to $10,000 for women from other countries for full-time graduate study in the U.S. and Canada.


Bridgat Technology Limited
The Bridgat Scholarship Program awards merit-based funds in the form of a one-time $6,500 scholarship to graduate students pursuing an advanced degree (either Masters or Doctoral) in any subject at an accredited U.S. institution. Eligible candidates must be citizens of an Asian country.


The Belgium American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
BAEF offers non-renewable grants to Belgian citizens for one academic year of graduate study in the U.S. The Foundation will pay up to $30,000 for tuition and health insurance at a U.S. institution and $16,000 to cover living and travel expenses.


Fundação Estudar
Fundação Estudar offers scholarships to Brazilian nationals and citizens who want to further their education by pursuing undergraduate or graduate study in Brazil and abroad.

Instituto Ling
Instituto Ling/EAGV-LLM offers partial scholarships to Brazilians who have been accepted to an LL.M. Program in the U.S. or Europe and can demonstrate a need for funding. Individual amounts of funding vary, but a typical award is approximately $5,000 - $10,000.


Aide Financière Aux Études
Aide Financière Aux Études provides Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are residents of Quebec with financial assistance for full-time study at an educational institution in or outside of Quebec through the Loans and Bursaries Program. Funding is provided in the form of loans or bursaries in varying amounts.


Italian Student Loan Fund (Fondo per Studenti Italiani)
The Fund offers financial aid to Italian university graduates who wish to attend a post-graduate course (Master of Ph.D.) in the U.S. Financing is awarded at a maximum of €20,000.


COLFUTURO provides Colombian citizens seeking postgraduate study abroad with scholarship-loans of up to $25,000 per year for a maximum study period of two years.

The Rowe Fund (Organization of American States)
The Rowe Fund helps qualified citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies across the U.S. with awards of interest-free loans of up to $15,000.


American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)
ASF offers funding to citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden to pursue study or research programs (typically at the graduate level) in the U.S. for up to one year.

NORAM Scholarships
The Norway-America Association offers stipends to Norwegian citizens for graduate study and research in the U.S. in the amount of $2,000 - $20,000. Up to 35 scholarships are awarded each year, and a maximum of two grants may be received from NORAM for Master's and Ph.D. studies in the U.S.


St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York
The Society provides funding in the amount of $20,000 to $30,000 for two Scottish graduate students to study in the U.S. per year. Funds should be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation and other expenses.


Fundación Rafael del Pino
This foundation provides limited scholarships per year for Spanish students who plan to pursue graduate-level study in Spain or abroad.


British Universities North America Club (BUNAC)
BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST) scholarships offer financial assistance to UK passport holders seeking to undertake postgraduate study in the U.S. or Canada. Individual award amounts vary, but a typical award is in the amount of approximately £5,000 to £10,000.

Please note that the outside funding organizations listed above are not affiliated with or endorsed by UCLA School of Law.

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