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Financing Your Legal Education
Pay your registration timely to avoid fees.
It is your sole responsibility to procure whatever financial assistance is
required to complete your legal education before the registration period ends. In
order to avoid a Late Registration Fee, all registration documents and fees must
be received by the Registrar's Office on or before the date indicated as the
last day to register for each semester. This means, a student must submit 1) a
completed and signed Registration Form, 2) a signed Enrollment Agreement, 3)
payment of all tuition and fees, and 4) any other document, fee, and cost
affecting or related to enrollment, tuition or fees.
- Registration forms will be sent out via e-mail - make sure your e-mail address is current
- Registration materials must be returned to the school with all fees by
- Postmarked no later than the deadline on the forms
Can't pay on time?
If you don't have the funds to pay on time, please contact the Registrar
or Assistant Registrar
Start the process early
Here are some options:
Grants or scholarships Students can research
scholarships, awards and grants on the Internet. Some of the largest
Internet sources are:
Loan from friend or family member; or
Student loans. Consider private loans only after exhausting all
other sources of funds.
Grants and Scholarships
The school posts scholarships that become available and are sent to us, but is
not affiliated with and does not sponsor any of the grantors. These are
offered as a courtesy to our students .
Scholarships & Awards
The Law School has no connection with any lenders, and does not participate directly in any federal or state insured student loan programs. However, many law students receive financial assistance by way of private student loans.
Since you'll be paying off your student loans for many years after you graduate, set yourself up for financial success by:
Private student loans are not one-size-fits-all financial solutions. Because these loans are more flexible than other loans and tend to have higher limits, you should try to find one that works for you. Good places to look for law study loans in alphabetical order:
Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan Information
Credit: Good credit helps when you borrow money. Your credit score will impact not only who will offer to lend you money, but also how much a lender will loan you and the interest rate you will be charged.
Certification: Currently Lincoln will certify students for $18,000 per school year for tuition, fees, and books.
Undergraduate loan deferment: Because the Department of Education does not grant DOE numbers to Cal-accredited schools we are unable to offer federal loans. For the same reason, not all undergraduate lenders honor deferment requests, although some do.
How to evaluate loans:
After you have exhausted these options and you still have a problem obtaining funding, contact the staff immediately.
Do not wait until after the registration period ends, or you will incur additional administrative fees.
- How will interest be calculated? It is important to understand how each lender calculates interest, so you can compare different lenders' rates and fees.
- What interest rates are offered to individuals with my credit rating? Are interest rates fixed for the life of the loan, or will they change as interest rates in general go up and down?
- How much interest will I pay over the life of the loan?
- Will a cosigner help drive my rates down?
- What are the limits on the loan? Can I take out more than my Cost of Attendance (an estimate of how much one year at the school will cost including tuition, room and board, living expenses, books and supplies, and transportation)? Will other aid sources I receive be subtracted from the loan amount I am eligible for?
- What are the loan terms? How long will I have to repay the loan?
- Can I defer the loan while I am in school? If so, what are the terms of deferment?
- What type of fees will I be responsible for?
- What will my monthly payments be? For how long?
- Do you offer a graduated payment system where I can pay more on my loan as I begin to earn more?
Lincoln Law School of San Jose proudly supports our
veterans. We are certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs for educational
benefits, including the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.
Qualifying veterans may find that most of their tuition and fees can be paid
for by this program. More information about this program and other available
scholarships can be found at