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Sources of Assistance

Joint Degrees As the State of Florida’s public research university in South Florida, FIU offers a broad range of high quality graduate level degree programs.

Donor Scholarships

Private Scholarships

Loans

Alex and Maribety Alvarez Scholarship This scholarship covers full tuition costs and fees for one student for three years. Applicants must have overcome a significant obstacle in their life while maintaining good academic standing.

Broward County Hispanic Bar Association The BCHBA will award a $2,500 scholarship to a member of the FIU College of Law Class who has distinguished himself/ herself academically and/or in service oriented activities or has distinguished himself/herself in research, writing, community service and/or other activities of importance to the Broward County Hispanic community. The selection will be made by the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association.

Federal Loan Program

Judge Thomas C. Britton Law Scholarship This endowed scholarship is named in the honor of Judge Thomas C. Britton, a former litigator and bankruptcy judge. The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis at the discretion of the Dean.

Gamba & Lombana, P.A. Scholarship Awarded on an annual basis to a part-time Hispanic student demonstrating an interest in labor and employment law matters. Selection is made by the law firm scholarship committee

Greenberg, Traurig, LLP Scholarship Greenberg, Traurig, a national law firm based in Miami, has established a scholarship to benefit one outstanding entering full-time law student. Selection by the scholarship committee is based upon academic credentials at the point of admissions. No separate application is required.

The Honorable Judge Mario P. Goderich Merit Scholarship and the Cuban American Bar Association Scholarship These scholarships are sponsored by the Cuban American Bar Association and are awarded to students who have obtained a law school record of academic distinction and demonstrated a commitment to service oriented activities through research, writing and/or advocacy on behalf of the Cuban American community. Selection is made by the Cuban American Bar Association Scholarship Committee.

Florida Association for Women Lawyers Scholarship This scholarship is open to all students. Award amounts vary from $500 to $1000. Financial need is considered but will not exclude anyone from receiving award. Application required. Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Scholarship Each year the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar (“YLD”) awards ten $2,000.00 cash scholarships to law students who attend one of Florida’s ABA accredited law schools. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need.

Florida Lawyers’ Legal Insurance Corporation (FLLIC) The FLLIC will award the Dan Bradley Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to two law students whose academic record, professional or record of extracurricular activities demonstrates a commitment to working with persons in the middle and lower income levels.

Haitian Lawyers Association Scholarship Every year at least one student from the FIU College of Law is chosen to be a recipient of this award. Applicants must be of Haitian descent, in good academic standing, submit an official transcript, a one page personal statement describing his/her involvement in the community, their financial need as well as the reason(s) he/she believes is qualified for the scholarship. Amount of award is $2,000.

Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin, P.L. Scholarship Awarded to an outstanding third year student. Selection is based upon merit and a review of the candidate’s credentials by the Scholarship Committee.

Theodore and Rosalind Spak Scholarship An endowed scholarship awarded from time to time to a deserving law student.

Institutional Resources Dean’s Scholars Scholarship Program The Dean’s Scholars Scholarship Program is a merit-based partial to full tuition grant. Funds are available to full-time students. Selection by the scholarship committee is based upon undergraduate grade point average and LSAT scores.

The Enma Tarafa Memorial Student Fund Emma Tarafa was a student in the College of Law’s Inaugural Class. Ms. Tarafa passed during her first semester of studies. Ms. Tarafa possessed strong leadership skills and was passionate about community service. The Enma Tarafa Memorial Student Fund Support will be awarded annually to a student at the College of Law who demonstrates these same characteristics of leadership and community service. 74

Sources of Assistance

Graduate Need-Based Grants Students whose financial aid application files are completed accurately by February 15, 2012, will receive priority consideration for this institutional grant. Students must be registered for no less than 9 credits to qualify.

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be considered for a federal loan or work-study program. The College of Law participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program (DL), which includes the Stafford Loan.

Federal Stafford Loans (Subsidized) Federal Stafford Loans Students must demonstrate financial need. Up to $8,500 a year can be borrowed through this program. The federal government will pay the interest while you are enrolled as at least half-time status. Repayment on the loan begins six months after graduation, withdrawal, or dropping below half-time status. (Unsubsidized) Federal Stafford Loans These loans are not based upon financial need. Funds through this program are available to students who do not qualify in whole or in part for the subsidized Federal Stafford loan. In combination with the subsidized loan, a student can borrow up to $20,500 a year. Students are responsible for paying interest while in school or a request may be made that the interest be added to the loan principal to be paid after leaving school or dropping below half-time status.

Graduate Plus Loans Graduate Plus Loans are offered as a part of the financial aid package and are awarded up to cost of attendance, less any existing awards. This loan is a credit-worthiness loan which will require a credit history approval. Interest Payments on this loan are not subsidized by the government.

Private Loan Program Private loan eligibility is based solely upon a student’s credit history. Students should request a copy of their credit report and check it for any errors prior to submitting an application for a private loan. An application can be requested directly from a private lender of choice.

Credit Bureau Information • TransUnion (800) 888.4213 www.tuc.com • Equifax (800) 685.1111 www.equifax.com • Experian (800) 397.3742 www.experian.com

+ J.D./M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) + JD/M.A.L.A.C.S. (Master of Latin American & Caribbean Studies) + JD/M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration) + JD/M.S.E.S. (Master of Science in Environmental Studies) + JD/M.S.W. (Master of Social Work) + JD/M.S.Psych. (Master of Science in Psychology) + JD/MIB (Master of International Business) + JD/MSCJA (Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration)

Law students interested in interdisciplinary study may take advantage of these curricula through one of the following joint degree programs. Students enrolled in a joint degree program will have the opportunity to study both law and another discipline in such a way that the study of each will enhance and complement the study of the other. Further, joint degree candidates will be able to obtain the two degrees in less time than it would take to obtain both degrees if pursued consecutively. Students interested in one of the joint degree programs should consult with the office of the Registrar at the College of Law for further information and advice. Each College offering the joint degree program manages its own, independent admissions process and procedures. For the College of Law, contact the Office of Law Admissions. In addition to these programs, students may be able to arrange for other cross disciplinary graduate studies, with advance permission of the College of Law and the Dean of the other graduate discipline. Normally, the College of Law will accept six credits of rigorous graduate courses completed in other FIU graduate programs. Students who have matriculated in the College of Law may propose a program of cross-disciplinary study to the office of the Registrar for approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In addition to these programs, students may be able to arrange for other cross-disciplinary graduate studies, with advance permission of the College of Law and the Dean of the other graduate discipline. Normally, the College of Law will accept a maximum of nine credits of rigorous graduate courses completed in other FIU graduate programs. Students who have matriculated in the College of Law may propose a program of cross-disciplinary study to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. 75

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