Example 1: Research assistants generally are not eligible for SPIF because most universities pay other research assistants.
Example 2: If Government Agency XYZ has a policy that it will pay summer interns who are 2Ls, but not those who are 1Ls, 1L interns would be eligible for SPIF.
Student eligibility for the program is based on financial need.
— Students who are receiving financial aid grants from the Law School;
— Students who have completed the FAFSA and have demonstrated financial need. The FAFSA will calculate the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and if this number is at or below the total cost-of-attendance, a student is eligible to receive SPIF funds (refer to the Student Aid Report (SAR)).
If a student does not qualify for summer grant assistance and if a student's budget allows, borrowing additional loans can be an option. These loans are eligible to be covered by COAP, our loan forgiveness program, after graduation. Students may receive SPIF funding for two summers. Funding is not available for the summer after graduation. Joint degree students must be enrolled in the Law School for either the semester before or the semester after the summer fellowship.