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Starting this fall, many Native American students won’t be charged tuition at University of California law schools

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Following news that the University of California system will cover tuition and student services fees for in-state residents who are members of federally recognized tribes, the University of California at Berkeley School of Law announced that it will also cover professional degree supplemental tuition for qualifying students.

Projected tuition for the 2022-2023 school year will be $11,700, and the professional degree supplemental tuition, known as the PDST, is expected to be $44,801, according to Kristin Theis-Alvarez, the law school’s dean of admissions and financial aid.

She told the ABA Journal in an email that she estimates that seven to nine current students will benefit.

The gift aid will be distributed starting in fall 2022, according to a Berkeley Law news release.

Theis-Alvarez is hopeful that the law school can raise additional money to cover tuition for students who are members of federally recognized tribes but are not California residents.

At the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, an existing program, which receives support from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, provides full-tuition scholarships and living expenses to students who are members of federally recognized tribes or future tribal advocates.

Kevin Johnson, the dean of the University of California at Davis School of Law, told the Journal that a plan is in the works that is similar to Berkeley Law’s plan.

A similar statement was made by David Faigman, the dean of the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

The University of California at Irvine School of Law did not immediately respond to a Journal interview request.

See also: “Stanford Law announces elimination of tuition based on family income”

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