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Scholarships

There are three types of scholarship funding opportunities for KU Law students. All admitted students are automatically considered for KU School of Law scholarships with the submission of their admission application. Scholarship recipients are notified at the same time they receive their admission decision.

Once enrolled, students may apply for KU School of Law scholarships with specific eligibility criteria. Throughout the year, a number of scholarship opportunities are presented from private organizations. KU Law students are regularly notified of these scholarship opportunities.

Need-based Scholarship
Need-based scholarships are only available for applicants that have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Application forms and information may be obtained online at www.fafsa.gov. Applicants should obtain the forms at the earliest possible date. The KU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships begins accepting applications on January 1.

The University of Kansas Federal School Code is 001948.

Merit-based Scholarship
Merit-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and the student's potential for success in law school. A number of these scholarships are funded through privately endowed resources. Many are awarded to students who come from specific geographical regions or who are members of minority groups. These scholarships are awarded to both resident and nonresident first-year students. There is no application process to be considered for merit-based scholarships. Any student admitted to the School of Law is automatically considered.

Rice Scholar Program
The Rice Scholar Program brings Kansas residents with outstanding academic records and proven leadership ability to the University of Kansas School of Law. A committee of faculty members selects Rice Scholars from the first-year admitted student candidates. Selection is based on merit only, as evidenced by undergraduate academic achievement, LSAT score, and record of leadership. Final selections are made after interviews with the Rice Scholarship committee. Each year five Rice Scholars are selected. The scholarship covers tuition and fees for first-year students and is fully renewable for the second and third year if the recipient maintains a prescribed grade-point average.

Current Scholarship Postings

The Bar Plan Foundation Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Third year law student that is a resident of Kansas; must submit: (1) two letters of recommendation from law professors, (2) a typed application and (3) a statement briefly explaining the meaning of professionalism and how it can improve the profession of law
Deadline: September 17, 2015
To Apply: Submit application and other materials to tonda@ku.edu


James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition
Award: Up to $1,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student that submits a required essay
Deadline: September 18, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


2015 Umansky Law Firm Education Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student law who has been impacted by severe car accident injury; must submit a required essay
Deadline: November 13, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


Chapman LLC Scholarship for Law Students
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student law that submits a required essay
Deadline: November 15, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


Howell & Christmas LLC Visionary Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current law student law with a minimum 2.8 GPA that submits a required essay
Deadline: November 30, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student with a minimum 2.8 GPA that submits a required essay
Deadline: November 30, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


Goodman Acker Law School Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student that demonstrates high academic achievement, strong communication skills and an interest in practicing law; must submit a required essay  
Deadline: December 1, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team Law School Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student that submits a required essay
Deadline: December 1, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


Second Annual Student Loan Scholarship
Award: $500
Eligibility: Current law student with a 3.3 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes that submits a required essay
Deadline: December 1, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


National Business Law Scholarship
Award: $500
Eligibility: Current second or third year law student that demonstrates an interest in business law
Deadline: December 11, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


Farzad Family Law Scholarship
Award: $3,500
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student that submits a required essay
Deadline: December 15, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


Jacoby & Meyers Future Legal Minds Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student that submits a required essay
Deadline: December 15, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


Law Offices of Billy Skinner Student Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current law student with a minimum 3.0 GPA, must submit a 500-word essay or a 30-second video
Deadline: December 15, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


The Gilmer Law Firm PLLC Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student that submits a required essay
Deadline: December 15, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


The Reeves Law Group Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student that submits a required essay, PowerPoint, or Prezi presentation
Deadline: December 15, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


Aspiring Attorney Aid Scholarship by the Kraut Law Group Application
Award: $500             
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student that completes required application
Deadline: December 31, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


Disability Scholarship Award Program - Surgical Watch
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student with a disability that submits a required essay
Deadline: December 31, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


Empowering Women in Law Scholarship
Award: $2,000 for Fall 2016
Eligibility: Current female law student with a minimum 3.0 GPA that demonstrates academic achievement and community service
Deadline: December 31, 2015
To ApplyVisit website


Law Student Writing Competition 2015
Award: Up to $3.000
Eligibility: Current law student who submits a required article
Deadline: January 15, 2016
To ApplyVisit website

Financial Aid FAQ

How much does law school cost?
Kansas resident tuition is $683 per credit hour. Nonresident tuition is $1,186.80 per credit hour. All students must pay an annual campus fee of $911. Please see the Tuition & Fees tab above for cost of attendance.

What type of financial assistance is available for law school? Most students use federal and private loans, grants, and scholarships to pay for law school.

What type of federal financial aid is available?
Federal Student Aid is available to law students based on cost of attendance. Students are eligible for up to $20,500 in federal student aid. This figure includes subsidized and unsubsidized loans, scholarships and grants. The GRAD PLUS loan program is available for law students to borrow up to their cost of attendance.

How and when do I apply for financial aid?
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at www.fafsa.gov. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will begin accepting FAFSA applications on January 1. The priority deadline is March 1.

What is the KU FAFSA code?
001948

How do I apply for summer financial aid?
In addition to completing a FAFSA, complete a Summer Financial Aid Request form. This form is available from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships in mid-February.

What types of KU Law scholarships are available?
KU Law offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships. Residents of Kansas who demonstrate superior merit may be interviewed for the Rice Scholar Program, which covers the cost of tuition and fees for 90 credit hours of law school study. Visit the Scholarship Info tab above to learn more about law school scholarships.

How do I apply for scholarships offered by KU Law?
There is no separate application. All admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. To be considered for need-based scholarships, applicants must complete the FAFSA. The priority application deadline for scholarship consideration is February 15.

How and when will I be notified of my financial aid award?
The OSFA will send award notifications by e-mail beginning April 1. Accept or decline your financial aid award by visiting the link contained in your e-mail notification.

Am I eligible to pay resident tuition and fees?
Contact the KU Office of the University Registrar for residency information at 785-864-4472 or www.residency.ku.edu.

What if I have special circumstances, such as childcare or medical costs that make the need for more financial aid important?
Re-evaluations for special circumstances, as well as child care budget adjustments, are available. Contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 785-864-4700 for details or to request a financial aid advising appointment.

Loan Repayment Programs

There are two federal programs that eligible law students may utilize to reduce their monthly loan payments:

Pay As You Earn (PAYE)
Pay As You Earn (PAYE) is a federal loan repayment program that helps borrowers keep their monthly loan payments affordable with payment caps based on income and family size. The amount you owe doesn't determine the amount you pay. Rather, the amount you pay is determined by your income and family size. PAYE will also forgive remaining debt, if any, after 20 years of qualifying payments.

Access loan calculators that will determine your estimated monthly loan repayments based on income and family size.

PAYE is available to most federal student loan borrowers and covers most types of federal loans made to students. To enter PAYE, you have to have enough debt relative to your income to qualify for a reduced payment.

There are many factors to consider when evaluating PAYE. For example, while PAYE can significantly reduce your monthly loan repayment, you may be accruing additional principal and interest. Also, although there is loan forgiveness after a 20 year period, the amount of loan forgiveness may be taxable as income. Borrowers should carefully consider all the different issues related to PAYE.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness
This program is for people with federal student loans who work in a wide range of "public service" jobs, including jobs in government and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. If you work in public service and have reduced loan payments through IBR, your remaining balance after 10 years in a public service job could be canceled if you made loan payments for each month of those 10 years.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is available only if you have Federal Direct Loans and you make 120 monthly payments under the Direct Loan Program. If you have FFEL loans, you may be eligible to consolidate them into the Direct Loan Program to take advantage of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. However, only the payments made while in the Direct Loan Program will count toward the required 120 monthly payments.

For more information about this program, review the Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Fact Sheet.

Tuition & Fees

For the fall and spring semester of the 2014-15 academic year, tuition is $683 per credit hour for Kansas residents and $1,186.80 per credit hour for nonresidents. All law students pay a required campus fee of $911 per year.

These fees entitle the student to course instruction, dispensary care for ordinary illnesses and special medical care at nominal rates, the use of the Kansas and Burge Unions, a copy of the University Daily Kansan and other newspapers, and admission at reduced prices to most campus events, such as concerts, plays, films, lectures and athletic events.

Total fees and tuition for the 2015-16 academic year for a first-year Kansas resident are $20,718 and $35,328.20 for a first-year nonresident.

Financial Aid Fact Sheet 2015-16

Estimated Annual Expenses Kansas Resident Non-Resident
Tuition per credit hour
(29 hours in first year)
$683 $1,186.80
Fees per year $911 $911
Total for Tuition/Fees $20,718 $35,328.20
Room and Board $8,100 $8,100
Personal Expenses $2,384 $2,384
Transportation $2,636 $2,636
Books $1,450 $1,450
Total* $35,288 $49,898.20

The priority application deadline for scholarship consideration is Feb. 15. To be considered for need-based scholarships, grants and loans, you must complete the FAFSA.

*Costs for room and board, personal expenses, transportation and books are estimates determined by the KU Office of Student Financial Aid.

Cost Comparison
KU Law has a commitment to keep tuition affordable for all of its students. A comparison to other peer schools of first-year tuition rates demonstrates our affordability:

Resident Tuition
Notre Dame $50,520
Washington University (St. Louis) $49,752
Denver $42,370
Creighton $35,032
Colorado $31,824
Iowa $23,760
Kansas $19,985
Oklahoma $19,973
Missouri $19,832
Washburn $19,024
UMKC $18,320
Non-Resident Tuition
Notre Dame $50,520
Washington University (St. Louis) $49,752
Denver $42,370
Iowa $41,296
Colorado $38,610
Missouri $37,462
Creighton $35,032
UMKC $34,832
Kansas $34,090
Oklahoma $30,398
Washburn $29,696

(All data 2014-2015)

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