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Scholarships

There are four 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.

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. 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.

Scholastic Achiever Awards
Effective for the 2016-2017 academic year, KU Law announces the Scholastic Achiever Award for students finishing in the top 20 percent in class rank for their class year. Students finishing in the top 10 percent class rank for their class year will be eligible for this Award, granting them a maximum aggregate scholarship award of $10,000. Students finishing outside the top 10 percent class rank for their class, but within the top 20 percent, will be eligible for an Award granting them a maximum aggregate scholarship award of $5,000.

For example, if a student with zero scholarship awards finishes in the top 10 percent, she will receive a $10,000 Award. If she already has a $3,000 scholarship, she will receive a $7,000 Award. If she already has a $15,000 scholarship, she will receive no additional scholarship awards. For determining the Award amount, any scholarship administered by either the Office of Financial Aid or the School of Law will be considered. This includes Rice, Weigand and other similar awards. Award eligibility will be determined at the end of the spring semester. Awards will be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters for the following years. Awards are not automatically renewed.

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.

Norton & Norfleet, P.C. Scholarship
Award: $500
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student that submits an essay addressing: what you would like to do to change the world for the better
Deadline: June 30, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Console & Hollawell’s 2016 Legal Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current student with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. that submits an essay
Deadline: July 15, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Maro Burunsuzyan Schoolbook Scholarship
Award: $500
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student that demonstrates need and financial hardship; must submit an essay
Deadline: July 31, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Pickard Parry Pfau Southpaw Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: Current or prospective left-handed law students that submits an essay based on creativity, humor, and overall quality
Deadline: July 31, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Christensen & Hymas Married Student Law Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student with a minimum 3.5 G.P.A. and is married
Deadline: August 1, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Harris Federal Law Firm Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Rising 2L or 3L with a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout law school; must submit essay and transcript copy
Deadline: August 1, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


TENT.NET Scholarship
Award: $500
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student that submits an essay
Deadline: August 1, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Change America Scholarship
Award: $1500
Eligibility: Current student with a minimum 3.0 GPA; must submit an essay
Deadline: August 5, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


El Dabe Scholarship
Award: $1500
Eligibility: Current student with a minimum 3.0 GPA; must submit essay and copy of unofficial transcript
Deadline: August 25, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Goldman & Associates Scholarship
Award: $2500
Eligibility: Current student with a minimum 3.0 GPA; must submit essay and copy of unofficial transcript
Deadline: August 25, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Spodek Law Group Scholarship
Award: $2500
Eligibility: Current student with a minimum 3.3 GPA; must submit essay and copy of unofficial transcript
Deadline: August 25, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Baumgartner Law Firm Car Accident Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student that demonstrates need and commitment to helping others
Deadline: August 31, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Bike Accident Lawyer's Quest for Success Scholarship
Award: $500
Eligibility: Current student with a minimum 3.0 GPA; must submit essay and copy of unofficial transcript
Deadline: October 31, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Krist Law Firm National Scholarship
Award: $10,000
Eligibility: Current or entering student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and good character; must submit essay, transcript copy, and letter of recommendation
Deadline: December 1, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Windy City Law School Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student; must submit essay
Deadline: December 1, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


The Reeves Law Group Scholarship
Award: $3,000
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student that submits an essay
Deadline: December 15, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


2016 Sattiraju law Firm Employment Law Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student that have an interest in employment law
Deadline: December 30, 2016
To Apply: Visit website (information towards the bottom of the page)


2016 Simon Law Office PLLC Scholarship
Award: $500
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student that submits an essay
Deadline: December 31, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Strianese PLLC 2016 Employment Law Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. that demonstrates both need and academic achievement
Deadline: December 31, 2016
To Apply: Visit website


Aaron Swartz Progressive Change Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or entering law student; must submit an essay and resume
Deadline: January 6, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Empowering Women in Law Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: Current or entering female law student (who will not have graduated by Fall 2017) that demonstrates academic achievement, leadership skills, and need; must submit transcript copy
Deadline: May 31, 2017
To Apply: Visit website

Financial Aid FAQ

How much does law school cost?
For the 2015-16 academic year, 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?
For most scholarships, 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. Admitted students will be notified of additional scholarship opportunities.

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 2015-16 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 $52,372
Washington University (St. Louis) $51,376
Denver $44,530
Creighton $38,821
Colorado $31,926
Iowa $24,177
Missouri $20,770
Kansas $20,718
Oklahoma $19,973
Washburn $19,894
UMKC $19,632
Non-Resident Tuition
Notre Dame $52,372
Washington University (St. Louis) $51,376
Denver $44,530
Iowa $42,021
Creighton $38,821
Colorado $38,712
Missouri $38,400
UMKC $37,385
Kansas $35,328
Washburn $31,059
Oklahoma $30,398

(All data 2015-2016)

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