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KU Law is committed to preparing students to pursue legal careers that are defined by their passions, not by excessive financial burdens. To that end, our tuition rates for Kansans and out-of-state students are among the lowest in the region. KU Law students graduate with a practice-ready legal education, not overwhelming debt.

KU Law also offers a robust scholarship program for JD students. Nearly 8 in 10 students in the incoming class receive scholarships. Admitted students are automatically considered for KU School of Law scholarships as part of the admissions process.

Tuition & Fees

For the fall and spring semester of the 2020-2021 academic year, tuition is $751 per credit hour for Kansas residents and $959 per credit hour for entering class nonresidents. All law students pay a required campus fee of $984 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 Ambler and Robinson Recreation Centers, free access to the Lawrence and KU transportation bus networks, and admission at reduced prices to most campus events, such as concerts, plays, films, lectures and athletic events.

For students starting in the Fall, 20202019 semester, total fees and tuition for the 2020-20212019-20 academic year are $22,769 for a first-year Kansas resident and $28,804 for a first-year nonresident. Summer starters can take a variable number of credits in the first year and tuition will vary accordingly.

Financial Aid Fact Sheet 2020-2021
Estimated Annual Expenses Kansas Resident Non-Resident - Students beginning law school after May 2020
Tuition per credit hour
(29 hours in first year)
$751 $959
Fees per year $984 $984
Total for Tuition/Fees $22,769 $28,804
Room and Board $10,274 $10,274
Personal Expenses $2,278 $2,278
Transportation $3,106 $3,106
Books $1,526 $1,526
Cost of Attendance* $39,953 $45,988

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.


The state of Kansas sets a high bar for non-residents to qualify for residency for tuition purposes. Extensive information about the standards is available on the Kansas Board of Regents website. Essentially, if you have not been a Kansas resident prior to law school, you will be considered to have moved here for education purposes and thus not able to enjoy residency status. There are a few notable exceptions under which you may qualify:

  • If you have been a resident of Kansas for 12 of the preceding 60 months;
  • If you or your spouse has been recruited or transferred to Kansas by a Kansas employer;
  • If you are a member of or a veteran of the military;
  • If you are a registered member of a federally recognized Native American tribe or nation.

If you are not eligible for Kansas resident tuition rates, you may become eligible by proving your intent to stay in Kansas indefinitely by purchasing property in Kansas, marrying a Kansan, accepting a permanent offer of employment, etc. Note that these are not automatic qualifiers and are simply examples of circumstances that have led to a grant of residency status.

If you are unsure about your status, you may apply for a residency determination through the University of Kansas Office of the University Registrar. This can be done prior to enrollment.


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.

Vantage Scholarship

Prospective law students from the Kansas City, Mo., metro area now have one more reason to consider the University of Kansas for their law degree: the KU Vantage Scholarship.

Vantage gives students who have established residency in one of 11 Missouri counties the chance to pursue a KU law degree at an in-state tuition rate.

Students from these 11 counties are eligible: Bates, Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray. Learn more about residency qualification.

With Vantage, the KU School of Law adds affordability to a compelling list that includes invested faculty, small class sizes, and hands-on opportunities. Interested? Contact KU’s law school, or apply today.

Only applications received by the Feb. 15, 2020 scholarship priority deadline will be eligible for the Vantage Scholarship.

Scholastic Achiever Awards

The Scholastic Achiever Award provides scholarships for current 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 Scholastic Achiever Award. If she already has a $3,000 scholarship, she will receive a $7,000 Scholastic Achiever 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 October 1.

The University of Kansas Federal School Code is 001948.

Scholarship Postings

Kansas Bar Foundation Scholarships
Award: $500-$5,000
Eligibility: In addition to the scholarship application, most scholarships require two letters of recommendation. Some also require a transcript, letter of interest, or other supporting documentation. To view specific requirements, please read the scholarship descriptions below.
Deadline: December 31, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

The Easton & Easton College Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: The scholarship is open to any current law school students and students at 2 year or 4 year colleges.
Deadline: December 31, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

The Johns Law Firm – Law School Scholarship Contest
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: In order to apply for this scholarship, you must be enrolled at an accredited law school. If you have applied to a law school and have not been accepted yet, you may apply for the scholarship, however, the scholarship will be awarded to a student already enrolled at an accredited law school
Deadline: December 31, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

DDRB Lawyers Legal Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: You must be admitted, or have received an acceptance letter, to an accredited law school in the U.S.; 3.5 or higher current cumulative GPA. If you are an incoming 1L student, we will accept your undergraduate cumulative GPA. If the law school you’re attending uses a pass-fail binary grade system, then we will accept a “pass”.
Deadline: January 31, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

$2020 Vision Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: current or aspiring college student. Submit entry online.
Deadline: April 30, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Smith & Eulo Legal Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited law school in the US; legal US resident
Deadline: May 31, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Curley law Firm Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited law school in the US.
Deadline: June 30, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship Contest
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: Currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited law school in the US.
Deadline: July 30, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

The Branch Out Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must be currently attending or accepted to an institute of post-secondary education (college, university, or trade school). If you are currently attending a college or trade school, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
To Apply: Visit website

Native American College Student Support Guide
This guide features an amazing scholarship section. It shows scholarships available broken down by area of study and also more general scholarships. The guide also covers retention strategies and help for students, how to elevate Native American students’ sense of belonging in higher education, financial aid, advice from an expert on setting up Native American students for success, and a list of tribal colleges all over the US. You can see it here:
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Financial Aid FAQ

How much does law school cost?

For the 2019-20 academic year, Kansas resident tuition is $751 per credit hour. Nonresident tuition is $959 for current 1L's (current 2L and 3L students should visit the nonresident tuition page for additional information). All students must pay an annual campus fee of $984. 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 unsubsidized direct loans. The GRAD PLUS loan program is available for law students to borrow up to their cost of attendance minus all other aid (including scholarships and grants).

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 October 1, 2097.

What is the KU FAFSA code?


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 FAS Office will send award notifications by email beginning in mid-February for students who file the FAFSA early. Accept or decline your financial aid award by visiting the link contained in your email notification.

Am I eligible to pay resident tuition and fees?

Contact the KU Office of the University Registrar for residency information at 785-864-4422 or www.residency.ku.edu.

What if I have childcare expenses?

The EOF Childcare Grant is available to students who are the custodial parents of children in day care ages 5 and under. Students wishing to be considered for the grant must submit a FAFSA and a Childcare Grant and Budget Adjustment Request form. The form is typically available at the beginning of September each year, and is due within a few weeks of its release. After funding is exhausted, students who have submitted the form will have their Cost of Attendance adjusted in order to reflect their child care expenses. More information is available from the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 785-864-4700 or on the EOF Childcare Grant Info Sheet (PDF).

Is there any financial aid available to international students?

Aside from KU Law scholarships, international students may be eligible for the University of Kansas International Student Tuition Grant. International students who have completed a full academic year at KU and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours may submit the International Student Needs Analysis Worksheet available at affordability.ku.edu/forms by the March 1 priority date in order to be considered.

What if I have special circumstances, such as medical or transportation costs, that make the need for more financial aid important?

Re-evaluations for special circumstances 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

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

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.

Loan calculators can help you 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 webpage.

Other Income-Based Repayment plans are available for federal loans. For more information, visit the Department of Education's Federal Student Aid site.

Contact KU Law Admissions

Steven Freedman, Assistant Dean
Bryanna Hanschu, Director of Recruiting
Mallory Baker, Admissions Coordinator

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