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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

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.


Capitol Federal Foundation Diversity Scholarship
Award: $500
Eligibility: Third-year law student who has demonstrated the intention to practice in the state of Kansas; has exemplary leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion
Deadline: Late October 2018
To Apply: Visit website


Case, Moses & Zimmerman, P.A. Law Student Scholarship
Award: $1,000 annually
Eligibility: Second-year law student who has demonstrated the intention to practice in the state of Kansas
Deadline: Late October 2018
To Apply: Visit website


The Frank Rice Scholarship
Award: $3,500
Eligibility: Current Kansas resident admitted to law school
Deadline: Late October 2018
To Apply: Visit website


The Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship Award
Award: $900
Eligibility: Current law student who has demonstrated the intention to practice in the state of Kansas
Deadline: Late October 2018
To Apply: Visit website


The Hinkle Law Firm Student Scholarship
Award: $2,300
Eligibility: Current law student who has demonstrated the intention to practice in the state of Kansas and has a history of community involvement
Deadline: Late October 2018
To Apply: Visit website


The Lathrop and Gage Student Scholarship
Award: $1,900
Eligibility: Current law student who has demonstrated the intention to practice in the state of Kansas and has a history of community involvement
Deadline: Late October 2018
To Apply: Visit website


The Maxine S. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Award
Award: $900
Eligibility: Current law student from Kansas who has completed no less than 60 hours towards a law degree and must plan to practice in a rural Kansas area, preferably western Kansas
Deadline: Late October 2018
To Apply: Visit website


Chhabra Law Patent Bar Preparation Scholarship
Award: $1,750
Eligibility: Current law student with a bachelor's degree in any field of science or engineering; must have minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4
Deadline: November 30, 2018
To Apply: Visit website


Annual “Strive to be the Best Criminal Lawyer” College Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Current or incoming law student who submits a 750 word essay
Deadline: November 30, 2018
To Apply: Visit website


Mark T. Banner Scholarship
Award: $10,000
Eligibility: Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through at least the Fall semester 2019 are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship.
Deadline: December 7th, 2018
To Apply: Visit website


2018 Reeves Law Group Scholarship
Award: $3,000
Eligibility: Current or incoming law student without a full tuition scholarship
Deadline: December 15, 2018
To Apply: Visit website


Meldon Law College Scholarship Video Essay Contest
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current law student who submits a 5-6 minute video, which includes a 1-2 minute video biography and a 2-3 minute video essay
Deadline: January 20, 2019
To Apply: Visit website


J.L. Weigand Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust Scholarship
Award: Award varies in amount, up to full tuition, fees, books, and room and board
Eligibility: Current or incoming student with a minimum of ten years legal Kansas residency. Upperclassmen must be in top 10 percent of their class.
Deadline: February 15, 2019
To Apply: Visit website


James Baker Hughes
Award: $500; publication in the Houston Journal of International Law
Eligibility: Current student who submits a scholarly article relating to international economic law
Deadline: Open
To Apply: Visit website


The Gainsberg Law Annual Scholarship Award - 2019
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year, 2 recommendations from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school, or from a teacher from the previous year (for incoming students only), One essay up to 1,000 words on why you are interested in the law, Academic Transcripts from the current academic year, 2018-2019
Deadline: April 1, 2019
To Apply: Visit website


The Silverman, McDonald & Friedman Educational Scholarship
Award: $5,000
Eligibility: An essay of no more than 500 words about what the civil justice systems means to you; Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university or law school; A brief statement about your financial needs.
Deadline: June 2019
To Apply: Visit website


2019 Legal Scholarship Offered by Criminal Defense Attorneys Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: This scholarship will only be awarded to one incoming 1L or a currently enrolled Law Student; Hold a 3.0 or higher overall GPA; Must be a legal resident of the U.S.
Deadline: June 1, 2019
To Apply: Visit website


The Annual Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship
Award: $5,000
Eligibility: Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year, one recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school (incoming IL students may submit a letter from a teacher from the previous year), an essay of no more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury
Deadline: June 30, 2019
To Apply: Visit website


Plattner Verderame, P.C.’s Annual Civil Justice Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university; One recommendation letter from a current or previous year teacher or professor; A 1000-word essay about the American civil justice and jury system.
Deadline: June 2019
To Apply: Visit website


Wagner & Wagner Civil Justice Scholarship Award
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year; One (1) letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school, or from a teacher from the previous year (for incoming students only); One (1) essay up to 1,000 words on “The injured plaintiff’s right to be compensated through litigation or mediation.”; Academic Transcripts from the current academic year (2018-2019)
Deadline: June 30, 2019
To Apply: Visit website

Financial Aid FAQ

How much does law school cost?

For the 2017-18 academic year, Kansas resident tuition is $727 per credit hour. Nonresident tuition is $1,269 per credit hour. All students must pay an annual campus fee of $916. 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, 2017.

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 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.

Tuition & Fees

For the fall and spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year, tuition is $744 per credit hour for Kansas residents and $1,302 per credit hour for nonresidents. All law students pay a required campus fee of $966 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 Union, 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 2018-19 academic year for a first-year Kansas resident are $22,562 and $38,726 for a first-year nonresident.

Financial Aid Fact Sheet 2018-19

Estimated Annual Expenses Kansas Resident Non-Resident
Tuition per credit hour
(29 hours in first year)
$744 $1,302
Fees per year $966 $966
Total for Tuition/Fees $22,562 $38,726
Room and Board $10,054 $10,054
Personal Expenses $2,232 $2,232
Transportation $3,062 $3,062
Books $1,364 $1,364
Total* $39,274 $55,438

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.

Residency

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.

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 $56,262
Washington University (St. Louis) $55,423
Denver $49,022
Creighton $38,744
Colorado $31,989
Iowa $26,456
Kansas $21,996
Washburn $21,588
Missouri $21,407
Oklahoma $20,903
UMKC $19,040
Non-Resident Tuition
Notre Dame $56,292
Washington University (St. Louis) $55,423
Denver $49,022
Iowa $45,916
Missouri $39,536
Colorado $38,775
Creighton $38,744
Kansas $37,721
UMKC $36,200
Washburn $33,681
Oklahoma $32,288

(All data 2017-2018)


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