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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 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 October 1.

The University of Kansas Federal School Code is 001948.


Andrew J. Horwitz Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: Current or entering law student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and good character; must submit an essay and transcript
Deadline: January 31, 2017
To Apply: Visit website

Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates Law School Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or entering law student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and good character; must submit an essay and transcript
Deadline: January 31, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Freeman & Freeman 2017 Scholarship for Law Students
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or entering law student who submits an essay
Deadline: February 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Gary Brustin 2017 Scholarship for Law Students
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or entering law student who submits an essay
Deadline: February 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Confucius Institute Scholarship
Award: Varies
Eligibility: Current student wishing to study Chinese language and culture in China for one semester or academic year
Deadline: February 15, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


FLAS Fellowships for Study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tiebtan, and Uyghur
Award: Up to $18,000 for tuition/$15,000 stipend
Eligibility: Current graduate student studying an eligible East Asian language
Deadline: February 15, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Levin Firm Bi-Yearly Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student
Deadline: February 15, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Raiser & Kenniff Law School Scholarship
Award: $4,500
Eligibility: Current student with a minimum 3.3 GPA
Deadline: February 20, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Parentinn Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current student
Deadline: February 28, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Farar & Lewis LLP Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or entering law student with a minimum 3.0 GPA; must submit an essay and transcript
Deadline: March 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Okubo Award
Award: Varies
Eligibility: Current student studying Japanese studies in any department
Deadline: March 1, 2017
To Apply: Email junfu@ku.edu


Law Offices of John Phebus Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current law student
Deadline: March 1, 2017
To Apply: Email junfu@ku.edu


2017 Worgul Law Firm Scholarship
Award: $10,000
Eligibility: Current or incoming student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a demonstrated commitment to community service and academic achievement
Deadline: March 31, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


LSAC Diversity Writing Competition Award
Award: $5,000
Eligibility: Current JD candidate in good standing
Deadline: March 31, 2017
To Apply: See the LSAC Writing Competition Memo (PDF)


Wilshire Law Firm Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current student with demonstrated commitment to community and academic achievement
Deadline: March 31, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Michigan Injury Lawyers Bi-Yearly Scholarship
Award: $500
Eligibility: Current student
Deadline: April 20, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Chris J. Roy Jr. Legal Scholarship Award
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Student entering law school in August 2017 that has written and published an article (on any topic)
Deadline: May 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Guajardo & Marks Law School Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Student entering law school in August 2017 that has written and published an article (on any topic)
Deadline: May 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


McNelly Stephenson Legal Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Incoming law student (beginning August 2017) who has written an article that has been published
Deadline: May 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann Legal Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Incoming law student (beginning August 2017) who has written an article that has been published
Deadline: May 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


2017 Weiss & Paarz Annual Law Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current student who demonstrates financial need, strong moral character, and academic achievement
Deadline: May 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


White Collar Criminal Defense Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current student with a minimum 3.2 GPA currently working for/with plans to work for a federal or state public defender's office in any unpaid capacity
Deadline: May 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Future Legal Leaders Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Eligibility: Current first-year law student with a minimum 3.5 GPA
Deadline: May 5, 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


Peck Law Firm 2017 Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Eligibility: Current or incoming law student attending law school in the Fall of 2017 with a minimum 3.0 GPA
Deadline: May 31, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Sears & Associates Law School Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Incoming minority law student
Deadline: June 30, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Mississauga Student Law School Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Incoming law student
Deadline: July 15, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Patent Bar Preparation Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: Current law student with a bachelor's degree in any field of science or engineering with a minimum 3.4 GPA
Deadline: July 28, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Leukemia & Lymphoma Law School Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or incoming law student with a minimum 3.0 GPA who has been affected by lymphoma or leukemia
Deadline: July 31, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Baumgartner Law Student Scholarship
Award: $3,000
Eligibility: Current or entering law student who demonstrates financial need and a commitment to helping others
Deadline: August 31, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Bajaj Law Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Current or entering law student who demonstrates financial need and commitment to a career in criminal law
Deadline: September 1, 2017
To Apply: Visit website


Sleep Cupid Women in Tech Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: Female student committed to working in any technology field and has a minimum 3.0 GPA
Deadline: October 30, 2017
To Apply: Visit website

Financial Aid FAQ

How much does law school cost?
For the 2016-17 academic year, Kansas resident tuition is $714 per credit hour. Nonresident tuition is $1,243 per credit hour. All students must pay an annual campus fee of $910. 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 October 1, 2016. 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 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 785-864-4472 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

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.

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 2016-17 academic year, tuition is $714 per credit hour for Kansas residents and $1,243 per credit hour for nonresidents. All law students pay a required campus fee of $910 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 2016-17 academic year for a first-year Kansas resident are $21,617 and $36,958 for a first-year nonresident.

Financial Aid Fact Sheet 2016-17

Estimated Annual Expenses Kansas Resident Non-Resident
Tuition per credit hour
(29 hours in first year)
$714 $1,243
Fees per year $910 $910
Total for Tuition/Fees $21,617 $36,958
Room and Board $9,072 $9,072
Personal Expenses $2,384 $2,384
Transportation $2,586 $2,586
Books $1,450 $1,450
Total* $37,109 $52,450

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 $54,297
Washington University (St. Louis) $53,496
Denver $44,863
Creighton $38,688
Colorado $31,852
Iowa $24,930
Kansas $21,617
Missouri $20,918
Washburn $20,880
Oklahoma $19,973
UMKC $18,646
Non-Resident Tuition
Notre Dame $54,297
Washington University (St. Louis) $53,496
Denver $44,863
Iowa $43,214
Creighton $38,688
Missouri $38,672
Colorado $38,638
Kansas $36,958
UMKC $35,455
Washburn $32,625
Oklahoma $30,398

(All data 2016-2017)

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