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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 2020 semester, total fees and tuition for the 2020-2021 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

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, 2021 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.

Private Scholarships

If you would like to have your scholarship featured on this page, please fill out this online form with the scholarship information.

Please note: these scholarships are for LAW students only. If you would like to submit a scholarship for other fields of study, please submit those inquiries with the financial aid department at this link.

RMMLF Scholarships
Award: $1,000-$15,000
Eligibility: For most scholarships, a law student who is enrolled full time at one of the Foundation’s Constituent Law Schools and can demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply. LLM students and incoming 1Ls who have applied to one of these schools but have not yet been accepted may also apply. Unlike our other scholarships, the new Equity and Inclusion Scholarships are available to full time Black and Indigenous JD students whether or not they are attending a Constituent Law School so long as their school is accredited.
Deadline: February 28, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association (WADA) 2020-2021 SCHOLARSHIP
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Law student who has shown commitment to helping promote meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the legal profession and by sharing the personal experience of a person with disabilities while pursuing a legal career.
Deadline: March 30, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Laura Bassi Scholarship
Award: Varies
Eligibility: The Laura Bassi Scholarship was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines.
Deadline: March 31, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Law School Scholarships for LGBTQ+ and Ally Law Students
Award: 3 scholarships at $2,500 each
Eligibility: Scholarships will be awarded to 1 incoming 1L student, 1 rising 2L student and 1 rising 3L student.
Deadline: April 1, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law & Public Policy
Award: $5,000
Eligibility: You use listening and spoken language as the primary mode of communication. You have a pre-lingual hearing loss (diagnosed prior to the fourth birthday). Your hearing loss is bilateral and in the moderately severe to profound range. You must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 60dB or greater in the better hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz. If you have cochlear implants, you meet this eligibility requirement. Unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss does not qualify. Formula for calculating the PTA: On the unaided audiogram, look at the results for the better-hearing ear at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz and add those three numbers together, then divide that total by three. The result is the Pure Tone Average. To be eligible for this award, the applicant's PTA must be 60 or greater. You have been accepted to or are enrolled in an accredited law school or masters/doctoral program in public policy or public administration as a full-time graduate student for the academic year beginning in the fall following the application period.
Deadline: April 12, 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

Utility Bidder’s Digital Marketing Scholarship Program
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or prospective student accepted onto a university course. Located either in the UK or the US.
Deadline: April 30, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Be a 2nd or 3rd year law student enrolled in an ABA-approved law school in the United States. Have an interest in business law or entrepreneurship.
Deadline: May 1, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Mann Law Firm Legal Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: A completed Scholarship Application Form; Copy of law school acceptance letter; Copy of previously published article or link to its online location. Commencing Law school in 2021 (incoming 1L).
Deadline: May 1, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

The Stoddard Firm Legal Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.; Commencing law school (1L) in August 2021; Written an article which has been published (in print or digital media).
Deadline: May 3, 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

The Annual Social Justice Reform Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: Full-time students over the age of 18 currently accepted to or enrolled at a college or university or graduate school.
Deadline: May 31, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Michigan Auto Law Scholarship Program
Award: $2,000
Eligibility: The scholarship program is open to students currently in their first or second year of law school as well as students entering law school in the fall of 2021 Recipient is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career Recipient is a U.S. citizen accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States. Academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA
Deadline: June 1, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship
Award: First place: $10,000; Second Place: $5,000; Eight runners up: $1,000
Eligibility: To be eligible, you must be an incoming 1L student starting in the Fall of 2021.
Deadline: June 1, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law Legal Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Eligibility: The Terry Bryant Law School Scholarship is available to all future or current law school students, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Applicants must have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 3.0 and must be currently attending or planning to enter a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Deadline: June 1, 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.
Deadline: June 15, 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
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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
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Sutliff & Stout Diversity Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: Candidates must be accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited law school or paralegal program as of the Fall 2021 semester.
Deadline: July 30, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Semiannual $1,000 Law Student Scholarship Contest
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current law school students or those entering their first year. In order to be eligible for this award, the student must be enrolled in an accredited United States Law School by Fall 2021. Students must provide a copy of a valid school-issued ID or an acceptance letter at the time of their submission to prove enrollment.
Deadline: August 1, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Whitemarsh Family Law Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: The recipient must be a US citizen or authorized to work in the US, accepted and attending school in the Fall of 2021 and must have at least a 3.0 GPA in order to be considered.
Deadline: August 31, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Chris J. Roy Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Citizens of the United States, or legal residents who are authorized to work; Accepted into a U.S. university as a pre law undergraduate or attending law school; Planning to enroll in courses during Fall 2021; Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
Deadline: October 1, 2021
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Scott Jay Senft Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: You must be a legal US resident or citizen. You must maintain a minimum GPA score of 3.5 through the time that you are applying. You must be able to demonstrate full-time enrollment at an accredited institution in pursuit of one of the degrees mentioned above. You can still apply for the scholarship if you have not been accepted into a program yet, but you will not receive the funds without proof of acceptance or enrollment.
Deadline: November 15, 2021
To Apply: Visit website

Talkov Future of the Law Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: The scholarship is open to any law student, including undergraduates accepted to an ABA-accredited law school.
Deadline: December 15, 2021
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 2020-21 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.

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