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Scholarships

There are three 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.

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.

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. Many are awarded to students who come from specific geographical regions or who are members of minority groups. 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.

Current Scholarship Postings

The J.L. Weigand, Jr. Trust Scholarship
Award: A scholarship for full tuition, and fees; allowances each semester for books and room and board
Eligibility: Prospective law student that is a legal resident of the State of Kansas for at least 10 years prior to graduation; has taken the LSAT; applying to Notre Dame Law School, Washburn Law School, or KU Law School; Current law student in the top 10% of class
Deadline: February 15, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


C.L. Clark Scholarship
Award:  Varies
Eligibility: Graduate of Saline County High School attending the University of Kansas School of Law or Washburn University School of Law; cumulative GPA of at least 2.5; based on financial need (FAFSA required)
Deadline: March 1, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


FLAS: Fellowship for Foreign Languages & Area Studies
Award: A scholarship for up to $18,000 for tuition and a $15,000 stipend for living expenses
Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate student interested in studying modern foreign languages
Deadline: March 1, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship
Award: $5,000
Eligibility: Incoming law student with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5; a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the legal profession
Deadline: March 2, 2015
To apply: Submit application (PDF)


Aspiring Attorney Aid Scholarship 
Award: $500
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student; based on financial need
Deadline: March 31, 2015
To Apply: Submit application


Babcock Partners Law Student Scholarship
Award:  Varies
Eligibility: Current law student who demonstrates high academic achievement, exceptional leadership qualities, and involvement with community
Deadline: March 31, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


Kansas Prosecutor Foundation Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: 2L or 3L Kansas resident; demonstrates a desire to become a prosecutor; exhibits previous or ongoing activities in public service  
Deadline: March 31, 2015
To Apply: Submit application (PDF)


Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz Scholarship
Award: $500 to $4,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0; must submit a 1 to 3 page essay describing an effort you have already undertaken as well as an initiative you wish to implement in the future to help your community
Deadline: April 10, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


Harris Injury Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: College student that has suffered a serious injury and writes an essay describing:  (1.) how your injury or accident has affected your education; (2.) how your injury or accident has prepared you to meet the challenges of higher learning, and (3.) how college attendance will demonstrate your determination to rebuild your life
Deadline: May 31, 2015
To Apply:  Visit website


Chicago Injury Center’s Annual Scholarship Fund for Disabled Veterans
Award:  $250 to $1,000
Eligibility: College student; disabled veteran; must submit an essay discussing the unique challenges they have faced as a disabled veteran and how experiences have prepared them to overcome challenges they will see as a student
Deadline: June 30, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


Linda S. Legg KU Law School Fund
Award:  $9,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current KU Law student interested in pursuing a career in business or corporate law
Deadline: June 30, 2015
To Apply:  Submit resume and personal statement that addresses qualifications to admitlaw@ku.edu


The O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley Law Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Full-time law student with a minimum 3.0 GPA
Deadline: July 15, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


Bond & Bates Financial Hardship Scholarship 2015
Award: $2,000
Eligibility: Incoming law student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0; must submit an essay describing how they have overcome financial difficulties
Deadline: July 16, 2015
To Apply: Visit website


Baumgartner Law Firm – Law Student Scholarship
Award: $3,000
Eligibility: Prospective or current law student that demonstrates commitment to helping others; need based
Deadline: August 31, 2015
To Apply: Visit website

Financial Aid FAQ

How much does law school cost?
Kansas resident tuition is $658.10 per credit hour. Nonresident tuition is $1,144.45 per credit hour. All students must pay an annual campus fee of $900. 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?
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.

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 2014-15 academic year, tuition is $658.10 per credit hour for Kansas residents and $1,144.45 per credit hour for nonresidents. All law students pay a required campus fee of $900.08 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 2014-15 academic year for a first-year Kansas resident are $19,984.98 and $34,089.13 for a first-year nonresident.

Financial Aid Fact Sheet 2014-15

Estimated Annual Expenses Kansas Resident Non-Resident
Tuition per credit hour
(29 hours in first year)
$658.10 $1,144.45
Fees per year $900.08 $900.08
Total for Tuition/Fees $19,984.98 $34,089.13
Room and Board $11,108 $11,108
Personal Expenses $2,232 $2,232
Transportation $2,454 $2,454
Books $1,200 $1,200
Total* $36,978.98 $51,083.13

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 $50,520
Washington University (St. Louis) $49,752
Denver $42,370
Creighton $35,032
Colorado $31,824
Iowa $23,760
Kansas $19,985
Oklahoma $19,973
Missouri $19,832
Washburn $19,024
UMKC $18,320
Non-Resident Tuition
Notre Dame $50,520
Washington University (St. Louis) $49,752
Denver $42,370
Iowa $41,296
Colorado $38,610
Missouri $37,462
Creighton $35,032
UMKC $34,832
Kansas $34,090
Oklahoma $30,398
Washburn $29,696

(All data 2014-2015)

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