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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 new students, total fees and tuition for the 2019-20 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.

For the fall and spring semester of the 2019-20 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.

Beginning with the 2019-20 incoming class, KU Law is reducing its non-resident tuition rate. For students who began law school prior to May 2019, please refer to the comprehensive fee schedule. For detailed information about the reduction, read the FAQ about non-resident tuition rates.

Cost of Attendance Fact Sheet 2019-20
Estimated Annual Expenses Kansas Resident Non-Resident - Students beginning law school after May 2019
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.

Cost Comparison

KU Law has a commitment to keep tuition affordable for all its students. A comparison to peer schools of first-year tuition rates demonstrates our affordability:

Resident Tuition
Notre Dame $60,730
Washington University (St. Louis) $59,300
Denver $52,992
Creighton $41,494
Colorado $31,836
Iowa $28,150
Kansas $22,769
Washburn $22,591
Missouri $22,248
Oklahoma $21,503
UMKC $20,257
Non-Resident Tuition
Notre Dame $60,730
Washington University (St. Louis) $59,300
Denver $52,992
Iowa $47,765
Creighton $41,494
Missouri $41,108
Colorado $38,622
UMKC $38,215
Washburn $35,264
Oklahoma $33,338
Kansas $28,804

(All data 2019-2020)


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.

Nonresident Tuition

KU Law is excited to announce a nonresident tuition rate reduction for law students beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year. Nonresident students newly entering KU Law in the summer and fall of 2019 will pay approximately $10,000 less in tuition than in past years.

While the new rate will not be applied toward current students, some students may benefit from the new rates. Please see below for more details.

FAQ for Prospective Students

What will nonresident tuition cost in 2019-2020?

KU Law tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis. For nonresidents beginning May 18, 2019 or later, the 2019-2020 per-credit rate will be $959.30, including tuition, course fees and technology fees. For fall starters taking 29 credits, the tuition for 2019-2020 is $28,803.60. For Summer Starters taking 37 credits, the tuition is $36,478. These rates include all mandatory campus and technology fees.

I will be a Summer Starter in 2019. Do I benefit from this new nonresident tuition rate?

Yes. The lower tuition rate will apply to students who begin law school during Summer 2019 and thereafter.

How is the nonresident tuition rate calculated?

The new nonresident tuition rate will be set at 150 percent of the resident rate, plus applicable course and campus fees.

For example, during the 2019-2020 academic year, the resident tuition rate is $416.20 per credit. Under the new rate formula, nonresident students will pay $624.30 per credit. All students, regardless of residency status, also pay a $332 per credit law course fee, a $983.90 annual campus fee, and a $3 per credit technology fee.

I am a resident Kansan beginning law school next year. Will this new policy affect me?

No. The new nonresident rate does not factor into the setting of the expected annual resident rate. Kansas residents will continue to enjoy one of the lowest law school tuition rates in the nation.

What will resident tuition cost in 2019-2020?

The resident tuition rate for all KU Law students is $416.20 per credit plus a $332 per credit course fee. Including the campus and technology fees, the total cost for fall starters taking 29 credits is $22,768.70

FAQ for Current Students

Will rising 2Ls and 3Ls benefit from the tuition rate reduction?

It depends. Unfortunately, we were not able to apply the reduction to our current students, only incoming students and thereafter. That being said, we did not want to make any current student pay more than the reduced rate. To that end, we have instituted policies for our current students that will result in no student paying more than the new tuition rate. However, these policies will not affect students who, due to scholarship awards, would not end up paying more than the new rate. It's a bit complicated, so please review the FAQs below to see how the policy may or may not affect you.

I pay nonresident rates and do not have a scholarship in 2018-2019. Will I see the tuition reduction beginning in 2019-2020?

In net cost to you, yes. Technically the nonresident rate reduction only applies to students first enrolling in 2019, which means we cannot reduce your tuition rate. But we want you to benefit from the reduction. Therefore, KU Law will provide you a scholarship that will reduce your net cost to the new rate.

For example, if the tuition for new nonresident students reduces to $29,000 in 2019-2020 and you are charged $39,000 for nonresident tuition, KU Law will provide you with a $10,000 scholarship to make up the difference. This scholarship fund will also apply to students who had a scholarship and forfeited it due to falling below the GPA requirement.

I am a nonresident student with a scholarship greater than the expected $10,000 new nonresident rate reduction. Will this affect the amount of my scholarship?

No, it will not affect your scholarship award.

For example, if you have a $20,000 scholarship award in 2018-2019, it will remain a $20,000 scholarship award in 2019-2020, subject to GPA requirements and other regulation. Aside from small expected annual increases, your tuition will stay the same.

I am a nonresident student and have a scholarship that is less than the expected $10,000 nonresident rate reduction. Will I end up paying more than the newly reduced rates?

No. KU Law will increase your scholarship to make sure that your cost is not greater than what the new nonresident students are paying.

For example, if the tuition for new nonresident students reduces to $29,000, you have a $5,000 scholarship in 2018-2019 and your nonresident tuition rises to $39,000, we will increase your scholarship by $5,000 (for a total award of $10,000). So you would pay the same rate as if you had received the tuition reduction.

I have a full-tuition scholarship. How will this affect me?

You will continue to receive a full-tuition scholarship. Nothing will change.

I am already paying the Kansas resident rate. Will this affect me?

No. If you are currently paying the Kansas resident tuition rate, you are already enjoying some of the lowest law school tuition in the country. Your tuition rate will not change, other than the customary annual increase. The new nonresident rate does not factor into the setting of the expected annual tuition increase.


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.

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: More information regarding application Submission will be available this fall
To Apply: Visit website

The Curley Law Firm Law School Scholarship Contest
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled or accepted to an accredited law school in the United States as of the fall 2020 semester.
Deadline: June 30, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

Florin|Roebig e Scholarship Essay Contest
Award: $5,000
Eligibility: Be a student pursuing a law-related degree: (Pre-law, Paralegal Studies, Legal Assisting, Juris Doctor); Be a student enrolled full-time at a secondary or post-secondary academic institution in the U.S.; Be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry.
Deadline: July 1, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

Award: $1,800
Eligibility: Citizens of the U.S. who have been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis and who intend to further their education at a law school, university, college, or junior college and study criminal law, criminal procedure and/or criminal justice courses are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Deadline: July 1, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

Award: $1,000
Eligibility: This Scholarship is open to both graduate/law students and undergraduate students seeking to go to law school in the future. All applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate or graduate-level program.
Deadline: July 15, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

ABC Law Centers Disability Advocacy Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current undergrad or graduate student with a 3.0 GPA or higher *scholarship not available to present or future clients of ABC Law Centers owned by Reiter & Walsh, P.C.
Deadline: July 31, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

Diversity in Law Scholarship Contest
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: To qualify, candidates must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in an accredited law school or paralegal program.
Deadline: July 31, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship Contest
Award: $1,500
Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an ABA accredited law school in the United States as of the fall 2020 semester.
Deadline: July 31, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

The 2020 Weiss & Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Financial need, Exceptional work ethic, Strength in the face of adversity, Outstanding academic achievement, Commitment to the local community and charitable giving, Ability to lead others, Overall moral character
Deadline: September 30, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

NW Corporate Law Scholarship
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: October 1, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

Emery Reddy Scholarship Opportunities
Award: $2,500 (additional amounts vary)
Eligibility: See website for scholarship requirements.
Deadline: November 30, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

Future of the Law 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 15, 2020
To Apply: Visit website

Worker's Compensation, Inc. 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 15, 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

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.

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

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