Law School - Financial Aid
Law school is an expensive investment. Tuition can range from $2,000 to over $20,000 per year-not including books, food, travel, housing, etc. Fortunately, financial aid is available for law school.
Most law students finance their education through loans, grants/scholarships, Federal College Work Study, or a combination of those funding sources. Below you can find basic definitions of these funding types along with online resources to help you locate funding sources.
Types of Financial Aid
- Loans - Available from the government and other private sources and must be repaid.
- Scholarships/grants - Usually awarded on the basis of merit and usually provided by law schools. They do not need to be repaid. Contact the Financial Aid office at each law school you are interested in for detailed information.
- Federal College Work Study - May be available based on student's financial need. Usually reserved for second and third year students (most ABA approved law schools do not permit first year students to work, so that they can concentrate on studying). Contact the Financial Aid office at each law school you are interested in for detailed information.
- Financial Aid for Law School (from the LSAC)
- FastWeb - Free scholarship search site that has 500,000 scholarships worth more than $1 billion. Registration required.
- FinAid - This award-winning site is a comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web.
- Scholarship Connection - Cal's central clearinghouse for information on merit-based scholarships.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness - Federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and nonprofit jobs.