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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. The scholarship committee will notify scholarship recipients by letter.

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

Console & Hollawell Legal Leader’s Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Full-time student attending (or planning to attend) law school with a 3.0 GPA; must submit a 500-word essay on how he or she intends to impact his or her community through the law
Deadline: July 15, 2014
To Apply: Visit website

Bond & Botes, PC Financial Hardship Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Eligibility: Entering law student that submits an essay on how they have overcome financial difficulties to pursue their education
Deadline: July 16, 2014
To Apply: Visit website

Appel Law Firm LLP Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or prospective graduate student with a 3.0 GPA; must write a 1- to 3-page essay describing a car accident, how it affected you, and what has changed since the accident
Deadline: July 31, 2014
To Apply: Visit website

Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship  
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: First- or second-year law student with an undergraduate 3.0 GPA; must write a 1- to 3-page essay describing why you choose to drive safely
Deadline: July 31, 2014
To Apply: Visit website
2014 Luvera Law Firm Scholarship  
Award: $2,000
Eligibility: Current or prospective law student who writes a 1- to 3-page typed (double-spaced) essay describing interest in the civil justice system, personal injury law, and how you plan to pursue those interests
Deadline: August 10, 2014
To Apply: Visit website
Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC Scholarship   
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Entering law student with an undergraduate 3.0 GPA; must write a 1- to 3-page typed essay describing the medical malpractice case, accident, or personal injury that inspired them to enter law school and study malpractice or personal injury law
Deadline: August 10, 2014
To Apply: Visit website
Kaire & Heffernan Bicycle Accident Scholarship 
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Entering law student with an undergraduate 3.0 GPA; must write a 1- to 3-page typed essay describing how they have encountered a bicycle accident; either personally or through the experience of a family member or friend
Deadline: August 10, 2014
To Apply: Visit website
Fisher & Talwar Legal Inspiration Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Eligibility: Current or prospective student pursuing a career in law
Deadline: December 1, 2014
To Apply: Visit website

Richard West Student Loan Scholarship
Award: $500
Eligibility: Current law student who is financing their entire education with student loans and scholarships with a minimum 3.3 GPA; must write a 1-page essay describing how you plan to utilize your law degree
Deadline: December 1, 2014
To Apply: Visit website

Farzad Family Law Scholarship
Award: $3,000
Eligibility: Current female law student with a 3.0 GPA
Deadline: December 15, 2014
To Apply: Visit website

Empowering Women in Law Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Eligibility: Current female law student with a minimum 3.0 GPA
Deadline: December 31, 2014
To Apply: Visit website

Financial Aid FAQ

How much does law school cost?
Kansas resident tuition is $646.25 per credit hour. Nonresident tuition is $1109.85 per credit hour. All students must pay an annual campus fee of $882. 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?

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 to make an appointment with a peer adviser.

Loan Repayment Programs

There are two federal programs that eligible law students may utilize to reduce their monthly loan payments:

Income-Based Repayment
Income-Based Repayment (IBR) 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. IBR will also forgive remaining debt, if any, after 25 years of qualifying payments.

To access a helpful chart produced by the U.S. Department of Education that shows the IBR monthly caps for 2009 for a sample range of incomes and family sizes, click here.

IBR is available to qualified federal student loan borrowers and covers most types of federal loans made to students. To enter IBR, you have to have enough debt relative to your income to qualify for a reduced payment. If you are married, you should be aware that both your spouse's income and your own income are considered to determine the resources you have available to make payments on your federal student loan(s). This is true whether or not your spouse is also making student loan payments.

Therefore, under current IBR regulations, when two married individuals both have student loan debt and file taxes jointly, they could be expected to pay up to double the monthly loan payment of two unmarried borrowers in otherwise identical situations. However, the U.S. Department of Education has agreed to revisit this rule and factor in both spouses' debts when calculating one applicant's IBR payments, but that change does not go into effect until July 2010.

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 $10,866 $10,866
Personal Expenses $2,204 $2,204
Transportation $2,460 $2,460
Books $1,100 $1,100
Total* $36,614.98 $50,719.13

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
Drake $38,106
St. Louis $37,170
Tulsa $34,430
Creighton $33,936
Texas $33,162
Colorado $31,548
Arizona State $26,268
Arizona $24,381
Utah $23,489
Oklahoma $19,973
Kansas $19,623
Missouri $18,615
UMKC $18,800
Washburn $18,810
Non-Resident Tuition
Texas $49,244
Utah $44,635
Arizona State $40,818
Arizona $38,841
Colorado $38,334
St. Louis $36,440
Missouri $36,245
Drake $35,282
UMKC $34,373
Creighton $33,490
Kansas $33,067
Tulsa $32,003
Oklahoma $30,398
Washburn $29,370

(All data 2013-2014)



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