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Financial Aid

The UW School of Law is dedicated to helping students meet educational expenses through loans, grants, and scholarships. The law school and the University of Washington's Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) are committed to offering a comprehensive financial aid package to help students achieve their educational goals while minimizing student educational debt.

Estimate of Expenses for First Year JD Students

Estimate of expenses for 2016-2017 for 1L students in the JD Program

JD Tuition* 2016-2017
Resident students $32,721
Non-resident students $44,112
 Estimated Other Budgeted Expenses*
Books and supplies $825
Room and board $14,625
Personal expenses $2,265
Transportation $1,296
Estimated Total Cost of Attendance for JD Students*
Resident students $51,732
Non-resident students $63,123

*These figures are subject to change. For a detailed explanation of tuition and fees, please visit: opb.washington.edu/content/tuition-and-required-fees.

Types of Financial Aid

Federal Student Loans

Eligible students may submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal student loans. There are two basic loan options for law students: (1) the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and (2) the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. The Direct Unsubsidized Loan is capped at  $20,500 each year and the remaining cost of attendance may be covered by the Grad PLUS Loan. Students must be enrolled each quarter for at least 6 credit hours in order to receive federal student aid.

UW Law Scholarships

UW Law offers scholarships to incoming first-year students based on merit, need, and other factors. Admitted students are required to submit a scholarship application available through the Admitted Students Portal by March 15 to be considered for scholarships. The scholarship committee reviews scholarship applications and issues awards the week after the deadline.

There are additional scholarship opportunities once students begin the law program. These scholarships may be based on student leadership, academic performance, and areas of interest, e.g., family law, corporate law, intellectual property, public service, and diversity.

William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholarship Program

Separate from the process described above, the Gates Public Service Law (PSL) Scholarship offers five (5) scholarships to students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service and intends to use their JD degree in a public service career. Each Gates PSL scholarship award will cover tuition and fees, books, living expenses, and additional financial support. Acceptance of a Gates PSL scholarship represents a commitment on the part of each recipient to work in public service for five years following graduation. Application for the Gates PSL scholarship is separate from the scholarship application procedures described above. Students who intend to apply for the Gates PSL Scholarship must submit their JD application and their Gates PSL Scholarship application by January 15. Visit the Gates PSL Program website for more information.

Need-Based Grants for Washington Residents

The University has a limited amount of funding for Washington Residents based on need. These need-based grants are made annually and require the student to be a Washington State resident, submit their FAFSA by the January 15 priority deadline each year, and the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) meets the University's need eligibility criteria. The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) notifies students of their eligibility for this grant through their financial aid award.

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