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Tuition & Financial Aid

Funding your Law School Education

A majority of Law School students receive financial aid, including scholarships and loans, to help fund their legal education. An online process provides convenient access to the financial aid application and disbursement. Additional information and resources available here or by contacting Jim Parker, j-park1@umn.edu, 612-626-0750.

Refund and drop/add deadlines are available here.

Residence and Reciprocity

Minnesota residents pay lower tuition than nonresidents. The University has reciprocity agreements with South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Manitoba. Reciprocity students must apply to receive the resident tuition rate. More information is available here in the “Financial Forms” section.

Tuition and Fees 2016-17

Residents and Reciprocity Students (1L, 2L, 3L):
$41,176      Tuition
$2,068      University and Law School Fees

Nonresident (1L, 2L, 3L):
$49,522     Tuition
$2,068       University and Law School Fees

Tuition 2016-2017
1L, 2L, and 3L Resident Nonresident
Per credit $1,715.69 $2,063.42
12 or more credits $20,588.00 $24,761.00

Cost of Attendance 2016-17

The cost of attendance (COA) is set each year by the Office of Student Finance. A student’s financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance. The figures below are for the nine-month September through May period. Figures for the upcoming 2017-18 year are finalized in July.

Residents and Reciprocity Students:

Tuition and Fees $43,244
UMN Health Insurance* $1,998
Books & Supplies $1,700
Indirect Costs** $15,320
TOTAL $62,262

Nonresidents:

Tuition and Fees: $51,590
UMN Health Insurance* $1,998
Books & Supplies $1,700
Indirect Costs** $15,320
TOTAL $70,608

The Office of Student Finance sets cost-of-attendance (COA) estimates used to determine your aid eligibility.

Notes:
*Students have the option of using their own health insurance.

**Indirect Costs for students living off-campus are listed below. The cost of attendance allows for rent of about $1100 per month. Rent costs exceeding this amount must be paid out-of-pocket, and cannot be covered by federal or private loans.

  • Room/board $12,320 (based upon local housing prices)
  • Transportation $1,000
  • Personal/miscellaneous $2,000

Living expenses for family members are not covered by financial aid. Students may submit a Childcare Expense Appeal for documented childcare costs. See details on the appeal form on the One Stop website: https://onestop.umn.edu/forms.

Loans

U.S. citizens and permanent residents can complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for federal loans. Complete the FAFSA after October 1 prior to the fall semester you are admitted. See details on the One Stop website: https://onestop.umn.edu/finances/receiving-financial-aid.

  • Complete the FAFSA online here after you have completed your federal tax return. The federal school code for the University of Minnesota is 003969.
  • Set up an FSA ID prior to completing the FAFSA. See details at the FAFSA website. Keep your FSA ID for future FAFSA applications and to complete online loan documents.
  • Law students are considered for two federal loans: the unsubsidized loan (annual limit $20500) and the Grad Plus loan (no annual limit, but cannot exceed the cost of attendance).
  • Loans are awarded to help meet educational costs that are not met by other aid, such as scholarships or earnings.

Loan awarding begins in mid-July for the upcoming fall/spring period. After loans have been awarded, a financial aid communication is sent to your University email account. This communication contains links and instructions on how to respond to your loan offers via the FAAN (Financial Aid Award Notice). You can accept, reduce, or decline your loan offers via the online FAAN.

Private Lenders

All students can pursue private loan funding. See this One Stop page for more loan information. Click on the private loan link at the bottom of the page: https://onestop.umn.edu/finances/loans.

Scholarships

Scholarships are based on admission applications and are awarded at the time of admission. Admitted students are reviewed for a scholarship at the time of admittance; no separate application is required. For questions, please contact the Law School Admissions Office at jdadmissions@umn.edu.

  • Law School scholarships range from $5,000 to full-tuition.
  • Law students are not eligible for federal or state grants. However, you may qualify for gift aid by researching and applying for outside grants and scholarships. See this One Stop page for more information: https://onestop.umn.edu/finances/scholarships.

Additional resources:

Credit History: Note – the federal Grad Plus loan can be denied for credit reasons. Before you start your law program, we strongly recommend that you request and review your credit history here for accuracy. If corrections need to be made, resolve them with the credit-reporting agency before accepting a Grad Plus loan or applying for a private loan. You also can request separate reports from the three major credit-reporting corporations: Transunion, Experian and Equifax.

Due to the nature of federal, state, and institutional guidelines governing financial aid programs, the information on this Web site is subject to change without notice.

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Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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