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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 by visiting our Admission FAQs page or by contacting Jim Parker, j-park1@umn.edu, 612-626-0750.

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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 at Office of Admissions Forms in the “Financial forms” section.

Cost of Attendance 2017-18

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 2018-19 year are finalized in July.

Residents and Reciprocity Students:

Tuition $42,000
University and Law School Fees $2,066
UMN Health Insurance* $1,998
Books & Supplies $1,700
Indirect Costs** $16,304
TOTAL $64,068

Nonresidents:

Tuition and Fees: $50,520
University and Law School Fees $2,066
UMN Health Insurance* $1,998
Books & Supplies $1,700
Indirect Costs** $16,304
TOTAL $72,588

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 $1,100 per month. Rent costs exceeding this amount must be paid out-of-pocket and cannot be covered by federal or private loans.

  • Room/board $13,304 (based upon local housing prices)
  • Transportation $1,000
  • Personal/miscellaneous $2,000
Tuition 2017-2018
1L, 2L, and 3L Resident Nonresident
Per credit $1,750 $2,105
12 or more credits $21,000 $25,260

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.

  • Review the PDF iconScholarship Policy.
  • 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 the One Stop Scholarships page for more information.

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 at One Stop: Receiving Financial Aid.

  • Complete the FAFSA online form after you have completed your federal tax return. The federal school code for the University of Minnesota is 003969.
  • Law students are considered for two federal loans: the unsubsidized loan (annual limit $20,500) 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.

Private Lenders

All students can pursue private loan funding. Visit One Stop for more loan information. Click on Private loans near the bottom of the page.

Additional resources

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.

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

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

P: 612-625-1000

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