Admissions

Tuition, Scholarships, & Financial Aid

Tuition

University tuition is determined by the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama in June and is subject to change each year. The cost of a legal education at the University of Alabama School of Law is reasonable compared with that at private law schools; it also compares favorably with the tuition at other state-supported schools. In fact, the National Jurist and PreLaw Magazine named UA Law the “Best Value Law School” in 2012 and 2013.

Tuition 2014-15
In-state tuition: $21,320
Out-of-state tuition: $36,000

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships: The Law School provides a significant amount in scholarships. Law School applicants are considered automatically for first-year scholarships, which are awarded based on criteria established by the donors and the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship criteria include undergraduate grade point average and performance on the LSAT, and may also include other relevant factors, including economic background. The Law School Admissions Office notifies scholarship recipients of these awards.

Scholarships are merit-based, and recipients must maintain certain academic standards to continue receiving them after the first year.  The Law School discloses any such standard at the time a scholarship is offered to a student.

Students Matriculating in Number Entering with Conditional Scholarships Number Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
2013 108 38
2012 82 34
2011 48 22

A few second- and third-year merit scholarships may be available to students who did not receive scholarships as incoming first-year students. These awards depend on available funding and usually are based on academic performance. If funding is available, the Law School awards second- and third-year scholarships during the summer. Students are considered automatically for these awards.

Student Loans: Many students also receive assistance through the University’s Student Financial Aid Office. The University of Alabama participates in the Federal Direct Lending Program for federally guaranteed student loans, allowing students to borrow directly from the government instead of a private lender.  Students interested in seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible. The results of the application will be sent to The University of Alabama in the form of a Student Aid Report (SAR) if the student designates UA as an institution in the FAFSA. Following acceptance to the Law School, each student, who applied for federal aid and designated UA, receives a financial aid packet from Student Financial Aid. Additional information may be requested for the FAFSA or from The University of Alabama. Please respond immediately.

The FAFSA may be completed online at fafsa.ed.gov. More information on financial aid may be obtained by contacting Student Financial Aid, The University of Alabama, Box 870162, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0162; (205) 348-6756 or by visiting 106 Student Services Center. Also, more information can be found at financialaid.ua.edu or by sending an email to financialaid@ua.edu.  Law Students with questions may also contact Betsy Escher, Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid, at bescher@law.ua.edu or (205) 348-1123.

A Childcare Allowance can be added with documentation provided each year by the student for day care or after-school care expenses.

A one-time allowance for a laptop computer may also be added for incoming first-year students as long as the student has not reached the maximum federal loan amount.

The maximum Unsubsidized Stafford Loan amount for the academic year is $20,500.00.