Tuition, Scholarships, & Financial Aid

Tuition

Combined with the outstanding legal education and opportunities students have at The University of Alabama School of Law, our reasonable tuition for both residents and non-residents is just another reason to consider Alabama Law.  Compared to both private and state-supported schools, we can offer one of the best values out there.  But you don’t have to take our word for it.  The Law School is consistently ranked as a “Best Value Law School” by National Jurist’s PreLaw Magazine.

Tuition 2016-17
In-state tuition: $22,760
Out-of-state tuition: $38,820
*Please note: University tuition is determined by the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama in June and is subject to change each year.

Scholarships

Thanks to gifts from generous alumni and friends of the Law School, and the support of The University of Alabama and the Law School, we are able to provide a significant amount in merit scholarships to law students each year.  Regardless of the application method used, all first-year Law School applicants are considered automatically for first-year scholarships—there is no separate application or additional materials required.  Scholarships 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.

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.

Students with questions regarding merit scholarship awards may contact the Admissions office at admissions@law.ua.edu or (205) 348-5440.

Financial Aid

In addition to personal/family contributions and scholarships, many students also apply for federal financial aid to help fund their legal education.  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).

When a law student applies for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA, 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.

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

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

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 regarding financial aid also may contact Cheryl Rollins at crollins@law.ua.edu or (205)348-1123.