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. National Jurist’s PreLaw Magazine consistently ranks the Law School as a “Best Value Law School.”
In-state tuition: $24,080
Out-of-state tuition: $44,470
*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.
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 scholarships to law students each year. Regardless of the application method used, the Law School considers all applicants automatically for first-year scholarships—there is no separate application or additional material 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 with questions regarding scholarship awards may contact the Admissions office at email@example.com or (205) 348-5440.
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 (UA’s federal school code is #001051). 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.
Complete the FAFSA online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid. 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. In addition, more information can be found at https://financialaid.ua.edu/ or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Alabama Financial Aid Office requires all students who receive a federal direct loan to undergo online entrance counseling. Online exit counseling is also required. The general steps to apply for loans and links to the counseling may be found here: https://financialaid.ua.edu/apply/.
Prospective students often use a school’s estimated cost of attendance to assess and compare the cost of attendance at the schools they are considering. A school’s Standard 509 Information Report provides tuition and fees and estimated living expenses for the year of the Report. A link to this Report can be found on a law school’s homepage. See Alabama Law’s Report here: https://www.law.ua.edu/admissions/aba-required-disclosures/.
Note that a law school’s living expenses estimates are a good place to start, but these estimates may include expenses that you may or may not personally incur. Your personal circumstances that influence spending (e.g., living alone or with a roommate; eating out or at home; spending on entertainment, etc.) will help shape the amount you actually pay for your living expenses during law school.
Currently, the Law School also offers MAX by AccessLex programming for our students. This gives students access to in-person and online lessons and informational sessions regarding the financial components of law school and legal practice, including information about student loans and debt. In addition to programming sessions, MAX offers one-on-one financial coaching from Accredited Financial Counselors.
A Special Note for Veterans and their Dependents: For information on educational benefits for qualified veterans and their dependents, please visit the Veteran and Military Affairs website at https://vets.sa.ua.edu/ or contact the VMA office at (205) 348-0983.