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Financial Aid Overview

J.D. 2017-18*
  Resident Non-Resident
Billed Expenses    
Tuition $23,650 $42,390
Mandatory Fees $1,898 $1,898
Estimated Expenses    
Books & Supplies $1,800 $1,800
Housing & Meals $10,602 $10,602
Personal $3,838 $3,838
Transportation $1,520 $1,520
Total Estimated Costs of Attendance $43,308 $62,048

*Aside from tuition and fees, all amounts are estimates.  The student financial aid budget provides $1,773 per month in living expenses and $900 each semester for books and supplies. The "Total Estimated Cost of Attendance" is used to determine your maximum financial eligibility.  All information is subject to change.  Financial aid packages may be a combination of scholarships, loans, and tuition remission (for 2L and 3L students with RA positions).  See Iowa Residency for information on resident status.  

Scholarships and Fellowships

A separate application is not required for the scholarships and fellowships referenced below. Recipients are notified by letter.

  1. Merit Scholarships. These awards are based on academic achievement. Awards range from $500 to full tuition, with a research-assistantship component in upper-level years. Renewal for the second and third year of merit scholarships requires that the scholarship recipient remain in good academic and professional standing at the College of Law. Good academic standing requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.1 or above. Good professional standing requires ethical and responsible conduct as a member of the law school community in accordance with University and law school policies.
  2. UI Law Foundation Scholarships. Iowa Law enjoys a robust scholarship program thanks, in part, to the generosity of our alumni and friends through the Iowa Law School Foundation. During your first year, we will provide you with more details about the people and funds behind your scholarship. You will be asked to write of letter of thanks to the donors responsible for your scholarship. We will work with you to coordinate that effort during your time at Iowa Law.
  3. Law Opportunity Fellowships. The College of Law is committed to affording opportunities for legal careers to persons historically underrepresented in the legal profession. The Law Opportunity Fellowship Program (LOF) was established by the University to provide access to law school for students from groups and backgrounds historically under represented within the legal community. Among the criteria considered in awarding the fellowships are: educationally and/or socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, leadership potential, and academic merit. Awards may be up to full nonresident tuition for three years and the opportunity to hold a research assistant position for the second and third years. Good academic standing requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.1 or above. Good professional standing requires ethical and responsible conduct as a member of the law school community in accordance with University and law school policies.

Employment

  • Research Assistant positions, for second and third year students only, are available with many faculty members. If you are classified as non-resident for tuition purposes, a quarter-time Research Assistant position (ten hours per week) will change your tuition status during that semester to resident tuition, thus altering your financial aid package.

Loans

  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program. The interest rate is 5.84%. Payment on the principal and interest may be deferred, but interest does accrue from the time of disbursement. Quarterly interest payments made be made. If payment on the interest is deferred, the interest is capitalized. Students must show eligibility through the FAFSA process. The maximum for the Unsubsidized Ford Federal Direct (Stafford) Loan program is $20,500.
  • Grad PLUS Loan. The Grad PLUS Loan is a federal educational loan that may be available to assist those students who have not had their entire student financial aid budget met through other financial aid programs. In addition, students must not have an adverse credit history (a credit check will be done). The interest rate is 6.84%. Interest does accrue while the student is in school. The student is considered to have an adverse credit history if they are 90 or more days delinquent on any debt or if, within 5 years of the date of the credit report, the student have been the subject of a default determination, bankruptcy discharge, foreclosure, repossession, tax lien, wage garnishment, or write-off of a Federal Student Aid debt (for example, a Direct Loan or Federal Stafford Loan). A student with an adverse credit history may still receive a Direct PLUS Loan if the student obtains an endorser who does not have an adverse credit history. An endorser is someone who agrees to repay the loan if the student does not repay it. https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action

Contact

Financial Aid Office (College of Law)
276 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113
319-335-9142
law-financialaid@uiowa.edu

Office of Student Financial Aid (Main Campus)
208 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1315
319-335-1450
http://financialaid.uiowa.edu
financial-aid@uiowa.edu