Iowa Law is committed to making sure that your tuition dollars are a solid investment in your future. We keep costs down—all JD students can qualify for in-state tuition in their second and third years through our Research Assistant program. Our commitment to keeping law school affordable has earned it a Best Value ranking by The National Jurist for five years and counting.
JD TUITION 2019-20*
|Books & Supplies||$1,800.00||$1,800.00|
|Housing & Meals||$11,739.00||$11,739.00|
|Total Estimated Costs of Attendance||$45,082.50||$64,697.50|
*All amounts are subject to change. The student financial aid budget provides $1,654 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. 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.
- Merit Tuition Scholarships. These awards are based on academic achievement. 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, including compliance with all local, state, and federal laws. For complete details see https://dos.uiowa.edu/policies/code-of-student-life/
- University of Iowa 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 the academic year, we will provide you with more details about the people and funds behind your scholarship. You will be asked to write a 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.
- Law Opportunity Tuition 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 underrepresented 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. Renewal for the second and third years of the fellowship require that the fellowship 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. For complete details see https://dos.uiowa.edu/policies/code-of-student-life/. To receive your LOF award you must also apply for financial aid each academic year and submit all of the required forms as soon as possible for the upcoming academic year.
A law research assistant (LRA) position is an opportunity for a law student to work 10 hours per week with a member of the law school faculty. Under current University of Iowa practice, LRAs are entitled to the following benefits: resident tuition, a small stipend, and subsidized health insurance. These LRA positions are available with a variety of faculty members and are a wonderful way for law students to enhance their legal education and add experience to their résumés.
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is available to students who have not had their Total Estimated Cost of Attendance met through other financial aid programs. The annual maximum for the Unsubsidized Ford Federal Direct Loan program is $20,500. Please go online to https://financialaid.uiowa.edu/types/loans/unsubsidized for further information on the interest rate and loan fees. You may defer payment on the principal and interest, but interest does accrue from the time the loan is disbursed. If you defer interest payments, the interest is capitalized when the grace period ends.
- Grad PLUS Loan. The Grad PLUS Loan is a federal educational credit-based loan that may be available to students who have not had their Total Estimated Cost of Attendance met through other financial aid programs and who do not have an adverse credit history. A credit check will be performed during the application process.
If you have an adverse credit history you may still be eligible to receive a Federal Direct PLUS Loan. Your credit history may be considered adverse if you are experiencing any of the following credit conditions: accounts currently 90 days or more delinquent, unpaid collection accounts, bankruptcy discharge within the past five years, voluntary surrender of personal property to avoid repossession within the last five years, repossession of collateral within the last five years. Other conditions apply; for the full list go online to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/plus#adverse-credit. To check your credit go online to https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action.
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. Please go online to https://financialaid.uiowa.edu/types/loans/parentplus for further information on the interest rate and loan fees. You may defer payment on the principal and interest, but interest does accrue from the time the loan is disbursed. If you defer interest payments, the interest is capitalized when the grace period ends.
Financial Aid Office (College of Law)
276 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113