Tuition and General Costs for a Law School Student
Budget for an entering first-year, entering transfer, or visiting law student for the 2011-2012 academic year:
Annual academic year budget for a full-time student
(12-18 credit hours each semester):
$1,500 per credit hour (part-time first-year students may take no more than 8 credits per semester)
*The housing/medical/personal expenses of part-time students depend upon their individual work and living situations. The figures listed here are reasonable estimates used by Marquette University's Office of Student Financial Aid to determine a student budget.
Applying for Financial Aid (Student Loans)
Law School students who wish to be considered for financial aid (student loans) at Marquette University need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available online.
If you hope to secure student loans for the upcoming academic year, we strongly encourage you to submit the FAFSA immediately after January 1, even before knowing the final outcome of your application.
We suggest the following steps to ensure that your financial aid application is processed accurately and in a timely fashion:
- Gather your 2010 tax information. Ideally, the FAFSA will be filed based on a completed tax return. We recommend that you file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, and then update it later with exact figures. All Marquette University Law School students (full-time or part-time) are considered to be independent for financial aid purposes. Therefore, only your income and assets (and those of your spouse, if applicable) will be evaluated to determine whether you qualify for student loans.
- Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) online at www.pin.ed.gov. This will serve as your electronic signature on your FAFSA application.
- Complete the FAFSA online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. Be sure to complete all sections about you, your school plans, and your financial information. Entering students for the upcoming fall semester should not submit the online FAFSA until after January 1 but should do so as soon as possible after that date. Be certain that you select and complete the online FAFSA form for the upcoming academic year.
- List Marquette University. Our school code is 003863.
- Provide your electronic signature (PIN).
- Submit your information.
- Print out and keep a copy of your submitted information for your records.
Within two to four weeks of submitting the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via U.S. Postal Service unless you provided an e-mail address. If you provided an e-mail address you will receive an electronic SAR. Check it for accuracy and follow up on any requests for additional information. If you have special or extraordinary circumstances, notify the Office of Student Financial Aid in writing (Marquette University, Office of Student Financial Aid, PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881).
The financial aid application process is completely separate from the Law School application process. Although the Marquette University Office of Student Financial Aid will develop an aid award only if the applicant has actually been admitted to the Law School, it is to the student's advantage to have a completed FAFSA on file ready to be reviewed.
Should you have specific questions about the financial aid application process, please contact Marquette University's Office of Student Financial Aid – contact information (telephone, fax, in-person, direct e-mail form) may be found here.
Law School Merit Scholarships
The Law School awards a small number of merit-based scholarships to entering students each year. All applicants offered admission to the Law School are automatically considered for merit scholarship awards as long as funds remain available; there is no separate scholarship application to submit. If an admitted applicant is awarded a scholarship she/he will be contacted directly by the Admissions Committee. Generally, a potential merit scholarship award is not decided at the time an offer of admission is made, but would be decided before the admitted student is asked to pay a tuition deposit. The majority of students at Marquette Law School finance their educations entirely through a combination of federal and private alternate loans; consequently, timely submission of the FAFSA is crucial for prospective law students at Marquette University.
In a typical year, about one-third of enrolling first-year students are awarded merit scholarships. Merit scholarship awards vary in amount from about $2000 per year up to and including full tuition. In most recent years, the median scholarship award – for the one-third of students receiving awards – has been in the $6000-$8000 per year range. Most students enrolling at Marquette Law School – in a typical year, about two-thirds, many with outstanding academic and service records -- receive no merit scholarship awards. Scholarships are granted on the basis of merit, as judged by the Admissions Committee, and not on the basis of need. Need-based financial aid is provided to law students in the form of loans. The Law School has developed a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to assist graduates who choose careers in the public sector, where starting salaries are usually lower than those in the private sector. More information on the Law School's LRAP may be found on this website.
In recent years, high-performing students at the conclusion of the first year (e.g., those in the top ten to fifteen percent of the class) have received scholarship awards of a few thousand dollars. The Law School is expected to continue that policy for the foreseeable future.
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund – Fall 2010
The American Bar Association (ABA) sponsors the Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance for the scholarship recipients.
The Scholarship Fund will award $5000 of financial assistance to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. Awards are renewable for two additional years, potentially resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during a recipient’s time in law school.
A scholarship application may be downloaded from the ABA website at www.abanet.org/fje. Completed scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2010, and should be submitted to the ABA. For more information see the website referenced above, or contact the Legal Opportunity Scholarship Committee at (312) 988-5642.