Saint Louis University's Office of Student Financial Services is committed to both educational excellence in the Jesuit tradition and student service.
We stand ready to help you figure out the best financial path forward to pursue your law career. There are many resources to assist you in financing your legal education, including scholarships, loans and work opportunities.
As a prospective law student, you can speak with the assistant director of student financial services and financial education in the School of Law for assistance in creating a tailored financial plan that meets your needs to get you through law school and beyond.
1843 Scholars Program
This program awards a limited number of full-tuition scholarships to incoming students. Select students will be invited to apply based on their outstanding academic achievements.
Dean's Scholar and Dean Select Scholar Scholarships
Scholarships are awarded to incoming first-year students based on the merit of their application. Applicants awarded a merit-based scholarship will be notified at the time of their acceptance.
Over the years, many alumni, relatives and friends of our law school have enacted and contributed to endowed scholarships that help make a SLU LAW education a reality for prospective students. Your admission application is also your application for endowed scholarships.
Dean's Honor Scholarship
If you are not awarded a merit-based scholarship upon admittance, you are eligible for this award if you rank in the top 10 percent of your class after completing your first year at SLU LAW. Awards will be determined after first-year rankings are released in June, with notification letters sent out to students in July/August. Scholarship amounts vary from year to year based on funding.
Ameren Corporation Frankie Muse Freeman Trailblazer Scholarship
This award aims to benefit a second-year law student, with special preference given to a student who identifies as a female from an underrepresented community with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice. The recipient must demonstrate financial need.
SLU LAW awards merit-based scholarships to highly qualified, admitted students after conducting a holistic and thorough review of each candidate's file. Merit scholarships are renewable by remaining in good academic standing.
Applicants who wish to be considered for our full-tuition 1843 Scholarship must apply for admission by February 1, 2021. There is no deadline for all other levels of scholarship, and all applications will receive consideration for a scholarship award.
What is work study?
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program through which you can work and earn money for your education. Earnings are given based upon the rate of pay and the hours worked on a bi-weekly basis.
At SLU, FWS does not reduce the tuition, but rather provides a resource for your living expenses through a paycheck issued directly to you. Funds are limited and are awarded to those with financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more >
Maysa Daoud , J.D., Class of 2020 , says,
“Receiving the Dean’s Scholar award absolutely made a difference for me. Having to take a step back from work once I started 1L year was offset by the scholarship and made my transition to law school easier.”
Once You're Here: fellowships
Considering a public interest career or clerking for a judge, but not sure how you’ll afford an unpaid or low-paid internship to get the experience you need? The School of Law has numerous fellowship opportunities available to help you make these goals a reality.
Once You're Here: additional support
As needs arise, there are avenues at SLU to support you financially. The SLU Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Fund is a need-based scholarship to help student parents continue their education while raising children. The Students Helping Students Scholarship helps students meet short-term need such as food, rent, gas or other necessities not covered by other assistance. No matter what life throws your way, the SLU community is here to help.
Need-based financial aid
To apply for need-based financial aid or low-interest student loans, the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
For the 2021-22 academic year, you will need to file the 2021-22 FAFSA using your 2019 federal income tax return information. You can file online at fafsa.gov no earlier than October 1, 2020. Have the results sent to Saint Louis University using the federal school code of 002506.
Are you a veteran?
If you are a new student who is a veteran, or if you are an eligible dependent who has never used VA education benefits and would like to apply, complete and submit an application online.
Saint Louis University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Awards are made to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more >
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Timothy Noelker , J.D., Class of 1978, general counsel, Peace Corps, says,
“SLU LAW has a historic tradition of producing quality lawyers in mainstream, nonprofit and government practices, all in the Jesuit tradition. I interact with countless attorneys every day, but I am particularly proud to be an alumnus of SLU LAW.”
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