Scholarships and federal financial aid

Locked-in tuition guarantee

Tuition for students entering the Indiana University Maurer School of Law will not increase during their entire three years as a student at Indiana Law.

Financial assistance

If you need help financing your law school education, there are three approaches to consider: scholarships, federal loans, and private loans.

Scholarships and fellowships

Indiana Law offers assistance through scholarship and fellowship programs. We do not require a separate application for scholarships and/or fellowships. Because the majority of our scholarship money is merit-based, we use your application for admission, CAS report, personal statement, and letters of recommendation to determine the level of scholarship, if any. If a scholarship is offered, you will be notified in your acceptance letter.    

For more detailed information about Indiana Law’s scholarships and fellowships, please contact the Office of Admissions at or call (812) 855-4765.

You may also wish to explore external scholarship opportunities, to assist in funding your legal education.

The school does not award scholarships that are conditional on law school academic performance; therefore we do not post an ABA conditional scholarship retention worksheet.

Federal assistance

To qualify for federal student aid, which for law students includes Direct Stafford and PLUS loans, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States with a valid Social Security number.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree.
  • Have repaid any financial aid for which you were not eligible.
  • Have made satisfactory arrangements to pay off any defaulted student loan.  

If your ability to attend law school is contingent upon borrowing more than the $20,500 per year through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program, it is critical that you have the good credit required to receive funds through the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan or another private loan program.

Learn about Indiana Law’s Loan Reduction Assistance Program (LRAP).  

Federal student loans

If you need financial assistance to pay for your educational costs, several federal loan programs are available. Learn about them here.

Federal Work-Study Program and other work programs

Law students submitting FAFSAs by March 10th may apply to IU departments to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program. These awards function as federally funded graduate assistantships. While first-year students are not encouraged to work, a limited number of these assistantships are available in other departments for second and third-year students with superior records or specific skills. Demonstration of financial need is required and students generally work about 20 hours per week. Award amounts vary based on financial need and departmental stipend amounts. In addition, each year Indiana Law faculty members employ second- and third-year students to work with them on research projects for an hourly wage.

Partner schools, law firms, and nonprofit organizations

The Law School has partnered with more than two dozen colleges and universities around the country and with the US Army to offer partial and full scholarships, along with mentoring programs and research assistantships. You can learn more about these by visiting our scholarship partners page.

"Back home again"

In addition to our merit and partnership scholar programs, admitted students who do not currently meet the state's requirements for in-state tuition, but have, at some point, lived in Indiana for at least ten years, will be considered for a Back Home Again scholarship award. The Office of Admissions will send a form to these applicants to complete and return, in order to confirm their residency history in Indiana.

Private loans

If you have exhausted your eligibility for Federal Direct loans or are ineligible for a Grad PLUS loan and need supplemental funding, a private educational loan program may be available to you to help finance your education.

Repaying your loan

You have many options to choose from in repaying your student loans. Repayment plans can range from 10 years to 30 years. Learn more about them here.