Scholarships and federal financial aid

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 lawadmis@indiana.edu or call (812) 855-4765.

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.

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

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.

Financial opportunities for students who want to pursue a public interest legal career

The Maurer School of Law believes in supporting students who want to pursue a public interest career. The Kintner Public Interest Fellowship program is designed to assist students financially who are working in an unpaid summer public interest internship. In addition, active members of PILF can apply for special summer fellowships using funds raised by the organization & then matched by the law school. The IU Maurer School of Law has also partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center to offer the Julian Bond Law Scholars Program.

During the academic year, students have the opportunity to apply for positions with Indiana Legal Services and District 10 Pro-Bono Project, two local nonprofits which provide free legal assistance to needy recipients. Students who want to attend the annual Equal Justice Works Conference, can also apply for small travel grants to assist with those expenses. 

After a student graduates, we offer LRAP grants to assist students financially while they are preparing to take the Bar Exam. After the Bar Exam, graduates have the opportunity to participate in the Bridge to Practice program. Bridge to Practice Fellowships are available to eligible graduates who secure unpaid volunteer positions with public interest organizations or small firms while continuing their job search after graduation.

Veterans

As a member or veteran of the U.S. Military, we are committed to supporting you (and your family) during your tenure at Indiana Law. In terms of financial support, beyond the Law School’s generous merit scholarship awards, Indiana University offers current and former members of our armed forces the following benefits:

  • Resident tuition rates for veterans who have been honorably discharged and who are enrolling at IU within 12 months of separation from service  
  • Veterans Family Support Grants for veterans with children under age 18
  • Yellow Ribbon Grants to non-residents who are Post 9/11 eligible at the 100% tier. Please call 812-856-1985 or email vetserv@indiana.edu with any questions about Yellow Ribbon.

See the university's VA benefits page for further details.

Assistantships

Second and third-year students with superior records or specific skills may apply for assistantships housed in other IU departments. These students generally work about 20 hours per week and may need to demonstrate financial need in order to be eligible. Fee remission and departmental stipend amounts may vary. Typically, graduate assistants at IU also receive a health insurance benefit. It is up to the student to secure one of these positions. In addition to assistantships, each year Indiana Law faculty members employ second- and third-year students to work with them on research projects for an hourly wage. Some of these positions may be funded by the Federal Work Study program, so you may need to file your FAFSA in order to be eligible (see below).

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.

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 loans

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.