Getting Started

We understand that financing your education is a critical step to obtaining your law degree.    After you review the cost of attendance, follow the tips below to maximize your financial resources:

  1. Apply for scholarships.  These come in two forms: institutional and private.  The Office of Admissions awards institutional scholarships based on merit. If you did not receive a scholarship from the Office of Admissions, the Dean of the School of Law has generously developed the Dean's Honor Scholarship. Private scholarships are awarded from organizations outside of SLU and more information on these opportunities can be found here.
  2. Maximize employer tuition benefits.  Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces may utilize their veterans benefits at SLU.  Full-time employees of Saint Louis University also receive up to 18 hours of tuition remission per academic year.  Other employers in the Saint Louis area may also provide reimbursement for tuition expenses, so ask your employee’s benefits specialist to determine eligibility criteria. 
  3. Consider income sources. If you attend full-time, we encourage you to focus on school during your first year, but know income opportunities exist while you’re in law school.  Federal work-study jobs may provide you with an hourly rate of pay and a bi-weekly paycheck.  Other income sources unique to law students could include internships and faculty research fellowships.  Although income may not cover all of your law school expenses, it can go a long way to paying for your books or groceries.
  4. Review your loan eligibility. Start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for federal student loans.  Include our school code 002506 on your application. Generally law students borrow through the federal student aid loan programs.  Law students can receive no more than $20,500 annually in Direct Unsubsidized loan.  If no adverse credit history exists, the student may also borrow Direct PLUS loan funds.  The Direct PLUS loan may be borrowed up to the cost of attendance less any scholarship and Direct Unsubsidized loan. Click here for information on these loan options and further application details.
  5. Check your credit report.  Visit annualcreditreport.com for a free copy of your report from each of the three credit bureaus.  Review each report to determine if any credit issues exist and, if so, resolve them before you enter law school.  Adverse credit affects your ability to borrow a student loan.  Additionally, in the long-term, adverse credit could prevent you from obtaining your professional license.
  6. Live like a student.  Reduce your expenses wherever possible and make lifestyle choices now that will allow you to have the life that you want after law school.  Start by tracking your expenses and make a spending plan for how you’ll manage your expenses.  Using free or low-cost software to track your finances can save you time in this endeavor.  Also, utilize discounts while you’re a student. For example, check out these computer hardware and software discounts for SLU students.
  7. Ask questions.  Visit Jessica Seavers, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services & Financial Education, in Scott Hall, Room 1008I, call 314-977-3369, or email seavers@slu.edu.  

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