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Scholarships & Financial Aid
The decision to attend law school is, in part, a decision to invest in one’s future. As with any investment, we advise that you seek financial guidance and make informed decision about debt load. The Moritz College of Law’s financial aid philosophy reflects the desire to provide meaningful financial assistance to a broad range of students including through who are likely to excel in their legal studies, who have a record of community/public service, who will contribute to the diversity of the student body, who have demonstrated potential for leadership, or have a significant financial need.
Students at Ohio State receive a high-caliber legal education for an extremely affordable price compared to other nationally ranked law schools. The annual cost of tuition for Ohio residents is about half of what comparably ranked private law schools charge.
We value the investment our students are making. We continually look for ways manage expenses and assist students with minimizing debt loads – from establishing residency in Ohio for out-of-state students after their first year to finding donors who contribute to the more than $3.5 million in grant and scholarship funding awarded annually.
Most of our students pay for law school by drawing from some combination of funding sources: scholarships and grants from the Moritz College of Law and the university; loans, facilitated by Moritz, from the federal government and private lenders; part-time employment during the academic year and summers; and personal and family savings.
Once the appropriate financial aid applications have been submitted, the Moritz College of Law and the university’s Office of Student Financial Aid will prepare a financial aid package for each applicant. Typically, this occurs between mid-March and early-June, depending upon the date of admission and the filing date of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and/or Moritz College of Law Financial Need Grant Application.
Our Financial Aid staff is a fabulous resource for prospective and current students alike. They are ready to help students navigate through their various funding options and answer questions along the way. Find more information contact them at (614) 292-8807 and firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
When to apply for FAFSA?
In order to qualify for need-based aid from the Moritz College of Law and Federal Stafford Loans, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be completed at the earliest possible date after the FAFSA becomes available in early January. The FAFSA form may be completed online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Ohio State federal code is 003090. Questions regarding the FAFSA should be directed to the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-2343.
For an overview of dates and deadlines related to admissions and financial aid, view our Admissions Calendar tool.