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Scholarships & Financial Aid
The opportunity to attend law school is an achievement, and we recognize investing in one’s future requires an enormous commitment and, at times, sacrifice.
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 Need-Based 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 on these pages, and contact them at (614) 292-8807 and firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
When to apply?
The priority application deadline for financial aid consideration is Feb. 15, but it is strongly recommended that students apply earlier.
In order to qualify for need-based aid from the Moritz College of Law and/or the Stafford Loans, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form should be completed at the earliest possible date after the form becomes available in early-January. For more information, please visit our FAFSA page.
For an overview of dates and deadlines related to admissions and financial aid, view our Admissions Calendar tool.