Types of Aid

You have options on how to finance your legal education.  Awards are made to J.D. students through a variety of institutional, federal, and outside resources. 

Merit-based College of Law Scholarships are awarded to selected incoming first-year J.D. students during the admission application process.  All prospective full-time law students (including US Citizens, Permanent Residents and international students) are considered for merit-based scholarships.  Law Scholarships range in value from nearly half-tuition to over three-quarters tuition.  Some scholarships require students to maintain a minimum GPA.  See a summary of our scholarship retention statistics.  

Merit scholarship renewal is available throughout a J.D. student’s full-time enrollment – even during the completion of a joint degree, resulting in the opportunity for students to earn two degrees for the price of one!

College of Law Tuition Grants are awarded to J.D. students, based on the results of their financial aid application.  Syracuse Law students must submit financial aid applications annually to renew need-based Tuition Grants.

Federal Student Aid for eligible J.D. students may consist of Federal Direct Loans and/or Federal Work Study. 

Yellow Ribbon and other VA Benefits provide financial support for eligible student-veterans or dependents of veterans to attend law school.  Apply for educational benefits through the VA and then work with the College of Law Financial Aid Office and Syracuse University’s Veterans Resources Center to process the award.