Financial Aid

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Law School Scholarships
The Law School offers more than 50 merit and need-based scholarships. Everyone who applies to the Law School is considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships awarded by the Law School to admitted applicants are awarded for three consecutive years of study at the Law School. There is no grade requirement associated with renewal - only the 2.0 grade point average required to continue in good standing at the Law School. If you want to be considered for a need-based scholarship, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (William & Mary's title IV code is 003705).

Students Matriculating In

# Entering with
Conditional Scholarships

# Whose Conditional Scholarships
Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated

Academic Year 2015 0 0
Academic Year 2014 0 0
Academic Year 2013 0 0

Note: Scholarships cannot exceed the total cost of attendance. If you receive military funding or external scholarships in excess of the yearly total cost of attendance as published in admission publications, your scholarship will be reduced accordingly.

There are a number of educational loans available to law students. Federal Direct student loans, which require the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), are available for amounts up to the total cost of attendance per year minus any scholarship and/or fellowship funds received. Private loans are also available at a variable interest rate. William & Mary's Office of Financial Aid administers the graduate student loan program for the Law School.

The Access Group has produced an informative brochure about federal student loan repayment.

William & Mary Financial Aid Office
Questions about the FAFSA or educational loans should be directed to the William & Mary Financial Aid Office at [[aid]].

Other Scholarship Sources
A number of charitable and civic groups support graduate education through various programs. In addition to conducting your own online search, we suggest that you visit your college's pre-law office or your local library to look into alternative funding options.

Military and Veterans
The Commonwealth of Virginia has a number of incentives and resources for active duty military, military veterans, and family members of military veterans. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) provides information for eligible applicants.

LSAC Presentation on Paying for Law School
This video provides information on investing in a law school education, funding that education, applying for financial aid, and minimizing debt. For more general information about financing a legal education, visit

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