How much will it cost to attend law school?
The cost of a legal education is more than just tuition. It is important to calculate the total cost of your legal education. This should include the costs involved in researching and applying to law school; the costs is relocating to a new area, tuition, books, transportation and personal expenses; and should also recognize the costs involved in taking Bar Preparatory classes, Bar Examination Fees, and your initial costs for bar membership.
How much is tuition at OCU LAW?
Tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $1,065 per credit hour. Accordingly, tuition and fees is as follows:
- Students Enrolled in the Full-Time Program: $34,715.00
- Students Enrolled in the Part-Time Program: $25,130.00
What additional fees are required for 1L students?
Each law student the following: Student Service Fees Law (fulltime), Student Bar Association, Academic Enrichment Fee, and Technology Fee. Parking permits may be acquired for $100.
How do I apply for scholarships?
Depending on the scholarship, you may be required to complete an application. Applicants for merit scholarships, however, will automatically be considered for scholarships by the Admissions Committee. Selected applicants will receive information about the award with his or her acceptance letter. If you’re applying for the Hatton W. Sumners scholarship, there is an additional application that must be submitted by February 1. To be considered for the Hatton W. Sumners, your application file, including the CAS report, must also be received by February 1. Please download the application or contact the School of Law Admissions Office.
How do I apply for federal loans?
Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible. The Title IV institutional code for OCU is 003166. If you have never filed a FAFSA or have lost your Personal Identification Number (pin), apply for a PIN first.
Who is eligible for federal loans?
US citizens and permanent residents, not in active bankruptcy or in default of prior federal student loans are eligible to apply.
How important is my credit history?
Credit history is very important; options are extremely limited for students unable to qualify for Graduate Plus loans and your eligibility is based, in part, upon your credit history.
How do I check my credit history?
Start by ordering your three-bureau report to review your credit history. If your report suggests that securing Graduate Plus loans will be difficult, we encourage you to pursue credit counseling and/or be prepared to secure a co-signer if Graduate Plus loans are necessary for you to pursue a legal degree.
When will I know what kind of financial aid I will receive?
After admission, you will receive an award notification by email in approximately 3-5 weeks.
Who should I contact if I have questions about financial aid?
Contact the Financial Aid Department at 405.208.5211.
What kind of financial aid is available for international students?
Like all applicants, international students will be considered for merit-based awards. Citibank offers a private credit-based loan to international students. Some restrictions apply; see web site for details.
Can I work while attending law school?
Along with the American Bar Association, Oklahoma City University School of Law recommends that a full-time student not have any outside employment during the first year. After you have completed your first year of law school or if you are a part-time (evening) student, you will be expected to base the amount of hours of outside employment on the number of credits being taken.
RESOURCES & LINKS
Direct Loans: Loan information and applications
Fastweb: Scholarship Search and Expert Tips and Financial Aid
LSAC: A Financial Aid Introduction
FINAID: The Smart Student’s Guide to Financial Aid
FICO SCORE: Order your credit report before you begin applying for loans.
How to Pay for Your Law Degree, 2011-2013 by Gail A. Schlachter and R. David Weber. Documents nearly 550 fellowships, internships, loans and forgivable loans, writing and other competitions, grants, and Bar Exam stipends available specifically to law students to support their study, training, research, and creative activities. All areas of law are covered, from administrative law to trusts and estates, and nearly 50 specialties in between.
Please do not hesitate to contact Student Services with any questions you may have.