We realize that attending law school not only requires time and energy but also money. At UMKC we are committed to providing students a quality legal education at an affordable price. As a National Jurist “Best Value” Law School, we are ranked not only on our affordable cost of tuition, but also on Kansas City’s affordable cost of living, bar pass rate, and employment data. We are also committed to helping you develop a plan that works for you, using a variety of financial resources so your focus can remain on your law school education. There are both merit- and need-based scholarships available through the law school as well as resources from the UMKC Office of Financial Aid.

Tuition and fees

Below is the approximate nine-month (fall/winter) academic year budget for a typical first-year law school student living off campus for the 2014-2015 academic year. All fee amounts are our best estimate at the time of publication, but the Board of Curators may change them at any time.


Expense Category Nine-Month Amount
Fees (Missouri resident) $18,320.26
Room and Board $9,493
Transportation $1,965
Personal/Medical $3,237
Books and Equipment $1,216
Total $34,231.26


* Non-resident fees are an additional $16,110 but many students qualify for non-resident fee scholarships that allow them to pay the in-state rate.

Fee Schedule for part-time students: Fall 2014 – Winter/Spring 2015


Credit Hours Resident Fees/Semester Non-Resident Fees/Semester*
8 $4,966.24 $9,369.44
9 $5,580.92 $10,534.52


*Part-time students are also eligible for non-resident fee scholarships.


The university, not the law school, makes residency determinations. For information regarding establishing Missouri residency, please call the university’s residency office at 816-235-1111 or visit UMKC Admissions. Law school students are not eligible for the metro rate program.

Missouri Tax Scholarship

Students who are not Missouri residents and are assessed non-resident fees but work in Missouri and have a Missouri income tax liability may be eligible for a partial Missouri Tax Tuition Scholarship. Students with visa types of J-1 and F-1 are not eligible. Applications are available from the Cashier‘s Office and must be completed along with appropriate tax information.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

To qualify for federal aid programs that include grants and loans, fill out the FAFSA form online. Most merit scholarships will be awarded at time of admission and information will be sent along with admissions letters. For a complete list of Law School scholarships, please refer to the scholarships page.

For more information about financing your legal education, we recommend you watch “Paying for Law School” by the Law School Admissions Council for more information.