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Affordability

Attending law school requires more than time and energy — it also requires financial support. We are committed to helping you develop a plan using a variety of resources so your focus can remain on your law school education.

You can find additional resources at UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees for full-time, first-year law students who are Missouri residents is $20,760 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Nonresident fees are an additional $18,405, but many students qualify for nonresident fee scholarships, which allow them to pay the in-state rate while they establish Missouri residency. For information regarding establishing Missouri residency, please call the UMKC Admissions Office at 816-235-1111 or view the residency rules.

These rates are based on a typical 30-hour enrollment. For the most up-to-date tuition information, including a table of tuition and fees per credit hour, please visit the Cashier’s Office.

The rates for our J.D. program are not the same as for our LL.M. programs. Please view the correct program information when estimating costs.

Budget

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

Fee schedule for full-time students: Fall 2020–Winter/Spring 2021
Expense category Nine-month amount
Fees (Missouri resident) $20,760
Books and supplies $1,484
Transportation $1,348
Personal $2,882
Room and board  $10,714
Total $37,188
Fee schedule for part-time students: Fall 2020–Winter/Spring 2021
Credit hours Resident fees/semester Nonresident fees/semester*
8 $5,629 $10,537
9 $6,326 $11,848

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

Scholarships

Explore the types of scholarships UMKC Law offers, qualifications and how to apply.

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Financial Aid and Loans

Any questions about financial aid — including the application process, types of loans and repayment options — can be found through UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about financial aid at UMKC School of Law.

Residency status is granted through the central Admissions Office and not through the School of Law. Full details and requirements can be found on UMKC's Residency website.

All non-Missouri resident applicants are considered for non-resident tuition scholarships, which serve to vastly reduce out-of-state tuition and, in most cases, make the tuition a student pays equivalent to in-state tuition.

The scholarships are most often granted as four-semester awards with the expectation that recipients will apply for Missouri residency in order to receive in-state tuition for the remainder of law school.

Note: Non-resident tuition scholarships are awarded to admitted students within approximately 2-4 weeks of admission, and this notification will arrive via postal mail.

Yes, we have two full merit-based scholarships that are awarded each year – the Jack and Helyn Miller Scholarship and the Julian Klein Davidson Scholarship. In addition to covering full tuition, these scholarships also pay for books, the UMKC bar preparation course and tuition to attend one of UMKC’s study abroad programs in Ireland or China.

Students who meet the academic eligibility requirements for these scholarships will be invited to apply, and those selected as finalists are required to interview in person on Scholarship Day (typically in mid-March).

Students are considered for general merit scholarships based on their applications for admission. These scholarships are awarded within 2-4 weeks of a student being admitted. Some of our scholarships require an application, and students are selected within about a month of the application deadline – typically in the late spring. 

If you are a 2L or 3L, there are still other scholarships available to you. You can find out more about these opportunities on RooLaw (the UMKC Law intranet).

Paying your seat deposits constitutes acceptance of your scholarship as well as your seat in the class.

If a student receives an outside scholarship, they should send a copy of their award letter to the financial aid office.  Scholarships from all sources are used to determine eligibility for federal loans. Even students who are not applying for federal loans should submit this information so that we can match the scholarship award check to the student recipient once it is received on campus.

If you have been offered a renewable scholarship (i.e. your scholarship letter indicates that you will receive a certain amount in your 2L and 3L year in addition to your first year of law school), your letter will include the terms and criteria you will need to meet in order to retain your full scholarship amount.

Our faculty, Student Services Director, and Deans all keep an eye out for students who may be experiencing academic difficulties, and they work very hard to help every student find success.  Because of this personal attention and care, we have an extraordinarily high scholarship retention rate.