We realize that attending law school requires not only 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, our 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 School of Law, as well as resources from the UMKC Office of Financial Aid.

Tuition and fees

For the latest information on tuition and fees for the current academic year, see the Costs & Budget page. All fee amounts are our best estimate at the time of publication, but the Board of Curators may change them at any time.


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.

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 immediately following admission. Students who are awarded scholarships will receive notification shortly after admission. 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.