Financial Information

For the 2014-15 academic year, tuition at the College of Law is $339.00 per credit hour for residents of Nebraska and $895.75 per credit hour for nonresidents. In addition to tuition, students pay University fees of $576.00 and a Law College fee of $1050.00 each semester.

First year students take 18 credit hours the first semester and 15 credit hours the second semester. First year tuition and fees for a resident are $14,479. First year tuition and fees for a nonresident are $32,852.

Upperclass students take an average of 15 credit hours each semester. A total of 93 credit hours is required to graduate.

The following schedule shows the tuition and fees for 2014-15:

Tuition Per Credit Hour:

Resident $339.00/hour

Nonresident / U.S. Legal Studies LL.M. $895.75/hour

Credit HoursSemesterYearSemesterYear
12 $4,068.00 $8,136.00 $10,749.00 $21,498.00
15 $5,085.00 $10,170.00 $13,436.25 $26,872.50
18 $6,102.00 $12,204.00 $16,123.50 $32,247.00
FeesSemesterYear
University $576.00 $1,152.00
University Registration $20.00 $40.00
Law College $1,050.00 $2,100.00
Total $1,646.00 $3,292.00

Student Budgets

2014-2015 First Year JD Student Budget

Tuition & FeesRoom & BoardBooks & SuppliesPersonal ExpensesTrans Loan FeeUnsub/GrandTotal
Resident Student
Resident Hall 14,478 10,562 1,490 1,824 1,990 218/282 30,844
Off-Campus 14,478 9,596 1,490 1,824 1,990 218/282 29,878
Living with Parents 14,478 2,596 1,490 1,824 1,990 218/282 22,878
Nonresident Student
Resident Hall 32,850 10,562 1,490 1,824 1,990 218/282 49,216
Off-Campus 32,850 9,596 1,490 1,824 1,990 218/282 48,250
Living with Parents 32,850 2,596 1,490 1,824 1,990 218/282 41,250

The College of Law administers its own scholarship program for incoming and upper class students. These awards include academic scholarships and opportunity scholarships for both resident and nonresident students.

All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarships and no separate application is required.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded to incoming students with exceptionally strong academic credentials. Academic scholarships vary in amount. Academic scholarships are generally awarded to upper class students who rank among the top ten students in their class.

Opportunity Scholarships

The College awards opportunity scholarships to enhance the diversity of perspective in the entering class. Factors which are considered in awarding such scholarships are: financial need, economic or educational disadvantages which were overcome by the student to obtain his or her undergraduate degree, academic promise, whether the student was a first generation college student or would be a first generation law student; and whether student has a commitment to provide legal services to under-served communities after graduation from law school.

Scholarship Retention

Academic scholarships awarded to entering students are renewable for the second and third years of law school provided the student remains in the upper 50% of the class when class rankings are computed at the end of the academic year.

Students Matriculating in# Entering Students w/ Conditional* Scholarships# Students whose Conditional Scholarships were eliminated# Students whose Conditional Scholarships were reduced
2012 66 14 3
2011 48 13 1

*A “conditional scholarship is any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing.” ABA Rule 509-4. Grades at the University of Nebraska College of Law are based on a 9 point scale as follows:

9=A+ 8=A 7=B+ 6=B 5=C+ 4=C 3=D+ 2=D 0=F

Good academic standing at the College of Law is a 4 (“C”) average. The upper 50% in the first year class is usually between a 5.8 and 6 average.

Although tuition at the University of Nebraska College of Law is lower than it is at many other law schools, most students need assistance in financing their legal education. At the University of Nebraska, that help can come in a variety of forms, including scholarships and federally sponsored student loans. The total amount of financial aid – academic scholarships, opportunity scholarships, and loans – cannot exceed the estimate of the student expenses for the academic year. The estimate of student expenses is set each year by the University of Nebraska Financial Aid Office. For 2014-2015, the maximum amount of a resident first-year student (living off-campus) could receive in aid is $29,878. The maximum amount a nonresident first year student (living off-campus) could receive in aid is $48,250.

Application Procedures

In order to apply for any financial aid other than an academic scholarship, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal financial aid school code for the University of Nebraska is 002565. Your FAFSA form should be filed after January 1, 2015 as soon as your 2014 tax return is complete. You should file your FAFSA form with Federal Student Aid Programs on-line at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. You need your student financial aid PIN number to file on-line. The PIN number can be requested at www.pin.ed.gov. You will receive a response in 2-3 working days if you supply an e-mail address when you apply for your PIN. The PIN number then replaces the need for a written signature. All admitted students are sent a more detailed financial aid handout with the letter of admission. It provides additional information about the FAFSA and the University financial aid processing system.

Federal Loans

Because the amount of scholarship money is limited, the primary sources of financial aid are the two types of federally sponsored student loan programs available to law students: Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Direct Grad/PLUS Loans. The amount that a student can borrow under the Federal Stafford Loan program is tied to the individual student’s financial need, which is calculated pursuant to a standardized formula. The total amount of financial aid – scholarships and loans – cannot exceed the estimate of student expenses for the academic year. All law students are considered independent, and parental income and assets will not be considered in calculating a student’s financial need. Some types of financial aid available to undergraduate students are not available to law students. Those include National Merit Scholarships, PACE Grants, Pell Grants, State Student Incentive Grants (SSIG), and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG).

Work and the First Year of Law School

The College discourages first year students from working, primarily because the first year of law school is a full-time job. Under ABA rules, full-time Law students may not work more than 20 hours per week.

Residency

Students who come to Nebraska solely for the purpose of attending law school and have no previous connection to Nebraska, e.g., a Nebraska high school graduate, are usually unable to establish residency. However, the Law College non-resident tuition is lower than many schools, and a number of nonresident scholarships are offered to students. Click here for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Residency Policy.