Financial Information

For the 2022-23 academic year, tuition at the College of Law is $406.00 per credit hour for residents of Nebraska and $1,094.00 per credit hour for nonresidents. In addition to tuition, students will pay estimated University fees of $664.00 each semester and a Law College fee of $1,050.00 each semester. First year students take 15 credit hours in both the first and second semester. First year tuition and estimated fees for a resident are $15,648.00. First year tuition and estimated fees for a nonresident are $36,288.00.

Upperclass students take an average of 15 credit hours each semester, although full time upperclass students can take between 12 and 18 hours each semester. A total of 93 credit hours is required to graduate.

For information on non-JD program tuition and fees for Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law programs please visit the program's Prospective Student page. 

The following schedule shows the tuition and estimated fees for 2022-23:
Tuition Per Credit Hour:

Resident $406.00/hour

Nonresident $1,094.00/hour

12 $4,872 $9,744.00 $13,128.00 $26,256.00
15 $6,090.00 $12,180.00 $16,410.00 $32,820.00
18 $7,308.00 $14,616.00 $19,692.00 $39,384.00
Estimated FeesSemesterYear
University $664.00 $1,328.00
University Registration $20.00 $40.00
Law College $1,050.00 $2,100.00
Total $1,734.00 $3,468.00
Student Budgets

2022-2023 First Year JD Student Budget

Tuition & FeesRoom & BoardBooks & SuppliesPersonal ExpensesTransportationLoan Fee Unsub/Grad PlusTotal
Resident Student
Resident Hall 15,648 13,350 2,000 1,458 2,192 162/448 35,258
Off-Campus 15,648 13,350 2,000 1,458 2,192 162/448 35,258
Living with Parents 15,648 6,200 2,000 1,458 2,192 162/448 28,108
Nonresident Student
Resident Hall 36,288 13,350 2,000 1,458 2,192 162/448 55,898
Off-Campus 36,288 13,350 2,000 1,458 2,192 162/448 55,898
Living with Parents 36,288 6,200 2,000 1,458 2,192 162/448 48,748

The College of Law awards scholarships for both incoming and upper-class students. All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship and no separate application is required.  

Incoming Students

Applicants with outstandingly strong academic credentials may be awarded scholarships in varying amounts ranging from a few thousand dollars to full tuition and, in some exceptional cases, full tuition and fees. Academic credentials are not the only things considered by the scholarship committee when making awards. Additional factors include economic or educational disadvantages which were overcome by the student to obtain their undergraduate degree, academic promise, whether the student was a first-generation college student or would be a first-generation law student, past or present military service, and whether the student has a commitment to provide legal services to underserved communities after graduation from law school. Scholarships are awarded to enhance the diversity of perspectives in the entering class. Thus, students are welcome to include an optional diversity statement with their application, if applicable. 

Upper-class Students

Students not awarded scholarship prior to their first year at Nebraska Law are able to apply for Schmid Honors Scholarships prior to their second and/or third years of law school. Factors considered by the Scholarship Committee when awarding Schmid Honors Scholarships include, but are not limited to, academic excellence, leadership and involvement, volunteer experience, ability to work well with others, and professionalism. 

Schmid Family CASNR Scholarships

The Schmid Family Scholarships are for students and/or graduates of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). These awards provide full tuition and fees scholarships to CASNR students admitted to Nebraska Law’s 3+3 or traditional JD program for legal studies at the University of Nebraska College of Law.  

For additional information about the scholarship, please contact the College of Law Admissions Office.  

Scholarship Renewal and Retention

Since the 2016-2017 academic year, scholarships awarded to entering students have been renewable for the second and third years of law school provided the student remains in good academic standing. Good academic standing at the University of Nebraska College of Law is a 4 (“C”) average based on the College of Law’s 9.0 scale (see below).  

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.

*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. 

Although tuition at the University of Nebraska College of Law is lower than it is at many other law schools, many 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. 
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, as soon as your prior year tax return is complete. You should file your FAFSA form with Federal Student Aid Programs on-line at You need your student financial aid PIN number to file on-line. The PIN number can be requested at 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).

Working While Attending Law School

First-year students spend enormous amounts of time reading for class, preparing for class, outlining, studying, researching, writing, and reviewing. Thus, the College of Law strongly discourages first year students from working. During the second and third years of law school, however, many Nebraska Law students will work part time. Nebraska Law follows the ABA guidelines in recommending that full-time second and third year law students should not work more than 20 hours per week.


The Board of Regents has outlined the requirements for a student to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes. Residency for tuition purposes may differ from residency for voting or other purposes. Click here for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Residency Policy.  The Law College non-resident tuition is lower than many schools, and a number of nonresident scholarships are offered to students.