The decision to enter law school is a decision to invest in your future. A Notre Dame legal education will provide a return on your investment throughout your legal career. The Admissions and Financial Aid Offices understand that the cost of financing your legal education can be daunting. We also recognize that you won’t necessarily have the immediate financial resources to pay for it. Our goal is to help you identify various funding sources and repayment options, so that you can make your law school dream a reality.
There are many resources available to help you finance your legal education and reach your goals. Through a combination of scholarships, loans, part-time work, and generous repayment programs, investing in your future with us can be affordable option.
While each year a portion of the entering class receives scholarship assistance, the largest form of financial aid for all law students is educational loans. A number of students in our class will finance a significant portion, if not their entire education, because they believe it is the right choice for them. When utilizing loans, most students will qualify for $20,500 through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Additionally, students may borrow up to the cost of attendance (minus scholarships and Federal Direct Loans) though the Federal Graduate/Direct PLUS Loan or Private Loans.
We are happy to provide you with tools to establish a budget and estimate costs, so that you can minimize borrowing and be prepared for your repayment options. Additionally, Notre Dame’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program and similar programs through state and local bar associations can reduce your monthly loan payments.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Recent Increased Funding!!
Notre Dame Law School is grateful for the military service of our country’s Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers. As a reflection of our gratitude the Law School is pleased to announce our continued participation with the Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The Yellow Ribbon Program, enacted by Congress and run by the Veterans Administration (VA), is a matching program that authorizes significant educational benefits to eligible US military veterans. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Notre Dame Law School will cover $15,150 of tuition and mandatory fees for Yellow Ribbon Program eligible veterans (for up to 20 students). In addition, those veterans will receive dollar for dollar matching funds through the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program up to a combination of benefits and scholarships not to exceed the total of tuition and mandatory fees.
Post 9/11 GI Bill (Indiana , 100%) = $20,235.02
NDLS Yellow Ribbon Contribution = $15,150.00
VA Yellow Ribbon Contribution = $15,150.00
Total award for Eligible Veteran = $50,535.02+
Questions regarding the eligibility of a veteran for Yellow Ribbon benefits should be directed to the VA Regional Office in Indianapolis (317-916-3684), or to the veteran’s VA Regional Office in an veteran’s home state of residence. General questions regarding the University of Notre Dame’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program may be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services at the University (574-631-6445), or to the Law School Admissions Office (574-631-6626).
+Awards will be adjusted to avoid exceeding the total cost of mandatory tuition and fees.
Registrar office: http://registrar.nd.edu/students/veteran_affairs.php
Veteran Affairs: http://www.gibill.va.gov/