Financing Your Legal Education
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
The University of Notre Dame is pleased to be participating in the new GI Bill known as the Yellow Ribbon Program. The legislation enacted by Congress authorized significant benefits to eligible US military veterans with honorable discharges who served on active duty after September 11, 2001, for at least 36 months. Notre Dame Law School will cover $4,000 of tuition and mandatory fees required to be paid by all students for attendance. If the eligible veteran receives Yellow Ribbon scholarship assistance, the Veterans Administration will match the University’s award dollar for dollar up to a combination of benefits and scholarships not to exceed the total of tuition and mandatory fees. The veteran must also be 100% eligible for the Chapter 33 benefit ($19,193). Questions regarding the eligibility of a veteran for Yellow Ribbon benefits should be directed to VA Regional Office in Indianapolis (317-916-3684) or to the veterans VA Regional Office in his/her 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).
Registrar office: http://registrar.nd.edu/students/veteran_affairs.php
Veteran Affairs: http://www.gibill.va.gov/
Office of Financial Aid
115 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556