Tuition, Law School Scholarships & Financial Planning

Dean Zak Kramer and Jasmine Turner at graduation for Elon Law. Many students attend Elon Law on law scholarships
Elon Law Dean Zak Kramer hoods Jasmine Turner L’23 at Commencement for the Class of 2023.

Elon Law’s total tuition cost for the entering class has for years been below the average cost at other private law schools across the country (Source: ABA 2013 data of private law school costs). Members of the entering class are guaranteed there will be no tuition increases during their course of study. Elon Law’s groundbreaking new program is designed to lower the cost of legal education and prepare students for early entry into the job market. The nation’s first 2½ year standard J.D. program of study, providing a 86-credit curriculum, is strategically designed to maximize student learning and career success. Detailed tuition and cost of attendance information is available here.

Financial Planning

Elon University’s Office of Financial Planning is located on main campus. Administrators regularly visit Elon Law and are available to incoming students during Orientation week. Information about tuition payments and loan refunds is available here.

Merit-based Scholarships

Scholarships ranging from a few thousand dollars to full tuition are made available through endowments and gifts provided by generous alumni, faculty, administrators, staff and friends of the law school. They are awarded based on academic abilities, potential for the study of law and other considerations. Scholarships are awarded to accepted applicants after a review of their admission files.

All accepted applicants are considered for scholarships. No separate application form is necessary to be considered for a merit-based or endowed scholarship.

Each scholarship may be renewed for 2½ years of law school, provided that academic performance criteria detailed in award letters are met. As applicants consider scholarship awards from various law schools, they should take note of the conditional scholarship retention rate for each school, because many schools regularly reduce or eliminate a large number of students’ scholarships based on their academic performance in the first year. Elon Law rarely reduces or eliminates scholarships as evidenced by the conditional scholarship retention data below.

Presidential Scholars

The Presidential Scholarship honors a small number of admitted students who have demonstrated extraordinary academic achievement, exceptional character, commitment to service, and leadership. This scholarship recognizes entering students who demonstrate great promise to become leading contributors to the legal community or society as a whole.

Dean’s Scholars

Dean’s Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, significant community service involvement and potential for success in law school and the legal profession. The scholarship is awarded to a select number of admitted applicants.

Fellows Programs

Students selected for Elon Law’s Fellows Programs (Advocacy, Business, Leadership, Coverdell) receive additional scholarship funding during the academic year, a summer externship experience funded by a scholarship, as well as special programmatic opportunities. See the Fellows program web page for more information.

Named & Endowed Scholarships

  • Banks-Arendell Scholarship
  • Carole W. Bruce Scholarship
  • Joy B. Davis Scholarship
  • Gail Drew Lane Annual Scholarship
  • Sam and Vicki Hunt Scholarship
  • McMichael Law and Leadership Fellow Scholarship
  • Sidney J. Stern, Jr. Scholarship

Veterans Benefits

  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Yellow Ribbon Program

For more information regarding veteran benefits, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

For more information regarding military funding options at Elon Law, please contact Kimberly Stapleton at (336) 278-7647 or

Federal Student Aid

Many students borrow funds to finance their legal education. To be eligible for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Elon’s federal school code is 002927. Law students may be eligible to borrow additional funds through the Federal GradPlus loan program. Applicants should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. The FAFSA may be obtained online at This form is used to calculate a student’s expected family contribution (EFC) to his or her education. The Financial Planning office will determine a student’s financial need based on the cost of attendance (tuition and living allowance) and the expected family contribution. For more information, please contact the university’s Financial Planning office at (800) 334-8448 or (336) 278-7640. The fax number is (336) 278-7639.

Law School Scholarships from Outside Sources

The law school is often contacted by other institutions making scholarships available to prospective and current law students. View a list of some external scholarship opportunities, including links to websites for many of the organization’s granting these scholarships.

External Scholarship Opportunities