Tuition, Scholarships & Financial Planning
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.
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 has not reduced or eliminated such scholarships in over seven years (2013-14).
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 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.
Elon Law Scholars
Elon Law Scholars are selected based primarily on academic and personal attributes such as leadership, service, and life or work experience. The scholarship is awarded to a select number of admitted applicants.
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
- 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.
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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. This form is used to calculate a student’s expected family contribution (EFC) to his or her education. Elon also requires the Elon Aid application, which will be sent to applicants upon acceptance to the School of Law. 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.