Cost & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees

FIU Law is committed to working with you to help make law school more affordable. Many students rely on scholarships and other forms of financial aid to fund their legal education. Last year, FIU Law awarded more than $1.5 million dollars through merit and need-based scholarships and grants. We understand that attending law school is expensive. Keeping your debt level low will allow you to take advantage of a wider variety of career opportunities and will impact your post-graduation quality of life.

JD ProgramIn-State AnnualOut-of-State Annual
Day$21,407$35,650
Evening$14,501$24,150
Student Fees$399*$399*
Per Credit Hour$691$1,150
*Not included in tuition.*Not included in tuition.

Financial Information

The FIU LL.M. is one of the most affordable in the United States. The tuition to attend FIU Law during 2020-2021 academic year will be $ 20,180, which is significantly lower than the national average for LL.M. programs.

In addition to the cost of tuition and application fees you will have to incur in living, and other personal expenses. An average budget is included below:

Annual tuition and fees (24 credit hours)$20,180
Room & board$18,324
Books and other materials$2,948
Transportation$2,898
Other personal expenses$2,456
Total$46,806

FIU Law offers financial aid to students who are United States citizens, permanent residents, or otherwise eligible for federal financial aid. For more information, please contact the Law Admissions and Financial Aid Office at (305).348.8006.

External Funding Resources

Tuition

The tuition for the one-year program is $24,726.30* and students will pay for 10 credits per semester.*

*Plus university fees. A customary incremental increase in fees can be expected for the 2019-2020 academic year.

How to Apply for Financial Aid
To apply for financial aid, including need-based scholarships, grants and loans, complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Financial aid is granted on an annual basis and awards are subject to student eligibility and availability of funds. It is strongly recommended that you submit your FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017.

Students are encouraged to take a proactive approach toward financing planning. To discuss your financial needs please make an appointment with an Admissions and Financial Aid advisor by contacting the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 305.348.8006.


Grants

  • Law Need-Based Grants – Awards are based on financial need and are available to both full-time and part-time students. You must apply for financial aid to be considered. Funds are limited and it is strongly recommended that you submit your FAFSA as early as possible. Students must be registered for no less than 9 credits to qualify.

Loans

  • Federal Direct Loan Program – Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be considered for federal loan or work-study programs. The College of Law participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Effective July 1, 2012 Subsidized loans will no longer be offered at the graduate and professional academic level
  • (Unsubsidized) Federal Direct Loans – These loans are not based upon financial need. The maximum amount a student may borrow in unsubsidized loans is $20,500 per year. Interest begins to accrue on Unsubsidized loans from the time the disbursement occurs and throughout the repayment period. The Unsubsidized loan has a fixed interest rate of 5.31% for the life of the loan. Students may opt to pay interest while in school or may request that the interest be added to the loan principal to be paid during the student’s loan repayment period.
  • Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans – Graduate Plus Loans are offered as a part of your federal award package however the Department of Education will require a credit approval before it disburses funds. The interest rate on this loan type is 6.31%. Interest payments on this loan are not subsidized by the government.
  • Private Loan Programs – Eligibility for these loans are based solely upon a student’s credit history. Students should request a copy of their credit report and check it for any errors prior to submitting an application for a private loan. An application can be requested directly from the private lender of your choice.

Additional Financial Aid

Credit Bureau Information

Calculate Your Estimated Student Loan Payment
How much will you repay when it’s time to pay back your federal student loan?  U.S. Department of Education’s repayment comparison calculator

Financial Aid Information

How to Apply for Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid To apply for financial aid, including need-based scholarships, grants and loans, complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Financial aid is granted on an annual basis and awards are subject to student eligibility and availability of funds. It is strongly recommended that you submit your FAFSA as early as October 1 and before the FIU Law priority deadline which is February 15. There are also a variety of merit-based scholarships available. Details about these scholarships are listed below. Students are encouraged to take a proactive approach toward financing planning. To discuss your financial needs please make an appointment with an Admissions and Financial Aid advisor by contacting the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 305.348.8006. Step-by-Step Guide to Accepting Your Aid

Grants

Grants

  • Law Need-Based Grants – Awards are based on financial need and are available to both full-time and part-time students. You must apply for financial aid to be considered. Funds are limited and it is strongly recommended that you submit your FAFSA as early as October 1 and before the FIU Law priority deadline which is February 15. Students must be registered for no less than 9 credits to qualify.

Loans

Loans

  • Federal Direct Loan Program – Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be considered for federal loan or work-study programs. The College of Law participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Effective July 1, 2012, Subsidized loans will no longer be offered at the graduate and professional academic level
  • (Unsubsidized) Federal Direct Loans – These loans are not based on financial need. The maximum amount a student may borrow in unsubsidized loans is $20,500 per year. Interest begins to accrue on Unsubsidized loans from the time the disbursement occurs and throughout the repayment period. The Unsubsidized loan has a fixed interest rate of 6% for the life of the loan. Students may opt to pay interest while in school or may request that the interest be added to the loan principal to be paid during the student’s loan repayment period.
  • Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans – Graduate Plus Loans are offered as a part of your federal award package however the Department of Education will require a credit approval before it disburses funds. The interest rate on this loan type is 7%. Interest payments on this loan are not subsidized by the government.
  • Private Loan Programs – Eligibility for these loans are based solely upon a student’s credit history. Students should request a copy of their credit report and check it for any errors prior to submitting an application for a private loan. An application can be requested directly from the private lender of your choice.
  • Bar Study Loans – This private loan option is available to law students in their final year of study, and for 13 months after graduation. These optional loans are offered for up to $15,000 and are used to help cover living expenses while students prepare for the bar exam.  An application can be completed online with the private lender of choice. Enrollment and/or graduation is certified by the school and funds are disbursed directly from the lender to the student.

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Resources

Credit Bureau Information

 

Calculate Your Estimated Student Loan Payment
How much will you repay when it’s time to pay back your federal student loan?  U.S. Department of Education’s repayment comparison calculator

 

Scholarship Information

First Generation Scholarships

  • First Generation Scholarships – The First Generation Scholarship Program provides scholarships to those students whose parents or guardians did not have the opportunity to attend professional school. FIU College of Law thanks the following individuals, law firms, and foundations, each of which have committed to support a student’s legal education.

R. Alexander and Jan Acosta
Alex and Maribety Alvarez
An Anonymous Donor
Appelrouth Farah & Co.
Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri
Berger Singerman
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
Buchanan Ingersol & Rooney
Cole, Scott & Kissane
Colson Hicks Eidson
Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
Cuban-American Bar Association
DLD Lawyers
FIU College of Law Faculty
Genovese Joblove & Battista
Greenberg Traurig
Hispanic National Bar Foundation
Hunton & Williams
Judge Phillip Bloom (Lowy & Cook)
Koyziak Tropin Throckmorton
Podhurst Orseck
The Reyes Law Firm
Silva & Silva

 

Merit-Based Admissions Scholarships

  • Dean’s Scholarship – The Dean’s Scholarship is awarded to our most qualified students. The typical award amount is $10,000. Recipients are selected during the admission review process based on their academic performance.
  • Admissions Merit Scholarship – The Admissions Merit Scholarship likewise is awarded during the admissions review process. The typical award is $7,500. Recipients are selected based on their application materials, with particular emphasis on their personal statement.
  • Out-of-State Tuition Grant – This merit-based grant is awarded to out-of-state students. Recipients are selected during the admission review process based on their academic performance. Residency reclassification forfeits this tuition grant.
  • Justice R. Fred Lewis Scholarship –Named in honor of Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis, this scholarship supports a student who exemplifies professionalism. The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis at the Dean’s discretion.
  • Justice Peggy A. Quince Scholarship –Named in honor of Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince, this scholarship supports a student whose parents or guardians did not have the opportunity to attend professional school. The recipient will be selected based on their application materials, with particular emphasis on their personal statement.

Endowed Scholarships

  • Theodore and Rosalind Spak Law Scholarship – In 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Spak established the first endowment to support the College of Law. This scholarship supports students who have demonstrated superior academic performance.
  • Judge Aaron B. Cohen Judicial Externship Scholarship 
  • The Cuban-American Bar Association Scholarship –Sponsored by the Cuban American Bar Association, this scholarship is awarded to students who have performed with academic distinction in law school, and have demonstrated a commitment to service-oriented activities through research, writing and/or advocacy on behalf of the Cuban American community. Selections is made by the Cuban American Bar Association Scholarship Committee. View available scholarships.
  • Judge Mario P. Goderich Law Scholarship – Sponsored by the Cuban American Bar Association, this scholarship is awarded to students who have performed with academic distinction in law school, and have demonstrated a commitment to service-oriented activities through research, writing and/or advocacy on behalf of the Cuban American community. Selections is made by the Cuban American Bar Association Scholarship Committee.
  • Judge Thomas C. Britton Law Scholarship –This endowed scholarship is named in honor of Judge Thomas C. Britton, a former litigator and bankruptcy judge. The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis at the discretion of the Dean.
  • Louis A. Reitmeister Environmental Law Scholarship – This endowed scholarship, created by the Louis Aaron Reitmeister Foundation, is awarded to an upper-division law student who has demonstrated an interest in environmental law. A philosopher, Louis Aaron Reitmeister was a 20th century American writer for whom humanism and the environment were lifelong commitments.
  • The Enma Tarafa Memorial Law Scholarship – This endowment was created by Emilio and Marta Tarafa, in memory of their daughter, Emma, a member of the inaugural College of Law class in 2005. This scholarship provides support to one student who has demonstrated characteristics of leadership and community service.
  • The Joseph A. Reyes Law Scholarship – Named in honor and memory of a committed public servant, this scholarship aims to support student who has shown a commitment to public service, and is interested in a career at a state attorney or public defender’s office.
  • The C.A.M.P. 4 Justice Human Rights Scholarship – Named in honor of Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Jr. , Mario de la Pena, and Pablo Morales, this scholarship is intended to provide support to students with an expressed focus on human rights and global justice issues.
  • Rafael Lincoln Diaz-Balart Law Scholarship – Named in honor of the patriarch of the Diaz-Balart family, and namesake of the College of Law’s building – Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall. This scholarship supports students who have demonstrated superior academic performance and an interest in public service.
  • Mrs. Betty G. Reader Law Scholarship Established by the Betty G. Reader Foundation, in memory of Mrs. Betty G. Reader, this scholarship supports exceptional students pursuing law degrees at FIU. In order to qualify for the Betty G. Reader Graduate Scholarship, students must be: • Fully admitted to FIU as a JD student. • Graduate of a public or private high school in Miami-Dade or Broward County • U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident who has been a resident of Florida for a minimum of three (3) years • Exemplary service to the community (as determined by applicant’s personal statement), with preference given to service to the Jewish community • Enrolled full time each Fall and Spring semester at FIU College of Law. Online programs/classes are ineligible. • Scholarship will be awarded to FIU students who do not typically qualify for financial aid and rely on loans to fund their graduate work. This scholarship serves to replace necessary loans. •Preference will be given to recipients of the undergraduate Betty G. Reader Scholarship . Award Amount- based on enrollment and need. Up to full tuition. For questions about this scholarship contact Michelle Pestaina, Associate Director of Financial Aid, and 305-348-8006.

General Scholarships

  • Alex and Maribety Alvarez Scholarship – This scholarship covers full tuition costs and fees for one student for three years. Applicants must have overcome a significant obstacle in their life while maintaining good academic standing. The scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in or accepted for admission to the FIU College of Law. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.4 at the end of his/her first and second year of law school in order to retain this scholarship.
  • Evening Scholarship Fund: The Evening Scholarship Fund allows FIU Law to award merit-based scholarships to evening students who work during law school and have at least five years post-undergraduate work experience.
  • Gamba & Lombana, PA – Tomas Jorge Gamba Scholarship – Awarded on an annual basis to a disadvantaged student. Preference will be given to students who: (1) have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantage or disabilities, or who are the first generation in their family to attend college; or (2) are members of groups that are underrepresented at the FIU College of Law. Selection is made by the FIU scholarship committee.
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP Scholarship – Greenberg Traurig has established a scholarship to benefit one outstanding entering full-time law student. Selection by the scholarship committee is based upon academic credentials at the point of admissions.
  • Jackson Lewis LLP Labor and Employment Law Scholarship – Sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP, this $4,500 scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to one deserving student with financial need and a demonstrated interest in labor and employment law matters. Preference will be given to students who: (1) have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantage or disabilities, or who are the first generation in their family to attend college; or (2) are members of groups that are underrepresented at the FIU College of Law.
  • Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. Scholarship – Awarded to an outstanding third-year law student. Selection is based upon merit and the candidate’s credentials are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Kenny Nachwalter, P.A. – Kenny Nachwalter sponsors a scholarship benefitting a student who has achieved academic excellence prior to entering FIU Law. Awardees are selected by the FIU Law scholarship committee based on the student’s credentials at time of admission.
  • National Black Law Student Association Scholarships –Several scholarship opportunities available, must be a financial NBLSA member to apply. Awards range from $500 – $2,500.

Private Scholarships

  • Broward County Hispanic Bar Association (BCHBA) – The BCHBA will award a $2,500 scholarship to a student who has distinguished himself/herself academically and/or in service-oriented activities, or has distinguished himself/herself in research, writing, community service and/or other activities of importance to the Broward County Hispanic community. The selection will be made by the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association.
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers Scholarship – This scholarship is open to all students. Award amounts vary from $500 to $1000.
  • Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Scholarship – Each year the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar (“YLD”) awards ten $2,000 cash scholarships to law students who attend one of Florida’s ABA accredited law schools. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need.
  • Florida Lawyers’ Legal Insurance Corporation (FLLIC) – The FLLIC will award the Dan Bradley Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to two law students whose academic record or record of extracurricular activities demonstrates a commitment to working with persons in the middle and lower income levels.
  • Haitian Lawyers Association Scholarship – Every year at least one student from the FIU College of Law is chosen as the recipient of this award. Applicants must be of Haitian descent, in good academic standing, and must submit an official transcript along with a one page personal statement describing his/her involvement in the community, their financial need and the reason(s) he/she believes he/she is qualified for the scholarship. Amount of award $2,000.

Student Stipend Scholarships

  • C.A.M.P. 4 Justice Human Rights Fellowship Program
  • Judge Aaron B. Cohen Judicial Externship Scholarship Program
  • Justice Barbara J. Pariente Stipend – This stipend is named in honor of Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente, and aims to provide financial support to a student so that he/she may learn the craft of the law by externing for a judge. Students externing for a judge are encouraged to submit an essay of no more than 500 words to Ana Bierman, Director of Career Planning & Placement, and Interim Director of the Legal Externship Program. The student should discuss the reasons for perusing a judicial externship and any financial constraints that make participating in an externship difficult.

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