Funding a legal education can be a daunting task, especially when you are responsible for financing your law school education and living expenses themselves. Need-based scholarships or merit scholarships are available, but the largest forms of financial aid for law students are educational loans.

 At the Charleston School of Law, you are automatically considered for merit scholarship based on your application, specifically your LSAT score and cumulative GPA. 76% of the fall 2021 entering class received a merit scholarship, and the average award was $23,250.
Those who are not selected for a merit scholarship may apply for a need-based scholarship, which provides an opportunity for all students to receive some form of institutional scholarship.
Additionally, first-year students are eligible for the Presidential Honors Program based on their first semester GPA or first-year GPA, and the program includes a scholarship component.

Federal Student Loans

You are eligible to receive aid (scholarships, loans, VA benefits, etc.) up to the established cost-of-attendance budget, which includes tuition and fees plus a reasonable amount for room and board, books/supplies, and miscellaneous expenses for the academic year. The two federal student loans available to you to cover the cost-of-attendance are the Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Grad PLUS Loan.
Make sure to use The Charleston School of Law’s Federal School Code so your results are sent to us: G40963

Create a budget based on tuition and cost of living estimates

For students who entered in fall 2021, yearly tuition is $42,340 for full-time J.D. students and $34,020 for part-time J.D. students. All students pay an annual Student Bar Association fee of $120 and a Student Success Fee of $914.

Follow our Financial Aid Process steps

In order to apply for federal student aid, you must file a FAFSA. Accepted students will then be provided with a loan request form that must be completed indicating how much, if any, of each loan you wish to borrow.