Types of Aid

Financial Aid Available to J.D. Students at Syracuse University College of Law

You have options on how to finance your legal education at Syracuse. Awards are made to J.D. students through a variety of institutional, federal, and outside resources. 

  • Merit Scholarships are awarded to selected incoming first-year J.D. students during the admission application process. All prospective law students (including US Citizens, Permanent Residents, and international students) are considered for merit-based scholarships. Merit scholarships are renewable during a student’s enrollment with good academic standing.
  • College of Law awards include special scholarships and grants, often funded through the generosity of alumni and donors. Students must meet award criteria to qualify (ex: curricular pursuits, practice-interests, financial need).  
  • Outside Scholarships offering eligibility to law students are reviewed and posted on our Syracuse Law webpage. The Office of Financial Aid periodically circulates and promotes outside scholarship opportunities via e-newsletters and email advertisements. We encourage you to explore the opportunities that we have curated for you, and apply for those that align with your interests and qualifications.
  • Federal Student Aid for eligible J.D. students may consist of Federal Direct Loans and/or Federal Work Study. 
  • Private Loans are credit-based, alternative educational loans that students may use toward program expenses.
  • Yellow Ribbon and other VA Benefits provide financial support for eligible student veterans or dependents of veterans to attend law school. Students apply for educational benefits through the VA and then work with the College of Law Financial Aid Office and Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran Success to process the award.