Paying for Law School: Financial Aid
The University of Washington School of Law’s Commitment to Institutional Aid
The UW School of Law is dedicated to helping students meet educational expenses through loans, grants, and scholarships.
The law school and the University of Washington's Office of Student Financial Aid
(OSFA) are committed to offering a comprehensive financial aid package to help
students achieve their educational goals while minimizing student educational
Types of Financial and Institutional Aid
Federal Student Loans
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. The Federal Direct
Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is a non-need-based loan for qualified students. The
interest rate for this loan is 5.41% and accrual begins when the funds are
disbused to the school and continues to accrue while the borrower is enrolled in
school. Students may qualify for up to $20,500 and students have a 6-month
grace period before repayment begins.
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan (GPLUS). The Grad PLUS loan
allows graduate and professional students to borrow funds to cover the
difference between the cost of attendance and other assistance received. These
loans are based on credit worthiness and are not need-based. Repayment on the
GPLUS begins on the day after the final loan disbursement is made. However,
repayment of the principal can be deferred when the student is enrolled at least
half-time. Interest is currently set at 6.41% (see
Student Loan Program Chart for details on rates and fees). Interest accrues
on this loan during the time of enrollment and during periods of repayment or
deferment and we recommend you pay the interest—even while you are in school.
Loans borrowed through this loan program are borrowed directly from the federal
government. The University will coordinate all paperwork for you (see
Completing Paperwork for Loans). There is no grace period for GPLUS loans.
Federal Perkins Student Loan. The Federal Perkins Student Loan
is a need-based, low-interest loan made available to students who demonstrate
exceptional financial need through FAFSA analysis. No interest accrues while the
student is enrolled in school and there is a nine month grace period before
repayment begins. Perkins funds are limited.
UW Law Scholarships
Scholarships offered through the law school consist of privately endowed funds
and other sources. Awards are issued based on merit, need, and other factors.
Incoming first-year students must submit a scholarship application available
through the Admitted Students Portal by March 15 to be
considered for scholarships. The scholarship committee reviews scholarship
applications and issues awards generally between February and April during the
For continuing law students, the scholarship application is due June 15
and awards are generally issued between August and the first day of classes.
Scholarships offered at entrance are in addition to other scholarship
opportunities available to current students through the academic year. These
scholarships may be based on areas of interest, e.g., family law, corporate law,
intellectual property, public service, and other factors. Students are strongly
encouraged to visit our listing of scholarships for the most up-to-date
information on scholarship opportunities and deadlines.
William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholarship Program
Separate from the process described above, the Gates Public Service Law (PSL)
Scholarship offers five (5) scholarships to students who have demonstrated a
strong commitment to public service and intends to use their JD degree in a
public service career. Each Gates PSL scholarship award will cover tuition and
fees, books, living expenses, and additional financial support. Acceptance of a
Gates PSL scholarship represents a commitment on the part of each recipient to
work in public service for five years following graduation. Application for the
Gates PSL scholarship is separate from the scholarship application procedures
described above. Students who intend to apply for the Gates PSL Scholarship
must submit their JD application
and their Gates PSL Scholarship application by
January 15. Visit the
Gates PSL Program
website for more information.
Other Institutional Awards/Grants
The University has a limited amount of funding, which is separate from the law
school that hey may award to law students. These awards are based primarily on
need and other factors as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Students must complete a FAFSA in order to be considered. The University will
notify students of these awards when their financial aid award has been issued.