Financial Aid

Making Your Investment More Affordable

We know attending law school as a J.D. or graduate student is a significant financial investment. We want to help you find ways to make it more affordable.

At UNH Law, students will find a broad range of merit and need-based scholarships. In fact, the vast majority of admitted students are offered scholarships or grants at the time of admission, and more than 90 percent of students qualify for student loans.

Take advantage of the many resources available to both U.S. and foreign students. Some sites to start with:

Our office of financial aid is ready to assist you. We do everything we can to make UNH Law an affordable investment. We offer individualized counseling with a focus on finding the best way to fund your legal education. Let us help you explore your options.

Tuition information

Contact Us

Sharon Eaton
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST
Phone: (603) 513-5105
Fax: (603) 513-5238
Email: financialaid@law.unh.edu

Cost of attendance and living expenses

  • Books and supplies: $1,500*
  • Transportation expenses:  $3,630*
  • Living expenses: $11,000*
  • Miscellaneous - includes health insurance and other expenses: $4,747

*These figures are estimates because they are different for each student's circumstances.

Your cost of living is variable. The good news is that housing costs in the immediate Concord area, since it is a small city, are typically lower than a large metropolitan area. About two-thirds of our students live in apartments within walking distance. Others choose to commute from greater distances. Check out the wide range of housing options in the Concord area.

 

The good news is that you are likely to be offered a scholarship or grant at the time of admission. That’s because at UNH Law the majority of our admitted students qualify for some kind of aid.

Every admitted J.D. student is automatically considered for the following awards:

Dean’s Scholarships

The Dean’s scholarship is merit-based and awarded to admitted students with strong academic credentials (LSAT and GPA).  The Dean’s Scholarships can range up to $37,000 for NH residents and $45,000 for non-residents.

Opportunity Grants

Awarded to select students from diverse backgrounds who have overcome obstacles/adversity, or have demonstrated unique leadership skills. These grants are renewable as long as the recipient is in good academic standing.

Karl F. Jorda Scholarship

Awarded to highly qualified STEM students who plan to pursue patent law or other IP specialties. 

Law Preview Scholarships Sponsored By Lexis Nexis  

Law Preview (the nation's largest law school prep course) has teamed up with Lexis Nexis, one of the world’s leading online research providers, to provide Law Preview Scholarships to select members of our entering class.  Lexis Nexis has generously agreed to help entering students prepare for the unique challenges they will face during their 1L year at UNH Law by paying the cost of tuition for a law school prep course.  Review the Law Preview scholarship information to see if you meet the scholarship criteria.

Additional Scholarships and Grants

Douglas J. Wood Chairman's Scholarships

Wood scholars are selected from rising 2Ls who did not receive merit scholarships upon matriculation and who have demonstrated academic excellence, keen writing ability and service to the law school. The award for a Wood scholarship varies. These scholarships are funded from a donation by 1976 alumnus and former chairman of the board of the UNH School of Law, Douglas J. Wood, through a gift he received for distinguished service to a client.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships have been established to honor alumni and friends of the UNH Law community and are available to entering and returning students who meet the specific criteria.

Need-based Options

The majority of funding for law school is acquired through student loans. Some are granted on a need-based determination. All require a good credit history. See the Loans section for complete information on federal, direct and private loans.

On-campus employment is an option for students.

New England Regional Student Program

The University of New Hampshire participates in the New England Board of Higher Education’s New England Regional Student Program (NERSP). Students with a primary residence in a New England state that does not have a public law school qualify for a tuition discount through this program. Currently, the tuition discount applies to residents of Vermont and Rhode Island. The NERSP tuition rate for J.D. students enrolling at UNH Law in the Fall of 2017 is $39,100. 

Rudman Fellowship

Two students with an interest in public service are eligible for a full-tuition scholarship, summer stipend for qualified public service and additional leadership training through the law school’s Warren B. Rudman Center. 

U.S. Military Veteran/GI Bill®

UNH Law is proud to support our veterans as a Yellow Ribbon participating school.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

You may continue your scholarship search at:

Residential Graduate Law Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship
Awarded to graduate law students who have achieved outstanding academic credentials and demonstrate extraordinary potential to be a successful member of the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law community.

  • Award: Ranges from $7,500-$15,000
  • Application: No application is required. Recipients are selected at time of admission.

Dean’s Scholarship
Awarded to graduate law students who have achieved excellent academic credentials and demonstrated financial need.

  • Award: Ranges from $5,000-$10,000
  • Application: No application is required. Recipients are selected at time of admission.

Professional Experience Award
Awarded to entering graduate law students in recognition of their years of professional experience

  • Award: Ranges from $500-$5,000
  • Application: No application is required. Recipients are selected at time of admission.

Emerging Professional Award
Awarded to early career graduate law students who show strong potential in their field of study.

  • Award: Ranges from $500-$5,000
  • Application: No application is required. Recipients are selected at time of admission.                                                                           

Franklin Pierce Center Scholarship
Awarded to graduate law students based on their educational background, experience, and/or expressed interest in the field of Intellectual Property and/or Commerce and Technology law.

  • Award: Ranges from $500-$3,000
  • Application: No application is required. Recipients are selected at time of admission.

Alumni Referral Scholarship
Awarded to graduate law students who were referred to Franklin Pierce by an alum of the law school.

  • Award: $5,000
  • Application: No application is required. Applicants should note on their application the name of the alum who referred them. Referring alumni are encouraged to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This letter can count as one of the applicant’s two required letters of recommendation.

International Student Scholarship
Awarded annually to an international graduate student admitted to the LLM in Intellectual Property or the Master’s in Intellectual Property who has achieved outstanding academic credentials. This award is sponsored by ROYZZ & CO., a law firm in Mumbai, India.

  • Award: $5,000
  • Application: Separate application is required. For more information and to request a scholarship application, please e-mail admissions@law.unh.edu. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2020.

You may continue your scholarship search at:

Online Dean’s Scholarship
Awarded to online graduate law students who have achieved excellent academic credentials and/or demonstrated financial need.

  • Award: Ranges from 5%-20% Tuition Scholarship
  • Application: No application is required, but students should indicate on their application that they would like to be considered for scholarships. Recipients are selected at time of admission.                                                                

Online Franklin Pierce Center Scholarship
Awarded to online graduate law students applying to the Intellectual Property program based on their educational background, experience, and/or expressed interest in the field of Intellectual Property.

  • Award: Ranges from 5%-20% Tuition Scholarship
  • Application: No application is required but students should indicate on their application that they would like to be considered for scholarships. Recipients are selected at time of admission.

FBINAA Partnership Award
Awarded to members of the FBINAA who enroll as students in the International Criminal Law and Justice program.

  • Award: 20% Tuition Scholarship
  • Application: No application is required. However, students should indicate on their application that they are affiliated with the FBINAA. Recipients are selected at time of admission.

How Do I Start?

Ninety percent of UNH Law’s admitted students qualify for student loans and the majority of admitted students are offered scholarships or grants.

What’s most important to know is that to be qualified for financial aid, it is imperative you complete an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA . The priority deadline is March 1 and our school code is 002589.

How It Works

For Admitted Students

We begin processing financial aid awards for newly admitted students by early February. Awards are posted on the UNH secure website: WebCat.  Scholarships and student loans are posted to your financial aid in two equal installments, half for fall semester, half for spring semester.

For Returning Students

Financial aid awards are processed on a rolling basis beginning in February. Your scholarship, if applicable, and student loans are posted to your student account in two equal disbursements, half for fall semester, half for spring semester.

Financial Aid Application and Loan Documents to be completed:

1. FAFSA: Complete the FAFSA. Our school code is 002589.

You must have a valid PIN and your previous year's income tax information. As a graduate level student, you are considered independent. No parental tax information is required. If you are chosen for verification, you will be notified by the financial aid office. Verification requires providing a copy of your signed federal tax return with W-2s. It is strongly recommended that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to include your tax information into the FAFSA.

2. Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN):  Complete this form and online entrance counseling the first time you borrow a Federal Direct Stafford Loan while attending UNH Law.

You are advised to exhaust Stafford Loan eligibility before borrowing in the Graduate PLUS Loan program.

3. Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN):  Complete this form and online Entrance Counseling the first time you borrow a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan while attending UNH Law. You also must complete the PLUS Request Process – indicating how much you’d like to borrow. A credit check will be processed on your request and you will be notified immediately if you are approved or if an endorser is required.

4.  Alternative Loans: Students should not consider borrowing private student loans until they have exhausted their maximum federal student loan eligibility. The terms and conditions of these credit-based private loan programs vary, and as such, students are encouraged to review the details of the programs before selecting a private loan program. 

Need-based Options

We offer on-campus employment for students.

The majority of funding for law school is acquired through student loans. Some are granted on a need-based determination. All require a good credit history. Click here for complete information on federal, direct and private loans.

U.S. Military Veteran/GI Bill®    

UNH Law is proud to support our veterans as a Yellow Ribbon participating school. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the U.S. government website.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program    

UNH Law is committed to ensuring Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) funds remain a reliable resource for graduates who choose careers serving the public interest.

Securing funds for your study in the United States can be difficult. Our financial aid office has put together a list of resources to help you through this process.

The following organizations and websites offer some information regarding private loans and scholarships available to international students.

Exit Counseling Information:  J.D. Class of 2016

1.  Access your Federal Financial Aid Loan records in the National Student Loan Data System. Make sure your Loan Servicers have your correct address information.

2.  You are required to complete online exit counseling for your federal loans. For information about student loan repayment options, call Access Assist at 1-844-755-4357.

3.  Your Servicers will be sending you notices regarding your loans. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO OPEN WHATEVER IS SENT TO YOU AS YOU MAY BE ASKED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN INFORMATION TO THE LENDER OR THE LOAN SERVICER.  FAILURE TO REMAIN IN CONTACT WITH YOUR SERVICERS MAY RESULT IN LOAN SERVICING PROBLEMS, INCLUDING DELINQUENCY OR DEFAULT THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.

4.  If you are uncertain who the holder of your loan is check at www.nslds.ed.gov. Remember that you will have multiple lenders/services unless you Consolidate your loans.

5.  If you DEFAULT on a student loan, YOUR CREDIT WILL BE DIRECTLY IMPACTED AND the authority of UNH School of Law to offer federal loans for future students may be restricted. UNH School of Law has the authority to offer federal loan eligibility based upon prior default statistics. This privilege can be limited, suspended or terminated by the federal government or private lenders, which would mean future UNH School of Law students would be unable to borrow.

Loan Statistics - J.D. Class of 2016 

Program Total $ Recipients Avg. debt per program per recipient Average debt per program per graduate Percent of students with this dept
Federal Direct Stafford 3,237,792 60 53,963 45,603 84.5%
Federal Direct Graduate Plus 2,544,632  49 51,931  35,840  69.0%
Private/Alternative 8,000 1 8,000 113 1.4%
Number of J.D. Graduates 71
Number of J.D. Graduates with Loans 60
Percent of Graduates with Debt 84.5%
Total Debt for Graduating Class $5,790,424
Average Debt per J.D. Graduate $81,555
Highest Debt Load $176,610
Lowest Debt Load (excluding $0) $20,000

There are many websites available to assist in educating you about what is involved in financing your education. To help with your research, we have compiled a list of some of the more popular and useful financial education websites.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Get more information on your federal loans.

Money Management
Named the best online personal finance tool by Money Magazine, PC Magazine and an editor’s choice by PC World, Mint is the U.S. government’s website for financial education. The site includes: Useful information on types of repayment options available. Loan calculators to compare monthly payments for various options.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established a public service loan forgiveness program discharging all remaining debt when someone completes 10 years of full-time employment in public service. The borrower must have made 120 payments as part of the direct loan program in order to obtain this benefit. Only payments made on or after October 1, 2007, count toward the required 120 monthly payments. An employment certification package helps borrowers track their progress toward qualifying for public service loan forgiveness (PSLF). Download the materials.

Consequences of Defaulting on a Student Loan

You are responsible for repaying your student loans even if you do not graduate, have trouble finding a job after graduation or were not satisfied with a school you attended. Defaulting on your student loans has serious consequences. 

Student Loan Consolidation

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Federal Student Aid Ombudsman of the Department of Education

Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The University of New Hampshire School of Law established the Phinney Fund, our loan repayment assistance program (LRAP), for J.D. graduates who take low paying public interest law jobs. UNH Law recognizes the high debt loads that face many J.D. graduates and wants to enable those graduates to still pursue their public interest law careers.

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Perkins or Law Center Loans

The servicer for these loans is ACS. Please contact ACS or call them at 1 (800) 826-4470.

Deferments can be downloaded from this site and sent directly to:

Business Office/University of New Hampshire School of Law
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301

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