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Financial Aid

Though WVU Law is an affordable law school choice, we recognize that many students need financial aid to afford the full cost of a legal education. Each year, WVU Law assists students in accessing a range of financial aid, including loans, scholarships, grants, graduate assistantships, and college work-study.

Your first step to be considered for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA becomes available on October 1st, for the following academic year. You are encouraged to apply by March 1st in order to receive the best offer available to you. For your full financial aid timeline, click here.  

The Federal School Code for WVU is 003827.

Merit Scholarships

WVU Law awards merit scholarships to qualified incoming 1L students at the time of admission. Merit scholarships are based on academic achievement criteria. If a student has been awarded a merit scholarship, the award letter is included with the admission packet.

There is no separate application required to be considered for a merit scholarship. 

If you have any questions regarding financial aid or scholarships, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management at

Foundation Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available through our foundation. To be eligible to be considered for most of these scholarships, students must have a completed FAFSA on file. These scholarships are typically awarded to currently enrolled students.

W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship

This fellowship is open to prospective law students who identify as Black or African American. Selection is competitive on the basis of academic merit and potential for success in a graduate or professional program of study.

To be nominated for the Du Bois Fellowship, individuals must complete application to the WVU Law Admissions office by mid-January. 

The Du Bois Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $19,000, a waiver of University tuition, a College tuition scholarship (fall and spring terms), payment of University fees, and graduate student health insurance coverage.

For more information, visit the WVU Du Bois Fellowships website.

W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowships

West Virginia State Bar Merit Scholarship (Public Interest)

This scholarship is open to prospective students, whether in-state or out-of-state, who intend to pursue public interest law, and remain in West Virginia upon graduation. The West Virginia State Bar, in an expression of support for public interest law, annually funds this fellowship, in exchange for a student's promise to take a public interest position after graduation. West Virginia public interest organizations at which a graduating student might serve include, but are not limited to: Legal Aid of West Virginia, Mountain State Justice, West Virginia Senior Legal Aid, ChildLaw Services, and West Virginia Public Defender offices. The Bar will defray the student's cost of attendance in an amount equal to the rate of tuition and fees for an in-state student, for three years in exchange for three years of post-graduate service with a West Virginia public interest organization. In addition, one year of loans will be forgiven for each year of qualifying post-graduate public interest employment. The successful applicant also will draw his or her normal salary from his or her public interest employer.

Criteria for selection include: (1) history of involvement in civic and community activities, (2) academic record, (3) level of commitment to a public service oriented legal career in West Virginia, and (4) complete WVU Law application on or before the March 1 deadline. To apply, please submit the following to, Subject Line – “WV State Bar Public Interest Scholarship Application”:

  1. A typed essay of 500 words or less addressing the criteria listed above;
  2. An up-to-date resume with a minimum of 3 references and their contact information, including at least one former or current employer; and
  3. A statement of allowance for WVU Law to share your law school application with the Scholarship Review Committee

DEADLINE: Friday, March 29th, 2019

Educational Access Scholarship

The WVU College of Law Educational Access Scholarship will be awarded in an amount of up to $10,000 per year for three years to a student of diversity. Please see the diversity criteria below. This scholarship can only be applied to tuition and fees.

To be considered for the Educational Access Scholarship, a student must apply to WVU College of Law by March 1.

Diversity Criteria

A candidate for the Educational Access Scholarship must meet one of the following diversity criteria:

  • Age (non-traditional).
  • First-generation (undergraduate) college student.
  • Gender.
  • Geographic (including Appalachian heritage).
  • Race/Ethnicity.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Socioeconomic status.
  • Other factors that may contribute to a well-rounded student body.

For more information, email or call (304) 293-5304.

Educational Opportunity Merit Waiver

WVU provides the College of Law with a number of merit tuition waivers that we may award to competitively selected graduate students. The purpose of these merit waivers is to help WVU Law recruit and retain students and to help these students graduate in a timely manner. See WVU Tuition Waivers.

To be considered for the Educational Opportunity Merit Waiver, a student must apply to WVU College of Law by March 1.

When awarding waivers, multiple diversity factors may be considered, including:

  • Age
  • First-generation college student 
  • Gender Geographic (including Appalachian heritage) 
  • Race/Ethnicity 
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Socioeconomic status 
  • Other factors that may contribute to a well-rounded student body

For more information, email or call (304) 293-5304.

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