Types of Financial Aid

  • A variety of resources are available to assist Capital Law students with funding their education:  

    • Federal Loans  
    • Scholarships 
    • Federal Work-Study 
    • Veteran’s Educational Benefits/GI Bill 
    • Employer Tuition Reimbursement  
    • Private Loans 
    • Personal Savings

    The majority of financial aid funding comes from Federal Loans.  In the 2015-2016 academic year, 95% of Capital Law students used federal loans to fund a portion or all of their education and living expenses.  We encourage all prospective and current students to consider federal loans.   

    Law students are eligible for two types of Federal loans: The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

    Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan 

    All students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens are guaranteed a maximum of $20,500 per academic year in Stafford Loan.  Borrowers do not need to pass a credit check to receive funding.  The loan is assessed an origination fee by the federal government on each disbursal and interest begins accruing as soon as funds are disbursed.    

    Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans 

    Graduate PLUS loans may be used to cover the difference between the Cost of Attendance for your program and all other financial aid.  For example, if the total cost of attendance for your program is $55,000 and you have a Stafford Loan of $20,500, you may be eligible to borrow up $34,500 of Graduate PLUS.  Borrowers need to pass a credit check to qualify.  The loan is assessed an origination fee by the federal government on each disbursal and interest begins accruing as soon as funds are disbursed.    

    The Student Loan Fact Sheet provides additional information on each loan:  Loan Fact Sheet 

    Scholarships 

    All applicants admitted to the JD program are considered for Institutional Scholarships.  Scholarship decisions are based primarily on undergraduate academic performance and LSAT scores.  Awards range from $3,000 to $30,000.  Funds are applied to a student's account in two equal disbursements in the fall and spring semesters.  Scholarship funds are not available for use during the summer term.  These merit-based scholarships are renewable each year if the student meets the minimum renewal criteria

    Continuing students have the opportunity to earn additional funds through Endowed Scholarships.  Endowed Scholarships are awarded per the donor’s specific criteria.  While some require a formal application others may not.  In those cases, all students who meet the general criteria will be considered for funding.  The cycle for scholarships requiring an application begins early spring semester.  Scholarship recipients are notified mid-summer and funds are applied to a student's account in two equal disbursements in the fall and spring semesters.  Endowed Scholarship funds are not available for use during the summer and in general, endowed scholarships are not renewable. 

    NOTE: Many endowed scholarships require that a student’s financial need be considered.  In order to determine need, a review of the current FAFSA information is required.  All students who wish to be considered for endowed funds should complete an annual FAFSA.

    All students may apply for Outside Scholarships.  Capital University Law School maintains a list of scholarships available through businesses, associations and private donors from around the country.  Amounts, deadlines and criteria can be found on the individual organization websites.  Capital University Law School receives new scholarship information throughout the year.  Students should regularly monitor this list.

    Federal Work-Study
    Students who demonstrate financial need have the opportunity to participate in the Federal Work Study program.  Students earn wages while gaining useful skills as faculty research assistants, library assistants and experience in a variety of administrative offices.  If you are interested in participating in the Federal Work-Study program, contact the Law School Financial Aid office.

    Veteran’s Educational Benefits 

    Eligibility for veteran and dependent education benefits is determined by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  You must be admitted to the university and registered for courses in a degree-seeking program before you can be certified for veterans and dependent education benefits.  Eligible students must submit their Certificate of Eligibility from the VA to the Financial Aid Office to be certified for benefits.  

    Capital University Law School is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program which  provides education benefits to military veterans who have served on active duty since September 11, 2001. 

    Capital University provides matching awards up to $6,000 annually to eligible veterans.  

    Employer Tuition Reimbursement 

    Capital University Law School offers matching funds of up to $5,250 per year to students who receive employer tuition reimbursement.  The CapLaw Partners program and the Professionals in Law program provide our working professionals the opportunity to reduce the cost of obtaining a legal education.