The University of Houston begins awarding the first for April for the fall and spring semesters to accepted students with a complete financial aid file. Summer financial aid is processed separately.
Law Tuition Grant: Law students applying for financial aid are considered for this program (need based). It is also awarded on a first come basis to students with need. Awards vary each year.
Dean's Scholarship: Each law student is considered for a scholarship upon acceptance to the UHLC. The amounts awarded will vary. These scholarships are generally renewable, based on academic performance.
The Office of Admissions offers a number of Dean's Scholarships to each entering class. These merit scholarships vary in number and amount and are renewable for the following two years for full-time students (or three years for part-time students), provided that requisite grades are maintained. Each accepted applicant is automatically considered for a Dean's Scholarship and no separate application is required. If you are an out of state resident and receive a Dean's Scholarship, you will receive an in-state tuition waiver.
Outside Scholarships: Applicants are encouraged to search for outside scholarships. Some suggestions are www.fastweb.com, www.aie.org individual organizations, sororities or fraternities, social clubs, religious or business organizations, employers of a parent, spouse or friend, foundations, town or city clubs, community organizations and civic groups such as the American Legion, YMCA, 4H Club, Elks, Kiwanis, Jaycees or girl & boy scouts. Any organization connected with your field of interest.
**Scholarship and grant criteria are subject to change.
Federal Perkins Loan: Awarded on a first come basis to students with the highest need. Amounts awarded vary each year. Students are borrowing money from the University, agreeing to 5% interest with a nine-month grace period after graduation or if the student drops below half time (6 hours).
Federal Direct Loan: All law students that qualify are considered for this program. With the 2011 Budget Control Act, effective July 1, 2012 the federal Stafford loan will be Unsubsidized in the amount of $20,500 but not to exceed COE, whichever is less. Interest on a direct Stafford loan has a fixed interest rate of 6.8% that begins accruing once the funds disburse. Beginning 3/1/13 the origination fee went from 1% to 1.051%. This loan has a six-month grace period after graduation or dropping below half time enrollment (6 hours) before repayment begins. Interest on an Unsubsidized loan is the responsibility of the student. It may be capitalized or paid periodically. All Direct loans come in two disbursements during a loan period, half in fall and the other half in spring.
Grad Plus Loan: This is also a federal loan program. Available to all financial aid eligible law students with a COE that exceeds the student's award. Grad Plus loans are credit based and a creditworthy cosigner may be required in some instance. The Grad PLUS Loan has a fixed 7.9% interest rate for the life of the loan. Beginning 3/1/13 the origination fee went from 4% to 4.204% for processing. The borrower must not have an adverse credit history, no payments required while in school, repayment begins 6 month after graduation or dropping below ½ time (6 hours), deferment and forbearance options are available during periods of financial difficulty or bar study and flexible repayment options including Level, Extended, Graduated and Income Sensitive plans.
Alternative/Private Loan: Available to students with a COE that exceeds the student's award. Private loans are credit based and a creditworthy cosigner may be required. Private loans may have different fees at disbursement and at repayment. Each lender will offer a slightly different program and usually several repayment options, so consider your options carefully.
Bar Loan: Available to law students who are in their final year of study and need resources to finance expenses associated with studying for the Bar examination. Processing fees may be deducted at disbursement and a supplemental guarantee fee may be charged at repayment. Disbursement(s) is (are) made payable to the graduate at their requested mailing address.
Law Center Emergency Loan: Available for short-term financial problems students may have. Maximum amount is $300. No interest is due, but must be repaid in 30 days. Applications are available at the Law Center Student Services reception desk.
**Loan amounts, interest rates, processing fees and grace periods are all subject to change. You should review the terms and conditions of each promissory note.
The Hazelwood Act Tuition Exemption is available for Texas Veterans and eligible dependents. The Hazlewood waiver covers tuition and most all fees.
University of Houston Law Center
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6060
School code 003652