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The University of Houston begins awarding in May for the fall and spring semesters to accepted students with a complete financial aid file. Summer financial aid is processed separately.


Dean's Scholarship:  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 the following three years for part-time students), provided they remain in good standing with the Law Center. 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 such as 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 criterias are subject to change.

TASFA/Senate Bill 1528 (Formerly House Bill 1403)


Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan : All law students that qualify are considered for this program. Effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, the interest on a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan will be 6.54% that begins accruing once the funds disburse. The origination fee is 1.057%. 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.

Graduate Plus Loan: This is also a federal loan program. Available to all financial aid eligible law students with a COA that exceeds the student's award. Graduate Plus Loans are credit based and a credit-worthy cosigner may be required in some instance. Effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 the interest rate on a Grad PLUS Loan is 7.54%. The origination fee is 4.228%. The borrower cannot have an adverse credit history. No payments are required while in school, repayment begins six (6) months after graduation or dropping below half time enrollment (6 hours), deferment and forbearance options are available during periods of financial difficulty or the period while studying for the bar and there are flexible repayment options.

Alternative/Private Loan:  Available to students with a COA that exceeds the student's award. Private loans are credit based and a credit-worthy 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 Loans: Credit based private loans 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. If the lender requires certification of the anticipated graduation date, be sure to notify Emelia Alvear.

**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.


Hazlewood Exemption - Military Exemptions for Texas Veterans

  • The Hazlewood Act Tuition Exemption is available for Texas Veterans and eligible dependents. The Hazlewood waiver covers tuition and most all fees. 

Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008

Department of Veterans Affairs


University of Houston Law Center
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
4170 Martin Luther King Blvd
Houston, TX 77204-6060
(713) 743-2269
School code 003652