Wise decisions and careful debt management will reduce a student’s future debt and broaden his or her legal employment options.
It’s a fact of legal education that most students emerge from law school with some level of student loan debt. SUNY Buffalo Law School provides exceptional education at a lower price than private law schools. As a result, our students enter the work force with much lower debt loads.
A cost-benefit analysis makes the point clear. Our students graduate to work at the same law firms and earn the same starting salaries as graduates who attend pricey private law schools. But without crippling debt, they aren’t constrained to choose their career path based on salary alone. Consistent with SUNY Buffalo Law School’s commitment to non-profit work and government service, our graduates enjoy great flexibility to follow their passion for the law wherever it may take them.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
If you wish to be considered for financial aid, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it as soon as possible after Jan. 1. The Title IV Code Number for the Law School is 002837. Because we are the public law school for the State of New York, our tuition remains very affordable. Out-of-state U.S. residents pay a slightly higher tuition but are eligible to establish New York residency for their second and third years of study.
To help you meet the expenses of a legal education, there are loan programs available:
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans offer a maximum of
$20,500 per academic year. The University at Buffalo is a direct
lending institution. Students who still have financial need after
borrowing the maximum of $20,500 in Federal Direct Loans may
contact our financial aid coordinator for information regarding
other loan options.
Perkins Loan and College Work-study are campus-based aid.
Students are automatically considered for both if the FAFSA is
processed by March 1. Awards are based on need and
availability of funds.
The Law School offers a wide range of financial assistance to meet the expenses of your legal education.
Scholarships, grants and fellowships – available through
SUNY Buffalo Law School, bar associations, community groups
and national organizations – do not have to be repaid. We
encourage you to learn more about these sources of funding at Fastweb.com or Finaid.org.
The SUNY Buffalo Law Scholarship Committee typically awards merit- or need-based scholarships to almost one-third of the entering class. By submitting an application for admission by March 1, students are automatically considered for these scholarships. Additional aid programs administered by New York State can be found at the New York State Higher Education Services Corp.
The University at Buffalo has been able to provide partial tuition scholarships for students who participated as undergraduates in an Educational Opportunity Program, a Higher Education Opportunity Program or a Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge program. These waivers are not automatic. Students who believe they may be eligible for a Graduate Educational Opportunity Program tuition waiver should contact the Graduate School at 716-645-2939.
Graduate Educational Opportunity Program Tuition Waivers. UB has been able to provide partial tuition scholarships for students who participated as undergraduates in either an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), or a Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) program. These waivers are not automatic.
If you believe you may be eligible for this program, read more about the Graduate Education Opportunity Program.
As a result of being a public law school, our in-state tuition is very affordable. Out-of-state residents pay a slightly higher tuition but are eligible to establish New York residency for their second and third years of study.
If you are an out-of-state student, consider changing your permanent state of residency to New York. To qualify for in-state residency you must visit UB's Student Accounts and complete the Application for Residency for New York State Tuition Purposes (PDF).
To request consideration for New York state residency, download and submit:
You are advised to refer to the UB’s Student Accounts Department for the most current information regarding New York state residency.