Fordham Grants/Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

Fordham offers merit scholarships for those admitted students with very high LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs. The awards, given at the time of admission to the Law School, are made for three years as long as the student remains in good academic standing.  These merit scholarships generally range from $5,000 - $15,000 per year.

In addition, the Admissions Office solicits applicants for the Francis J. Mulderig National Scholars Program.  A very few of these full tuition awards are made every year.

Need-based Grants

Each year, a limited number of partial tuition grants are awarded on the basis of need. The awards are made primarily to full-time day students, as evening students usually are working or have the capacity to earn income to support portions of their tuition and living expenses. Nevertheless, evening students should not be discouraged from applying for need based aid.

Funding for Fordham's grant program is derived from several sources. In addition to funding from the Law School's operating revenues, a great deal of our financial aid funding comes from donors, either through our Annual Fund, or through established, often endowed scholarship funds. These scholarships have been made possible through the generosity of benefactors of the Law School or made possible by others who honor the individuals for whom the scholarships are named.

Fordham Grants range between $2,000 and $20,600 annually. They are guaranteed renewable for the second year.  In the third (and fourth) year, they may be reduced by income over $15,000 that was earned in the summer preceding the final year.  The equation for this is:  (gross income minus $15,000) x 0.6 x 0.5.

Although the awards are made on the basis of need, some have additional criteria. For example, awards may be made to graduates of certain high schools or colleges, or residents of certain counties or states. Others require a commitment to public service, or are based on other background criteria. These named scholarships are generally named for their donors or honorees.

Named Scholarships

Upon being awarded a specific scholarship, the student is notified of the benefactor and is asked to write to him or her. Fordham holds an annual Benefactors' reception for grant recipients and the benefactors, generally in the early Spring. This is a great opportunity for students to meet the scholarship supporters.

All Fordham Scholarships and grants are made with the understanding that recipients have a moral obligation to support future Fordham students when they are financially able to do so, continuing in the best Fordham traditions and ensuring opportunities for future generations of fellow alumni/ae.

See our Application Process for further guidelines on how to apply.

Please contact us if you have any questions about financial aid.