Each year, WVU Law assists students in accessing a range of financial aid, including loans, scholarships, grants, graduate assistantships, and college work-study.

Your first step to be considered for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA becomes available on October 1st, for the following academic year. You are encouraged to apply by March 1st in order to receive the best offer available to you. For your full financial aid timeline, click here.

WVU Law is dedicated to fostering justice and diversity in an inclusive community.

The Federal School Code for WVU is 003827.

Merit Scholarships

WVU Law awards merit scholarships to qualified incoming 1L students at the time of admission. Merit scholarships are based on academic achievement criteria. If a student has been awarded a merit scholarship, the award letter is included with the admission packet.

There is no separate application required to be considered for a merit scholarship.

If you have any questions regarding financial aid or scholarships, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management at wvulaw.admissions@mail.wvu.edu.

Foundation Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available through our foundation. To be eligible to be considered for most of these scholarships, students must have a completed FAFSA on file. These scholarships are typically awarded to currently enrolled students, and are often used to help fund merit awards. 

For more information, as well as a list of foundation scholarships and their criteria, visit:

Named Scholarships

West Virginia State Bar Merit Scholarship (Public Interest)

This scholarship is open to prospective students, whether in-state or out-of-state, who intend to pursue public interest law, and remain in West Virginia upon graduation. The West Virginia State Bar, in an expression of support for public interest law, annually funds this fellowship, in exchange for a student's promise to take a public interest position after graduation. West Virginia public interest organizations at which a graduating student might serve include, but are not limited to: Legal Aid of West Virginia, Mountain State Justice, West Virginia Senior Legal Aid, ChildLaw Services, and West Virginia Public Defender offices. The Bar will defray the student's cost of attendance in an amount equal to the rate of tuition and fees for an in-state student, for three years in exchange for three years of post-graduate service with a West Virginia public interest organization. In addition, one year of loans will be forgiven for each year of qualifying post-graduate public interest employment. The successful applicant also will draw his or her normal salary from his or her public interest employer.

Criteria for selection include: (1) history of involvement in civic and community activities, (2) academic record, (3) level of commitment to a public service oriented legal career in West Virginia, and (4) complete WVU Law application on or before the March 1st deadline. To apply, please submit the following to Elissa.Momen@mail.wvu.edu, Subject Line – “WV State Bar Public Interest Scholarship Application”:

  1. A typed essay of 500 words or less addressing the criteria listed above;
  2. An up-to-date resume with a minimum of 3 references and their contact information, including at least one former or current employer; and
  3. A statement of allowance for WVU Law to share your law school application with the Scholarship Review Committee

DEADLINE: Friday, March 27, 2020

West Virginia State Bar Rural Practice Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to one member of the Class of 2023 who expresses a commitment to practice law in a designated rural county in West Virginia. In exchange for a commitment to three years of post-graduate practice in a rural county, the scholarship will pay in-state tuition and fees for three years of law school at WVU. Counties covered by the West Virginia State Bar Rural Practice Scholarship currently include: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Monroe, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Ritchie, Tucker, Tyler, Webster and Wirt. One year of loans will be forgiven for each year of qualifying post-graduate rural practice. If the recipient chooses to stop practicing in a rural community, he or she will be required to pay back the outstanding scholarship amount.

Criteria for selection include: (1) academic record and academic promise, (2) commitment to establishing a rural practice in West Virginia, (3) potential for maintaining a rural practice in West Virginia over a prolonged period of time, and (4) complete WVU Law application on or before the March 1 deadline. To apply, please submit the following to Elissa.Momen@mail.wvu.edu  –  with “WV State Bar Rural Practice Scholarship Application” in the subject line:

1. A typed essay of 500 words or less addressing the criteria listed above. 
2. An up-to-date resume with a minimum of three references and their contact information, including at least one former or current employer. 
3. A statement of allowance for WVU Law to share your law school application with the Scholarship Review Committee.

DEADLINE: Friday, April 3, 2020