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. See the full financial aid timeline (PDF).

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. Merit scholarships are based on a number of factors, including academic achievement. 

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: April 2, 2021