Costs & Financial Aid

With tuition and debt levels well below the national average for private institutions, Drake Law School has been named a Best Value Private Law School by PreLaw Magazine.

Drake Law School provides a legal education that is not only exceptional, but affordable. Our students graduate with 14 percent less debt than the national average for private law school graduates.

We also award more than $4 million in scholarships annually. More than 60 percent of Drake Law students receive scholarships, and more than 90 percent receive government-funded loans.

2017-18 Costs

JD Program

 Annual Tuition and Fees:

Tuition:     $40,500*    
Fees: $112
Total: $40,612

*$1,396 per credit hour for less than full-time (less than 10 credits).

(Tuition cost per semester: $20,250)

Estimated JD student budget:

Tuition: $40,500
Fees: $112
Living Expenses (estimate): $18,440
Books (estimate): $2,000
Loan Fee (estimate): $1,340
Total: $62,392

MJ Program

Cost per credit hour for the MJ program is $850.

Loans are available for students who enroll in 5 credits or more per semester.

LLM Program

Annual Tuition and Fees:

Tuition:     $40,500*    
Fees: $112
Total: $40,612

*1,396 per credit hour for less than full-time (less than 10 credits).

(Tuition cost per semester: $20,250)

Loans are available for students who enroll in 5 credits or more per semester.

Financial Aid

The financial assistance program at Drake is intended to provide you with the resources to finance your legal education completely.

Students wishing to borrow loans must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and request the analysis be sent to Drake University (School Code: 001860). The FAFSA can be filed as early as Oct. 1 but financial aid packages will not be available until early February. Loan eligibility will be determined after the FAFSA analysis is received at Drake.

Refund Policy

In the event that a student withdrawals or is dropped from enrollment due to non-payment, the student will receive a refund of tuition based on the University's refund schedule.

Learn more about Drake University's Drop, Withdrawal, and Refund Policy.

Additional Resources

Drake Law School Loan Information
Drake Law School Scholarships
FAFSA Website
Federal PIN Registration
Financial Aid Calculators
Income Based Repayment
Income-Driven Repayment Plans for Federal Student Loans
Mapping Your Future
Student Financial Aid
Student Guide to Federal Aid


Questions? Contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 515-271-2782 or law-admit@drake.edu.

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