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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships for First-Year Students

The School of Law has various scholarships available to new law students. Some scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence, while others have been established to assist those in financial need or attract a diverse and experienced class. In awarding scholarships, the School of Law evaluates students using the same factors as those considered in evaluating applications. There is no additional scholarship application, and all applicants are automatically considered for any and all aid for which they are eligible. Scholarship recipients are typically notified of their awards at the time of acceptance or shortly thereafter, but awards are made on a rolling basis and notification could come at any time prior to enrollment.

Out-of-State Tuition Waivers

Texas law allows an out-of-state student (non-resident) who receives a competitive academic scholarship of at least $1,000 for the academic year to pay the significantly lower tuition rates otherwise available only to Texas residents.

Advanced Student Scholarships (for current TTU Law students only)

These scholarships are available to students in their second or third year of law school and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and financial need. Applications are available in the main office each Spring semester.

ABA Standard 509 Scholarship Retention Information

The American Bar Association requires all law schools who offer scholarships that are renewable conditioned upon maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing other than what is required to remain in good standing to disclose the retention rate of such scholarships.  The data are below.

 

First-Year Class Size

Total Number Receiving Scholarship

# Entering with Conditional Scholarships*

# Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated

Students Matriculating In

 

 

 

 

2015 182 100 67 20
2014* 228 208 110 45
2013 214 118 80 23

*For the 2014 entering class, all scholarships of $10,000 or more required recipients to rank in the top 50% of the class. For the 2013 and 2015 entering classes, all scholarships of more than $5,000 required recipients to rank in the top 50% of their class to qualify for renewal. . 

Links to Scholarship Web Sites

Loans / State Aid

Texas Tech University offers a variety of educational loan options for students to assist the student with their educational expenses. Students may select loans offered by the state of Texas, the federal government, or alternative loans through lenders.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Law students are eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, which are not based on financial need. Students are responsible for all of the interest on unsubsidized loans. The current interest rate on Unsubsidized Direct Loans for graduate students is 6.8%.

The yearly maximum eligibility for unsubsidized direct loans is $20,500. (Note: Loan limits are for an academic year, which runs from August to August.)

More information regarding the Federal Direct loan program can be found at studentaid.ed.gov.

Federal PLUS Loan

PLUS loans are federal loans that graduate or professional degree students can use to help pay education expenses. The U.S. Department of Education makes PLUS Loans to eligible borrowers through schools participating in the Direct Loan Program.

  • The U.S. Department of Education is the lender.
  • The borrower must not have an adverse credit history.
  • Loans have a fixed interest rate of 7.9%.
  • The maximum loan amount is the student’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received.

Students receiving a PLUS loan in addition to an Unsubsidized Direct Loan must complete a separate Master Promissory Note for each loan.

For detailed information on Direct PLUS loans, including application instructions and repayment options, visit studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/plus.

Texas College Access Loan

The College Access Loan Program provides alternative educational loans to Texas students who are unable to meet the cost of attendance. The CAL may be used to along with or instead of PLUS loans to cover up to the student's cost of attendance. Students do not have to demonstrate financial need.  However, the amount of federal aid for which you are eligible must be deducted from the cost of attendance in determining the CAL loan amount. The current interest rate is 5.25% fixed, and interest is not capitalized. Although this is not a Federal loan and therefore does not qualify for Federal programs such as Income Based Repayment, the terms are still and might present a better option than Federal PLUS loans to many students.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a Texas resident; and
  • Be enrolled at least half-time; and
  • Meet the satisfacotry academic progress requirements set by the School of Law; and
  • Receive a favorable credit evaluation or provide a cosigner who has good credit standing and meets other requirements

For details on loan fees and repyament rules, visit www.hhloans.com.

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

The Texas Public Educational Grant was established by the Texas Legislature for the purpose of providing a program to supply grants of money to students attending institutions of higher education in Texas. You must complete the FAFSA to apply. Eligibility is determined, in part, by need and availability of funds.

The maximum grant eligibility for a graduate/professional student at Texas Tech Universitfy is $3,500. Grants may be adjusted if scholarships are received. Grants are awarded, in part, on a first-come, first-served basis. Awards are made by the main campus financial aid office, not the law school.

Notes

  • Grants and scholarships awarded by the School of Law and University are also applied toward account balances; adjustments may be made for less than full-time status.
  • The nine-month cost of education (student budget) is based on the average cost of attendance for a student enrolled in 30 credit hours for the fall/spring semesters and includes the following: tuition/fees, room/board, transportation, books and miscellaneous expenses. If the student is an out-of-state resident, the cost of education is higher to account for the increased cost of tuition/fees.
  • There is a separate application process for students applying for summer aid.
  • Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and be enrolled in minimum number of hours (determined by their degree program and semester) to be eligible for aid.

Summer Aid

Any student who wants to apply for summer financial aid must complete an online Summer Aid Application available from TTU Financial Aid. These applications are generally available from February 1 to June 20 each year. A separate budget is calculated based on which terms the student is attending. The amounts awarded will vary based on the balance of the academic year loan eligibility that was not borrowed during the previous nine-month award period.

Laptop Program

General Information

Texas Tech University School of Law students who qualify for financial aid may add the cost of a new laptop computer to their educational budget. To pay for the laptop, students may increase their financial aid package in the specific amount of the cost of a laptop, up to $1,500. Students are allowed to do this only one time during their law school career.

For additional information contact:

Mark Langford, Financial Aid Adviser
806-834-3875
mark.langford@ttu.edu

 

Laptop Purchase Process

For the cost of a laptop computer to qualify for financial aid should bring a price estimate on an invoice/company letterhead or a purchase receipt showing the total cost of the laptop computer to the law school financial aid office. Students will receive aid in the either the amount of the cost of the laptop or the maximum set by the School of Law ($1,500), whichever is less. For incoming first-year students, purchases made after July 1st can be covered by this process.

Laptop Computer Minimum Requirements

In order to qualify for financial aid support for the laptop purchase, the laptop computer must meet the following minimum specifications.

Minimum Operating System Requirements

  • Windows Windows 7, or Windows 8
  • Macintosh OS 10.7 (Lion) or higher
  • Ethernet port or adapter

*Consult the Microsoft and Apple websites for the mimimum and recommended hardware specifications required to run their respective operating systems.

Recommended

  • External Hard drive for regular backup of critical data
  • External CD/DVD optical drive

Various software packages are available for download by students via their eRaider account. (http://www.eraider.ttu.edu), including Microsoft Office and Adobe products, download to students. Windows and Mac versions are available.

Ordering the Laptop Computer

Dell Laptops

Law students may participate in a special arrangement with Dell Computers to obtain a laptop that meets the school's software and hardware network configuration requirements. Dell laptops purchased through the Laptop Program will come preloaded with all drivers, software, and hardware configurations needed to connect to the Texas Tech University network.

Dell laptops purchased through the Laptop Program come with a three-year on-site repair or replacement warranty and the Gold level service program. By purchasing a Dell laptop, the user is also entitled to access Dell support wherever a Dell support center/technician is available.

If you are purchasing a Dell laptop through the Laptop Program, do not purchase any software from Dell that can be obtained through your eRaider account. Since your required software is made available through Texas Tech University, you will not be required to purchase additional software through Dell.

The Dell computers purchased through this program are designed to support a student through three years of law school and come with a three year on-site repair or replacement warranty.

Go directly to http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ithelpcentral/recommend.php to access the link to the Texas Tech University purchasing page on Dell's website.

Non-Dell Laptops

Students who wish to purchase a non-Dell laptop are still eligible for financial assistance as long as the laptop meets the Minimum Hardware Requirements above. Students interested in Apple products can find the link to their educational store on this page, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ithelpcentral/recommend.php.

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