We encourage you to pursue these outside sources of assistance. In addition to the list of potential resources listed below, we urge you to check with the local bar association in your hometown and with any organization or employer that you or your family are affiliated.
Any external aid you receive will reduce the amount of loans you may borrow, and thereby reduce your loan indebtedness.
WSU Law students often qualify for merit awards from external organizations.
These external links provide additional information that may be useful to students. Providing links to a website does not constitute an endorsement by Wayne State University Law School of the sponsors of the site or the information or products presented on the site.
See other opportunities on our Writing Competition Web page
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund 2014-15 Application will be available in December 2013
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. 2014 Diversity Scholarship and Application Deadline: May 31, 2014
- Jeptha Wade Schureman Scholarship for Fatherless Youth at Wayne State University
- Otis M. Smith Scholarship for Single Mothers at Wayne State University
DegreedUp.org 2014 Deadline: November 27, 2013
Nation Institute Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties Deadline: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
for first-year law students (in between their first and second year) Award: $1,000 honorarium
- Straker Bar Foundation Scholarship
- Real Property Law Section Law School Book Award -
- See Wayne Law Dean of Students Office for application details
Scholarship Search Sites
Scholarships for International Students
The eduPASS website has scholarship and other financial options for students who are not US citizens.
Be aware of tactics companies use to convince students to utilize their services:
Additional information about post graduate awards can be found on the Wayne Law Career Services Office web page at www.law.wayne.edu/career-services/alumni.php.
Wayne State University Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence (OMVAE)
The WSU Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence provides help concerning the educational benefit programs available to veterans and their dependents. OMVAE can be reached at (313) 577-9180 and are located in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL), Room 1656.
US Department of Veterans Affairs
The GI Bill website includes information on the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or “New GI Bill.”
Financial Aid for Veterans and Their Dependents
A comprehensive guide to financial aid for veterans and their dependents.
The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You should complete and submit the application form available online and will receive written notification explaining the VA’s decision regarding your eligibility for the program. If you are eligible, your Certificate of Eligibility will also advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program. You should take your Certificate of Eligibility to the WSU Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence (1600 UGL, Room 1656) to certify your enrollment to VA, including Yellow Ribbon.
Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW): This program is for members of US federally recognized tribes. In order to be eligible for the MITW, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be enrolled at one of Michigan's public colleges or universities AND
- You must be ¼ or more Native American blood quantum as certified by your Tribal Enrollment Department AND
- You must be an enrolled member of a US Federally recognized Tribe as certified by your Tribal Enrollment Department AND
- You must be a legal resident of the state of Michigan for not less than 12 consecutive months.
For more information on this and other programs, visit the websites below:
- Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver - Michigan Department of Civil Rights
- Bureau of Indian Education Grants, US Department of the Interior
- American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships
- American Indian College Fund
No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) is a program for transitioning workers into good-paying jobs by providing up to two years worth of free tuition at any community college, university, or other approved training provider. The program is available to help workers gain the skills and credentials for new careers in high-demand occupations, emerging industries, or to start a business. More information can be found through your local Michigan Works Office, at www.michigan.gov/nwlb, or by calling the 1-800-285-WORK.
Loan repayment assistance can come in the form of scholarships or loan forgiveness programs from a variety of sources.
- Wayne State University Law School Loan Repayment Scholarships : Offered annually.
- Legal Services of Eastern Michigan Loan Repayment Assistance Program
- Visit our Loan Repayment page for more information on loan repayment assistance.
Full-time AmeriCorps members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service. See americorps.gov for more information.
Although we do verify our external links regularly, we would appreciate it if you would notify us in the Law School Financial Aid Office if you find any bad links or inaccurate information.