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UM Tuition, Budget and Scholarships

2014-2015 Academic Year

Tuition & Fees (based on 30 credits)



General Tuition & Fees



Law School Tuition



Academic Faciilties Fee



Total Tuition & Fees*



*Tuition and fees are subject to modification by the Board of Regents and
the University without notice.

Financial Aid Budget

All financial aid starts with the FAFSA. The FAFSA is available on January 1
and should be submitted by February 15.

The following is based on tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 academic year
for first-year students with no dependents. For students with dependents,
an additional $1,500 is added to living expenses.




Tuition & Fees






Living Expenses









Other expenses:  

Mandatory health insurance coverage, with the right of waiver, is required for all students. Health insurance is available through UM’s Student Insurance Plan.

Parking on campus is $185/year.

A reasonable allowance for the purchase of a computer will be determined and considered by the financial aid office upon request. Any approved amount will be added to the financial aid budget.

Seat Deposit: Accepted applicants who wish to reserve a seat in the entering class are required to make an advance deposit of $300 by the deadline stated in their acceptance letter. For those applicants who enroll, the deposit will be credited toward total University fees at the time of registration.


The University of Montana School of Law offered scholarships to 40% of the current first year law students with an average award of $3,300. All 1L applicants are considered for scholarships without the need of a separate application.

Scholarships may be awarded with a letter of acceptance, but many are awarded later in the admissions cycle, as prospective students make final decisions where they will attend law school. Most 1L scholarships are merit based and awards are dependent upon the strength of an applicant as compared to others. Some scholarships are more specific, being dependent on student interests, place of residence, family, etc.

While no scholarships are guaranteed beyond one year, scholarships are offered to 2L and 3L students based upon their law school performance in comparison to their class and on their individual scholarship applications.

Asian Heritage Law School Scholarshipopen to all students who will be attending their first year of law school by the fall of 2015 or are already in law school. Candidates are asked to write a short essay describing how their background and experiences in the Asian American community influenced their choice to go to law school and how they plan to use their law degree. Deadline January 12, 2015

Appelman Law Firm Criminal Defense Law Scholarship - An essay of not more than three pages describing your crime, punishment, and how you have changed or overcame your past and what you intend to do in the future as an attorney.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness/Law School Scholarship - Applicants must meet the following criteria:  Be a current or incoming law student at an accredited U.S. law school who has been affected by or dealing with issues related to lymphoma or leukemia (either himself/herself or a family member).  Be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.  Be able to show proof of academic achievement with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 from undergraduate or current law school work. Deadline April 30, 2015.

Blewett Scholarship - Scholarships awarded from the Fund are designated for graduates of Montana State University – Bozeman who will be enrolled at the University of Montana School of Law. The Blewett Scholars shall be selected based upon academic merit and financial need.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund - The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.

Law Office of Steven Fritsch Scholarship - The $1,000 scholarship will partially defray first-year expenses for a student who has been accepted into an accredited law school anywhere in the United States for enrollment in the fall of 2015. Deadline July 27, 2015.

Wheechair Disability ScholarshipAt Bell Law Group, we’ve seen first-hand how limited mobility can be a major challenge in workplaces as well as academic settings.  We’ve created this scholarship to help raise awareness about mobility issues and help to educate employers and employees alike on the importance of reasonable accommodations. Deadline February 28, 2015.

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship - The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school.  An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school.

Conditional Scholarship Retention Data. The UM School of Law provides the following information on conditional scholarships.

Scholarship Retention Data Worksheet

Students Matriculating In

# Entering
with Conditional Scholarships 

# Whose conditional Scholarships
Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated 











The Montana University System classifies all students as either in-state or out-of-state. This classification affects admissions decisions and fee determinations. The basic rules for making the classification are found in the Board of Regents' Policy. It is each student's responsibility to secure and review a copy of the policy. Failure to be aware of the rules will not be a cause for granting any exceptions to them.

With certain exceptions, in order to be eligible for in-state status, a person must meet a 12-month durational residency test. You will have to demonstrate a bona fide intent to become a Montana resident. The 12-month period does not start until some act indicative of an intent to establish residency is taken. Mere presence in Montana or enrollment at a unit will not serve to start this period. Sufficient acts to start the period are registration to vote, obtaining a Montana driver's license, registration of a motor vehicle in Montana, purchase of home in Montana, or filing of a resident Montana tax return. The 12-months must be completed by the 15thinstructional day to qualify for that term.

For more information regarding residency, please see: 

Tuition Comparison of Regional Law Schools 

Law School   Resident
Tuition & Fees
  Non Resident
Tuition & Fees
University of Montana $11,334.76 $29,327.56
University of Wyoming  $13,842 $27,192
University of Idaho $16,480 $30,010
University of Oregon $30,586 $38,056
University of Washington $30,891 $43,932
University of Colorado $31,824 $38,610
Willamette $37,625 $37,625
Gonzaga $36,510 $36,510
University of Seattle $41,010 $41,010
Lewis & Clark $42,188 $42,188
Sturm College of Law $44,790 $44,790


 If a student completely withdraws from school, tuition and fees are 100% refundable before classes begin; 90% refundable during the 1st week of classes; 75% refundable during the 2nd week of classes; 50% refundable during the 3rd week of classes and nonrefundable after the 3rd week of classes. The $60 application fee and $300 deposit are nonrefundable.