Financing Your Education

At Cleveland state university College of Law:

We are committed to ensuring that every qualified student, regardless of financial need, can pursue a legal education. Every applicant who is admitted to the law school as a first-year student is automatically considered for a scholarship award.

All Out-of-State Students are eligible for In-State tuition

Guaranteed Scholarships:

All scholarships (money that does not need to be repaid) for entering students are distributed by the Office of Admissions. 

Once awarded, scholarships are guaranteed throughout law school. Like all law schools that offer a guaranteed, unconditional scholarship, you must, of course, maintain good academic standing (2.25 GPA). There is no special application process; simply apply for admission to the college and you will be considered for scholarship money. 

We encourage all students to pursue outside scholarships. Please visit our Current Scholarships page.


About 80% of the law students receive loans. The average loan is $17,000 per year and the average debt for a graduating law student is $62,000.

LOAN Deferments:

Deferments are available for most of your existing educational loans. Simply request the deferment forms from your loan servicer(s), complete the student section, and forward the form to Marcie Rechner, Director of Student Records in the Law Building, Room 142.


The specific dates of the refund schedule are published each academic term and are available on the Office of Treasury Services homepage. Failure to be aware of these dates is NOT grounds for a refund. Students should be cognizant of the financial ramification of their decisions.

Students who officially withdraw from courses may be eligible for a percentage refund of tuition and certain fees only during the first four weeks of a term. Students can withdraw from their courses on-line through CampusNet during the period assigned for the specific course. Please note that the University’s withdrawal period is much longer than the University's refund period. Students who withdraw from a class after the official refund period is concluded are not eligible for a refund. Failing to attend class will not relieve you of your financial obligation to the university, even if you have not yet paid your full tuition bill. Completing your withdrawal in accordance with the refund schedule may eliminate or reduce your financial obligation to the University.

Cleveland State University’s FAFSA code is: 003032.


Questions? Please contact our Office of Admission.

Phone: 216.687.2304 or 866.687.2340 (toll free)

Email: law.admissionsnull@csuohio.nulledu

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