We know that opportunity is essential to success. So at Houston College of Law we work with you—if needed and as needed—to ensure that a promising future in law remains within your financial reach. From academic scholarships, to awards, to loans, numerous options exist for meeting tuition costs and providing ongoing access to Houston College of Law. Typically, more than $3 million in scholarships and grants are available to students each year, and the Federal Work- Study Program provides competitive wages for part-time jobs at the college and several outside public agencies.

Tuition and Fees

The cost of a legal education at Houston College of Law ranks as one of the best values in the country for private schools. Tuition for the fall and spring semesters of academic year 2010-2011 totals $13170 per semester for full-time students and $8880 per semester for part-time students. Tuition for the 2011 summer session is $858 per credit hour. Each student pays a registration and general services fee of $300 per semester. Houston College of Law offers comprehensive deferred tuition payment and financial aid programs.

Federally guaranteed and private education loans
In the academic year 2009-2010, educational loans were the largest source of financial aid to Houston College of Law students. The loan most commonly processed at Houston College of Law is the Federal Direct Loan. Graduate Plus loans are also available to students for educational expenses. These are credit-based loans and are currently at a fixed rate of 7.9 percent.

Student Emergency loans

Federal Work Students Program
The Federal Work Student Program provides part-time jobs at the college and a few outside public agencies for qualified students at competitive wage rates (currently $10.00 per hour).

General Financial Aid Information
Applicants who intend to apply for financial aid for either the full- or part-time program may utilize the college’s website to obtain the required documents and/or forms. Submitting an application for admission to the Admissions Office DOES NOT constitute an application for financial aid, but does constitute an application for new student merit scholarships administered by the Admissions Office. Applicants should begin the financial aid application process early enough to ensure that the deadlines set forth below are met. This will require applicants to begin the financial aid application process even before they are accepted for admission to Houston College of Law.

For more detailed information regarding financial assistance, applicants should refer to the Financial Aid Handbook available through the college’s website under Admissions, or contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 713-646-1820.

Financial Aid Deadlines
Fall Semester   May 1
Spring Semester  October 1

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

Houston College of Law is projected to provide $3.7 million in scholarships, grants, and awards to deserving students during the 2009-2010 academic year. These tuition aids, which include those that are established by alumni, individuals, organizations and foundations, are awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, or more specific criteria.

All entering students are considered for merit scholarships based on their undergraduate performance and LSAT score. Please contact the Admissions Office at 713-646-1810 for more information on these scholarships.

Grants and Scholarships

As students progress through Houston College of Law, dozens of scholarships, awards, and grants become available, including the following:

Advocacy Scholarship
Jim Alfini/Hans Lawton Award in Dispute Resolution
William A. Allen Endowed Scholarship
Alumni Association Honor Scholarship
AMICUS Achievement Grant
Annotations Scholarship
Annual Fund Scholarship
ASIS International-Houston Chapter Criminal Justice Scholarship
Judge Spurgeon E. Bell Endowment
Christopher Breen Memorial Scholarship
Elaine A. Carlson Scholarship for Texas
Judicial Clerkships
James A. Carmody Scholarship

The Pauline G. and Thomas E. Mingledorff Jr. Scholarship, now 20 years old, grants scholarship dollars based on a pressing financial need. Kenneth Mingledorff ’79 established this generous resource less than ten years after he graduated in honor of his parents, who he says struggled financially to keep him in law school. “I’m looking to help a well-rounded student, or anyone with an emergency financial problem,” says Mr. Mingledorff, the principal in The Mingledorff Law Firm in Houston. He is the first lawyer in his family and says “I wanted to be a lawyer from the time I was born.”

Bob Casey Endowed Scholarship
Curr ents Scholarship
Dean’s Citizenship Award
Dean’s Merit Scholarship
Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award
Dean’s Student Advocacy Service Award
David T. Donnelly Faculty Award
Charles R. (Bob) Dunn Endowed Scholarship
John F. Ensle Award in Evidence
Kenneth Fountain Memorial Scholarship
Steven Paul Friedman Memorial Scholarship
Pamela E. George Family Law Scholarship Award
Professor Richard J. Graving Award
Joe M. Green, Jr. Scholarship Endowment
Dick Hoskins Gregg Scholarship Endowment
Thomas M. Gregory Part-time Student Scholarship
Sam & Ruth Gross Memorial Scholarship
Lindsey Haid Leadership Award
Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship in
Honor of Chief Judge James DeAnda
Judge John S. Holleman Scholarship
Lyndon B. Johnson Civil Rights Award
Landgell Scholars Scholarship
Law Review Scholarship
MABATX Foundation Scholarship
Shea Lynn Maloney Advocacy Award
Lizabeth Parham Matthews Scholarship


The Charles R. “Bob” Dunn Scholarship encourages minority students by providing financial assistance each year. The scholarship honors this 1965 graduate who has served on the college’s board of directors for almost three decades. Founded by his wife and two daughters as a birthday surprise in 1991, the scholarship is given to minority students with financial need. “The idea is to equalize as much as I can for students who have overcome difficult circumstances,” says Mr. Dunn. The scholarship is awarded based on a combination of several criteria

Pauline G. & Thomas E. Mingledorff, Jr.Scholarship
Melissa Moon Memorial Scholarship
Claire Ruskin Mudge Endowed Scholarship
Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Award in Honor of
Professor Harry L. Reed
Fred Parks Scholarships
“Pass It On” Florida Scholarship Fund
Erin Hunter Patterson Memorial Scholarship
Lylene Pilkenton Scholarship
Willie Powells Mediation Award
Charlie Price Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Evelyn Morris Roberts Endowed Scholarship
Judge Bob Robertson Endowed Scholarship
Alex Silverman Memorial Scholarship
Hyman L. Slohm Memorial Scholarship
Houston College of Law Memorial Scholarship
William J. Steeger Scholarship
Student Bar Association Scholarship
Texas A&M Aggie Scholarship
Edgar E. Townes Endowed Scholarship in
Honor of George T. Barrow
Edgar E. Townes Endowed Scholarship in Honor of W.J.  Williamson
Tuition Equalization Grant
Judge & Mrs. Bert Tunks Endowed Scholarship
Vinson & Elkins Public Interest Fund
Garland R. Walker Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Hortense Ward Appreciation Award
Justice Bud Warren Appellate Advocacy Award
Howard F. Warren Scholarship
Charles Weigel Endowed Tort Scholarship
T. Wade Welch & Associates Leadership Awards
Joscelyn Wilder Memorial Scholarship
W.J. Williamson Legal Writing Award
William F. Woods III & Anne R. Woods
Endowed Scholarship
F. Jane Yount Endowed Scholarship

The William J. Steeger Scholarship rewards promise. Established in 1993 by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes in memory of his wife’s step-father, the Steeger Scholarship is presented to a student who’s full of potential and working hard to change their life. “Ninety-percent of the students aren’t in the top 10% of their class, but they must be doing something right, so I hope this encourages a student where we see a spark of promise,” says Hughes, who’s taught as an adjunct at Houston College of Law for 30 years. Mr. Steeger was an attorney and WWII veteran who became a successful wildcatter during the oil boom days in Texas.


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