Penn State Law Announces $60,000 In-State Grant Program

Pennsylvania residents interested in attending Penn State Dickinson School of Law got some incredible news this morning. The university announced a new financial offer — called the Commonwealth Scholars Program — which will provide in-state students with a $20,000 renewable grant to attend Penn State Law.

“We have a superb academic program with some of the nation’s finest classroom teachers and experiential learning opportunities,” said Interim Dean James Houck in a release. “Yet our research shows that some individuals are unable to take advantage of it because of cost. This program will increase access to legal education for well-qualified Pennsylvania residents who otherwise may not have considered us.”

The new program is available to students attending either the University Park or Carlisle-Dickinson Campus starting in Fall 2014. The grant is renewable for all three years of law school, resulting in a $60,000 savings for Pennsylvania residents. That discount is on top of the other merit or need-based law school scholarships students are able to receive. Tuition is currently set at $41,088, meaning in-state students applying for fall 2014 will get almost half off.

It’s already been a good semester for Penn State Law. Just last month, Business Insider put Penn State at No. 24 on its list of best law schools in America. Penn State also edged out nine other law schools to receive the highest bar passage rate in the state, coming in at a 93.83 percent success rate, according to statistics from the July 2013 exam.

Prospective students interested in the Commonwealth Scholars Program are invited to attend a webinar at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 5. You can find more information or RSVP on the program’s website.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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