New International Students applying to the Law School must be prepared to fund all of their educational and living expenses. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required to qualify for federal loans; international students may borrow private, commercial education loans if they obtain a credit-worthy U.S. cosigner. International students are not eligible for GW Law need-based grants.

International students will need to provide a statement of adequate funding in the amount of the Cost of Attendance in U.S. dollars for each year of the three-year, full-time J.D. program from their own (or their sponsor’s) funds to cover educational and living expenses. The Law School does not provide need-based tuition grants, tuition waivers, or graduate teaching assistantships to J.D. candidates.  Please note that international students are required to have a health insurance policy.

Non-U.S. law school graduates seeking financial assistance to attend the LLM program should contact the International Graduate Programs Office for more information. 202.994.7242 or

Online Resources

Many organizations provide websites with information on studying in the U.S., financing, and more, including:

  • Foreign Born General information site for students entering and living in the U.S.
      • Aetna Student Health All international students on a J-1 and F-1 visa will be automatically enrolled in the university's health plan which provides comprehensive coverage.
        • Rotary International Rotary International is a global organization geared toward community services that sponsors opportunities for foreign students
          • Resource for study abroad information
            • Study In US General website that aids foreign students in calculation of costs and funding options available in the U.S.

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