UCincy, others cuts non-resident tuition

Law schools are starting to cut tuition in an effort to bolster enrollment in a weak market. The University of Cincinnati College of Law announced this past June that it would cut its tuition costs for out-of-state students starting Fall 2014. The decrease in tuition makes the cost for out-of-state students just $5,000 higher than that of in-state students.

The school has decreased tuition for out-of-state students by roughly $12,500 and has kept in-state tuition flat, according to Louis Bilionis, dean of the school. Bilionis said the University of Cincinnati continuously strives to make legal education accessible to a wide array of students, while maintaining high standards.

“We believe it’s necessary to offer a high quality legal education at affordable cost,” Bilionis said. “And we’re pleased that we had the opportunity in this case to reduce the costs to students while maintaining the high quality education that we offer.”

Others law schools have taken similar steps to address the accessibility of legal education. The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law decreased its tuition, beginning in 2013, by 11 percent for in-state students. The school also lowered tuition by 8 percent for out-of-state students.

The University of Akron School of Law announced in February that all students would receive in-state tuition prices, despite residency. Additionally, the University of Akron announced it would freeze tuition prices for the Fall 2013 entering class.

Seton Hall University School of Law, a private school,  announced it would begin offering a merit-based tuition reduction program, cutting the cost of tuition by more than 50 percent for eligible students. Seton Hall University will implement its tuition reduction program for the Fall 2013 incoming class. The program is available to incoming students who scored 158 or higher on the LSAT and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who meet the criteria automatically receive the tuition reduction, and may still be eligible for additional merit or need-based financial aid.

“I think that there are so many changes in legal education and that law schools need to be more cognizant of the cost,” said Gisele Joachim, Dean of Enrollment Management at Seton Hall University. “This is a way that we’ve started to do that.”