Financial Assistance

Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives

PLSI Funding

The federal funding for PLSI covers less than half the costs of running the program. We seek donors throughout the year to help students cover their expenses while attending PLSI, but we cannot cover everyone’s costs. The donations we receive can only supplement the funds provided by the tribes. We therefore will ask you to contact your tribe requesting their support of your PLSI attendance and your travel costs when you are admitted to PLSI.

A letter detailing your costs will be sent with your admissions letter that you may provide to your tribal education office in support of your request. If you need to provide documentation prior to your PLSI admission because of tribal deadlines or council meeting dates, please contact us and we will make special arrangements.

If your tribe is unable to fund you, we will need written documentation from your tribe denying your request for funding in order to access donated funds to help support your attendance at PLSI.  We are fortunate that we have received commitments from the Law School Admissions Council and several law firms to sponsor PLSI students who are not tribally funded with which we can assist you.  If you have questions about this process, please feel free to contact us.

For your information and planning purposes, the following is the breakout of costs for the PLSI which is based on the costs to attend an 8-week summer school course at UNM School of law.

Tuition and Fees

Books & Supplies

Room & Board
$2,550.00 (Single student cost – additional funds will be needed for students accompanied by family members).

$473.00 (local only – additional funds will be needed for students traveling from outside the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area).

$ 868.50

AILC Funding (awarded to all admitted applicants)

Total Financial Need

PLSI Travel Expense Funding

In addition, the PLSI assists with travel costs when funds are available and if your tribe cannot assist you. In recent years, we have been able to reimburse students’ travel expenses up to a total of approximately $600 round trip. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and must comply with the following requirements in order to be eligible for travel expense reimbursement, if you qualify:

The cost of coach airline tickets, or the cost of travel by car by the most direct route at the allowable federal per diem rate, whichever is less, up to the maximum allowable reimbursement. If travel is by airline, a legible copy of the ticket or e-ticket must be submitted at registration.

If travel is by car, both beginning and ending odometer readings must be submitted at registration. Although actual mileage will be used to compute reimbursements, federal travel regulations require odometer readings as proof of travel.

Meals, hotel accommodations, and commuting costs are not reimbursable.