Well-qualified applicants may be awarded significant merit scholarships, which are designed to reduce the cost of tuition. Merit awards may reduce tuition either partially or entirely. Awards are based on the strength of the admissions application and do not require a separate application. Students are notified of any merit-based scholarships at the time of admission. These awards are renewable for the second and third years of study provided the student remains in good standing under the academic rules and does not violate the honor code. Full tuition scholarships will be renewed to cover the full cost of tuition in subsequent years—even if tuition increases. Absent prior approval, students whose tuition is paid for by state or federal programs may not utilize their merit scholarship award for purposes other than law school tuition.